Round 3 of the 2017 Hagerty Insurance Clubmans Road Rally Championship, The Ilkley Jubilee takes place this Sunday 9th April. All the regular championship competitors are back in action this weekend. Surely, it’s time for Simon Mellings and Ryan Pickering to take the top spot, and no doubt they will be trying very hard, so let’s hope the Astra’s cooling system is sorted. It’s good to see Andrew Buzzard/Robb Lyne back in action after their head gasket failure on The Tour of Cheshire, but I think the pair to watch is John Haygarth/Bob Hargreaves in the rapid Opel Kadett.
The championship leaders James Griffiths/James Howell and Martin Neal/Richard Dix are tied on 100 points so whoever comes out in front on Sunday should take the lead; watch this space!
There is an interesting partnership with Nick Pullan and Ian Canavan in Nick’s Hillman Imp so no doubt they will be giving Ken Jones/Charles Hughes and Stephen Owens/Ian Mitchell a run for their money.
While in the Novice class Peter Williams/Andy Darlington will be battling with Les Andrew/Nick Middleton. Newcomer to the championship, Andre Scruton, has another new navigator, David Irwin on the maps and will be looking for another good result following a good showing on the North Yorkshire Classic.
The post-rally Q and A session will be hosted by Matthew Vokes, so look for details of where and when on the Noticeboard at Signing-On
The winning navigator from the North Yorkshire Classic Rally, Les McGuffog, is the Assistant Clerk of Course on the Ilkley Jubilee and will be partnering the 2015 HRCR Clubmans Championship driver, Steve Entwistle, in Paddy Hopkirk’s Mini Cooper as Car 0, so if you are out marshalling or spectating keep an eye out for them.
So the top ten are
1, Matt Warren & Andy Pullan, M2, 1973 Ford Escort
2, Howard Warren & Paul Bosdet, M1, 1965 Porsche 911
3, Simon Mellings & Ryan Pickering, M4, 1984 Vauxhall Astra GTE
4, John Abel & Leigh Powley, M2, 1974 Ford Escort RS2000
5, Pete Tyson & Neil Harrison, M2, 1968 Mini Cooper S
6, Darell Staniforth & John Youd, M1, 1967 Morris Mini Cooper S
7, Ian Crammond & Matthew Vokes, M2, 1968 Mercedes Benz 280SL
8, James Griffiths & James Howell, M2, 1973 Austin Mini 1275 GT
9, Jim Deacon & David Taylor, M1, 1962, Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Coupe
10, Andrew Buzzard & Robb Lyne, M1, 1967, Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTV.
While after 2 rounds of the 2017 Hagerty Insurance Clubmans Road Rally Championship here are the class leaders.
Pts Drivers Class Navigators Pts
91 David Barker M1 David Killeen 91
100 James Griffiths M2= James Howell 100
100 Martin Neal M2= Richard Dix 100
90 Keith Davis M3 Henry Carr 90
47 Simon Mellings M4 Ryan Pickering 47
68 Gareth Hockridge E1 Janette Dwelly 65
77 Paul Davis E2 Dave Boyes 89
61 Bob Ward E3 Karl Ellis 61
93 Richard Isherwood E4 Ian Canavan 93
64 Phil Wood N1 Iain Miller 64
49 Graham Richardson N2 Anji Martin 50
75 Les Andrew N3 Nick Middleton 75
45 Geoff Dean N4 tba?
Current leader of the Amazon Cars Challenge Cup is Les Andrew, MGB GT with Stephen Owens, Porsche 911 just one point behind.
Below is a selection of photographs from last year’s event provided by Tony North.
See you in “sunny” Yorkshire
PS I’ve updated the points table again, and it may be found in the “Clubmans” section of the website.