Ahlin back on top of BRC after Nicky Grist win

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Fredrik Ahlin retook the British Rally Championship lead with two rounds remaining after winning the Nicky Grist Stages, as Osian Pryce retired out of the lead.

Pryce – the erstwhile championship leader – had led overnight after the gravel section of the event, but a fuel-related issue put him out on SS12. Winner of the previous round in Ypres, M-Sport’s Keith Cronin crashed his similar Ford Fiesta R5 less than a mile behind where Pryce pulled up on the stage after understeering off.

Ahlin had begun to reel in Pryce before his stoppage, and the CA1 Sport Skoda Fabia driver merely had to manage a gap of almost a minute to take his third win of the season and a 22 point lead over Spencer Sport’s Pryce in the process. 

Matt Edwards took second for the second event in a row, as the sole Hankook tyres runner in his Fiesta R5. He headed first-time podium finisher Rhys Yates, scoring a podium at the highest level of British Rallying just three full years into his career. 

Callum Devine headed the Prestone Motorsport News Junior British Rally Championship runners for the second event in a row in his Opel Adam R2. He’s now tied at the top of the standings with Peugeot 208 R2 driver William Creighton, who finished in second place, also for the second event in a row.

Josh Cornwell was crowned the first BRC champion of 2017 after sealing the Cadet class in his Fiesta R2, and with it won a season of entry fees in the championship for 2018.

Ford Fiesta RS WRC driver Damian Cole won the Sunday-only Acropolis Rally over the Epynt asphalt.

Stephen Petch won the Saturday BTRDA section of the event in his Fiesta RS WRC.

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