Nick Kenny so very nearly made it three in a row on the Telford Winter Stages last weekend, a rally he has won for the past two years, but unfortunately he was forced to retire from a strong second place overall with mechanical woes.
The 21-year-old was reunited with co-driver George Gwynn for the second anniversary of their first outright win together but the pair knew that they faced some very stiff competition.
The task ahead was also not helped by the fact that Nick had not competed for the last eight months and he admitted to being rather rusty.
Snow and ice in both the Sweet Lamb Rally Complex and the adjoining Hafren Forest made for a very entertaining opening pair of stages, and Kenny was frustrated to be somewhat off the pace.
However, after a strong cup of coffee and a re-think in service and they re-discovered their old form for the next loop of stages.
Going second fastest on both stages, beaten only by the Group A Impreza of Dave Brick, saw the Geoff Jones Motorsport-run Subaru Impreza move into second position overall. By doing so young Nick extended his substantial lead over his nearest production class rival.
Things were looking promising until damage to the gearbox on the Impreza forced Nick into retirement for the first time in over three years.
“I am a bit gutted with the retirement, as no one likes to not finish,” Kenny reflected, “but at least I proved to myself that I still have the pace - once I'd dusted the cobwebs off.
“We're not sure of our plans for the year yet, but our aim is to contest a few more rallies in the near future, with a chance to maybe return full time next year.”by Geoff Mayes