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20th May 2002

GWYNDAF FORCED TO RETIRE IN WELSH RALLY

Gwyndaf Evans The MG ZR, driven by Gwyndaf Evans, was forced to retire from the Welsh Rally at the weekend on only its fourth outing. Following its class win at Gateshead, the opening event of the British Rally Championship, the Welsh outing looked promising as Gwyndaf took the lead of the Super 1600 class during stage four.

Lying second in class and 20th overall after the opening evening stages, Gwyndaf was charging hard through day twos opening stages. By the end of stage four, the 14.3 mile Sweet Lamb complex, the ZR had picked up considerable ground resulting in the MG leading the S1600 class, 16th overall. The charge continued through stage five until Gwyndaf and Chris were disappointed to retire with a mechanical problem on Myherin 1.

Commenting on his retirement from the rally Gwyndaf said: "The team worked brilliantly last night to fix an oil leak and everything looked good. During day two we clawed back time on the first two stages to take the class lead and were confident of a repeating our win - but it was not to be."

The loose surfaced stages provided the perfect rehearsal for the coming Acropolis Rally, third round of the MG ZRs Junior World Rally campaign which commences on June 13.

Issued by MG Rover Group Communications


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