Lotus Exige crew Tinker and Petterson hold on to early lead to win Roskirk at Three Sisters
Roskirk Stages Rally/ Junior Stages Rally
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.