Bare’s Burton battles to another class win at Severn Valley Stages

Phil Burton. Picture: Jucy Rally Photography
Phil Burton. Picture: Jucy Rally Photography

Bare’s Phil Burton continued his success in the Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship and the Pirelli MSA Welsh Stage Rally Championship at the weekend.

Along with regular co-driver Mal Capstick, Burton picked up another class win on Saturday’s Severn Valley Stages Rally - organised by Midland Manor Motor Club.

Competing in his Millington-powered Escort Mk2 the crew had a very late arrival at the Builth Wells start due to heavy traffic - necessitating their scrutineering to be carried out early Saturday morning.

The eight-stage rally was using forests in and around Crychan and Halfway - totalling 45 miles and attracting 110 of the UK’s top crews.

SS1 (Cefn) saw Phil and Mal putting in a good time over the 3.7 miles however Crychan followed and the duo were really on it - posting the fourth fastest time.

After four stages competitors had a short break for service, it was here the interim results showed Burton/Capstick in a commanding category lead of 1 minute 12 seconds and seventh overall in the 2-wheel drive class.

They kept the pressure on, extending their lead on SS5 but on SS6 on the second run through Crychan forest a wheel rim succumbed to the constant pounding, cracking around the circumference.

The crew kept the car on the track and managed to change the offending item - dropping time in the process and also placing them further down the overall results.

There was still some competitive mileage remaining and they crew flew through the final stage - bringing them a class win and more championship points.

The next round is the DMack Carlisle Stages Rally on June 13.

Report: GMS