Tuck­man and Hughes end in style

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - MO­TOR SPORT

LAST week­end saw a fan­tas­tic end to the sea­son for lo­cal rally team Si­mon Tuck­man and Shaun Hughes of the Au­tolink Motorsport Rally team, both from Mac­cles­field.

In the fi­nal rally of the Bri­tish Trial & Rally Driv­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Na­tional For­est Cham­pi­onship, the Track­rod in North York­shire, the team fin­ished 25th over­all and 2nd reg­is­tered car in the B11 Class out of an en­try field of 171 cars, which in­cluded Scan­di­na­vian rally leg­end Stig Blomquist.

The team com­pleted all of the six ral­lies they en­tered, and have fin­ished sev­enth in the pres­ti­gious Sil­ver Star Class and will take sec­ond (out of 17) in the highly com­pet­i­tive B11 Class (only one point be­hind first) at the Awards Cer­e­mony in Sut­ton Cole­field in De­cem­ber.

Si­mon and Shaun rally in a 2-litre, 16 valve, nor­mally as­pi­rated Cos­worth Mk2 Ford es­cort pro­duc­ing 278bhp with 240ftlb of torque.

The car is fit­ted with Proflex sus­pen­sion sim­i­lar to the sus­pen­sion on the WRC cars and also has a com­pe­ti­tion se­quen­tial gear­box, en­abling quick gear changes. Si­mon runs his own garage, Au­tolink Mo­tor Re­pair Ser­vices in Holmes Chapel and builds and re­pairs the es­cort him­self.

The crew is backed by a loyal ser­vice team, An­drew Wil­son, Vicky and Megg Mor­gan, Ben Wright, Tom Oliver and He­lene Simp­son, all from Mac­cles­field, who pro­vide as­sis­tance both at main ser­vice and with a chase car.

Aside from the ral­ly­ing 2016 has been a busy year for both navigator and driver with Shaun get­ting mar­ried in June and Si­mon mar­ry­ing Vicky, the re­cep­tion­ist at Au­tolink and chase car driver this month.

Si­mon has been ral­ly­ing com­pet­i­tively in the for­est since 1998 when he first bought the mk2, win­ning his class B12 in 2002 and 2004. He and Shaun have been com­pet­ing to­gether since Shaun was 16 and have suc­cess­fully fin­ished many ral­lies to­gether.

The team are cur­rently look­ing for a spon­sor to help them com­pete in the 2017 For­est Cham­pi­onship, which con­sists of 8 stages around the Coun­try – The Cam­brian in North Wales in Fe­bru­ary, The Mal­colm Wil­son in the Lake Dis­trict in March, The Som­er­set Stages in Mine­head in April, The Plains in Mid Wales in May, The Carlisle Stages in Souh­ern Sco­talnd in June, The Nicky Grist in SW Wales in July, The Wood­pecker around Lud­low in Septem­ber and The Wood­pecker in North York­shire in Oc­to­ber.

The BTRDA Rally has ex­ten­sive TV cov­er­age on Spe­cial Stage Re­view on Mo­tors TV and You Tube. It is con­sis­tently the most pop­u­lar in the UK and has a huge fol­low­ing with thou­sands of peo­ple turn­ing up to watch through­out the year, so it is an ideal op­por­tu­nity for any po­ten­tial spon­sor to ad­ver­tise their com­pany.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact Si­mon at Au­tolink on 01477 537040 or 07968 111845

Si­mon Tuck­man (left) and Shaun Hughes on the Som­er­set Stages

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