Thursday, 8 September 2011

NEWS - Burton wins Woodpecker rally for 10th time

Andy Burton made it in to the record books on September 3rd; winning the BTRDA Woodpecker Stages Rally for the 10th time. The Herefordshire farmer has had a fantastic season and is 2011 champion; a feat he achieved in June with two rallies still remaining in the series.
The Peugeot-Cosworth that has made him champion will not be seen next year however, as it is being forcibly retired at the end of the season due to changes in regulation.

Burton and his co-driver, Robin Kellard, did not have the day all to themselves in the popular 130-car Woodpecker stage. The rally was led for the first three stages by the Subaru Impreza WRC of Roger Chilman and Andrew Sankey; with Burton experiencing early overheating issues. Once these were resolved, Burton managed to ease the might of the Peugeot-Cosworth  into the lead.

By the end of the rally, Burton was around 40 seconds clear of second place Chilman and a further 33 seconds in front of former National Gravel Champion Roger Duckworth and his co-driver Shaun O’Gorman; again in an Impreza WRC.

The day was also a huge success for tyre manufacturer Kumho. All of the top 3 cars were clad in Kumho tyres, and Kumho’s European Motorsport Manager Steve Thompson commented "This is obviously a very pleasing result for us in what is proving to be something of a vintage year for Kumho on both stage and track. The ultimate beneficiaries are our road tyre customers, however, who get to buy products developed in the heat of competition".

Another Kumho driver has secured the Silverstone Tyres BTRDA Historic Cup, further adding to Kumho's success.With one rally still remaining, Warren Philliskirk has emerged champion. After a season-long battle with the Welsh pairing of Terry Brown and Tomos Whittle, Philliskirk and co-driver Matt Whattam emerged victorious from another tough struggle on the Woodpecker Rally to claim the title in their Kumho-shod Ford Escort MKII.

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