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West and Cox take Snetterton stage rally spoils

Monday, February 20 2017

Chris West and Steven Cox won Sunday's (19 February) Snetterton Stage Rally in their Peugeot 306 Maxi after eight challenging stages, getting the Norfolk circuit's 2017 season off to a thrilling start.

Driving the French hatchback made famous by World Rally tarmac specialists Francois Delacour and Gilles Panizzi, the winning pair defeated Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship title contender Ian Woodhouse into second place. Nevertheless, the runner-up gained valuable points over championship leader and fellow Ford Escort driver Paul Swift, who holds a useful 39-point lead with three rounds to go.

It was a tough event for second-placed title contender John Griffiths, who could only guide his Subaru Impreza to 31st place overall, leaving him vulnerable to Woodhouse in the standings.

In the co-driver's championship, Peter Littlefield remains the top contender, despite only managing a 20th place finish with driver Steve Quigley in their Renault Clio 172 Cup. However his margin has been reduced to just five points over Joe Morgan, who despite finishing much further down the order in 49th place overall, was fourth in class compared to Littlefield's eighth place.

The rally routes utilised parts of the Snetterton 300 circuit, plus paddock and access roads in a variety of different layouts during the event. Entries varied from the hugely popular MkII Escort, to Subaru Imprezas, a huge range of hatchbacks and even sportscars, including a Toyota MR2 and Mazda MX-5.

There are just three rounds of the MSVR-run Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship remaining, with the finale taking place at Cadwell Park on 9 April.

Snetterton Stage Rally result
1, Chris West/Steven Cox, Peugeot 306 Maxi, Class D
2, Ian Woodhouse/Paul Rowland, Ford Escort MkII, Class D
3, Paul Swift/Steve McNulty, Ford Escort MkII, Class D
4, Martin Hodgson/Tony Jones, Ford Escort MkII, Class D
5, Robert Swann/Aron Rayner, Subaru S12B WRC, Class E
6, Stephen Tilburn/Jack Benjamin Tilburn, Ford Escort RS2000, Class D
7, Terry Clarke/Ronnie Roughead, Ford Escort MkII, Class D
8, Darryl Morris/Steve Gully, Ford Escort MkII, Class D
9, Nigel Mummery/Darren Spann, Ford Focus, Class E
10, Steve Beck/Paul Brown, Ford Escort MkII, Class C

Click here for the full result and here to visit the Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship website.