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After four rounds in the forests the competitors in the SG Petch ANECCC Stage Rally Championship returned to the tarmac for round 6 on the closed public roads around Duns, for the Jim Clark Reivers Rally. The forecasters had predicted a wet Saturday with a dry Sunday, but they were approximately 12 hours out as the rain arrived in the early hours of Sunday morning. This left a lot of standing water on the early stages making the conditions very unpredictable.
For the second time this year a round of the SG Petch ANECCC Stage Rally Championship was also a round of the Scottish Rally Championship, as with the Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally in March maximum points went to Shaun Sinclair/Chris Hamill (Mitsubishi Evo 9). On the first two stages their brakes faded towards the end of them, this was fixed in service by bleeding them, but it took a couple of stages to rebuild confidence, things went better on the later stages and they took maximum points with 8th overall. Second place points went to Richard and Edwin Cook (Subaru Impreza) who had a slow start with 2 spins on the first 4 stages. They were 5th placed ANECCC crew after two stages but pulled back up the leaderboard to take second place championship points in 21st overall. One place behind was the MkII Ford Escort of Michael Glendinning/Andrew Roughead who reported a couple of very fast sideways moments on the early stages, when at maximum revs in 5th gear. With a late charge on the last two stages the pulled back 16 seconds on the Cooks but failed by 5.1 seconds to get second place points.
Fourth place SG Petch ANECCC Stage Rally Championship points went to Willie Jarman/Mark Fisher(Escort Cosworth), who were getting up to speed on the first couple of stages as they had only completed one stage on the Malcolm Wilson Rally so far this year, but this didn’t stop them having a couple of grassy moments. A clean run on the later stages netted them 28th overall. 5th place points went to Chris and Katherine Singer (Mitsubishi Evo 6) who had a very eventful day, after 2 stages they were lying second among the ANECCC championship contenders, but then their day went downhill. An off into a field lost over 30 seconds, and the damage sustained too the intercooler cost time on the following stages. The intercom then failed so they stopped to swap helmets and this lost more time, but they were pleased to reach the finish for the first time in three rallies in their new car. Just 0.4 seconds behind the Singers were Michael Davison and Ali Procter in their 1600cc Proton Compact who had a spin on stage 2; they had a clean run in the afternoon and brought their newly painted orange Proton home as highest placed 1600cc ANECCC competitor. 2nd 1600 ANECCC contender and 7th overall were Malcolm Davey and Paul Slingsby in their MkI Ford Escort who though the stages were great fun if a bit slippy, and reported the tyres going off on the last two stages. They drove 7 miles on one stage with a puncture but only found at the end of the stage the jack was missing, so they had to drive back to service with the puncture. Final ANECCC championship finisher was the historic spec Vauxhall Chevette HSR of Tony Thompson and Paul Hudson who had a late Saturday night replacing the back axle after the differential failed on the Jim Clark Historic Rally on Saturday, their efforts were rewarded with a finish.
There were 3 non finishers among the SG Petch ANECCC Stage Rally Championship competitors. Jeff McNeil/Fred Roberts were out in Jeff’s newly rebuilt (Subaru Impreza) that Jeff’s son Jim had crashed on the Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally, but they slide into a ditch on stage 6. Marcus Noble/Helen Hall (Ford Escort MkII) retired on stage 4 when their engine lost all its oil. Alan Hughes/Mike Scrimgour retired their rear wheel drive MkIII Escort with broken suspension on stage 3.
After six rounds the current points standings are:-
Richard Cook 90 pts, Shaun Sinclair 40 pts, Michael Glendinning 39 pts, Charlie Taylor 34 pts, Joanna Wickham 29 pts, and Tony Thompson (Snr) 27 pts.
Edwin Cook 90 pts, Chris Hamill and Steve Bielby 40 pts, Paul Hudson 35 pts, Stephen Thompson 27 pts, Andrew Roughead 24pts.
There is now an eight week break before a short return to the forests for the Greystoke Stages. The Greystoke Stages is on the 25th July and regulations are now available on the rally website www.greystokestages.co.uk
It is then the Tyneside Stages on the Otterburn Ranges on the 1st August, which is the first of four tarmac tallies. Regulations will be available soon on the rally website www.tynesidestages.co.uk
If anyone has any questions please contact.
S G Petch ANECCC Stage Rally Championship Coordinator
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Posted in Bulletins on: June 1st, 2010