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2017/07 - Enville Stages Anglesey Race Circuit (1 image) - created by Adge on 17/07/2017 at 14:06:17
After their recent 4th O/A on the Warcop stages the next rally for Adgespeed. RED Industries, ABR Engineering supported ex Petter Solberg Subaru Impreza S11 WRC rally car of Adrian Spencer along with Mark Hewitt on the notes was the Enville Stages Rally at the Anglesey Race Circuit where several months earlier the team had a fraught day having only completed 200 yards before having to retire with a broken windscreen caused by the bonnet not being shut properly. Seeded at car 4 and not having been to the venue since 2008, it was going to be a steep learning curve as most of the front runners were regulars of the circuit and would be able to push early on. With the weather being both warm and dry the odds were against them as at car 1 was Kevin Proctor in his Fiesta 2.0l turbo'd S2000, Dave Willetts at car 2 in his Escort Mk2, Brandon Smith in his Darrian T9, John Cope in his S6 WRC Subaru Impreza and Geoff Roberts at car 6 in his Darrian T90 and with the conditions it should favour the Darrian's and Escorts. After the 1st stage John Cope a previous winner there took the lead in his Impreza WRC, 1 second up on Dave Willett with Brandon Smith in 3rd and Adrian and Mark taking equal 4th O/A with Geoff Roberts. Stage 2 a repeat of 1 and Adrian stayed 4th O/A after improving on his 1st stage time by 6 seconds with the 2nd quickest time, but 4 secs slower than John Cope.

With a new route for stages 3 and 4, Kevin Proctor was getting his foot down to set some stage winning times, but it was an impossible task, due to the amount of time lost on the 1st stage and then a stage maximum on stage 8 left him way down the order and out of contention at the end of the day. Adrian and Mark then upped the pace even with the intercom giving problems, which were sorted with a change of intercom at service after stage 4, to move clear of Brandon Smith and Geoff Roberts in their Darrian's and into 3rd O/A. Brandon Smith was having a few problems as he dropped back during the day.

The fight back was hampered a bit on stage 5 when an argument with a chicane cost about 12 seconds, but at least the damage was minimal. From stage 6 to stage 10 Adrian and Mark consistently set good times with 2 stage wins, to beat the eventual winner John Cope by 9 seconds and 2nd placed Dave Willet by 2 seconds, but not enough to make up for the time lost in the morning.

So at the end of the day it was John Cope taking the winners spoils with Dave Willet 10 seconds behind in 2nd and Adrian and Mark another 11 seconds behind in 3rd O/A, Geoff Roberts came 4th, 31 seconds slower than Adrian and Mark.

The team are now getting the car ready for the Harry Flatters Rally on Epynt on the 30th July where Adrian and Mark finished 2nd O/A last year even after the incident with the sheep!!!, here's hoping for a clean run this time.