Moore wins FST UK Swansea dust-up.

23.07.2006: Moore wins FST UK Swansea dust-up.

22th July 2006
Fiesta SportingTrophy UK, round 5/8


It was a case of dust, dust, dust as Chris Moore dusted off the opposition in the fifth round of the Fiesta SportingTrophy UK on the Swansea Bay Clubmans Rally with a blinder of a time on the final stage to take victory on the hot, dry and dusty gravel event.

Moore started the day ruing his tyre decision of the harder option tyres all round, the choice making his Fiesta ST handle, in his words, like a Mk2 Ford Escort, such was the tail-happy nature from the lack of grip from the rear end. The first two stages of the event were driven by Moore and co-driver Richard Edwards with this set-up leaving them as fourth Fiesta ST at the first service stop.

A change to the softer compound tyres for the rear through Moore employing two tyre change jokers of the five allowed during the course of the season meant handling was much improved. Moore set the third fastest Fiesta ST time on stage three and the fastest on the final stage for his win.

The rally saw Colin Greer lead the event from the first stage, Rhondda, after putting in a storming time on the opener, some 20 seconds faster than any other Fiesta ST, but the Scotsman suffered the cruel fate of a driveshaft failure five miles from the rallyís end. The close nature of the competition meant that the slow pace with which Greer limped to the end of the event saw him drop to seventh in the final standings, just 20 seconds off Moore.

Whilst Greer was setting his epic first stage time another competitorís Fiesta ST was on its roof. Last year on the event, Welshman Alex Evans had a high speed off into a large pile of logs which lined the forest route; this year it was a slower speed off into a ditch to upturn Evans and co-driver Dai Roberts, who were unhurt in the incident. Only Evans and Mike Faulkner failed to finish the event from the 23 Fiesta STs that started, Faulkner having ended his rally on SS5 in a ditch.

Second fastest on the first stage was another Greer, Jonathan, no relation to Colin and only half a second faster than Adam Gould. Stage two, Tyle, saw Colin Greer the quickest although this time he was only a second and a half faster than his namesake with Mike Faulkner the third fastest Fiesta ST.

The third stage, Rheola, saw Tom Walster jump to the fore with the fastest time but Colin Greer was second quickest. With Jonathan Greer the eighth fastest of the Fiesta STs on that stage, Colin now had a healthy lead of almost half a minute.

Stage four, Walters, was cancelled due to an accident from non-Fiesta ST competitors requiring an ambulance on the stage which moved the focus to the final stage of the event, Resolven.

Entering this stage Colin Greer had an advantage of almost 30 seconds from Jonathan Greer but a driveshaft failure five miles from the end meant his fine run was ended. There was one silver lining however with Greer awarded the Castrol Hard Charger prize.

With Greer having lost his lead attention turned to Jonathan Greer, second in the standings for the entirety of the event, but it was Chris Moore who would vault up the order, jumping from fourth in the standings to take the lead on the final stage with a time eight seconds faster than any other Fiesta. This meant that Moore became the first ever driver to win two Fiesta SportingTrophy rallies in this inaugural year.

The Fiesta STs were not the only cars contesting the Swansea Bay Clubmans Rally and the final results did see another car take the win, but no-one from the Fiesta SportingTrophy UK minded the fact that they had been beaten by as impressive a car as Mark Solowayís immaculate safari-spec Mk1 Ford Escort RS.

The Fiesta SportingTrophy UK will have its second and final tarmac rally of the season, the Mewla Rally based around Builth Wells, Powys on August 27th.

Driver quotes

#106 Chris Moore We just totally went for it on the last stage, if anyone had gone faster than us on that one they were welcome to it! Iím thrilled to bits, we had to win and second would not have been good enough. Iím gutted for Colin but there are two happy people in this car and tonight weíre going out to get hammered!

#112 Jonathan Greer We made a few mistakes but nothing big. We were in the bushes a few times on the last stage. We were pushing hard; harder than youíd think.

#111 Tom Walster It has been an entertaining day and it finished off okay as we got third and good points for the championship. I enjoyed it but it was a shame about the dust as it could have been a better result otherwise.

#102 George Thomas We had a push on the last one but we also had a flat tyre. We took 20 seconds out of Simon Hughes but Chris Moore went eight seconds faster than us somehow. Weíve had two punctures in one day Ė fantastic!

#117 Adam Gould Iím quite pleased, the whole day was good. On the last stage we had a two wheel moment and we had a few other moments on other stages too. Everyone was pushing hard and Iím happy to be on the pace at last.

#105 Owen Murphy We rolled at a hairpin left on the last stage but we were still second fastest on that one so Iím happy enough. It was our only good stage all day and that was with a roll in it! We had no brakes for the rest of the stage which is why we were so quick. After the roll I just slammed it into first gear and shouted, "off we go!"

#110 Colin Greer We bust a driveshaft with 5 miles to go on the final stage. The drive got worse and worse but we made it to the finish of the stage then had to push the car for the last bit to the final control. I wasnít going to give in, no way! I donít seem to have much luck with rallying.

#103 Kevin Davies Iím glad to be here at the end. It was a shame the Walters Arena stage was cancelled as thatís a good one. George Thomas took 14 seconds out of me on the final stage so fair play to him.

#116 Fraser Jones The last stage was a lot better than the rest for us, we had a great time after a slow start and we only really got going on that one.

#104 Simon Hughes We dropped another 15 seconds on the final stage, I hope thereís something wrong with the car as weíve not been slow anywhere else all year. We just didnít gel with the notes today.

Overall Fiesta ST Positions from the Swansea Bay Clubmans Rally:

1. Chris Moore 44m 46.6s
2. Jonathan Greer 44m 50.6s
3. Tom Walster 44m 52.6s
4. George Thomas 44m 57.7s
5. Adam Gould 44m 58.8s
6. Owen Murphy 45m 02.2s
7. Colin Greer 45m 06.3s
8. Kevin Davies 45m 18.2s
9. Fraser Jones 45m 28.0s
10. Simon Hughes 45m 33.8s

Championship positions
1. George Thomas 28
2. Chris Moore 25
3. Kevin Davies 21
4. Owen Murphy 19
5. Simon Hughes 18
6. Tom Walster 14
7. Jonathan Greer 13
8. Colin Greer 10
9. Alex Evans 9
10. Dan Taylor 9

- Stella Boyles-


23.07.2006 / MaP

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