Barry Clark wins in Wales

04.12.2006: Barry Clark wins in Wales

Fiesta SportingTrophy International, round 6/6

Wales Rally GB Sunday 3rd December


Barry Clarkís run of superb form in the Fiesta SportingTrophy International (FSTi) continued unabated in the final day of Wales Rally GB with the Scot and co-driver Scott Martin clinching their second win of the season, confirming their second position in the series standings.

Sunday provided tough and treacherous conditions after heavy wind and rain overnight which threatened to blow away much of the Swansea-based Service Park. The stages provided a severe challenge to the WRC cars including rally winner Marcus Gronholm at the head of the field, let alone the production car based GpN Fiesta STs flowing behind.

But somehow Clark and co-driver Scott Martin put behind them the bad luck he has suffered this season to add to their Neste Oil Rally Finland win they secured in August. It was not just the FSTi win either that Clark achieved, but the N3 class win of the rally and the FIA Junior World Rally Championship Rookie title for which he is also eligible.

Luxembourg driver Gilles Schammel came home in second place with Belgian co-driver Renaud Jamoul after a trouble-free run on his final day. Gilles moves up from 5th to 3rd in the final Trophy points, earning him a place in the Shoot Out next week. Tom Walster placed a fastest stage time on his way to securing third position, cementing a fine debut on the international Fiesta arena, fighting back from a puncture at the end of the second day but ending his rally in a ditch on the final stage.

The Dutch crew of Hans Weijs and Hans Van Goor finished in fourth position in Weijsí first gravel rally, adopting a cautious approach throughout. As confidence improved his times did too in what was very much a learning rally.

The Russian squad of Evgeniy Vertunov and Georgy Troshkin ended their rally in fifth in the standing but endured a driveshaft breakage on the treacherous stage 15. Norwegians Sveinung Bieltvedt and Lars Braenna ended their running on the first stage of Sunday in their FSTi debut.

Fiesta SportingTrophy UK winner Chris Moore recovered from his early day one exit to fight back for seventh spot through the rough stages. Moore and co-driver Richard Edwards placed strong stage times through the event including the fastest in the Millennium Stadium Super Special on Saturday night.

Kiwi Emma Gilmour and co-driver Claire Mole suffered a difficult event and their running ended on SS15 when the bottom ball joint on their suspension upright came apart.

FSTi champions Alessandro Bettega and Simone Scattolin were glad they secured their title in Finland as they endured a baptism of the harsh Welsh conditions and suffered no end of dramas, but were still smiling when they finally reached the finish.

Greeks Lambros Athanassoulas and Nikos Mouzakis ended their day with an overheating engine after SS14 because of catching cars in the stage and filling their radiator with mud. Hungarian Daniel Fischer and Attilla Taborszki finished as last of the classified Fiesta STs.

Twenty-five Fiesta SportingTrophy competitors from around the world now head to M-Sportís Cockermouth base to battle for the money-canít-buy prize of a 12 month contract at the works Ford rally squad.

Barry Clark #53

"Thatís been not a bad weekend! Itís fantastic to be a World Rally champion from winning the Rookie title, thereís not many people who have that. I was just cruising for most of this event as the conditions have been so bad and so many people were having punctures. Everything went exactly to plan. Itís our second Fiesta win and weíve taken second in the championship. Iím frustrated that we couldnít win that title as well as it would have been fantastic to have both in one year."

Gilles Schammel #113

"It was quite rough out there we had no problems, which is pretty lucky I think. We pushed hard on Brechfa and took some risks. We thought that most of our championship points would come from the tarmac rallies because this is only our first year of gravel rallying but today we came second so we are quite happy with the result."

Tom Walster #60

"I was up on Barry Clark on the first stage and had a good feeling from the car but then we caught a car in the stage and they must have had their mirrors folded away as we had to give them a slight nudge for them to let us past. We collected so much mud in the front that we had to back off then because the car was overheating. Itís been a fantastic event and itís been superb to get such a high profile from it."

Hans Weijs#126

"I just need one more day of this rally because I was just starting to get used to the gravel and how to drive faster on it. I'm not sure what our plans are for next year, hopefully some more gravel rallies to gain more experience."

Chris Moore#111

"Honestly I haven't enjoyed a single bit of the rally! From breaking the drive shaft on SS2 it's been an ordeal all rally. We passed at least two cars on both stages this afternoon and then the wipers went on us, it was just a nightmare. It's going to take two full days working on the cars to have them ready for the shootout but we're really looking forward to it."

Alessandro Bettega #110

"We had a few problems today, sometimes the engine just stopped during the stages but fortunately I managed to fix the problem and set some pretty fast times. This is probably the hardest of the six rallies in the championship but I learnt a lot here and because we already won the Trophy in Finland it wasn't such a loss to finish in 9th this weekend."


- Andy Stobart -


04.12.2006 / MaP

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