Simon Rogers and Andrew Sankey finish 14th overall in Wyedean Forest Rally

First published in Sport

SIMON Rogers and Andrew Sankey finished 14th overall in an action-packed and slippery Weir Engineering Wyedean Forest Rally.

The Ludlow Castle Motor Club duo’s Mitsubishi Evo 6 suffered a puncture as they were also fourth in the B13 class.

Co-driver Sankey admitted the forest stages were ‘very tricky after the tracks had been battered by rain for the past two months.

Sankey said: “It was a trying day with the conditions very difficult.

“We had a puncture on the first stage which cost us about 20 seconds. But, other than it, it was OK but just very tricky.”

Sankey and Rogers clocked 0.49:10 –adrift of five-time Scottish rally champion David Bogie, from Dumfries, who secured his maiden Wyedean triumph in a Ford Focus WRC in 0.42.59.

Jon Ballinger and Mike Wilding finished 38th overall and second in class in an Opel Manta.

Dave Brick and Rob Woodhouse were40th in 0.52:37

But there was disappointment for another Ludlow crew, James Hamer and Mike Baker, who ran out of time before reaching the finish.

The duo had to borrow a battery from a friend’s car after their Subaru Impreza lost all battery power just before the last stage.

Hamer and Baker made it through the stage but changing the battery cost them valuable time and they run out of time.

Action took place on Forestry Commission tracks in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley.

The rain held off for most of last Saturday’s 39th Wyedean Forest Rally, which is organised by the Forest of Dean Motor Club.

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