Young Herefordshire rally driver Dan Evans looking to build in Wyedean Forest Rally debut

First published in Sport

A YOUNG Herefordshire rally-driver is looking forward to his second competitive outing after a promising debut at the Wyedean Forest Rally.

Dan Evans, a double British autograss champion, made the step up to stages rallying and was competing against more than 40 other drivers in the Millers Oils 1400cc category.

Evans, with experienced Chris Ridge from Ludlow in the co-driver’s seat, was aiming for a finish in the event and to gain experience.

But the pair were soon on the pace and set the second-fastest time on stage three.

They were fifth at the half-way point and held their position through the tricky afternoon stages up to the final 13.5-mile Speech House Stage.

Unfortunately, their progress was halted temporarily when a gear-selector broke but they succeeded in resuming and completed the stage despite only having fourth gear.

In the end, despite losing six minutes, they finished the rally in a creditable 10th place in their class and are now looking forward to competing in the Somerset Stages on April 20.

“We would like to thank our service crew and sponsors Ian Evans Transport, MC Construction, RJ Matthews Transport, AJP Pipe Processing, Herefordshire Raceway, Bowyer Developments, Phil Price Rally School and Lively Race Graphics for making the event possible for us,” said Evans.

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