Bentham rally driver Wright takes seventh in Wales

Bentham's David Wright in action at the Nicky Grist Stages event in Wales. Picture: Songasport
Bentham's David Wright in action at the Nicky Grist Stages event in Wales. Picture: Songasport
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Bentham rally driver David Wright enjoyed another successful weekend when he finished seventh overall on the Nicky Grist Stages event in Wales.

After winning the Goodwood Festival of Speed rally shootout at the end of June Wright had high hopes of a good result in the Llandovery-based event, which was a round of the BTRDA rally championship.

Arron Newby and Rob Fagg in their TEGSport Impreza on the way to victory in  P & R Benn Greystoke Stages Rally. Picture: GMS

Arron Newby and Rob Fagg in their TEGSport Impreza on the way to victory in P & R Benn Greystoke Stages Rally. Picture: GMS

The event was split into two loops of four stages, including a lot of the roads used on Britain’s World Rally Championship round.

Wright made a good start and, despite not having much experience of using his Kumho Tyres and Grove Hill Garage-supported Ford Focus WRC, he was consistently setting top-10 times to lie in seventh place after stage four.

Wright pushed hard on the second loop of stages to try and get a top-five position but an overshoot and stall on the Route 60 stage cost him some time and he remained in seventh.

The Bentham man said: “I really enjoyed the event.

“There were some amazing stages and they were in a brilliant condition.

“After our issues with the Focus earlier in the year it was good to be able to use it in anger with it working at 100 per cent.

“It took some time to settle into a good rhythm and we made a few changes with the diff settings but we were still managing to set some top-five times and mix it with the BTRDA championship regulars.

“We were pushing for fifth at the finish but the Route 60 overshoot ended those hopes.

“I’m more than happy with seventh though, it’s a good solid finish and we brought the car home with no damage.”