Isle of Man Rally 2016 +HISTORICS

A few clips of the Rally Isle of Man
Elfyn Evans overturned an overnight deficit to claim a narrow victory on the Rally Isle of Man as it concluded this afternoon in Douglas.

The DMack Tyres Ford Fiesta R5 driver and co-driver Craig Parry started the day 17.5 seconds down on team-mates Mark Higgins and Darren Garrod.

That lead was trimmed immediately on the day’s opening stage, 5 Tons Bridge and then collapsed to just 4.0s as Evans blazed through the Dollagh (SS16), Higgins at a loss to understand where the time had gone.

Behind the battle resumed for third between Tom Cave/James Morgan (Ford Fiesta R5) and Irishman Desi Henry/Liam Moynihan (Skoda Fabia R5) and they arrived at first service just 3.5s apart.

Rhys Yates crashed his Fiesta out of fifth place on the opening stage, promoting the similar car of Matt Edwards to the position.

Evans narrowed Higgins gap again on SS17 Snuff the Wind to a mere tenth of a second, with the following stage negated when Higgins, running first on the road, was impeded by a course car.

Organisers gave him the same time as his opponent and the gap remained at 0.1s with two tests to go.
Cave also upped his pace to continue to hold his foyle Henry at bay.

Evans put in a real charge on the penultimate test SS19 Phildraw 2 to reclaim the event lead by 8.4s, and despite Higgins doing his best to hit back on SS20 Classic (mid-stage splits had him 7s up on his rival), the new MSA British Champion held on by 5.9s.

Cave and Morgan also held on to complete the podium in their Spencer Fiesta, with Henry and Edwards fourth and fifth.

DGM Citroen crew Jonathan Greer and Kirsty Riddick completed the top six.



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