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Hello everyone, and welcome to the 2013 SG Petch ANECCC Stage Rally Championship. This year’s championship is off to a great start with a very icey Jack Frost Stages. Everyone had problems on the opening stages trying to find any grip. Anyone with lots of power found it to be too much.
Being steady and consistent paid dividends and highest placed ANECCC contender at the finish was Dan Kennedy. Dan was sitting beside the non-registered Joe Cunningham. Joe and Dan were setting top-ten times all day with a 2nd fastest on stage 5. They eventually finished 5th overall and 1st in class 2…
Second highest ANECCC points scorers were Barry/Michael Lindsay, who made the most of the fact that reigning champions David Taylor and Josh Davison, (as well as many of the past championship regulars), hadn’t entered and, after a daylong battle with Alistair Hutchinson/St. John Dykes, Barry/Michael set a splendid 2nd fastest time on the last stage to finish 13 seconds ahead.
The third placed ANECCC crew were Alistair Hutchinson/St. John Dykes. They had spent most of the day being 3rd ANECCC crew and understandably were disappointed to be beaten into fourth place. However, their fine drive still gave them a number of top ten stage times, gaining them the Class 3 award.
The next placed ANECCC driver, Mark Thompson, started well in the snowy conditions, but as a thaw set in mid way through the day a dry line appeared and following a couple of slower times Mark eventually finished a creditable 12th overall
As regards the other points scorers John Bainbridge had a fraught day driving his Subaru and eventually finished 28th overall.
Only two seconds behind John came our next ANECCC finisher, Colin Butler. Colin had great fun in his Toyota Yaris by making quicker cars look a lot slower and eventually finished 29th overall, 4th in Class 1…
This event wasn’t the best start to the year for Neil Ayre/Adam Bradford as they spent the day learning about how their Mitsubishi Evo 6, medium compound gravel tyres, and snow and ice don’t work well together. They ended their day 31st overall, 11th in Class 5.
New recruits for this year are the brothers Ben and Andrew Wilkinson, from Bradford, who found themselves sliding down the field and well as around on it… Eventually they hit something with the backend of their Peugeot 106 and decided to set off home.
Next on the retirements list was Caroline Lodge who was co-driving for the un-registered Geoff Harkness. Their Vauxhall Nova broke a left front ball joint, which promptly removed the driveshaft out of the gearbox, rendering them stationary on stage. They were lying 33rd, and 11th in class at the time.
The ANECCC championship sponsor, SG Petch, had one of their hire cars out and an un-registered Mike Williams returned the car back to the owner safe and sound. Mike reported back saying he’d had no issues with the car and his only problem was the same slippy conditions, as everyone else did…
Getting to the finish was an achievement in these testing conditions. As the organisers rightly pointed out at the awards ceremony, no one had hit anything too hard and there hadn’t been any big moments. Hopefully everyone had some fun at some point during the day.
Regulations for the 2nd round, the Riponian Rally on the 17th February have been out for a while and entries are still available… www.riponmotorsportsclub.co.uk
Regulations for Round 3, The Malcolm Wilson Rally on 3rd March, are also available from the rally website… www.malcolmwilson.co.uk
The 2011 SG Petch ANECCC Stage Rally Championship started with the Cartersport Jack Frost Stages at a cool slippy Croft circuit, but despite the slippy conditions the maximum points were taken by a 2WD car, the first time this has happened on an ANECCC championship round since 2009. Not only was the maximum points taken by a 2WD car the top 4 points scores were in 2WD cars.
Taking their first ever maximum points score in the ANECCC Stage Rally Championship were Simon and Janice Moore in their Renault Clio, they had been hoping for a top 15 finish, but finished the first stage 9th overall, and gradually moved up to finish 6th overall, and 2nd 2ltr crew. Second place points also went to a Renault Clio, this one was the gas powered version of Alistair Hutchinson and St John Dykes, this was despite loosing the power steering which made the tight chicanes very hard work. 3rd place ANECC points were taken by Barry and Michael Lindsay in their 1600cc Peugeot 106, in the early stages they struggled for grip, first from the rear tyres but with that fixed it was then the turn of the front tyres not to grip. After 5 stages they were 26th overall, but a charge on the later stages allowed them to climb up to 11th overall at the finish, and 2nd 1600cc.
Chris Anderson and Chris Thirling (Ford Fiesta) finished 15th overall and took 4th place SG Petch ANECCC Championship points, but were frustrated after being blocked by a slower car on stage 7 loosing 10 seconds, this doesn’t seem much but 10 seconds is all that separated 11th to 15th at the finish. Neil Ayre/Mick Kinghom (Mitsubishi Evo 6) were pleased to have a clean run, and were delighted to get a top 20 finish, in 18th overall. Chris Myers/Matt Whattam (Mitsubishi Evo 9) were running in the top 10 early on but a problem on the 4th stage dropped them down the order. John Bainbridge/Andrew Lees (Subaru Impreza) were also in the top ten early on but an off lost them 40 secs, then a 30 sec road penalty dropped them down the order. Geoffrey Harkness/Caroline Lodge (Vauxhall Corsa) had a clean run to 7th place points, unlike Dave and Anne-Marie Crozier (Peugeot 205) who struggled with either to much, or no rear brakes, and only got any grip once they changed to forest tyres.
After one round the current points standings are:-
Simon Moore 20 pts, Alistair Hutchinson 15 pts, Barry Lindsay 12 pts, Chris Anderson 10 pts, Neil Ayre 8 pts and John Bainbridge 6 pts
Janice Moore 20 pts, St John Dykes 15 pts, Michael Lindsay 12 pts Chris Thirling 10 pts, Matt Whattam 8 pts and Caroline 6 pts.
The second round is in the Yorkshire forests for the Riponian Stages Rally a week later than usual on the 20th February full details and regulations are available on the rally website www.riponmotorsportsclub.co.uk
The third round of the championship is two weeks later on the 5th March; this is the Malcolm Wilson Rally in the Lake District forests. Full details and regulations will be available on the rally website www.malcolmwilson.co.uk
This is quickly followed 2 weeks later by the Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally in Keilder forest, on the 19th March. Full details and regulations will be available on the rally website www.bordercountiesrally.co.uk
If anyone has any questions please contact.
S G Petch ANECCC Stage Rally Championship Coordinator
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