RALLY OF THE TESTS

Steve En­twistle im­presses on 700-mile rally.

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Paddy Hop­kirk’s iconic 1990 Pirelli Clas­sic Marathon-win­ning Mini, 6 EMO, now has an­other hon­our to its name, courtesy of Mini Sport-backed driver Steve En­twistle. Com­pet­ing on the 2016 Rally of the Tests, Steve and co-driver Henry Carr won their class by an im­pres­sive 1 minute and 35-sec­ond mar­gin.

The gru­elling four-day event took crews on a 700-mile route from Bournemouth to Ch­ester, and saw 2015 HRCR Club­mans cham­pion Steve hit sen­sa­tional form on the spe­cial tests, fin­ish­ing sec­ond only to a twolitre BDG-en­gined Ford Es­cort. Steve and Henry also posted three out­right fastest times, and were in the top ten on 75 per cent of the tests. “We set out with the aim of win­ning our class, and we were de­lighted to achieve that af­ter a very, very tough four days,” said Steve, who is well known for ex­ploits in his fa­mous ex-Roy Map­ple ‘Orange­box’ Mini. “The chance to drive 6 EMO was a dream come true for me, thanks to the gen­eros­ity of Paddy and Mini Sport,” added Steve. “It’s Paddy’s per­sonal car and it has been ral­lied by him, Roger Clark and Rauno Aal­to­nen, so there was no way I could come back with­out a tro­phy!

A spe­cial cer­e­mony at the RAC head­quar­ters in Bris­tol on Satur­day saw the crews flagged off by Hop­kirk, who had flown in from Si­cily to watch 6 EMO in ac­tion.

Steve read­ies him­self for an­other stage.

Paddy wav­ing the Minis away.

Paddy flew in from Italy for the event.

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