With six different winning crews from the first seven rounds of the 2017 HRCR Hagerty Insurance Clubmans Road Rally Championship will we have a seventh on the Ross Traders Historic Rally, or will it a be another repeat for one of them? If history is anything to go by then I guess the favourites will be the pairing of Matt Warren and Andy Pullan, but could there be another new winning team in John Abel and Cath Woodman perhaps? We will have to wait and see what transpires.
A surprise seed in the top ten will be John Griffiths at #9, none more surprised than John I guess, but with John Youd often doing well on “The Ross” it will be interesting to see how they progress. John Y will be ok as long as there are not too many spot heights to find after his mishap on the East Anglian Classic, sorry John, we’ll keep you some “green ones”.
It’s good to see Andrew Buzzard and Robb Lyne out again as they have only done three events so far this year, and also Ali Green and Mick Briggs in “Mavis”.
No doubt Richard Isherwood and Ian Canavan will be snapping at the heels of the front runners ready to capitalise on any mistakes.
Paul Davis and Martin Phaff can gain some valuable points for the Expert class as the current leader Seren Whyte will miss most of the summer events due to work commitments.
Les Andrew and Nick Middleton are making steady progress up the seeding having become experts with some good top 15 placings. They still maintain their lead in the championship Novice class and the Amazon Cars Challenge Cup and perhaps he will gain one of the “Challenge Cups” this weekend, although he will face tough competition from John Griffiths and Stephen Owens.
Peter Williams and Andy Darlington have a 1 point lead over Phil Wood in class N1 but with Phil without his regular navigator Iain Miller and Matt Clarke taking his place it will be interesting to see who manages to come out in front?
Thomas and Roger Bricknell will be hoping for another good run after finishing 7th overall on the East Anglian Classic and are another crew who could be up the sharp end at the finish.
The top tens seeds are
1, Howard Warren & Iain Tullie, M2, Porsche 911
2, Simon Mellings & Ryan Pickering, M4, Toyota MR2.
3, John Abel & Cath Woodman, M2, Ford Escort RS2000
4, Matt Warren & Andy Pullan, M2, Ford Escort
5, Gavin Rogers & Carrie Rogers, M2, Reliant Scimitar.
6, James Griffiths & James Howell, M2, Austin Mini 1275GT
7, John Ruddock & Nick Cooper, M2, Ford Escort Mexico
8, Martin Neal & Richard Dix, M2, Ford Escort Mexico.
9, John Griffiths & John Youd, N1/M1, Volvo 144.
10, Andrew Buzzard & Robb Lyne, M1, Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTV
Let’s hope the weather holds for the weekend.
and thanks to Daisyroot.com for the photographs.