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For the 11th round of the SG Petch ANECCC Stage Rally Championship competitors gathered on the Otterburn military ranges, for the third of three rallies on the ranges, the UTS Cheviot Keith Knox Rally. The forecast was for dry weather, but the forecasters got it badly wrong with the day stating wet and only did it dry enough for the last stage for competitors to think about taking of their wet tyres.
Maximum SG Petch driver’s points were taken by Mark I’Anson in his Mitsubishi Evo 8 co-driven by Ron Roughead; they had a slow first couple of stages and were only the 4th placed ANECCC crew after the first two stages, in 18th overall. But an increase in pace over the day took them to 10th overall, and maximum points. Top co-drivers points went to Mike Scrimgour co-driving for David Conley in his 1600cc Hillman Avenger, who had a clean run, except for the odd spin, to win the 1600cc class. Second place ANECCC points went to Barry and Michael Lindsay (Peugeot 106), who had a quiet day and were not having their usual giant killing act, but they still finished 15th overall and 2nd in class. One place further back were Chris Anderson/Chris Thirling (Ford Fiesta) who thought the problems that put them out of last months Tyneside Stages on the last stage, had struck again when the car cut out on the 10th stage. But after 2 minutes it restarted, and ran faultless on the last stage to allow them to win the 2.0 ltr class and take 3rd place SG Petch ANECCC points.
The remaining SG Petch point scorers were led home by Colin Tombs who got a late call up to co-drive for Dave Seed (Ford Escort), they thought there day was finished when they spun off but fortunately there were enough marshals nearby to get them going again. Dave Crozier/Graeme Rumney (Peugeot 205) had only the option of slicks or forest tyres, so it had to be forest tyres, which worked surprisingly well. Until the 10th stage where an off resulted on the loss of their front wing and bumper, but it didn’t stop them getting to the finish. Josh Davison was co-driving for his father Michael this weekend in his Proton Satria, the day got of to a bad start when the car would not start after being taken of the trailer. An electrical problem was found just in time to make the start, and the car ran fault less the rest of the day. The next SG Petch finisher was Josh’s usual driver Joanna Wickham in here Subaru Impreza, who was co-driven this week by husband Guy. This was Joanna’s first outing on tarmac for a number of years and all was going well until the last stage when a close shave with a bale at a chicane left a nice black strip up the side of her yellow Impreza. The final SG Petch ANECCC finishers were the 1400cc cars of Andrew Irving/Ann Foster (Peugeot 205) and Sian Beaty/Dave Antrobus (Ford KA), Andrew and Ann were having their first outing since crashing on the Jim Clark Rally and gradually increased their pace to finish 3rd 1400cc car overall. Sian and Dave also had a clean run except for a slow puncture on one stage.
The non finishers among the SG Petch ANECCC competitors were Richard and Edwin Cook (Subaru Impreza) who were lying 6th overall and leading SG Petch crew after stage 9, which would have tied up the championship for them, but the gearbox stuck in gear on the 10th stage putting them out. Edwin still won the co-drivers championship because his only challenger, Andrew Roughead who was co-driving for Peter Taylor (Renault Clio) went off on stage 4 and retired. Reigning champion, Michael Glendinning’s run of bad luck continues with retirement on the 8th stage with gearbox problems when 1 second of the overall lead.
With two rounds to go the drivers championship can only be won by Richard Cook or Mark I’Anson. Richard only needs to finish one of the last two rounds to win, but Mark must take maximum championship points on both rounds with Richard not finishing to win. In addition to Richard and Mark the only other person that can finish second overall is Barry Lindsay. The top three will probably be filled by these three, but still in with a mathematical chance of finishing 3rd are Charlie Taylor and Michael Glendinning.
In the co-drivers championship Edwin Cook has sown this year’s championship up at the Cheviot, to win it for the 6th year running. There are still seven co-drivers still with a mathematical chance of finishing second.
After eleven round the current points standings are:-
Richard Cook 121 pts, Barry Lindsay 94 pts, Mark I’Anson 84 pts, Charlie Taylor 51 pts, Michael Glendinning 49 pts, and Alistair Hutchinson 43 pts.
Edwin Cook 121 pts, Michael Lindsay 79 pts, Andrew Roughead 776 pts, Caroline Lodge 56 pts, Steve Bielby 53 pts, and Josh Davison 48 pts.
It is now back to the forests for the Malton Forest Rally in the North Yorkshire forests on the 6th November, details available soon on the rally website www.maltonmc.co.uk
Then it is the final round, the Grizedale Stages Rally on the 26th/27th November, with scrutineering and a night stage on Saturday 26th, with six further stages on the Sunday, for full details see the rally website www.grizedalestages.co.uk
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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