With a number of regular championship contenders involved in organising round 2 of the 2017 HRCR Hagerty Insurance Clubmans Road Rally Championship, The North Yorkshire Classic Rally and Ryan Pickering’s Stag Party having taken priority for some other notable crews there are plenty of points available to win and any of the top 10 could find themselves collecting the trophy with the right amount of luck on their side. With a good number of Tests planned at a variety of venues and a route that circumnavigates the city of York some new roads as well as old favourites will be utilised. The York Motor Club organising team are sure to put on a worthy championship event.
The top ten seeds are,
1, John Abel & Kevin Savage, Ford Escort RS 2000
2, Dave Leadbetter & Cath Woodman, BMW 2002
3, Jim Deacon & David Taylor, Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Coupe
4, Martin Neal & Richard Dix, Ford Escort Mexico Mk1
5, James Griffiths & James Howell, Austin Mini 1275 GT
6, Darell Staniforth & Les McGuffog, Morris Mini Cooper S
7, Simon Parsons & Peter Rushforth, Austin Healy Sprite
8, John Haygarth & John Youd, Opel Kadette Rallye
9, Peter Welch & Andy Marchbank, VW Golf Gti
10, Keith Davis & Henry Carr, MGB GT
John Abel has experienced map man Kevin Savage in the navigator’s seat, while Dave Leadbetter/Cath Woodman are surely a force to reckon with, and James Griffiths/James Howell are back in the championship in earnest this year and look to be getting back into the swing of things. In fact any of the top ten or so could be at the top of the leader board at the finish. Maybe it will be the turn of one of the Cat 1 cars for a change with Jim Deacon/David Taylor in the Alfa
Simon and Niall Frost were going to bring their newly prepared Clan Crusader out for us all to see but it’s being very reluctant to turn a wheel without throwing a tantrum. We will see Simon, and his wife Jill marshalling though, so he will pick up some points for his efforts.
In the Experts Class Paul Davis/Roger Bricknell will again do battle with Ken Jones/Charles Hughes although non-championship contenders Ron Kendall and Nick Cooper in the Anglia will no doubt mix things up a bit.
In addition to the new Q and A session after the rally, this time hosted by David Taylor and Roger Burkill, Roger will be presenting a “Hints & Tips” briefing on the Saturday evening for those Novices looking for an insight into what is likely to be in the navigation on Sunday. Make sure you look on the event Noticeboard to find out more details of both “events”
Unlike the recent Tour of Cheshire I think this event will suit Novices very well and they are very well represented with 28 of the 56 starters being in that class.
The battle for Novice honours will no doubt be between Peter Williams/Andy Darlington in the Volvo and Les Andrew/ Nick Middleton in their MGBGT. Let’s hope Andrew Twort/Claudine Bloom have a better day in their Triumph Herald too.
Suzanne Barker tells me that nearly all the entrants have contributed to the marshals fund so thank you all very much for your generosity, I’m sure the marshals will be very appreciative.
Finally Gill tells me that the clocks go forward an hour on Saturday night so don’t be late for the start on Sunday morning.
Here are some photos from last year’s event kindly provided by Tony North.
See you at Hawkhills,