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Local crews' glory bid in Trackkrod Rally Yorkshire
3:34pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Sport
LOCAL crews aplenty will be going for glory when the Trackrod Rally Yorkshire returns to Ryedale this weekend.
Cars from the early 1960s to the present day will be in action in the forests of Langdale, Dalby, Staindale, Cropton and Dale Rigg, starting on Friday (September 28) evening and continuing through Saturday, in various championships.
The rally’s ceremonial start – at 5.45pm on Friday – and finish return to Pickering Market Place for the first time since 2009, with the event’s headquarters being at Pickering Showground where competitors sign on and scrutineering takes place.
Nick Carr, from Barton Hill, and co-driver Joe Sturdy, in a small-engined Nissan Micra, will be looking for a strong finish to bolster their position in the First Rally Championship.
On the previous round, they scored only one point after a time-consuming off, which dropped them back to third place in the standings with only one more event to go following this Ryedale extravaganza.
Carr won the first round and has had good finishes until the last event, but the pressure is now on.
Butterwick potato farmer Steve Bannister, with regular navigator Louise Sutherland, in a Mk 2 Ford Escort, has entertained spectators over the years with a sideways driving style. Bannister is a past winner of the Trackrod Rally and is a master of the Yorkshire forests. On the 2012 Roger Albert Clark Rally here, he had a puncture on the Langdale Stage but still had a 30-second lead.
Pickering garage owner Steve Magson and veteran co-driver Geoff Atkinson are again out in a Vauxhall Chevette HSR. On their last event, the Mike Stephenson Memorial Rally on fast stubble fields near Market Weighton, Magson tried some engine modifications in readiness for the Trackrod.
He said: “I am very pleased with the engine set-up and am looking forward to a good run through the local forests.”
Malton Motor Club’s Mat Smith and Giles Dykes in a small-engined Ford Ka, have had good results this year with a class win on their last event.
Smith lies third overall in the MSA class E2 standings and their speed means they often beat more powerful rally cars.
Also in a Ford Ka is Amanda Cornforth with dad Derek Cornforth in the hot seat. This year they are driving much quicker and will be looking for a good class result.
Barton Hill farmer Martyn Hawkswell and navigator Nick Welsh will also be looking for their usual class win in their red Escort Mk2.
From Oswaldkirk, Garth Thomas and Jack Cranage are also in a Ford Escort Mk2. Last year they took the wrong turning between stages and incurred road penalties – and they hope for better luck this time.
Richard Boyes and Darren Smith, from Pickering, will also be out for a top finish in their Rover 25.
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