The route, set around north west Somerset and north east Devon will be as testing as ever and to throw in the recent weather conditions I’m sure it will be a night to remember for most in one way or another. Favourite spots ‘Cove Hairpin’ and ‘Sheepwash’ are rumoured to be used again by the organisers, make sure that handbrake is tightened and you take plenty of WD40!
Chris Stratton and Martin Moore lead the crews into the night in their MG ZR with the brightly coloured 206 of Kevin Wills and 2013 Championship Runner-Up Liam Burns hot on their heals. Third away is Roger Holder and Peter Barnard after Peters recent success with winning the Mel Harries Memorial, will it be 2 in a row for Peter? Ian Orford and Bob Jones round off the Experts class, a top 5 position is surely on the cards for this crew.
Class 2 sees several south west regulars entering in early for 2014, the likes of Dave & Ross Whittock, Tim Owen & Jake Ramsden and Paul Prance & Derek Drayton just to name a few. The Ford Escort pairing of Gavin Rogers and Georgina Clark are tipped for a decent result with a recent award on the Peak Revs late in 2013.
The Novice class also has some good competition from crews such as Ian Woollacott and Shaun Leyland, Shaun having a strong result on last years Guy Fawkes. Also Mark Butler makes another appearance in the wrong seat navigating for Tom Pile in the little Mk5 Fiesta.
With Plot n’ Bash and Regularity being used, the event is looking to be a tough one for the navigators and with the recent rain fall, tough on the drivers and cars.
Last years ASWMC winners Phil Harris and Chris Perry are not to be seen on the entry list. Maybe a new set of names will be on top of the championship table this year?
Daniel Pidgeon, Nav – Car 10, Vauxhall Nova