Jonathan Gale scooped maximum points for XS Racing in round three of the Dunlop/Gambia MSA British Historic Rally Championship, the Severn Valley Historic Rally in Wales on Saturday.

Jonathan and his father Graham were back in action in their Sunbeam Tiger over classic gravel stages including Crychan, Halfway and Radnor, and claimed maximum points despite a dramatic day in the category one car.

"We spun on the first stage and then twice more on the second stage and ruined the tyres," explained Jonathan of their start to the rally. "We nursed it through stage three then changed the tyres for SS4 and got the lead back."

However, more problems came in the daunting 16-mile stage in Radnor, which delivered a real sting-in-the-tail to the rally.

"We went off after taking a crest flat out into a hairpin," said Gale. "But I didn't realise Graham Waite wasn't registered for the championship," he added after discovering that second in the final category one standings still meant maximum championship points.

The Severn Valley marked the best event yet for the XS Racing Porsche 911 of Peter Smith/Russ Langthorne. After a couple of troubled rallies, they had a good run to eighth in category two and second in class C4.

As well as the Sunbeam Tiger and the Porsche, XS Racing fielded three Ford Escort Mk1s in class C3 and it was the car of Philip Wylie/James Whitaker that led them home in a fine third place, the best result yet for Philip.

"A brilliant day," he reported. "We had all four wheels off the road on SS2 and tried to start the last stage in reverse. But I'm really pleased with the result."

However, over the opening two stages it was the Escort of Drew Wylie/Howard Pridmore that was battling for the C3 lead with Tim Jones. But it then went wrong for Wylie in Halfway when they went off and the car ended up beached on a boulder.

"We lost four minutes as there were no spectators to help us back on," he explained. "There were no heroics through Radnor after the previous incident and maybe this will be the score to drop."

Finally, despite setting some very competitive stage times, a puncture cost Andrew Siddall/Captain Thompson their chance of a top three finish in C3. "We got a puncture on SS3; otherwise it was a brilliant day," said Andrew after they finished sixth in class.

Now, XS Racing is looking ahead to the Rally Show at Chatsworth over the coming weekend of 6/7 June. For the major event, which is very close to the team's Chesterfield base, XS will field six cars, including Stuart Larbey (Metro 6R4), Peter Smith (Porsche 911), Philip Wylie (Escort Mk1), Steven Smith (Porsche 911), Andrew Siddall (Escort Mk1) and Jon Cropper (Escort Mk1).

Then, two weeks after the Chatsworth event, XS Racing will field its biggest ever squad for a round of the Dunlop/Gambia MSA British Historic Rally Championship when it takes seven cars to the Mid Wales Stages on 21 June.

Championship regulars Jonathan Gale, Peter Smith, Drew Wylie, Andrew Siddall and Philip Wylie will all tackle the classic forest stages of Hafren and Myherin, while re-joining the squad will be Peter Egerton in a freshly built Escort Mk1. Then, to complete the seven-car line-up will be Peter Smith's son Guy in the Ford Escort Mk1 his father drove in 2008. Although Guy is new to rallying, he has a formidable racing pedigree, which includes victory with Bentley in the 2003 Le Mans 24-Hour race.