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Brands Hatch season kicks off with Peugeot rally win

Monday, January 21 2019

Brands Hatch's season got underway yesterday with the MGJ Engineering Winter Stages Rally, the fourth round of the 2018-19 Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship in association with MSVR.

Chris West and co-driver Keith Hounslow won the event in their Peugeot 306 Maxi Kit Car, completing the eight-stage event in 42m36s, to head home the Ford Fiesta WRC of John Stone and co-driver Jack Morton by less than half a minute.

Stone and Morton led the way initially, but championship leader climbed into contention with a superb run on stage three to claim his first win of the day. West eventually claimed the lead after stage five, and he was to hold it until the end, despite an effort from Stone to close the gap.

Mark Kelly and Neil Colman briefly overtook Stone in the standings in their Ford Escort Mk2 ahead of the final two stages of the day, but eventually had to settle for the final step on the rostrum.

Steve Tilburn and Jack Tilburn completed the event in fourth position, whilst James Self and Tim Self rounded out the top five at an event which comprised bespoke rally stages.

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