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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Malcolm Wilson Rally

THOUSANDS of spectators descended on Grizedale Forest to watch their rally heroes thunder through woodland at tremendous speed.

Now in its 36th year, the Malcolm Wilson Rally did not disappoint as it raced through Grizedale and North Cumbria on Saturday.

The sound of exhausts roaring in the distance could be heard throughout the forest.

From souped-up Subarus to nippy Nissan Micras, spectators were treated to an action-packed afternoon of motorsport.

One of the spectators was Grizedale’s own rally star Dave Shuttleworth, who was forced to retire from last year’s event when a loose stone took his Mitsubishi Evo’s oil filter clean off.

He said: “I don’t mind watching today, I can always go back to it.

“It’ll just be when I get the motivation to start again.

“It is good to see some of the drivers trying their hardest.

“It’s a nice day but we’d have still turned out in our waterproofs if it had been raining.”

Another of the spectators, Jon-Paul Challinor, from Ulverston, said: “This event is one of them that all the young lads that grew up round here looked forward to every year.

“It is always interesting to watch the cars and, at the end of the day, it’s a free event to watch.”

Second seeded Andrew Burton and co-driver Robin Kellard came out on top of the overall standings in their Peugeot Cosworth.

Windermere’s Pip Simpson and co-driver Gordon Metcalfe finished in 18th place in their Subaru Impreza. But there was heartbreak for Barrow navigator Chris Williams who, along with driver Alex Laffey in their Ford Fiesta, was forced to retire after stage seven.

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