Round 10 of the 2017 HRCR Hagerty Insurance Clubmans Road Rally Championship, the seventh Vale of Clwyd Classic, was won for the third time by Matt Warren and Andy Pullan. Championship leader John Abel was hot on their tail finishing second with Martyn Taylor on the maps and clocks, while 2012 winners Dermot Carnegie with Paul Bosdet were third; all three of them in Mk1 Ford Escort RS 2000 derivatives.
The Hagerty Spirit of the Rally tankards were awarded to Phil Cheek with first time historic rally navigator Vicki Harper from Potteries and Newcastle Motor Club achieving a creditable 45th overall. Choosing to dip your toe in the water of Regularity rallying on the Vale of Clwyd was definitely a baptism of fire, but Vicki enjoyed her experience and can’t wait for the next opportunity, so anyone looking for an enthusiastic lady navigator let me know.
The Amazon Cars Challenge Cups were awarded to Rich Harrison in his MGB GT.
Below is a selection of pictures from the event by Tony North.
The top ten were,
1, Matt Warren and Andy Pullan, M2, Ford Escort, 15:46
2, John Abel and Martyn Taylor, M2, Ford Escort, 16:37
3, Dermot Carnegie and Paul Bosdet, M2, Ford Escort, 17:13
4, Simon Mellings and Mark Appleton, M4, Nissan Cherry, 17:42
5, Steve Entwistle and Ali Proctor, M1, Morris Cooper S, 17:59
6, Chas Colton and Ryan Pickering, M1, Porsche 911, 18:28
7, Roger Powley and Leigh Powley, M2, Hillman Imp Sport, 18:37
8, Howard Warren and Iain Tullie, M2, Porsche 911, 18:53
9, Keith Davis and Henry Carr, M3, MGB GT, 19:13
10, Ken Jones and Charles Hughes, E2, MGB GT, 19:31
The drivers championship is led by John Abel with a seven point lead over Howard Warren with James Griffiths now third a further twelve points behind. Ken Jones heads up the Experts and Les Andrew still leads the Novices.
Ryan Pickering and James Howell are tied at the top of the Navigators table just three points clear of Richard Dix. Roger Bricknell leads the Experts and Nick Middleton the Novices.
There is a short break now until the HERO Challenge which starts the three event back to back dash to the finish with the Devon Classic and then the sting in the tail, The Devils Own!
Hot off the Press. Andy Ballantyne is willing to refund entries made for the Devon Classic if entrants suffer a mechanical failure on the previous weekends HERO Challenge, so definitely worth putting an entry in to boost your championship points
See you in Bicester