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Double victory for rally star Jeff Brown
RALLY driver Jeff Brown recorded two class victories in his latest two outings.
Motor Club members Brown and wife Kirstie took Greebo, the name of their Vauxhall Chevette, to the Longmoor Loco Rally near Bordon.
Using the maze of narrow roads in the army camp, the event started in sub-zero temperatures with frost and ice everywhere and finished after 32 miles in winter sunshine on drying roads.
It was Brown’s first time driving at the event and wife Kirstie’s first rally in more than two years.
It took the crew a couple of stages to get into their stride. Once they found their rhythm times improved and they finished 11th overall and first in the up to 2-litre class.
A week later, the Overton-born driver took his car to Weston-super-Mare for the Grand Pier Rally – a new event using three venues close to the town, including the notorious Kewstoke Toll Road.
Navigated at the last minute by Alison Lock, the car seemed well-suited to the short stages, all of which were new to Brown.
Rain made the stages slippery and sections of the toll road were quite treacherous, but the crew had a successful day, finishing fifth overall and second in class.
The car, sponsored by Pyrotastic Fireworks and Alpha Signs, performed well on both events and requires no major work in advance of the Brean Stages Rally in Somerset later this month, where Brown will be back with regular navigator Chris Pratt.
In the meantime, the crew will swap seats for the first round of the south west road rally championship next week, using Pratt’s Peugeot 205 GTi.
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