Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Wilks stripped of Yorkshire rally win

Guy Wilks has had his victory on the Trackrod Rally Yorkshire wiped out, further fuelling the acrimony in the battle for the British championship.

Reigning champion Wilks won the event, fifth round of the series, from Mark Higgins with young Irish driver Keith Cronin in a best-ever third place.

But Higgins' TEG Sport Subaru team lodged a protest, querying the steering column used on Wilks Mitsubishi Lancer. The protest was upheld and Higgins promoted to first place.

However, the Mitsubishi team have appealed the decision and the results, along with the championship points, will remain provisional until it is heard.

The TEG Sport protest is the latest in a series of incidents which have created a hostile atmosphere in their battle with Mitsubishi. And at the centre of it has been Phillip Morrow.

He was axed by Mitsubishi earlier in the season and switched to TEG Sport, finishing fourth on the Ulster Rally to help them in the chase for the team's championship. But his points were later discounted when it emerged his co-driver Gordon Noble hadn't been registered in time.

At the same time Wilks escaped unpunished after he crashed his Mitsubishi and the rear bumper was not replaced immediately in the rush to repair the car.

Higgins remains locked in battle for the drivers' championship and although he was well beaten by Wilks at the weekend, his team took the opportunity to exact revenge when they spotted the technical discrepancy in the winning Mitsubishi.

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