January 31, 2009
In photos: First day of
Brean Rally 2009 roars into action
cold weather reduced the number of spectators at the opening day
of the annual Brean Rally on Saturday (January 31st), but the
action on the track was just as hot as ever.
Leisure Park once again echoed to the sound of high octane engines
for the thirteenth annual Brean Stages Rally. There were plenty
of thrills and spills as the cars weaved around caravans at the
battle at the top after Saturday's eight stages is between past
winners Karl Broad/Trasie Moore (pictured below), who are in second
place with their Metro 6R4, and Peter Lloyd/Graham Handley, who
are leading the event by a 19 second margin in their Subaru Imprezza.
at number one on the entry grid was the current National British
Asphalt Rally Champion and last year's Brean winner, David Kynaston,
co-driven by Andy Russell from Exeter. David was driving his very
fast Audi A3 Quatro (pictured above) and was on the attack from
the very start, attempting to achieve an historic hattrick of
wins, however he was not having it all his own way this year and
ended the day in fourth place overall.
number two was Peter Lloyd and Graham Handley from South Wales
in their newly-acquired Subaru Impreza S12 World Rally Car, previously
owned by ex world rally champion Petter Solberg. Lloyd has won
this event twice before in 1999 and 2001 driving an MG Metro 6R4.
and wife team Steve and Yvonne Furzeland from Plymouth started
in third spot in another Subaru Impreza. Steve and Yvonne are
current South West Tarmacadam Rally Champions and have previously
won this event in 2006. They lay two seconds behind David Kynaston
in third place overall at the end of Saturday's action.
action continues on Sunday, with gates opening for spectators
from 8am, and racing starting at around 10am. Admission is by
car parking charge only, up to two persons in a car costs £10
and three persons or more in a car costs £15. Both rates
include a souvenir programme.
Grant and co-driver James Grant required a push from the marshalls
in their Austin Mini Cooper after suffering mechanical problems
front of this Toyota MR2, driven by Weston team Barry Pavey and
Simon Kellway, was left damaged after a collision mid-way through
Lloyd and Graham Handley from South Wales in their newly-acquired
Subaru Impreza S12 World Rally Car, previously owned by ex world
rally champion Petter Solberg
team Jon Sparks and Chris Davies in action in their Mitsubishi
Weaver and Andrew Sankey competed in Saturday's event in this
Nikki Peskett and Debbie Miller had a good day in this Peugeot
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