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East Anglian Classic 2022 Preview

Saturday 18 June

The East Anglian Classic has been out of the Championship for the last few years due to Covid but hopefully, now that it is back it will become one of the mainstays once again.  With four rounds now complete the EAC could be the pivot point for those contenders at the top of the leaderboard.

Quite a busy field has entered but there are some notable absences including Paul Crosby (2019 winner) and Ali Procter who having missed the Hughes and the North Yorks Classic could struggle to be at the top at the end of the season. Also missing are Darrell and Nicky Staniforth but with 3 results already under their belt could still be picking up the silverware provided they can manage the last 5 rallies.

So who does that leave, well new winners that’s for sure but on current form you wouldn’t bet against Leigh Powley and Brian Goff who took victory in the recent Hughes Historic.  Chasing hard is likely to be Dan Willan and Niall Frost but don’t discount Gavin Rogers and Suze Endean in the familiar red Reliant Scimitar and Harvey Steele and Martin Pitt will want to do better than last time when they came third.  Also looking for a good finish will be Paul Herniman (Crow) with Iain Tullie, this time in a Porsche 911.

As for Experts, Hugh Garnish with David Bell has a new car, a Fiesta XR2, which seems to be going well and they produced a strong performance on the Hughes.  Right behind them will hopefully be Mark Goodwin and Anthony Davies in a TR7 but Phil B-Wood with Kelvin Phipps could give them a run for their money provided they can get the Volvo P1800 sorted in time.  Dark horses, but not to be discounted, are Angus McQueen and Mike Cochrane in the BMW 323i who have been doing well all season.

Phil Wood and Kelvin Phipps could do well on the EAC. Photo By Dan Pearson

Andrew Parr and Robert Funnell are capable of putting in a good performance for the Novices as proven by their result on the White Rose so hopefully their form will continue.  Mark Taylor and Saria Monsen-Erik will want to improve on their first outing in the Peugeot 205GTi so this one could see them climb up the leaderboard.  Jacolyn Wales and David Morris (MGB GT) have been steadily improving all year and after a great result on the Hughes, they could well stand out from the pack.

Its going to be tight across all the classes but pointing out the winners is not easy after a 3 year layoff for the rally.  Whatever happens it’s sure to be a great event and a close contest.

Ken Binstead

All Photos by kind permission of Dan Pearson