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John Abel and Martyn Taylor take maximum points on HERO Challenge.

After a day long battle with John Abel and Martyn Taylor, Escort RS2000, Paul Crosby and Ali Procter, Porsche 911, took victory on the HERO Challenge, the 11th round of the 2017 HRCR Hagerty Insurance Clubmans Road Rally Championship, by just seven seconds. Paul gaining the “Test Pilots” award for being quickest on the tests and Martyn the “clock-watchers” award for best on the Regularities.

With the drivers’ championship so close Martyn was under pressure to get maximum championship points for John, and now he is tied with Howard Warren on 414 at the head of the table. For the navigators Ryan Pickering has 19 point advantage over Iain Tullie so it is going to be an intense days sport for both these navigators on the Devon Classic.

Among the Experts Roger Bricknell consolidated his lead over Charles Hughes as the latter suffered piston failure in Ken Jones’s MGB GT putting them out of the rally. Ken still holds a 5 point lead over Paul Davis for the Experts though. While Tom and Roger had a superb days rallying finishing 4th overall so will soon be Masters if not already there?

In the Novice class Peter Williams and Andy Darlington are closing in on Les Andrews and Nick Middleton and are only 18 points behind. With both crews out on the Devils Own it’s going to be the decider.

The crews on the event seemed to be plagued with mechanical problems for some reason. I won’t write any more as Anji Martin is writing the report for Old Stager.

The Amazon Cars Challenge Cup was won by Stephen Owens and the Hagerty Spirit of the Rally was awarded to Rod Hanson and Clare Grove for marshalling after failing to start.

 

So the top ten were

1, Paul Crosby and Ali Procter, Porsche 911, 15:45s

2, John Abel and Martyn Taylor, Escort RS2000, 15:52s

3, Simon Mellings and Ryan Pickering, Toyota MR2, 16:34s

4, Thomas and Roger Bricknell, VW Golf GTi, 16:46s

5, Ian Crammond and Matthew Vokes, M-B 280SL, 17:04s

6, Darell and Nicky Staniforth, Mini Cooper S, 17:16s

7, Howard Warren and Iain Tullie, Porsche 911, 17:21s

8, John and Peter Dignan, MGB Roadster, 18:16s

9, Andrew Buzzard and Robb Lyne, A-R Giulia Sprint GTV, 18:42s

10, Jonathan Hancox and Richard Lambley, Triumph TR4, 18:45s

Version 4 of the championship points may be found in the Clubman section of the website.

Here are a selection of photographs from Tony Large of the top five and class winners.

Cheers

Ian