Cornwell commands Cadet Cup in Ypres

Josh Cornwell was the man on form coming to Belgium with three wins from three events. The Pirelli-supported driver with Richard Bliss calling the notes was once again unstoppable in the Ford Fiesta R2 – dominating the class and setting some respectable times that would have faired well in the Junior BRC category. With four straight wins, Cornwell and Bliss can almost put one hand on the inaugural Cadet Cup.

Tom Williams/Bryan Hull had a difficult opening day with gearbox gremlins working their way into their Fiesta R2. A full gearbox change on the Friday night enabled Williams to salvage a crucial second in class to help their championship ambitions. Alex Waterman with Michael Gilbey calling the notes flew over the Belgian roads and cobbles to record another podium position in the Cadet category.

The Harper Adams University Motorsport Team made a welcome return to Britain’s premier rallying series in their Ford Fiesta National. Driver James McDiarmid and navigator Max Haines-Messenger left the road on the first day but couldn’t get the car back on the road before the sweeper car showed. Restarting on the second day, the University crew punched in some impressive class times to drag themselves into fourth.

Nabila Tejpar lost power-steering after crossing the start ramp and had to drive the first day without the assistance – dropping crucial time to her rivals. With a complete steering rack change overnight Nabila and co-driver Brian Hoy soldiered on finished the demanding event in fifth. Tejpar played her ‘Joker’ to bag an additional point to keep her in the championship top three.

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