Two days of high speed motoring over fantastically quick stages where power was at a premium saw Scandinavian crew Fredrik Ahlin/ Torstein Ericsen  clinch their second successive victory on the Pirelli International Rally , it was a “Double Double” as it was the also their second victory  in the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship having won the opening round last month. Ahlin’s win was no easy victory, he was headed on the opening day by the Hyundai of Tom Cave until they were sidelined by mechanical gremlins while the second day of the Carlisle based event saw Ahlin come under a sustained challenge from Osian Pryce/ Dale Furniss who got to within 4 seconds of claiming the lead while the drive of the day came from David Bogie/ Kevin Rae who put in a late spurt, and was fastest on all of the Sunday stages, he must have been rueing the brake problems which caused him to be off the pace on day One.

The opening stage of the Pirelli backed rally’s second day wreaked havoc amongst the leading runners as Keith Cronin/ Mike Galvin, 3rd  overnight, crashed out of the event, then Gary Person/ Paula Swinscoe who had been handily placed in a promising 4th place found one of Kielder’s many ditches and weren’t able to extricate the car. Meanwhile Jonny Greer/ Kirsty Riddick, who had been lying 6th stopped at the end of the stage with mechanical problems so, as the crews headed for service at Kielder Water the top positions had changed dramatically with Martin McCormack/ David Moynihan up to 3rd and the ever improving Bogie/ Rae combo now in 4th place.

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