Rally driver takes weekend’s plaudits

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THAME’S top rally driver Simon Mauger had a great weekend at the Cornbury Rally Show as he lived up to his title of Motorsport News’ best Asphalt rally driver for 2010.

He began the race in style by posting an impressive time that rivalled the faster Mini and Ford Fiesta RS WRC cars.

This is turning into a usual occurrence for the speedster, who became the first MK2 driver to win a national rally in more than 20 years.

Mauger went on to win the all comers title, and the Colin McRae Trophy for the most exciting driver and car combination at the event. The top 10 fastest cars over the weekend were then in an exciting head to head knockout.

Mauger, with co-driver Brian Cammack, took the title with a final stage time of 53 seconds.

James Sparrow, in his WRC car, claimed second with Gwyndaff Evans and Phil Mills driving a historic MK2 to the limit in third.

Thousands of pounds were raised in charity auctions for rides in the top cars but unfortunately the two winners of a ride in Simon’s MK2 were unable to fit in the bucket seats.