Thu, 18 Oct 2018
Jordan Reynolds on his way to victory
BRIMPTON driver Jordan Reynolds survived a series of mechanical problems to clinch the British Rally Championship Cadet class title at Deeside, North Wales.
Reynolds and his Welsh co-driver Peredur Davies, driving their Ford Fiesta R2, went into the final two rounds leading the Cadet (Under-24) class.
Those rounds of the British Rally Championship were incorporated into a round of the World Rally Championship – Wales Rally GB – and the gruelling three-day event tested man and machine to the limit.
The first two days of the event went according to plan for Reynolds, but disaster struck on Saturday when his rear axle tube split and forced his retirement.
However, his rivals suffered similar fates as the tough event took its toll, Finlay Retson also suffering rear-axle failure and Bart Lang rolling his car.
All cars restarted on the final morning and as long as Reynolds finished, the Championship title was his.
But again disaster struck. After a heavy landing, the front suspension locked solid, making the car difficult to drive.
With two stages left, caution was needed, but Reynolds nursed the car back to the finish in Deeside to clinch the title.
In the main event, Sebastian Ogier suffered gearbox problems early on, but with his championship rival Ott Tanak suffering engines problems, he fought back to take the win in his Ford Fiesta WRC.