Rising Llandovery rally star Cameron Davies overcame a succession of problems to take a big step towards another Championship title on Saturday’s (9th July) Nicky Grist Stages.
The issues for Cameron and co-driver Lee Taylor began when a mid-week test session revealed a problem with one of the competition suspension struts on their Ford Fiesta. A last minute cross country dash by Cameron’s father secured a replacement part but when the team fitted it they discovered that they were unable to adjust the ride height to give the optimum set-up. Nevertheless, with four wins out of four in the previous rounds of the Fiesta ST Trophy, the pair headed out from the Builth Wells start to the event feeling confident about the eight special stages ahead of them. However, they quickly discovered a new problem, electrical this time, as Cameron explained. “Every time I touched the throttle it would cut out for five seconds. If I touched the brakes it would cut out for two.”
That issue plus a wrong tyre choice which saw them running on medium rather than soft tyres slowed them throughout the morning but they were hopeful of being able to fight back in the afternoon. This wasn’t to be, however, Cameron subsequently commenting, “Unfortunately the ruts determined our line through most of the stages so we struggled with that.”
Irrespective of those trials and tribulations, however, when the pairing returned to the Royal Welsh Showground for the event finish they had put in a strong enough performance to make it five successive victories in the Fiesta ST Trophy as well as claiming Class honours on the event. The result also means that, despite missing the opening round of the series, the pair take the lead in the Trophy with two rounds remaining.
The next round is the Woodpecker Rally, based in Ludlow on September 3rd but Cameron will be back in competitive action at Castle Combe race circuit in Wiltshire next weekend. He will be racing the SVG Racing Sports 2000 car that he drove with considerable success last season.