Long live the beast!

Thursday 17th February 2011 12:00 am
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WINNERS: Andy Burton & Robin Kellard. Pic: Kevin Baldwin ()

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ANDY Burton's name will live long in Wyedean Rally history, after the Herefordshire farmer cruised to a sixth career win on the Dean's stages.

His 178 rivals could not live with the speed of the self-built Peugeot Cosworth hybrid car, which the authorities want to ban at the end of this season.

Five of Burton's Wyedean wins have come in this 14-year-old 'beast', which many regard as a triumph of engineering.

"Because this is the car's last year any victory is special, but none more so than the Wyedean," said an emotional Burton.

"The reaction I got from the crowds was just fantastic. People love this car.

"It was a bit wet out there and the car misfired all day but it wasn't a problem. Things went our way for a change.

"Hugh Hunter was going very well and but for a spin would have been very close to us.

"As for the future we'll see how things go. I want to win the championship with this car in its last year. That's the dream."

Clerk of the course Phil Turley paid tribute to the ever-popular Burton by saying: "It's nice to see Andy win again. I'm not really au fait with what's been going on, but people must appreciate his car is a crowd puller. I told Andy he had to finish. He's a deserved winner."

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