On Sunday 5 May, Simm Engineering Group’s Service Manager Andrew Turner and his navigator Richard Winstanley competed on their first rally of the season.
They entered the Architexture Ltd Dixies Challenge Rally, which was held over the military ranges of Epynt in the Brecon Beacons, covering over 50 competitive tarmac stage miles.
In a bid to continue the success the pair enjoyed in 2018 in their Simm Engineering Group liveried Honda Civic, they sent the engine away to Galway in Ireland at the beginning of 2019, for a freshen up. This was followed up by a successful pre-event shakedown test at Blyton.
Seeded at car 26 out of 80 and the second seed in the class, the pair set about bedding themselves in with some consistent stage times. After the first loop of stages, it was clear to see that the car and the crew had the pace: setting top 20 stages times and building a commanding class lead. The crew continued to dominate the class, with no mistakes or mechanical issues, and a fine 15th overall was achieved, along with a commanding 1600cc class victory by six minutes and 59 seconds. Andrew and Richard would like to thank everyone involved with the team for all their support and efforts behind the scenes.
Plans are still a little fluid, though another visit to the Epynt ranges are expected in July, followed by the Three Shires Stages rally, which takes place near Ledbury, Herefordshire in September. Then, hopefully, a trip to the Isle of Man for the Pokerstars Rally or the Scottish Borders for the Jim Clark Rally.