Last year’s winners Matt Warren and Ryan Pickering lead the field away on this weekend’s 22nd running of the East Anglian Classic Historic Rally, round six of the 2017 HRCR Hagerty Insurance Clubmans Road Rally Championship. Next up are Ian Crammond and Matthew Vokes in the Mercedes-Benz 280SL which should be ideally suited to the smooth tests on Wethersfield airfield, and I’m sure they will be looking for their first win together as they have been second on the previous two rounds. At #3 are James Griffiths and James Howell in the 1275GT Mini; the current championship leaders and also on their local patch so no doubt they will be trying hard for the elusive win too, so it’s going to be a very exciting event. It’s good to see Martyn Taylor again on his first HRCR outing since the Tour of Cheshire with John Abel in the rapid RS2000, and also making a welcome return is Dave Leadbetter in the BMW2002 with Cath Woodman, while David Ruddock and Nick Cooper, Vauxhall Astra, have been tempted down from Yorkshire with the prospect of superb tests on Wethersfield.
Paul Hernaman and “Crow” are on home territory so hopefully they will have a trouble free run, third time lucky, fingers crossed.
Martin Pitt is with John Griffiths as Harvey Steele has not materialised with his Volvo, whether it’s because he is still studying or the car is not quite ready, I don’t know, but I expect they will have a good run.
It’s good to see Brad Piercey out in his Sunbeam Lotus with Steve Harris and it should be ideally suited to the Wethersfield Tests
Someone to watch on the tests though is Duncan and Laura Christmas, on the Run, who were fastest on the all the tests last year in their rapid 1395cc Mini ?
Les Andrew and Nick Middleton are out to consolidate their lead in the Novice Class and the HRCR Amazon Cars CHALLENGE CUP
Matthew Vokes will be writing the report on the event so be sure to give him all your news after the event.
The top ten seeds are
1, Matt Warren & Ryan Pickering, Ford Escort
2, Ian Crammond & Matthew Vokes, Mercedes-Benz 280SL
3, James Griffiths & James Howell, Mini 1275GT
4, John Abel & Martyn Taylor, Escort Rs2000
5, David Leadbetter & Cath Woodman, BMW 2002
6, Jim Deacon & David Taylor, Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Coupe
7, David Ruddock & Nick Cooper, Vauxhall Astra
8, Paul Bloxidge & John Youd, Porsche 911 Carrera
9, Keith Davis & Henry Carr, MGB GT
10, Stephen Johnson & Richard Dix, Escort RS2000
Below is a selection of photographs from last year thanks to Andy Manston of MandH Photography.
See you there.