Severn Valley trophy delight for Williams

Alex Allingham and Chris Williams in action during the Severn Valley Stages
Alex Allingham and Chris Williams in action during the Severn Valley Stages

Daventry’s rallying co-driver Chris Williams, again partnering Alex Allingham, ensured that the pairing would bring home the trophies when competing on the Severn Valley Stages in Mid-Wales on Saturday.

The Severn Valley Stages is a one day special stage car rally organised by Midland Manor Motor Club Ltd and based at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells and attracted a top class field of 118 competitors.

The event has been running for 40 years.

Using gravel tracks used on previous World Championship rallies in the forests of Mid-Wales, competitors have an opportunity to drive on some of the finest stages that Wales has to offer.

For 2014, the Severn Valley Stages rally is a round of the high profile West Wales Rally Spares RAC Rally Championship, the Brian Dennis Welsh Historic Championship and the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship.

From the start the contest for top honours was between three crews, Tom Naughton/Andi Mort, Luke Francis/John H Roberts and the Allingham/Williams partnership.

On stage one, Naughton/Mort set the benchmark quickest time just two seconds ahead of both Francis/Roberts and Allingham/Williams who set identical times.

Stage two saw a reversal of quickest times with Allingham Williams leading by two seconds from Francis with Naughton a further second behind.

Francis then upped the ante and was to lead overall to the finish of the event.

Second and third places were now swapped between Allingham/Williams and Naughton/Mort up to the end of stage six when a blown radiator put paid to Naughton’s rally. Allingham/Williams then cruised to finish in second place overall and first in their class of vehicle just 27 seconds behind Francis but 1 minute and 45 seconds in front of third placed Wug Utting.

What makes the Allingham/Williams achievement more remarkable is that Francis competed in class F5, which is for four wheel drive unlimited modification vehicles, whilst Allingham/Williams were in class F6, for vehicles which are limited in terms of modifications made from standard specification.

Williams is out next on the Rally of the Midland on June 20/21, when he again partners young Jack Didcock on what will be Didcock’s fourth stage rally and his first multi venue stage rally.

In what has been an unbelievable start to his rallying career, Didcock currently finds himself sitting in fourth place overall in the Heart of England Rally Championship after just three rounds.

Chris Williams is currently in third place in the co-drivers championship.