Spar­row and Pickard over­come squab­bling driv­ers to win John Ov­erend Me­mo­rial at Mel­bourne

John Ov­erend Me­mo­rial Rally

Motor Sport News - - Racing Reports - By Peter Scherer

Or­gan­iser: North Hum­ber­side MC When: May 15 Where: Mel­bourne, nr York Cham­pi­onship: Road­run­ner Phoenix Awards ANEMMC; Alexan­der Calder Fi­nan­cial EMAMC; Heck Sausages ANCC; ANWCC; Mel­bourne Chal­lenge; Kick Start Ju­nior 1000 Stages: 8 Starters: 65

It took three stages be­fore James Spar­row and Phil Pickard got into their stride but, once ahead, the Subaru Im­preza pair­ing proved un­beat­able.

Dave Horn­brook/matthew Sam­ple’s Mit­subishi Lancer E4 had a seven-sec­ond lead on the opener, from Terry Press­dee/ Mark Broad­bent’s Im­preza, but me­chan­i­cal mal­adies forced them to stop on stage two while Pres­dee forged ahead.

Gary Wayne/luke Tomkin­son’s Im­preza took over the lead from Press­dee, but they were split by Spar­row on stage three as Wayne’s lead re­duced by two sec­onds.

From stage four, it was Spar­row all the way, eas­ing him­self clear as Wayne and Press­dee fol­lowed.

But it was any one from four for fourth place be­fore Ian Tif­fany/gra­ham White’s Im­preza sealed the po­si­tion from stage four, with John Saun­ders’ Metro 6R4 and Nick Stam­per com­plet­ing the top five af­ter David Longfel­low’s Im­preza suf­fered clutch fail­ure with a stage to go.

In Ju­nior 1000, Josh and Tommy Mcer­lean’s Peu­geot 107 was never headed, fin­ish­ing over a minute up on Peter Ben­nett/ Arthur Kier­ans’ Skoda Cit­igo.

Re­sults

1 James Spar­row/ Phil Pickard (Subaru Im­preza) 58m29s; 2 Gary Wayne/ Luke Tomkin­son (Im­preza) +21s; 3 Terry Press­dee/ Mark Broad­bent (Im­preza); 4 Ian Tif­fany/ Gra­ham White (Im­preza); 5 John Saun­ders/tony Hart (MG Metro 6R4); 6 Nick Stam­per/ Matt Daniels (Im­preza); 7 David Benson/ Steven Benson (Honda Civic); 8 Steve Adam­son/ Mar­cus Blenk­in­sop (Im­preza); 9 Chris Greenall/james Greenall (Vaux­hall Nova); 10 Kevin Franks/ Craig Wal­ley (Ford Es­cort).

Class win­ners

Luke My­ers/ Clive Escreet (Nis­san Mi­cra); Jonathan Wil­liams/ David Long­hawn (Peu­geot 205); Benson/ Benson; Franks/ Wal­ley; Charles Wil­son/ Mau­rice Pook (Ford Es­cort Mk2); Josh Mcer­lean/ Tommy Mcer­lean (Peu­geot 107).

headed Spar­row took lead on SS4 and wasn’t

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