Special stage rallying comes to Surrey
PUBLISHED: 10:26 13 May 2014
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For the first time in its history, the Royal Automobile Club’s Woodcote Park estate in Epsom played host to a competitive motorsport event when the Mini Britannia rally took place there on Saturday May 10.
The cars were flagged away from Woodcote Park before making their way to Dunsfold Park, home of the BBC Top Gear track, to compete in the first, three-mile, high-speed competition stage.
Heading north, the next challenge was at Brooklands with its famous test hill, as well as cone-marked sections of the steep banking. After tests and careful car control, competitors were able to stretch their legs on the Mercedes-Benz World test track.
After lunch, it was back to Dunsfold Park, where competitors were able to do what so many Top Gear viewers have wanted to do in taking on the iconic speed stage made famous by the shows ‘star in a reasonably car’.
Driver Howard Redhouse set an impressive lap time of just one minute, 28 seconds in his Porsche 911 and maintained his pole position on the leader board at each stage of the rally.
The club’s Woodcote Park played host to the final stage of the rally within the grounds of the elegant 17th century mansion where Howard Redhouse and his co-driver Scott Nicholson won the Mini Britannia cup.
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