The daunting Epynt ranges in Mid-Wales are the venue for round six of the Dunlop/Gambia MSA British Historic Rally Championship, the S&G Printing Harry Flatters Historic Rally on 1/2 August.

For the second asphalt event on the schedule, crews will head to Brecon for the event that starts with two stages on Saturday evening and continues with a full day on the ranges through Sunday.

Category 1

A slender field for category one will assemble for the challenge of around 80 miles on Epynt and it is Isle of Man winners Dessie Nutt and Geraldine McBride who will start as favourites in their Porsche 911. Nutt has a fine record on the Epynt stages and his neat and quick style will surely pay dividends as they continue their challenge for a second overall BHRC title.

However, it will be very interesting to see the pace of Rikki Proffitt and Phill Harrison in their similar ex-Steve Perez 911. Proffitt took the car to the Isle of Man and loved the chance to start learning about it, despite being stopped early by gearbox problems. If all goes well, the North Wales crew will be aiming to chase the Nutt/McBride Porsche.

Another crew in search of a major points' haul after driveshaft disasters on the Isle of Man is the Lotus Cortina pair of Paul Mankin/Desmond Bell, while the Mini Cooper S of Mike Bartlett/David Leslie completes the category one field.

Category 2

Absent from category two for the Harry Flatters are overall BHRC leaders Rupert Lomax and David Alcock, who have elected to make this one of their dropped scores while having a gearbox rebuild for their Escort Mk1.

Instead, it is the Escort of David Stokes/Guy Weaver running at the head of the category two field and they will be tough to beat over a venue that Stokes knows well. Chasing Stokes will be Ernie Graham/Andy Morgan in their Escort, along with local experts Neal James/Kevin Jones, having their debut rally in the ex-Jeff Churchill Escort Mk1 'ONY 2L'. Although he will be getting used to BDA power for the first time, James should be very quick.

In class C4, a gaggle of very quick Porsches will take the fight to the Escorts, with cars for Andrew Haddon/Nick Starkey, Derek Boyd/Simon Hunter, Peter Smith/Russ Langthorne and Peter Lythell/Gill Cotton.

As ever, the battle for class C3 will be fierce and it is class championship leaders Drew Wylie and Howard Pridmore at the head of the pack in their Pinto-engined Escort Mk1.

Championship regulars Ken Forster/John Stanger-Leathes and Andrew Siddall/Captain Thompson will be pushing hard, but the ultimate C3 pace may well be set by Epynt aces Toby Adam and Neil Cook in their Escort Mk1.

Finally, in class C2 it will be a straight fight between the Escort Mk1s of Matt Fowle/Robert Cook and Richard Williams/Richard Ekin.

Category 3

With eleven class D5 Ford Escort Mk2s in category three it is a fabulous line-up and the pace at the head of the pack will be sensational. The man in top form is Gwyndaf Evans, partnered by Huw Lewis, in the Viking Motorsport Escort Mk2. Evans heads to Epynt on the back of three straight BHRC victories, but will have a big fight on his hands with the Escort Mk2 of Mark Solloway/Den Golding. Although unlikely to be registered for points, Solloway is the current Epynt master and will set a searing pace. With his mind on championship points, Evans may need to make a call between battling Solloway for overall honours and driving with championship points in mind.

However, this is not just a two-horse contest, as Julian Reynolds/Ian Oakey, Terry Brown/tba and Gareth Lloyd/Ryland James pack out the top five crews and all will be mightily quick. Then come Simon Tysoe/Cliff Simmons and Darren Moon/Chris Parsons, while outside the top 10 is another clutch of D5 Escorts including Conor Corkill/Howard Allison, Will Onions/Tim Hobbs, James Potter/Arwel Jenkins and Phil Squires/Mick Squires. Taking the fight to the Escorts, and overdue a strong finish, is the Vauxhall Chevette of Rob Smith/Shaun O'Gorman.

In D3, the Escort Mk2 of Guy Woodcock and Hu Kent really should set the pace and Epynt ace Woodcock will be aiming to beat as many of the more powerful D5 Escorts as he can in his Pinto-powered car. Lining up against Woodcock in D3 will be Chris Shooter/Bev LeGood and Wayne Bonser/Richard Aston in their Escort Mk2s.


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