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Colman Tyres Rally

Ilkley & District Motor Club

29th/30th August 2015

Winners Photo
Winners: Dan Willan/Martyn Taylor (Proton Satria)
Photograph: Kev Harworth

Organiser: Ilkley & District Motor Club

Date: 29th/30th August 2015

Clerk of the Course: Ian Mitchell

Route: 130 Miles

Maps: 98, 99 & 104

Starters: 30

The resurrected Colman Tyres Rally was won in convincing style by Dan Willan/Martyn Taylor. They moved up from third place at the halfway point to finish with a winning margin of over two minutes.

This was the first running of the ex-MN Championship road rally since 1989 and fittingly crews were flagged away by three times Motoring News Champion Ron Beecroft. The route took competitors on a long loop northwards from the its Otley base to Grinton before returning south and its start point.

The Derbyshire pairing of Richard Hunter/Gary Evans, who have put in a number of impressive performances lately, were the early pace setters. They were fastest over the short opening section at Blubberhouse Moor and then cleaned the rest of the first half to lead by 12 seconds at Petrol. From a start number of 15 Alexander Green/Tom Fenton held second.

Both of these leading crews hit problems in the second half. Hunter/Evans struggled with the route on one section and missed a code board. They eventually finished in sixth place. Green/Fenton had even bigger problems; a mis-plot meant that they missed a time control, this put them outside the top ten.

In contrast Willan/Taylor had a near faultless run back south and were clear winners at the end. Mark Standen/Richard Crozier survived a close encounter with a bridge to take the runner up spot and made it a Proton 1-2; perhaps not surprising when the Malaysian marquee accounted for almost half the entry.

Top seeds Carl Hawkins/Iain Tullie had a troubled run before their Colt succumbed to clutch failure.