Following months of further development and testing of their S1600 Citroen Saxo kit car, Andy Gwynne and Holly Robinson returned to the Epynt military ranges to contest the S&G Printing Harry Flatters Rally on August 2-3 and came away with a convincing class win and 12th position overall.
The rally, organised and promoted by Brecon Motor Club, was based in Brecon and consisted of 85 competitive stage miles across the notoriously tricky tarmac roads which Epynt is renowned for.
The last time that Gwynne and Robinson tackled Epynt, they came away with some significant battle scars after an altercation with a substantial chicane.
The crew was extensively more prepared for this rally though having carried out further engine testing and having made several alterations to the engine cooling system.
The car also ran a revised suspension set up and performed superbly on a set of new AST dampers.
The event included two stages on Saturday afternoon and then a further eight stages throughout Sunday ranging in length from 2.5 miles to nearly 13 miles. The event started well with Gwynne setting the fastest class stage time on SS1 despite being held up for nearly 4 miles and he dominated the class from the start. The crew finished leg one feeling extremely positive.
“Stages one and two were re-runs of the same stage and were challenging,” noted Robinson. “They really tested the changes that had been made to the car, in particular to the suspension as the stages utilised some massive jumps and some of the very technical tight and twisty roads. The car ran faultlessly which gave Andy a real confidence boost.”
The crew continued to dominate the class throughout Sunday and eventually won their category by 2 minutes and 16 seconds. The last stage of the day saw Gwynne find new limits with the car and he set the eighth overall fastest stage time despite having had a fright on the previous stage with a soft brake pedal.
"I'm absolutely delighted with our result this weekend; it has really shown what the car is capable of. The car ran very well although I feel that there are still some improvements that I can make but I feel that we now have a strong basis to work from," Gwynne concluded.