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Bentham’s Shelley Rogerson took her second victory of 2007 last weekend when she partnered Andrew Burton to a dominant win on the Quinton Stages rally.
The rally, which was based in Llandovery, kicked off with the 6 mile Halfway stage and Burton and Rogerson immediately topped the timesheets, setting a time 10 seconds faster than second placed Shaun Gardener in his Mitsubishi Evo.
The 5 miles of the well known Route 60 stage followed, the Peugeot Cosworth crew pulling out a further 9 seconds over Gardener as they averaged an amazing 65mph over the narrow gravel tracks. Following a service halt the crews headed to Crychan and Caeo forests, followed by a second run of the Halfway stage.
Burton and Rogerson set the fastest time on each of the three stages and managed to beat their already fast first Halfway time by 3 seconds even though the tracks were much rougher the second time around.
With Gardener’s Evo suffering a broken wishbone in stage 4 Damian Cole was now in second place in his Hyundai Accent WRC, 56 seconds behind as the crews returned to the service area.
Although they had a substantial lead Burton and Rogerson kept pushing in the last two stages, a re-run of the Crychan stage and the first Route 60 stage reversed, gaining a further 22 seconds over Cole to give them victory by a minute and 18 seconds, with the Subaru Impreza of Will Nicholls in third place.
“It was a perfect day, the car ran faultlessly and the stages were great. Andrew drove brilliantly and I’m delighted that we managed to set the fastest time on all of the stages.
I’d like to thank my sponsors Co-ordSport, Legend Fires, C.E.R.L. and LAD Motorsport for their support which helped my contest the event and take another victory and also Andrew for asking me to co-drive for him again.” said Shelley. At the moment Shelley’s next event has not been confirmed but she hopes to contest further ANCRO and BTRDA rounds during the rest of the year and is aiming for further victories to add to her already successful 2007. For more information please visit http://www.shelleyrally.com/