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Clerk of the Course: Martin Payne
Route: 150 Miles
Winners: Stuart Newby/Paul Holmberg (Subaru Impreza)
High Peak and 061 MC’s 061 Road Rally had a popular following and a reputation as a demanding event, both on the crew and the car, as it used many tracks in the Peak District. The Buxton based rally had a 150 mile route with a mixture of pre-plot and plot ‘n bash navigation.
The rally was a round of both the North Western, East Midlands and SD34 Championships.
Despite a high quality entry, top seeds Stuart Newby/Paul Holmberg always looked in command and finished the event over a minute clear of their nearest challenger. The four wheel drive of their Subaru Impreza helping them to a decisive fastest time over the crucial High Rake tracks.
Their nearest challengers were Carl Hawkins/Iain Tullie, who might have been slightly closer to the leaders’ times but for a couple of errors at time controls, however they never looked like overhauling the Subaru pairing. Mark Whitford/Steve Porter took third in their Toyota Corolla.
Guy Robinson/Charlie Wheeldon had an eventful rally but still managed to salvage fourth place at the Finish. They were one of a number of crews who were caught out by a intermediate regularity control on the Goyt Valley which wasn’t sited in its usual place, they charged past the board and picked up penalties of over two minutes for an early arrival. They later had the exhaust break off their Nova; they retraced their steps and found the item and reattached it. Before the end of the rally the gearbox started to fail and they were left with just third and fourth gear in which to struggle home.
Howard Price/Carl Williamson finished fifth, a puncture on High Rake costing them a couple of minutes and what would have been a third place finish.
Punctures seemed to be a common problem; Dave Jones/Baz Green finished seventh despite suffering a puncture, while John Haden/Steve Coupland picked up two and had to cut to the Finish, they’d also had all the lights fail on their Impreza at one point.
Terry Martin/Paul Taylor were forced out of the event when they hit a kerb on the Cat and Fiddle road with such force that they sustained four punctures and snapped two bottom arms on their Peugeot 205.
The win secured the North Western Navigator’s title for Holmberg, with Williamson now being assured of second. With one round remaining, the CSMA Rally, the driver’s series could be won by either Price or Newby.
The East Midlands Championship was now a battle between Robinson/Wheeldon and Andy Baker/Lee Burgess. The latter pairing finished eighth on the 061, after suffering a puncture and having the fuel pump work loose on their Peugeot 205. The East Midlands series still had three rounds remaining: the Cossack, the Beaver and the Preston.
In comparison to the Expert class, the Semi-Expert and Novice classes were poorly supported and were amalgamated. The winners of this section were Chris Robinson/Alan Pemberton in a Toyota Celica GT.
The 061 was a round of the East Midlands Millennium Challenge. There were six starters in the category and all finished. The winners were Paul Wilson/Paul Davenport (Vauxhall Cavalier), who finished four minutes ahead of Michael Watkins/Graham Cherry (MG Maestro).
|1||Stuart Newby||Paul Holmberg||Subaru Impreza||0m 39s|
|2||Carl Hawkins||Iain Tullie||Vauxhall Nova||1m 53s|
|3||Mark Whitford||Steve Porter||Toyota Corolla||3m 38s|
|4||Guy Robinson||Charlie Wheeldon||Vauxhall Nova||5m 26s|
|5||Howard Price||Carl Williamson||Toyota Corolla||6m 35s|
|6||Michael Pedley||David Pedley||Ford Escort||6m 42s|
|7||Dave Jones||Baz Green||Vauxhall Astra||9m 59s|
|8||Andy Baker||Lee Burgess||Peugeot 205 GTi||12m 59s|
|9||Simon Gibson||Jez Harris||Ford Escort||13m 52s|
|10||Chris Day||Ric Chalmers||Ford Sierra||14m 08s|
|11||Chris Leach||Joylon Robinson||Peugeot 205||14m 13s|
|12||Jamie Turner||Graham Raeburn||Rover Metro||14m 29s|
|13||Graham Nunn||Paul Nelson||Peugeot 205 GTi||16m 40s|
|14||Malcolm Grisdale||Bob Hargreaves||Subaru RX||20m 27s|
|15||Neil Bye||Stephen Bye||Peugeot 205 GTi||23m 56s|
|16||Chris Robinson||Alan Pemberton||Toyota Celica GT||24m 02s|
|17||John Taylor||Paul Griffin||Lancia Delta Integrale||25m 35s|
|18||Jamie Gratton-Smith||Roger Hage||Peugeot 205 GTi||27m 24s|
|19||Nick Topliss||Mick Fern||Vauxhall Nova GTE||28m 17s|
|20||Simon Cottrell||Marcus Watmough||Subaru Impreza||34m 18s|
|21||Adam Clewes||Rob Jones||Peugeot 205 GTi||34m 42s|
|22||Bernard Watkins||Adam Roper||Vauxhall Cavalier||34m 49s|
|23||Richard Atherton||Adrian Gladwin||MG Maestro||35m 34s|
|24||Adrian Green||Paul Hudson||Ford Fiesta||36m 02s|
|25||Stephen Price||Cyril Jones||Toyota Corolla||42m 55s|
|26||Jason Birks||Chris White||Vauxhall Astra||57m 05s|
|27||Steve Webster||Richard Hage||Subaru Impreza||1F 19m 34s|
|28||Dan Sharp||Dave Cox||Peugeot 205||1F 30m 24s|
|29||Abe Shenker||Steve Brown||Peugeot 205||2F 57m 44s|
|30||John Haden||Steve Coupland||Subaru Impreza||5F 18m 41s|
|31||Bruce Lindsay||Mark Blunt||Vauxhall Astra||6F 32m 26s|
|32||Owen Turner||Andrew Dadswell||Hillman Imp||8F 65m 50s|
|33||Terry May||Stephen Coombes||Peugeot 309 GTi||12F 90m 47s|
EMAMC Millennium Road Rally Championship
|1||Paul Wilson||Paul Davenport||Vauxhall Cavalier||11m 11s|
|2||Michael Watkins||Graham Cherry||MG Maestro||15m 45s|
|3||Christopher Goodall||Paul Bingham||Vauxhall Chevette||18m 05s|
|4||John Ross||Oliver Ross||Subaru Impreza||1F 16m 58s|
|5||Christopher Rider||James Godley||Citroen Saxo VTR||6F 36m 10s|
|6||Ian Telfer||Rob Leeks||Skoda Favorit||6F 50m 37s|