STAFFORD based rally driver Paul Evans was among the awards when tackling the Chris Kelly Memorial Rally on the Isle of Man, writes Michael Davies of Rally2Report.
The event took place over Friday evening and in to Saturday and Evans, from the Seighford Driveme Centre decided to take his Ford Escort across the water to compete against a top class field on this ever popular rally.
Using the infamous motor cycle TT race roads, the rally is none the less daunting on four wheels and break-neck speeds are maintained throughout.
Evans has now almost sorted his new Escort to the specification he has been looking for in order to give him the confidence to be competitive.
And competitive he certainly was finishing seventh overall, first in class and receiving an unexpected award for best Rear Wheel Drive car.
This Saturday sees the staging of round four of the REIS BTRDA UK rally championship taking place with the Woodtek Biomass and Rally Marketing Plains rally starting from Welshpool, Powys.
Eccleshall rally man Harry Gardner will be competing and he is seeded at number 25 in the 140 competing crew entry list.
In his class B13 Subaru Impreza, Gardner will see many WRC type cars leading the field in front of him and will not expect to maintain their pace.
He will be however among the favourites to win his class and will, as usual, be entertaining to watch.
Stafford’s David Allman is rapidly earning a reliable reputation for his co-driving skills and enters this event alongside James Nicholls from Walsall.
The pair recently finished an incredible tenth overall on March’s Paintworx Stages rally at Weston Park in their little Peugeot 205.