Crail Sum­mer Stages Rally Three Coun­ties Stages

Motor Sport News - - Rally Reports - By John Fife By Ian Har­den Re­sults Re­sults www.themagazi­neshop.com/ msn/mn616m Quote MN616MP (for print) or MN616MB (for dig­i­tal)

Or­gan­iser: Glen­rothes Mo­tor Sport Club When: June 18 Where: Crail, Fife Stages: 9 Starters: 97

Bruce Edwards and Jim Smith scored a close-run vic­tory at Satur­day’s Crail Sum­mer Stages Rally.

The Dar­rian Milling­ton crew fin­ished the six-stage event just 14 sec­onds clear of Alan Kirkaldy and Don Why­att in their Ford Es­cort Mk2. Edwards was fastest on five of the day’s six tests, only los­ing out on the full set when a touch of ex­ces­sive op­ti­mism had the car lockedup un­der brak­ing into a hair­pin. Un­like some oth­ers he failed to strike ei­ther of the large bale or tyre mark­ers.

Kirkaldy was rarely more than four sec­onds per stage slower than Edwards but dropped 10 sec­onds on the third test when he too mis­judged a brak­ing point on the long back straight.

Gary Adam fin­ished third in his Es­cort Mk2 after strik­ing a tyre marker and bend­ing the steer­ing rack but still man­aged to keep clear of the bat­tling Subarus of John Mar­shall and Colin Gem­mell. “We got off to a slow start this morn­ing,” said Gem­mell. “That was un­til we found a vac­uum pipe had come off the turbo.” He closed the gap to Mar­shall to three sec­onds at the start of the fi­nal stage, but a big lock-up and slide un­der brak­ing cost him dear, and Mar­shall grabbed fourth.

First front-wheel-drive car was the Re­nault Clio of Alis­tair Hutchinson fin­ish­ing sixth ahead of the Subarus of Ian Pater­son, who clouted a bale, and Bob Grant who spun and stalled in the third test. Gareth White was top 1600cc car in ninth place over­all in the Peu­geot 208 by just 11 sec­onds from the Vaux­hall Corsa Kit Car of Neil Thomp­son, which was sport­ing a bit of panel dam­age after an early ar­gu­ment with a bale. Reg­u­lar 1600 class front run­ner Sean Rob­son was plagued with power steer­ing pump prob­lems in his Citroen C2 and fin­ished 17th.

Tom Mor­ris re­tired his Metro after com­plet­ing an un-in­tended ex­tra lap of the first stage and was trail­ing a bit of blue en­gine smoke as the car re­turned to ser­vice. John Rin­toul wrong slot­ted on the third stage when catch­ing a car at the Split but then broke a drive­shaft in the Hyundai while Alis­tair Inglis was forced out when the Lo­tus boiled up sit­ting in the start queue for the fourth stage and it spewed out all its wa­ter.

Barry Ren­wick was go­ing well in the Pro­ton after two stages be­fore it suf­fered a re­turn of the prob­lem at the pre­vi­ous Scot­tish Tar­mack Cham­pi­onship round. He was ly­ing fourth after two stages be­fore the car de­fied ev­ery ef­fort to fire up for the start of Stage three.

Billy Mcclel­land broke the Opel Kadett’s diff and Ross Mc­fadzean was stranded out in the mid­dle of the air­field when the Subaru’s electrics died.

Bruce Edwards/jim Smith saw off all­com­ers in the 2.5-litre Milling­ton- pow­ered Dar­rian top­ping five stages

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