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BORC: Matador British Off Road Championship Round 3.

Keith Lewis blitzed the opposition in the third round of the Matador MSA British Off Road Championship to take the win by just over a minute, the biggest margin so far this year.

Significant rainfall in the days leading up to the event meant that the ten and a half mile course was treacherously slippery on Saturday morning for the first run. The first to succumb to the conditions was joint championship leaders Simon and Karen Bown. Bouncing off the track in one of the technical off road sections, Simon blamed no-one, but himself. "Driver error, I was just going too fast." Some of Simon’s leading rivals were less charitable, as they were held up on the track blocked by Simon’s off.

In his efforts to regain the course Simon blew the gearbox on his Land Rover Special and then spent the rest of the day trying to fix the car. Finally following a further broken differential, he called it a day.

One of those frustrated by the early Simon Bown induced hold-up was Ben Gott, who has been rapidly getting to grips with a new car for this season. Unfortunately on his second lap, Ben was caught out by a corner on one of the fast gravel sections and launched his new TMC in to a series of terrifying rolls. Fortunately Ben and co-driver Stephen Hare, emerged with nothing more serious than a suspected broken arm for Ben, and were impressed by how quickly help was at hand.

As the track dried the times tumbled and despite fierce competition from Ryan Cooke, Carl Duffield and Colin Gould, Keith Lewis had edged a 36 second lead by the end of day one’s five stages.

Keith set about extending his lead on day two, once again setting the fastest opening stage. Behind an epic battle was gearing up between Carl Duffield and Ryan Cooke for second place.

Carl had reeled Ryan in and with just thirteen seconds between them on the penultimate lap, we were into last lap dash territory! Ryan went first and stopped the clock at an astonishing 13m15s, the fastest of the event, beating the next fastest outright time, which just happened to be Carl Duffield’s impressive 13m21 on his final lap, by a whole six seconds. This meant that Ryan had secured second overall.


01 | Keith Lewis | Simmbugghini | 2h04m10s
02 | Ryan Cooke | Land Rover Special | 2h05m22a
03 | Carl Duffield | Tornado 2 Diesel | 2h05m41s
04 | Colin Gould | Mudserati | 2h06m18s
05 | Alec Lofthouse | Lofthouse Proto | 2h08m00s
06 | Ray Kempster | Milner R4 ProTruck | 2h12m14s
07 | Jeremy Fearn | Bowler Wildcat | 2h14m54s
08 | Linden Jackson | Tomcat | 2h15m03s
09 | Tony Coid | Tomcat | 2h17m41s
10 | Jim Lawrence | Tomcat | 2h18m42s

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2006/07/05 I 12:07 CET I Editor: BORC I Pics: Songasport

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