Another solid run for the MG ZR of Nathan Crewe and Mark Ammonds on last weekend's Malcolm Wilson Rally sees the duo move to third in the 1400 Silkolene Rally Championship.

The Malcolm Wilson Rally on 6th March formed the second round of the 1400 Silkolene Rally Championship. Despite the Cockermouth based event being free from snow for a second year running the rally still presented its own characteristic challenges. Within minutes of the rally starting the first stage was stopped due to an accident, the trick conditions catching out some of the front running teams.

After losing time on the opening stage Nathan Crewe and Mark Ammonds upped the pace on the morning stages to post level stage times with the competitor ahead, to close in on third place. The first service halt put right some damaged bodywork, before the teams made the long jaunt down to the famous Grizedale Stages.

Running second on the road through Grizedale, the International Radiators Ltd backed pair found the loose gravel difficult to contend with. Despite several hairy, high-speed moments the Cottrill Transport prepared MGZR gained 18 seconds over their nearest competitor, claiming third place by 10 second.

A poor re-run through the morning stages saw the pair drop time and tie for third spot. The Martin Healer Development Surveys backed crew had it all to do on the last stage of the day. Attacking the stage at full pace both crews stopped the clock on the same second, tying for third place. Unfortunately the MGZR team had to settle for fourth place, as they had been slower on the first stage.

"The useable, low down power of the K-Series engine helped us out of some tricky situations through Grizedale Forest, you can really press on with a dependable power unit", commented Nathan.

The solid performance moves Nathan and Mark into third place in the National Championship. The team look to better their performance on the North Humberside Rally, which is the next round of the 1400 Silkolene Championship, hosted in Hull on the 27th March 2004.