Tinker scores as­sured win at Three Sis­ters

Ce­tus Stages

Motor Sport News - - Rally Reports - By Phil James

Or­gan­iser: Wi­gan & Dis­trict Mo­tor Club When: May 8 Where: Three Sis­ters Race Cir­cuit, Wi­gan Cham­pi­onships: ANWCC; SD34; 6r4.com Three Sis­ters Rally Chal­lenge Stages: 12 Starters: 46. Mar­tyn Tinker and Iain Pater­son en­joyed an in­ci­dent­free run to head the standings through­out and take a com­fort­able vic­tory in their Lo­tus Ex­ige in Wi­gan.

The bat­tle for se­cond place went to the wire, with Brandon Smith/chris Sharpe-simkiss fi­nally claim­ing the run­ner-up spot af­ter bring­ing their Dar­rian T9 home a se­cond ahead of Martin Hodg­son/ Roy Bell’s Ford Es­cort Mk2.

Smith had held se­cond spot for much of the day af­ter dis­plac­ing the Sun­beam of Stu­art and Louise Gilks on the third stage.

The fa­ther-and-daugh­ter pair­ing even­tu­ally fin­ished fifth af­ter los­ing fourth to the Es­cort Mk2 of Mark Kelly/ Andy Baker on the fi­nal stage.

An ex­cur­sion onto the grass dropped Mike Eng­lish and novice co-driver Gary Hy­man down the order, forc­ing the Es­cort Mk2 pair­ing to set­tle for sixth ahead of Howard Pot­ter/martin Haggett, who had pirou­et­ted their Sun­beam on SS1. Dale and Mark Carter were an­other crew who dropped time with an off, ul­ti­mately fin­ish­ing eighth in their Subaru Im­preza.

Robert Hughes/sion Cun­niff fin­ished ninth in their Ford Fo­cus RWD ahead of Mike Tay­lor/cat Lund’s Sun­beam. Re­sults 1 Mar­tyn Tinker/ Iain Pater­son (Lo­tus Ex­ige) 27m55s; 2 Brandon Smith/ Chris Sharpe-simkiss (Dar­rian T9) +27s; 3 Martin Hodg­son/ Roy Bell (Ford Es­cort Mk2); 4 Mark Kelly/andy Baker (Es­cort Mk2); 5 Stu­art Gilks/ Louise Gilks (Sun­beam); 6 Mike Eng­lish/ Gary Hy­man (Es­cort Mk2); 7 Howard Pot­ter/ Martin Haggett (Talbot Sun­beam); 8 Dale Carter/ Mark Carter (Subaru Im­preza); 9 Rob Hughes/ Sion Cun­niff (Ford Fo­cus Mil­lling­ton RWD); 10 Mike Tay­lor/ Cat Lund (Sun­beam).

Class win­ners Martin Young/ Cal­lum Young (Nis­san Mi­cra); Rob Jones/tony Archer (Ford Fi­esta); Pot­ter/ Haggett; Kelly/ Baker; Carter/ Carter.

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