THE stately home grounds of Weston Park on the Staffordshire/Shropshire border was the venue for the opening round of the Kingsway Insurance Heart of England Championship on Sunday.
Several local competitors were out on the Paintworx Agbo Stages event, maybe attracted by Special Stage Review filming this Owen MC organised event for showing on Motors TV at a later date.
Seighford's Paul Evans, owner of the Driveme complex, was our most prominent competitor making his second outing in his newly acquired 2.5 litre Mk2 Ford Escort.
All of these top drivers hone the set up of their cars to the point at which they fit and feel like a glove.
It was significant to say that Evans’ car was getting to be more to his liking, although he said it needs more refining on the suspension side.
He finished with third quickest time on the last stage and achieved a sixth overall and third in class position.
The star of the show however was Stafford man Oliver Davies who went one better than his second place last year to win outright.
His win was cemented by posting the quickest time on the four stages from three to six.
The next round these same competitors will be competing on is the Horiba D'Isis rally at the Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA) establishment on April 26. This event is organised by Quinton MC.
Round three is the Red Dragon IT Stages at Down Ampney (Gloucs) on May 24.