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S G Petch ANECCC Stage Rally Championship

The 2011 SG Petch ANECCC Stage Rally Championship started a run of four forest rallies with the Riponian Stages Rally in the North Yorkshire forests. The competitors were greeted with very slippy conditions due to the snow that had fallen in the days leading up to the rally.

Glenny and Andrew Riponian

2010 champion Michael Glendinning/Andrew Roughhead (Subaru Impreza) got their title defence of to a winning start, with 2nd position overall. They had no major problems all day, except for the loss of their rear bumper on the second stage, but they didn’t know they had lost it until the end of the stage. If anyone knows of a blue Subaru bumper being found in Wass, Michael would appreciate its return. Second place SG Petch ANECCC points went to the historic specification Ford Escort of Charlie Taylor and Steve Bielby; they lost time on the early stages as they were running first car on the road and had the worst of the road conditions. But on the second loop of stages when the roads were clear of snow they upped their pace and climbed the leader board finishing 2nd historic. Third place points also went to a historic specification Ford Escort; this was the old MkI 1600cc version of Neil Rudd and Brian Hodgson. The only problem they encountered was the loss of their exhaust on the later stages. Joanna Wickham/Josh Davison (Subaru Impreza) collect 4th place points in a day of firsts, it was the first time they competed together, it was Joanna’s first outing since last years Tour of Hamsterley, it was 16 year old Josh’s first time in the forests. Despite all these firsts they had an enjoyable day with a clean run, and are now looking forward to the Malcolm Wilson Rally. The final SG Petch ANECCC finishers were Adam and Ian Tomlinson (Ford Puma) who were just pleased to reach the finish as it was 8 rallies since their last finish.


A number of SG Petch ANECCC competitors did not make the finish; Peter Thornton/Tim Hobbs destroyed their Subaru Impreza in a multiple roll on the second stage, fortunately without injury. Also retiring on the 2nd stage were Mark I’Anson/Alex Copper (Mitsubishi Evo 8) with transmission problems. Retiring at service at the end of the first loop of stages were Phil Jobson/Caroline Lodge (Ford Escort) who had lost a considerable amount of time with a couple of undamaging offs, and decided to call it a day and save their car for the Malcolm Wilson Rally in two weeks time.

After two round the current points standings are:-
Simon Moore and Michael Glendinning on 20 pts, Alistair Hutchinson and Charlie Taylor on15 pts, and Barry Lindsay and Neil Rudd on 12 pts.

Janice Moore and Andrew Roughhead on 20 pts, St John Dykes and Steve Bielby on 15 pts, and Michael Lindsay and Brian Hodgson on 12 pts.

The third round of the championship is in two weeks on the 5th March; this is the Malcolm Wilson Rally in the Lake District forests. Full details and regulations are available on the rally website www.malcolmwilson.co.uk

This is quickly followed 2 weeks later by the Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally in Keilder forest, on the 19th March. Full details and regulations are available on the rally website www.bordercountiesrally.co.uk

There is then a seven week break in the championship until the SG Petch Tour of Hamsterley Rally on the 8th May. Following the sale of Stag forest this years Tour of Hamsterley will only have stages in Hamsterley forest; the event will be based at a new base at Wilson Art in Shildon. Full details and regulations will be available on the rally website www.tourofhamsterley.co.uk in early March.

If anyone has any questions please contact.

Gordon Dundee
S G Petch ANECCC Stage Rally Championship Coordinator
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E-mail - gordon@dundee.fsworld.co.uk

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