A stop astride test penalty was a major factor in deciding the podium places for Round 7 of the HRCR Hagerty Insurance Clubmans Road Rally Championship, The Fuchs Lubricants White Rose Classic, held on Sunday 2nd July in a glorious sunny North Yorkshire with Paul Crosby and Ryan Pickering declared the overall winners but with just 12 seconds covering the top three.
The final format for the event was ten special tests and 24 IRTCs as the enthusiastic organising team from Malton Motor Club were bowled a googly on Friday afternoon when one of their tests venues was sold and locked. They hastily retrieved the situation by running two of the earlier tests twice which worked fine for the earlier competitors, but left some of the later crews with little time to enjoy the hospitality at lunch. Nevertheless, the event was a significant improvement on the previous year and many competitors were complimentary. “The plotting was good especially the plot and bash section which was set at a perfect level”.
One of the first to retire were our winners from the East Anglian Classic, Dave Leadbetter and Cath Woodman, when they ran out 0f tyres on their BWW after 6 tests and the second Regularity, where Paul Bloxidge and John Youd, another top runner from the EAC, also retired with a broken clutch cable.
John Abel and Martyn Taylor were second and Best Master while third were John Ruddock and Roger Burkill who suffered a line penalty on one of the tests
The best performance on the tests was John Haygarth and Bob Hargreaves in their Opel Kadett Rallye followed by John Ruddock and Roger Burkill, Escort Mexico, while best on the Regularities were Paul Crosby and Ryan Pickering followed by Howard Warren and Andy Pullan.
Another great performance by Geoff Dean and Suzanne Barker saw them with 8th overall, Best Expert, and winners of the Amazon Cars Challenge Cup.
Les Andrew and Nick Middleton, who are the current leaders of the Amazon Cars Challenge Cup, finished 14th overall and Best Novice, so will next year move up to the Expert Class in the championship.
The Hagerty Spirit of the Rally award went to the last place finishers Paul and Roma Handley, MGB Roadster, who managed to get to lunch just in time to book out for the afternoon session and were on the verge of packing up, but decided to continue.
So the current situation with the championship standings is that James Griffiths and James Howell in their 1275GT Mini are still the championship leaders having another consistent top six placing with John Abel second and Keith Davis third for the drivers, and Richard Dix second and Henry Carr third for the Navigators.
Top ten finishers on the White Rose were,
1, Paul Crosby & Ryan Pickering, M2, Porsche 911, 17:04s
2, John Abel & Martyn Taylor, M2, Ford Escort RS2000, 17:12s
3, John Ruddock & Roger Burkill, M2, Ford Escort Mexico, 17:16s
4, Howard Warren & Andy Pullan, M1, Porsche 911, 17:30s
5, Darell Staniforth & Nicky Staniforth, M1, Morris Mini Cooper S, 17:39s
6, James Griffith & James Howell, M2, Austin Mini 1275GT, 18:01s
7, Keith Davis & Henry Carr, M3, MG B GT, 18:42s
8, Geoff Dean & Suzanne Barker, E4, Nissan Cherry, 18:43s
9, Andrew Johnson & Dave Boyes, E2, Lancia Fulvia, 19:02s
10, Pete Dalton & Paul Bosdet, M2, Lotus Cortina Mk11, 19:39s
Below is a selection of photographs by Lauren Leach of LL-photography.
Full results may be found at http://www.tynecomp.co.uk/Results/others_17/whiterose/White%20Rose%20Classic%20Rally%202017%20Final%20Results.pdf
After seven rounds of the HRCR Hagerty Insurance Clubmans Road Rally Championship the overall and class positions are below.
Driver Car pts Navigator pts
James Griffiths Mini 1275GT 343 Overall James Howell 343
Seren Whyte Standard 10 203 Expert Roger Bricknell 247
Les Andrew B GT 226 Novice Nick Middleton 226
Les Andrew B GT 226 Amazon Cars Challenge Cup
Driver Car pts Class Navigator pts
Jim Deacon Alfa Romeo Giulia 258 M1 David Taylor 258
John Abel RS 2000 302 M2 Richard Dix 325
Keith Davis MGB GT 277 M3 Henry Carr 297
Simon Mellings Astra+MR2 193 M4 Ryan Pickering 146
John Griffiths Amazon 168 E1 Elise Whyte 203
Paul Davis RS 2000 201 E2 Charles Hughes 195
Rich Harrison MGB GT 161 E3 Peter Boyce 161
Richard Isherwood Stanza 135 E4 Ian Canavan 135
Peter Williams Amazon 144 N1 Martin Pitt 168
David Smith BMW 2002 123 N2 John Barber 76
Andy Simpson Mini 1275GT 197 N3 Ros Simpson 197
Geoff Dean Sunny 81 N4 – – – –
Round 8, of the 2017 HRCR Hagerty Insurance Clubmans Road Rally Championship the always popular and demanding Ross Traders Historic Rally takes place on Saturday 22nd July.
See you there, Cheers Ian.