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Craig Cameron and Chairman Dafydd Evans on route to 24th overall (RallyScene Photography)

Saturday the 12th of March saw the opening round of the BTRDA rally championship, the Malcolm Wilson stages, take place in the forestries in the lake district, starting from the town of Cockermouth. Once again this popular event attracted a healthy entry of some 120 cars that were keen to tackle the 44 or so miles of competitive motoring in some well known and well liked stages which included Grizdale and Greystoke. 

In among the packed entry list was club chairman, Dafydd Evans, who must be congratulated having been recently selected to represent Motorsport UK’s academy as a co-driver for 2022, would be co-driving for Craig Cameron in the Rallynuts backed B13 specification Subaru Impreza. They were seeded at number 51. 

It was to be an excellent experience for Dafydd as this would be only his third gravel rally and the first in the area, the day’s opening stages were spent with him and Craig getting familiar with each other and Dafydd getting to know the pacenotes which he had not read before. Even so they set some very respectful times, finding themselves lying in 30th overall after the first two stages, Horbcarton and Comb. Their total time here was 10 minutes and 14 seconds, this saw them hold 8th in their class.

They remained in this position after the following two stages, which would be Wythop, and the first of the Greystoke stages. Although they would drop to ninth in class here with their total time being 22 minutes and 51 seconds. Following this it was over to tackle Grizdale South and Grizdale North, with Grizdale South having a mileage of just under 8 miles and Grizdale North being slightly longer at around 10.4 miles, before a final stage through Greystoke again. 

By now Craig and Dafydd had developed a good rhythm, and climbed up the leaderboard on all of the remaining stages. They ended their day in an excellent 24th overall and 8th in their class for B13 vehicles. This was a great result in a very strong entry which included many newer and higher specification cars, Dafydd had clearly enjoyed the event and some of the stages as he commented “My word, Greystoke and Grizdale are something else!”

It would be the start of a very busy couple of months for the club chairman as he has a number of events coming up in the next couple of months, with the next being the AGBO stages held on the 20th of March. 

Many thanks must go to RallyScene Photography  for the use of their image for this write up.