FRASER STEERS V6 DAR­RIAN TO HORIBA HON­OURS

Horiba D’isis Stages

Motor Sport News - - Rally Reports - By Peter Scherer Photo: Kevin Money

Or­gan­iser: Quin­ton Mo­tor Club When: April 23 Where: MIRA, Le­ices­ter­shire Cham­pi­onships: AWMMC Heart of Eng­land; ANWCC; AEMC/ASEMC; EMAMC Stages: 8 Starters: 75

Andy Fraser re­peated his 2014 vic­tory by bringing his Dar­rian T9 V6 home well clear of Tommy Mor­ris and Colin Hark­ness’ Metro 6R4 to win the Horiba D’isis Stages at MIRA. Fraser had led from the sec­ond stage and gave co-driver Michael Calvert his first rally win.

Gary and Gor­don Adam’s Ford Es­cort had a three-sec­ond lead on the open­ing stage, as Fraser shared sec­ond with Ian and Stephen Wood­house’s Es­cort, de­spite hav­ing over­filled the Dar­rian with oil and break­ing an ex­haust spring.

Mor­ris also had trou­ble on the opener when he broke a drive­shaft and had a rear punc­ture, but was still fourth best, 10s down on third, but 10s up on Martin Hodg­son/tony Jones’ Ford Es­cort.

Both Fraser and Wood­house out­paced Adam on stage two and de­moted him to third, but Fraser had bro­ken a damper, which he was only able to re­pair with the help of ri­val driv­ers.

While Fraser con­tin­ued to con­sol­i­date his lead over the next two stages, Wood­house went out on stage four with a bent axle hav­ing just made it into sec­ond. Adam re­took the place, with Mor­ris into third, even though he had to change the diff af­ter a “rum­ble” on stage four.

Fraser con­tin­ued to in­crease his ad­van­tage and by the end of stage five was 33 sec­onds up on Adam, and Adam had increased his cush­ion over Mor­ris too. Hodg­son was next to join the re­tire­ments with a max­i­mum on the sixth stage, va­cat­ing fourth with elec­tri­cal prob­lems.

Fur­ther dra­mas soon fol­lowed. Adam ex­plained: “I was one mile from the end of the last stage and the diff broke. I was go­ing through a twisty bit and then put the power on and it went.”

The fi­nal stage wasn’t with­out drama for Fraser ei­ther. “I had eased off and was short shift­ing, then hit a bar­rier as I lost con­cen­tra­tion,” he said.

He sur­vived to take vic­tory with Mor­ris a clear sec­ond, but a storm­ing drive from Chris Wood­house/rachel Inns gave their Dar­rian T90 a late third.

“We had done a lot of work on the car since we won at Down Amp­ney, in­clud­ing a new fuel sys­tem,” he added.

John Mar­shall/scott Craw­ford’s Subaru Im­preza was fourth.

More than half of the top 10 were bat­tling for the Class C spoils. Alis­tair Hutchin­son/st John Dykes’ Re­nault Clio led ini­tially, be­fore Chris Wood­house’s Dar­rian took charge. Hav­ing ended stage three tied with Hutchin­son, Mike English/andy Robin­son’s Es­cort went on to se­cure sec­ond in class from stage four, with Hutchin­son just keep­ing Ju­lian Jones/ Mikey Her­ritts’ Es­cort at bay for third.

Jonathan Hud­son/adi Collins’ Suzuki Swift topped Class A af­ter An­drew Eg­ger/val Thomp­son and Ian and Sarah Ham­ble­ton re­tired their Vaux­hall Nova and Peu­geot 106 af­ter three stages with gear­box and en­gine mal­adies re­spec­tively. James Watts/as­ton Cox were sec­ond in their VW Polo. Adrian May­all/robert Hay­den’s Alfa Romeo 33 snatched third on the last stage from Trevor Jones/steven Bul­loss’s Rover Metro GTI.

In Class B, Howard Pot­ter/martin Haggett’s Tal­bot Sun­beam led, tak­ing the spoils by over a minute from Ben and An­drew Wilkin­son’s Peu­geot 106.

Be­low is the map co-driv­ers re­ceive at signingon for the Lee Hol­land Memo­rial The splits are la­belled one, twoand Rally. three ref­er­enc­ing the­lap num­ber that should be taken. The tricky di­rec­tion part is re­mem­ber­ing how many times SS3 and SS4 poses you have passed it. an al­most unique chal­lenge com­pared events as splits to most other sin­gle- usu­ally go left-left- venue right or­right-right-left.the split to the of the map goes left-right-left, fur­thest left in­creas­ing the time be­tween the splits of for­get­ting the next and like­li­hood di­rec­tion. Co- driv­ers usu­ally use a an ‘x’ in the­box boxsys­tem, where you put each timeyou pass a split. The merges are an­oth­ers­in­gle-venue del­i­cacy, where cars can be com­ing in­side orout­side of the track from the as you pass. There­fore, a co-driver the road is clear also must make sure as cars mer­geon the track. ● Thank you to Garstang and Pre­ston and Pen­dle and Dis­trict Mo­tor Clubs help and to Alan Shaw for the for their orig­i­nal maps.

Fraser/calvert on top at MIRA

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