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For the 9th round of the SG Petch ANECCC Stage Rally Championship competitors gathered on the Otterburn military ranges, for the first of three rallies on the ranges, the Tyneside Stages.
For the first time Alistair Hutchinson took maximum SG Petch drivers points in his LPG Renault Clio, finishing 9th overall and winning his class. Alistair was co-driven by Andrew Hutchinson. Maximum co-drivers points were taken by Andrew Roughead, co-driving Peter Taylor (Renault Clio) finishing 6th overall and winning their class. Second place ANECCC points were taken by the 1600cc class winning Peugeot 106 of Barry and Michael Lindsay; they finished outside the top 10 which is unusual for them on Otterburn. Maintaining his good form of late are Mark I’Anson/ Ron Roughead (Mitsubishi Evo 8), who picked up is 3rd SG Petch top 3 points score in the last 3 rounds.
The other SG Petch ANECCC points scores were Chris Anderson/Chris Thirling (Ford Fiesta) with their best Otterburn finish of 19th overall, from a seeding of 66. Charlie Taylor/Steve Bielby were again the first historic car to finish in their Ford Escort MkII. Geoff Harkness/Caroline Lodge (Vauxhall Corsa) were having their first outing since the Jack Frost Rally in January. Last SG Petch finisher was Josh Davison who on this rally was co-driving his father Michael (Proton Satria).
The only non finisher among the SG Petch ANECCC competitors were Gavin Spencer/Colin Tombs (Vauxhall Nova) who retired with engine problems.
After nine round the current points standings are:-
Richard Cook 100 pts, Barry Lindsay 64 pts, Mark I’Anson 63 pts, Charlie Taylor 51 pts, Michael Glendinning 47 pts, and Alistair Hutchinson 43 pts.
Edwin Cook 100 pts, Andrew Roughead 61 pts, Steve Bielby 53 pts, Michael Lindsay 52 pts, Caroline Lodge 48 pts and Josh Davison 42 pts.
The SG Petch ANECCC championship returns to the Otterburn Ranges on the 11th September by the Lindisfarne Rally, making a return after a years enforced absence due to military training on the ranges. Regulations and on-line entry is available at www.richard-burns.com/tdmc/lindisfarne
The Lindisfarne is then followed by the Cheviot Keith Knox Rally on the 23rd October; full details will be available on the rally website www.cheviotstages.co.uk
There is a change of date for the final round of the championship, the Grizedale Stages Rally; it will now run on the 26th/27th November, with scrutineering and a night stage on Saturday 26th, with six further stages on the Sunday.
After running the ANECCC Stage Rally Championship for the last 5 years I think it is time for someone with fresh ideas to take over the reigns and take the championship forward. So if you know of someone who may be interested in taking on this role can they contact me or any of the ANECCC officials, and we can discuss what is involved etc.
If anyone has any questions please contact.
S G Petch ANECCC Stage Rally Championship Coordinator
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