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Round 1, The Tour of Epynt.
The start of the 2014 season with Damian going for a 5th straight MSA Asphalt Championship driver’s championship – here we go!!!
Having finished 2nd overall on this event for the last 3 years and it being the only national rally on Epynt that hasn’t been won by a Get Connected car, Damian was very determined to get the championship off to the best possible start with an overall win and maximum points. After a successful partnership at the end of 2013, Elliott Edmondson has committed to a full season with the Get Connected/Accident Advice Solicitors team so the Milton Keynes based co-driver will be filling the left hand seat on every event during 2014.
A brave tyre choice and a big push on the opening 3 mile stage in damp, slippery conditions paid dividends, the Focus WRC stopping the clocks 7s faster than Peter Lloyd/Neil James and 8s faster than Steve Simpson/Patrick Walsh. This first stage was to prove decisive by the end of the rally… Due to a bad accident on stage 2 behind the leading crews, stage 4 was lost as rescue teams still worked on the injured crew, stage 5 saw both Steve Simpson and Damian catch the course opening car even though it started the stage 5 minutes in front of the competing cars – the gap was extended to 8 minutes for the final 2 stages.
Peter Lloyd and Damian started the final 15 mile stage tied on overall time, Damian still leading due to the tie-break rule of fastest on the first stage. A massive effort from both drivers saw Peter taking 12 mins 14s to complete the stage, but Damian just pipped him with a time of 12 mins 13s to win the rally by just 1s, both drivers saying it was the fastest they had ever driven across the military range. Steve Simpson was only 4s behind Peter in 3rd overall, a close battle all day.
For the first time in 5 years the Focus WRC goes to Round 2, The Manx National Rally at the beginning of May, leading the championship. The Manx National is now the only round of the championship that Damian hasn’t won overall, 3rd overall 3 times in the last 4 years, will 2014 bring the desired win?
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11th March 2018 - Tour of Epynt - Fiesta WRC - 2nd overall,
24th/25th February 2017 - Legend Fires North West Stages - Escort - 9th Overall.
4th March 2017 - Gremlin Road Rally - Escort - 10th Overall.
12th March 2017 - Tour of Epynt - Fiesta WRC - Retired.
2nd April 2017 - Tour of Caerwent Stages - Escort - 4th Overall.
30th April 2017 - Dixies Challenge Rally - Fiesta WRC - 1st Overall.
5th/6th May 2017 - Manx National Rally - Fiesta WRC - Retired.
4th June 2017 - Mini Epynt Stages - Escort - 1st Overall.
2nd July 2017 - Midsummer Tour of Caerwent - Escort - 2nd Overall.
9th July 2017 - Nicky Grist/Spencer Sport Acropolis Rally - Fiesta WRC - 1st Overall.
30th July 2017 - Harry Flatters - Fiesta WRC - 1st Overall.
27th August 2017 - Mewla Rally - Fiesta WRC - 1st Overall.
1st October 2017 - Patriot Stages - Escort - 2nd Overall.
7th October 2017 - 1000 Lanes Road Rally - Escort - 10th Overall.
22nd October 2017 - Cheviot Stages - Fiesta WRC - 1st Overall.
4th November 2017 - Herefordshire Raceway Builth Showground Stages - Escort - Retired.
25th November 2017 - Cilwendeg Road Rally - Escort - 16th Overall
King of Epynt champions 2017!
5th/6th February 2016 - Legend Fires North West Stages - Escort - 5th Overall.
5th/6th March 2016 - Mid Wales Stages - Fiesta S2000 - Retired.
13th March 2016 - Tour of Epynt - Fiesta WRC - 3rd Overall.
8th/9th April 2016 - Circuit of Ireland - Fiesta S2000 - Retired.
6th/7th May 2016 - Manx National - Fiesta WRC - 4th Overall.
12th June 2016 - Midsummer Tour of Caerwent - Escort - 1st Overall.
3rd July 2016 - ALMC Stages - Fiesta WRC - 15th Overall.
9th/10th July 2016 - Nicky Grist 100 Stages - Fiesta S2000 - 14th Overall.
31st July 2016 - Harry Flatters Rally - Fiesta WRC - 1st Overall.
7th August 2016 - Tyneside Stages - Fiesta WRC - 1st Overall.
28th August 2016 - Mewla National Rally - Fiesta WRC - 1st Overall.
25th September 2016 - Patriot Stages - Fiesta WRC - 1st Overall.
9th October 2016 - Cheviot Stages - Escort - 3rd Overall.
5th November 2016 - Herefordshire Raceway Builth Showground Stages - Escort - Retired.
King of Epynt champion 2016!
MSA Asphalt Champions 2016!
14th February 2015 - Wyedean Rally - 6th Overall
7th March 2015 - Tour of Epynt - 2nd Overall
22nd March 2015- Tour of Caerwent (Escort) - 1st Overall
18th April 2015 - Somerset Stages - 5th Overall
8th/9th May 2015 - The Manx National Rally - 2nd Overall
16th May 2015 - Plains Rally - 44th Overall
21st June 2015 - Midsummer Tour Of Caerwent (Escort) - 1st Overall
5th July 2015 - ALMC Stages - DNF, accident.
11th July 2015 - Nicky Grist Stages (Mitsubishi Evo 9) - 28th Overall
26th July 2015 - Harry Flatters Rally (Fiesta WRC) - 1st Overall
2nd August 2015 - Tyneside Stages (Fiesta WRC) - 2nd Overall
30th August 2015 - Mewla National Rally (Fiesta WRC) - 2nd Overall
26th September 2015 - Trackrod Forest Stages (Fiesta WRC) - 2nd Overall
27th September 2015 - Patriot Stages - (Escort) - 3rd Overall
10th October 2015 - 1000 Lanes Road Rally - 12th Overall
31st October 2015 - Herefordshire Raceway Builth Showground Stages (Escort) - 5th Overall
7th November 2015 - Pokerstars Rally (Escort) - 7th Overall
Epynt Challenge Champion Driver and Co-driver 2015!
BTRDA Mixed Surface Rally Challenge Champions 2015!
8th February 2014 - Legend Fires North West Stages (Escort) - 5th Overall
9th March 2014 - Tour of Epynt - 1st Overall
23rd March 2014 - AGBO Stages (Escort) - 3rd Overall
14th May 2014 - Manx National - Retired
30th/31st May 2014 - Jim Clark National - 2nd Overall
21st June 2014 - Rally Of The Midlands (Escort) - 2nd Overall
6th July 2014 - ALMC Stages - 2nd Overall
27th July 2014 - Harry Flatters Rally - 1st Overall
3rd August 2014 - Tyneside Stages - 2nd Overall
24th August 2014 - Mewla National Rally - 1st Overall
5th/6th September 2014 - Promenade Stages (Escort) - Retired broken propshaft
13th/14th September 2014 - Wexford Stages - 1st Overall
28th September 2014 - Patriot Stages (Escort) - 2nd Overall
1st November 2014 - Builth Wells Showground Stages (Escort) - 1st Overall
9th November 2014 - Keith Knox Cheviot Stages - 1st Overall
MSA Asphalt Champions 2014!
10th March 2013 - Tour of Epynt - 2nd Overall
24th March 2013 - Tour of Caerwent (Escort) - 9th Overall
10th/11th May 2013 - Manx National Rally - 3rd Overall
31st May/June 1st - Jim Clark National Rally - Retired
7th July 2013 - ALMC Stages - 2nd Overall
28th July 2013 - Harry Flatters - 2nd Overall
11th August 2013 - Tyneside Rally - 1st Overall
25th August 2013 - Mewla National Rally - Retired
7th/8th September 2013 - Wexford Rally - 2nd Overall
22nd September 2013 - Pendragon Stages (Escort) - Retired
20th October 2013 - Cheviot Stages - 1st Overall
2nd Nov 2013 - Herefordshire Raceway Builth Showground Stages (Escort) - 1st Overall
23rd November 2013 - Neil Howard Memorial Stages (Escort) - 5th Overall
MSA Asphalt Champion Driver 2013!
11th March 2012 - Tour Of Epynt - 2nd Overall
5th May 2012 - Corinium Stages, Down Ampney - 1st Overall
11th/12th May 2012 - Manx National Rally - 3rd Overall
1st/2nd June 2012 - Jim Clark National - 2nd Overall
22nd/23rd June 2012 - Rally Of The Midlands - 1st Overall
15th July 2012 - ALMC Stages (Dublin) - 4th Overall
29th July 2012 - Harry Flatters - 1st Overall
12th August 2012 - Tyneside Stages - 1st Overall
26th August 2012 - Mewla National Rally - 1st Overall
8th/9th September 2012 - Dick Bailey Wexford Stages - 2nd Overall
30th September 2012 - Patriot Stages - 1st Overall
3rd November 2012 - Tempest Stages - Retired
MSA Asphalt Champions 2012!
Epynt Challenge Champion Driver 2012!
2011 Season Results
13th March 2011 - Tour of Epynt - 2nd Overall
6th/7th May 2011 - Manx Rally - Retired
27th/28th May 2011 - Jim Clark National Rally - 1st Overall
18th/19th June 2011 - Rally of the Midlands - 2nd Overall
17th July 2011 - ALMC Stages - 2nd Overall
31st July 2011 - Tyneside Stages Rally - 1st Overall
28th August 2011 - Mewla National Rally - 3rd Overall
10th/11th September 2011 - Dick Bailey Wexford Stages - 1st Overall
25th September 2011 - Patriot Stages, Caerwent - 1st Overall
3rd October 2011 - Cheviot Stages - 1st Overall
MSA Asphalt Champions 2011!
2010 Season Results
February - Wyedean - 6th Overall
March - Malcolm Wilson - Retired
March - Tour of Epynt - Retired
March - Tour of Caerwent - 2nd Overall
May - Welsh Rally - 1st Overall
May - Manx National - 3rd Overall
May - Jim Clark National - 1st Overall
June - Dukeries - 3rd Overall
June - Rally of the Midlands - 1st Overall
July - ALMC Stages - 1st Overall
August - Harry Flatters Rally - 1st Overall
August - Mewla National Rally - 2nd Overall
September - Dick Bailey Wexford Stages - 1st Overall
MSA Asphalt Champions 2010!
Epynt Challenge Winners 2010!