KIDDERMINSTER co-driver Adrian Mayall was part of a team which won his class at the Rally of the Midlands at the weekend.

The event, which also doubles up as the next round of the Kingsway Insurance Heart of England Rally Championship, not only proved to be the big one, it also proved to be the toughest one this year.

Being a triple venue stage rally, including Mallory Park, Merevale Hall Atherstone and the MIRA test track facility near history being the venues, the rally attracted the interest of the BBC News team who previewed the event on television.

This encouraged thousands of spectators to turn up on the day, not only to see the main rally event, but also to see static and demonstration runs by the iconic group B rally cars of the 70s and 80s.

The rally was not so tough, however, for Mayall and driver Rob Hayden who used their experience and the reliability of their rally car, the unusual Alfa Romeo, to beat many more fancied competitors.

From a starting position of 39th, they finished in 21st place overall and first in class A for their type of vehicle.

Meanwhile, starting earlier in 31st position was Chris Woodhouse, also of Kidderminster, with Rachel Inns co-driving a Peugeot 106 and in class B.

This pairing managed to finish in an overall position of 18 and fourth in class.