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Edwards crowned king of the Forest.


MATT EDWARDS took a convincing second place on the Bill Gwynne Rallyschool Coracle Stages Rally recently to secure the Association of North Western Car Clubs' (ANWCC) Forest Rally Championship title and regain his lead in the Motor Sports Association (MSA) Welsh National Rally Championship.

Edwards, 27, of Rhos-on-Sea, scored maximum points on each of the six events in which he competed, making him unbeatable with three qualifying rounds remaining.

The former MSA 1400cc Champion moved up to the higher capacity Group B13 class this year, acquiring a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, a move which some speculated could hamper his results after he had rallied predominantly in the 1400cc class more recently.

But those doubts have been firmly dispelled and Edwards has proven his ability among the top clubman drivers in the United Kingdom.

He has sealed this Championship and leads the Welsh National Rally Championship, and also holds second place in the coveted British Trial and Rally Drivers Association (BTRDA) Gold Star Championship - the pinnacle of British Clubman rallying competition.

North Wales Car Club member Edwards said: "We had a few minor niggles with the car initially, but took the opportunity to do a few tweaks and try to gain that extra performance to save vital seconds.

"The car is running well and I'm confident that we will go into the penultimate round of the BTRDA Championship with the best set-up, based on what we have developed with our partners over the year."

The penultimate round of the BTRDA Championship series is the Woodpecker Stages Rally held around Ludlow in September.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 8, 2012
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