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The boys are back, but new championship leaders.

Round 3 of the 2017 Hagerty Insurance Clubmans Road Rally Championship, The Ilkley Jubilee took place in beautiful sunny North Yorkshire on Sunday 9th April and was won by the outstanding pairing of Matt Warren and Andy Pullan in “that seemingly unbeatable red Escort”, although second place crew Ian Crammond and Matthew Vokes gave them a good run for their money. The event was acclaimed by all the crews for being a very good balance of tests, navigation, speed changes and overall timing which must be very heartening for Clerk of the Course, Henry Carr, and all the team at Ilkley and District Motor Club. It is obvious the 20 plus years of organising experience has been put to good use.


The event was not without its controversy though, as a difficult to “spot” white loop in

99/GS2369 with spot height 114 caught out all but 8 of the finishers in the plot’n bash Regularity after lunch, but after much toing and froing the penalties stuck, and rightfully so.


This meant that the new championship leaders, having gained four points on James Griffiths /James Howell, Mini 1275GT, are now Martin Neal/Richard Dix in their mk1 Escort Mexico on 151 points. I think this was particularly pleasing for Richard as he managed to find the elusive spot height on the white loop with his “mature eyes” while plotting and bashing on the road, thus proving it was possible for all to find. Others who managed to find it correctly included Brian & Janette Dwelly in the Experts class and newcomers Andre Scruton & David Irwin for the Novices


The Hagerty Spirit of the Rally award was presented to Andrew Buzzard and Robb Lyne who stopped to tow out fellow competitors James Griffiths and James Howell when they slipped off the tarmac on the approach to the very popular final special test at Scargill Reservoir, while The Amazon Cars Challenge Cup went to Ian Crammond, but as this is his second time of winning it will now go to the next top finisher. The current leader is Stephen Owens in his Porsche 911.


An excellent performance by Nick Pullan and Ian Canavan gained them 3rd overall so if they keep this level of performance going there will be no excuse for them to remain as Experts!


The top eleven were


1, Matt Warren & Andy Pullan,                 M2,       1973 Ford Escort,                           3:22s

2, Ian Crammond & Matthew Vokes,      M2,       1968 Mercedes Benz 280SL,       4:12s

3, Nick Pullan & Ian Canavan,                  E1,         1967 Hillman Imp,                        6:20s

4, Martin Neal & Richard Dix,                  M2         1971 Ford Escort Mexico,             6:45s

5, Darell Staniforth & John Youd,            M1,        1967 Morris Mini Cooper S,        7:18s

6, Simon Mellings & Ryan Pickering,      M4,       1984 Vauxhall Astra GTE,           7:22s

7, John Haygarth & Bob Hargreaves,      M2         1973 Opel Kadett Rallye,              7:34s

8, James Griffiths & James Howell,         M2,       1973 Austin Mini 1275 GT,          7:35s

9, John Ruddock & Roger Burkill,           M2         1972 Ford Escort Mexico,            7:41s

10, Owen Turner & Bob Blows,                 M4,       1982 Austin Metro,                        8:06s

11, Andrew Buzzard & Robb Lyne,           M1,        1967, Alfa Romeo Giulia GTV,    8:15s


While after 3 rounds of the 2017 Hagerty Insurance Clubmans Road Rally Championship here are the class leaders.


Pts        Drivers                                           Class                   Navigators         Pts

106        Darell Staniforth                            M1                        John Youd             89

147         James Griffiths                               M2                        James Howell       147

115         Keith Davis                                      M3                        Henry Carr            135

94          Simon Mellings                               M4                        Ryan Pickering       94

101         Gareth Hockridge                          E1                          Janette Dwelly       95

113         Ken Jones                                         E2                         Dave Boyes            125

61           Bob Ward                                         E3                         Karl Ellis                  61

93          Richard Isherwood                        E4                         Ian Canavan           93

69          Peter Williams                                N1                         Andy Darlington    69

65          David R Smith                                N2                        John Barber            51

104        Les Andrew                                      N3                         Nick Middleton    104

59          Suzanne Barker                                             N4                        tba?



Below is a selection of photographs from the event provided by Tony North.

See you in sunny South Wales on 13th May.




PS I’ve updated the points table again, and it may be found in the “Clubmans” section of the website. If you have any queries or find any errors please email me.