Lotus Ex­ige crew Tin­ker and Pet­ter­son hold on to early lead to win Roskirk at Three Sis­ters

Roskirk Stages Rally/ Ju­nior Stages Rally

Motor Sport News - - Report - By Phil James Re­sults

Or­gan­iser: Black­pool South Shore Mo­tor Club When: March 13 Where: Three Sis­ters Race Cir­cuit, Wi­gan Cham­pi­onships: ANWCC; F1000; SD34; 6r4.com Three Sis­ters Rally Chal­lenge; Ju­nior Rally Cham­pi­onship (Ju­niors only) Stages: 12 Starters: 48 (+16 Ju­niors)

Once Mar­tyn Tin­ker and debu­tant co-driver Iain Pet­ter­son took pole po­si­tion on SS2, the Lotus Ex­ige crew were never headed in the Roskirk Stages, with their near ri­vals fall­ing by the way­side.

Early lead­ers Peter Jack­son and Craig Simkiss lost time on SS2 when the ex­tin­guisher broke loose and knocked off the mas­ter switch, cost­ing the Ford Es­cort Mk2 crew 20 sec­onds. A de­ter­mined fight back saw them close the gap to four sec­onds by the end of SS8 but their rally ended on the fol­low­ing stage when a wheel bear­ing col­lapsed.

Sean Cas­sidy and Sean Devlin then moved their Ford Fi­esta Cos­worth into se­cond place but a missed split on SS11 saw them fin­ish eighth.

Hav­ing es­caped un­scathed from a spin through the SS1 fly­ing fin­ish, Bran­don Smith and Chris Sharpe-simkiss claimed se­cond place in their Dar­rian T9 ahead of Rob Hughes and Sion Cun­niff who had a trou­ble-free run in their Ford Fo­cus-milling­ton. Howard Pot­ter and Martin Haggett fin­ished fourth in their Tal­bot Sun­beam, with Ryan Burns and Shaun Hughes com­plet­ing the top five in their Vaux­hall Corsa.

Once Dale and Mark Carter re­tired their Subaru Im­preza with a bro­ken dif­fer­en­tial, Mark Borth­wick and Phil Boyle se­cured sixth ahead of fel­low Ford Es­cort Mk2 in­cum­bents Jack Dar­byshire and Matthew Ken­dall.

Com­plet­ing the top 10 were the Ford Es­cort Mk2s of An­drew Mor­ris/chloe Thomas and Gra­ham Brind­ley/brian Neale.

Toy­ota Aygo pair­ing Alis­tair Dodd and Kate Ban­nis­ter were con­vinc­ing Class 1 win­ners, fin­ish­ing more than a minute ahead of the Class 2-win­ning Citroen Saxo of Pete Gorst and Phil King.

The top run­ners in the Ju­nior Stages Rally were Fin­lay Ret­son and Tom Hynd, who brought their Citroen C1 home 15 sec­onds clear of the Skoda Cit­igo of Peter Ben­nett and Arthur Kier­ans.

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