The first round of the Silkolene 1400 Rally Championship took 40 crews to Chepstow to compete on the rain-soaked stages in the Forest of Dean. The MG ZR team of Nathan Crewe and Mark Ammonds made a cautious start in the slippery conditions, taking time to build confidence in each other, as it was the first time they had sat together on a forest rally.

The morning stages saw may of the crews suffer in the conditions, spinning or picking up punctures. The Cottrill Transport prepared car escaped several close moments claiming 4th place by the lunchtime halt.

The afternoon stages contained the famous Speechouse stage where the Martin Healer Development Services backed team picked up the pace to challenge for 3rd overall. Nathan had little to worry about in his new co-driver, Mark performed well all day, guiding them through the 29th running of the Wyedean Rally.

The K-Series powered MGZR did not miss a beat through the spectator packed stages. Returning to the rally headquarters at Chepstow Racecourse Nathan and Mark had to settle with fourth place, a result the pair were very pleased with.

'It's a great way to open the season's points account. With the Championship already shaping up to be the hottest year yet, the strength and reliability of the MGZR could prove to be the key to success' said Nathan.

The next round of the Championship will take the MG ZR crew to Cockermouth in Cumbria for the Malcolm Wilson Rally on 6th March.