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St Wilfrids Classic Preview

St Wilfrids Classic preview

Sunday, the 7th August sees the Championship back out, this time in North Yorkshire for the St Wilfs. A quick phone call to Asst CoC Doug Smith resulted in some pointers, the route will mainly focus on Map 99 with a short excursion onto 100. They will be a bit of plot n bash but nothing too difficult for the Novices, Doug pointing out that the first Historic event he did must have been organised by Mensa resulting in him not coming back out for over a year!

The organising team from Ripon Motor Sports Club are praying for drizzle, too dry and Lightwater Quarry will be mega dusty, too wet and the grass Tests will be ultra slippy so persistent drizzle please

I rather like writing a preview for an event I’m not doing, saves all the angst over who on a good day I can beat and worrying about all those who are simply better than me, where I resort to wishing they all have punctures and preferably two of them!

So in this spirit of goodwill to all, who’s going to do well …for the Novices Paul and Sandra Heaney are currently leading the Championship from Phil Cheek and Chris Rhodes (and yes it will be Chris navigating, Irene Chris’s wife mistakenly ended up on the entry list rather than being next of kin, that’ll promote a bit of banter!) Others to look out for Jeff Wincott/Anne Tweddell, Jacolyn Wales/Dave Morris, Andrew Parr/Rob Funnel and Nigel + Sally Woof all capable of troubling the engravers!

In the Experts you’d say for the drivers Les Andrew and Simon Malins as there’s only 6 points between them at the top of the Championship table when you take in a dropped score. Though Hugh Garnish/David Bell and Angus McQueen/Mike Cochrane will both be up there, to say nothing of the Test entertainers Daniel + Jason Stone but my dark horses Joseph Hardy and Roger Burkill surely Roger knows every road up there

And so to the Masters, always tricky to predict …but I know who’s not going to win again, Darrel + Nicky Staniforth, Darrel booked a holiday before the date was announced, word is he’s well brassed off! If you go by results so far you’d say it’s a straight fight between Dan Willan/Andy Pullan and Leigh Powley/Brian Goff (but that does rather depend on little Woody, Leigh and Helens first child sleeping or screaming!) Paul Crosby/Ali Procter are well capable of showing both of them a clean pair of heels and Paul Bloxidge with grandson Oli Waldock are there to pick up the pieces, whilst John Haygarth/John Youd will be mighty on the Tests … so who’s going to win, don’t know … who’s going to have the most fun John Lomas/Lynsey Procter in their beautiful 1936 Riley Sprite

cheers Martin Phaff