PAYNE WINS THE RIPONIAN

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Or­gan­iser: Ripon MSC & Whitby DMC When: Fe­bru­ary 28 Where: North Yorks Cham­pi­onships: ANCC; SG Petch ANECCC; ANWCC For­est; Alexan­der Calder Fi­nan­cial EMAMC; North­ern For­est Chal­lenge Starters: 66 Stages: 10

Charles Payne se­cured his 10th Riponian vic­tory, as he and co-driver Carl Wil­liamson guided their Ford Fi­esta to a 17-se­cond vic­tory, hav­ing led all day.

Payne pulled out an 11-se­cond lead over Ol­lie Mellors/ian Win­dress’ Pro­ton S2000 on the open­ing Windyp­its stage, while a fur­ther three sec­onds back Stephen Petch/michael Wilkinson’s Fi­esta tied for third with Phil and Si­mon Pickard’s Subaru Im­preza. De­spite a spin and stall, Peter Stephen­son/pa­trick Walsh’s Ford Fo­cus was fifth, 10s up on Peter Smith/alan Walker’s Im­preza.

Al­though Payne and Mellors matched each other on Beck­dale, Petch was able to con­sol­i­date third over Pickard. But with ice still preva­lent on the next three runs, it was a more cau­tious ap­proach that paid div­i­dends.

On stage three at Roppa, Payne slid off up a bank; he re­tained his lead but dropped seven sec­onds to Mellors. “I am just test­ing the car for the Mid Wales Stages next week, so I need to look af­ter it,” said Mellors. Petch also lost time in Boltby in a “scary” mo­ment, but re­turned to ser­vice with a 10-se­cond cush­ion over Stephen­son for third.

Pickard had been off in Roppa and was then ex­cluded for noise, which brought Steve Petch/john Richard­son’s Fi­esta up to fifth.

Dar­ren Moon/richard Crozier’s Ford Es­cort had climbed to fifth be­fore spongy brakes left him down in ninth at ser­vice

With Peter Smith fail­ing to see the ice in Boltby and los­ing time side­ways, Mat Smith/giles Dykes’ Pro­ton Sa­tria was into sixth by one se­cond.

The af­ter­noon was a se­cond run through the morn­ing stages; con­di­tions had im­proved and it be­came a straight fight be­tween Payne and Mellors. The lead grew on stage six to 12 sec­onds but Mellors was quick­est on two of the re­main­ing stages.

“On the last two stages I lost power as it wouldn’t rev be­yond 3000-5000 and then it stalled at the hair­pin on the last stage and I thought I had lost out,” said Payne. He had ac­tu­ally in­creased the lead by three sec­onds and clinched win num­ber 10 on the Riponian.

Petch Jr re­tained a solid third over Stephen­son. Petch Sr had dropped to eighth af­ter an off on the se­cond Windyp­its stage, but clawed one place back to fin­ish sev­enth.

Peter Smith man­aged fifth, with Mat Smith be­hind in sixth.

Be­hind Petch Sr, Moon re­cov­ered to fin­ish eighth, while Trevor Gam­ble/phil Kenny’s VW Polo came out on top of a ter­rific scrap with Nick Cook/jim Good­man’s Es­cort to se­cure ninth spot.

Mat Smith’s near­est chal­lenger in Class A was wife Amanda and father-in­law Derek Corn­forth’s Ford Ka. But a spin on stage one and an off in Boltby pre­ceded a de­ci­sive off on Beck­dale 2, hand­ing se­cond in class to Mark and Amanda Tal­bot’s Peu­geot 106 XSI.

De­spite an off on the first Beck­dale, Barry Lind­say/caro­line Lodge were never headed as their Peu­geot 206 took the Class B spoils. Ben Cree/mark Casey stood their 205 GTI on its nose on the first Boltby test and, de­spite break­ing the rear axle on heavy land­ing at the penul­ti­mate Ric­cal stage, they nursed it home to re­tain a day­long se­cond, with James Hall/charley Sayer-payne third de­but­ing their Pro­ton Compact.

Chris Haigh/sally Pea­cock had just lost their Class C lead to fel­low Es­cort crew Cook/good­man on stage two when they hit a bridge on Roppa and had to change a rear wheel. Cook was left in the clear, with Andy Gib­son/chris Pat­ti­son’s Es­cort in se­cond, both well ahead of Mick Plow­man/alis­tair Wilk.

David Hutchin­son/jeff Gar­nett led Class D all day and Moon was well clear of War­ren Philliskirk and Char­lie Tay­lor’s Es­corts in the His­torics. Re­sults

1 Charles Payne/ Carl Wil­liamson (Ford Fi­esta) 40m39s; 2 Ol­lie Mellors/ Ian Win­dress (Pro­ton Sa­tria Neo S2000) +17s; 3 Stephen Petch/ Michael Wilkinson (Fi­esta R5+); 4 Peter Stephen­son/ Pa­trick Walsh (Ford Fo­cus WRC); 5 Peter Smith/alan Walker (Subaru Im­preza); 6 Mat Smith/ Giles Dykes (Sa­tria); 7 Steve Petch/john Richard­son (Ford Fi­esta S2000); 8 Dar­ren Moon/ Richard Crozier (Ford Es­cort Mk2); 9 Trevor Gam­ble/ Phil Kenny (VW Polo); 10 Nick Cook/jim Good­man (Es­cort Mk1). 11 Andy Gib­son/ Chris Pat­ti­son (Es­cort Mk2); 12 David Hutchin­son/jeff Gar­nett (Es­cort Mk2); 13 Daniel Neil Hiorns/ Mike John­son (Subaru Im­preza); 14 Barry Lind­say/ Caro­line Lodge (Peu­geot 206); 15 War­ren Philliskirk/ Garry Green (Es­cort RS1600); 16 Char­lie Tay­lor/alan Ward (Es­cort); 17 Mick Plow­man/alis­tair Wilk (Es­cort Mk2); 18 Ben Cree/ Mark Casey (Peu­geot 205 GTI); 19 John Til­lett/ Guy Kirby (Es­cort Mk2); 20 Mark Booth/ Richard War­dle (Es­cort).

M Smith/ Dykes; Lind­say/ Lodge; Cook/ Good­man; David Hutchin­son/jeff Gar­nett (Es­cort Mk2); Bob Bean/ Mal­colm Smith­son (Lotus Cortina); Philip Thomp­son/ Fred Roberts (Es­cort Mk1); Moon/ Crozier; Philliskirk/ Green.

Brc-bound Mellors ran Payne close for win Riponian Stages Rally Payne bounced back af­ter Cam­brian loss

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