A rather shorter rally than the organisers had planned, now 6 stages instead of 11 the Bulldog International Rally played host to round two of the British Rally Championship and once again both P&R Benn Ford Fiesta R2s where present at the event.
After a good result on Rallye Sunseeker the opening round of the BRC, Matthew Cathcart set out on the Welshpool based Bulldog Rally to prove he could challenge for the championship. With James Morgan guiding Matthew in the Ford Fiesta R2, the pair set tenth fastest time on the opening stage, beating more experienced rivals Alastair Fisher, Peter Taylor and Jussi Kumpumaki. Heading to service after SS5, Matthew had moved up to 8th overall. On the next stage Matthew remained 8th overall but on what would be the penultimate stage of the rally, SS7 saw Matthew drop nearly a minute with a rear puncture which put him now 13th overall. Stage 8 would be the last stage of the rally due to the organisers cancelling stages 9, 10 and 11 but Matthew couldn’t make the time back so would finish a strong 13th overall and now proving to be a force to be reckoned with in the championship and the R2 class.
After coming close to winning the inaugural WRC Academy in 2011, Egon Kaur returned to the driving seat for the Bulldog Rally in the P&R Benn LHD Ford Fiesta R2. Since Wales Rally GB, Egon and navigator Erik Lepikson had done limited mileage so 14th overall on the first stage was a good start to build on throughout the day. By service Egon had moved up to 11th overall and with some minor changes made to the car, set out to gain a few more places before the day was out. A string of top ten times in the afternoon rewarded Egon with 9th overall on his first event of 2012 and first event in the BRC.
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