Organisers praise 'strongest ever' Brean rally

PUBLISHED: 13:00 26 January 2011

K&R Mitsubishi Stages Rally 2011. Brean Leisure Park.

K&R Mitsubishi Stages Rally 2011. Brean Leisure Park. "Where the hell did our bumper go?" 37 Andrew Hicks and Richard Bliss - Honda Civic - CRSW.

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HUNDREDS of spectators and dozens of competitors flocked to Brean over the weekend to see the K&R Mistubishi Stages Rally in full flow.

There were 85 cars and 170 drivers in action over the two days of the event, which took place for the fifteenth time at Brean Leisure Park.

Motor enthusiasts from around the country saw racer Peter Lloyd win the race for the third year in a row, his fifth title there in total.

Organiser Rod McKenna said: “It was probably the best rally in terms of strength of competitors that we’ve had.

“It was a very closely contested race that we know all the drivers had fun taking part in, and hope all the spectators had just as much fun watching.”

Bleadon Hill resident Andrew Hicks, aged, 24, who was racing for Permashine, said: “This is the third time we’ve taken part in the rally. We wanted to do a bit better this year as we haven’t done as well as we wanted in previous years.

“We finished sixth in class, and 32nd overall, so we did OK but we still wanted to do better, especially as local representatives.

“The car’s got a good few scrapes along the way, we’ve bashed into a few rocks and barrels on the way round the course.

“It’s good representing the area, especially as it means you’ll have a few family and friends there to cheer you on.”

Of the other local drivers, Stuart Bliss and Richard Marsh finished 18th, with brothers Lee and Simon Bretherton coming 31st overall, while Tom Baigent and Tom Bretherton, and Darren Evans and Matt Carrow were forced to retire.

Leighton Thorne, a spectator who came up from Yeovil for the event for the eleventh year in a row, said: “It’s been quite a dramatic event this year, lots of cars came out of the stages on Saturday, and only 11 of them were able to fix themselves and compete today.”

Mark Northcott, also from Yeovil, said: “I’ve been for the last five or six years, I always come as it’s a great opportunity to see a proper mix of rally cars going at it around what is quite an unusual course.

The dates for next years rally have already been agreed, with the 2012 K&R rally set to take place over the weekend of January 28 and 29.

* One of our photographers was at the rally over the weekend, don’t forget to check out his photos in our online gallery

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