HRCR Mintex ‘old STAGER’ Asphalt Stage Rally Championship 2016 incorporating the Mini Sport Mini Challenge.
Title: Heat causes brake and overheating problems for crews.
The Carfax Stages run by Oxford Motor Club took place on Saturday 6th August at Throckmorton Airfield near Pershore. Nineteen HRCR crews were down to start the event however a last minute gearbox issue saw the crew of John Worthing and John Cadwallader in the Escort Mexico pull their entry at the last minute but Paul and Jemma Taylor took their place taking the total numbers of Minis taking part in the event to twelve.
The weather gradually grew hotter and hotter throughout the day and the crews soon began to see issues caused by the heat creep in. The main issue were brakes over heating on the minis meaning some crews were struggling to stop or slow for the corners. Crews affected by this included Adrian Kermode, Paul Price and Clive King. The Ferrari of Kevin and Lee Jones was regularly seen with steam coming from the Ferrari 308.
With only Minis making up the category, it safe to say a Mini won it. The lucky Mini was that of Shane Gamble / Max freeman having a relatively trouble free run all day only once needing a welder, coming 30th overall.
Paul Price / James Seymour in 33rd overall took 2nd in the category after they tried their best to dismantle the stage furniture on one of the stages breaking a headlight after going straight on at a 90 left. Peter Horsburgh / Graham Carter in the Mini Spares mini made a welcome return to the championship after having extensive worked carried out on their mini engine. They took third place in the cat and 36th overall. Peter Ellerby / Phillip Swanborough were forced to retire on the eighth stage after a drive shaft failure along with Adrian Kermode / Maurice Beckett who stopped due to lack of oil pressure in their Mini on stage three.
Again this category was made up of Minis. MiniSport sponsored Clive King / Anton Bird took top honours with a happy 23rd overall. Jim brindle / Sam Bould came in second in cat, 26th overall hoping to repeat his performance from Caerwent. Stuart Hart had a change of co-driver on this event with partner Catherine Farrell sitting in with him for her first ever event. They seem to have gelled and their new partnership gained them 40th overall – 3rd in category. Regular Andrew O’Hanlon / Ryan Taylor was attacking all day but was to suffer a major engine failure on the penultimate stage. The blown engine having now to be replaced/ rebuilt before Isle of Man not giving him much time.
The steam was the least of the Jones’s issues as first they had to get the Ferrari started after ignition was left on. Issues with the recently acquired ignition leads meant the car suffered on the first couple of stages. A broken wishbone then added to the mix along with the gearbox losing all it oil. However, after all the issues the car they managed to take the category win and 16th overall. Stuart / Jack Anderson were enjoying the event with the GJM supported Vauxhall Chevette beating the Ferrari stage times on three stages. The Chevette taking 18th overall. Lee Sellars in the Triumph Pi 2500 had regular co-driver Peter Alldread sat back in the car. A steady performance gave the crew 44th overall. The car would then appear the next day on a Phoenix rally at Fulbeck. Dick Mauger and Steve McNulty day ended on stage one after the engine cut out and would not re start.
In the open class minis, Paul & Gemma Taylor were first open Mini home having put his last minute entry in for the event achieving 43th overall. Martin Melling / Carmel Venables came home 47th in the cancer research Mini.
The Next event is the Isle of Man Rally Sept 15-17th.
16th overall Kevin / Lee Jones
18th overall Stuart / Jack Anderson
23rd overall Clive King / Anton Bird
26th overall Jim Brindle / Sam Bould
30th overall Shane Gamble / Max Freeman
33rd overall Paul Price / James Seymour
40th overall Staurt Hart / Catherine Farrell
43rd overall Paul / Gemma Taylor
44th overall lee Sellars / Peter Alldread
47th overall Martin Melling / Carmel Venables
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