Welch and Proc­tor head to Fly­ing Fortress vic­tory

Motor Sport News - - Brc: Rsac Scottish Rally - By Peter Scherer

Or­gan­iser: Duk­eries MC When: June 26 Where: Grafton Un­der­wood, Northants Cham­pi­onships: Alexan­der Calder Fi­nan­cial EMAMC, Road­run­ner/ Phoenix Awards ANEMMC. Jelf Mo­tor­sport AEMC Stages: 8 Starters: 63

With the fastest time on the open­ing three stages, Dave Welch and Stu­art Proc­tor were never headed as their Subaru Im­preza se­cured vic­tory by 23 sec­onds on the Fly­ing Fortress Stages.

Si­mon Belcher/sam Bai­ley started strongly, hold­ing sec­ond in their Im­preza un­til a bro­ken drive­shaft put them out af­ter three stages. Alex Can­non/ray Keith’s Im­preza be­came the new chaser, taking time out of Welch on three of the re­main­ing five stages to con­sol­i­date sec­ond place.

Gary Wayne/neal Bloor and Ian Tif­fany/gra­ham White (both Im­prezas) swapped over fourth and fifth early on, but Tif­fany grad­u­ally eased clear of his ri­val se­cur­ing third from stage four and Belcher’s re­tire­ment.

Class three lead­ers Si­mon Thomas/kate Ban­nis­ter had du­elled with the Andy Gra­ham/ Rob Mchenry Es­cort, but their Peu­geot 306 not only se­cured the class win but pipped Wayne for fourth on the fi­nal stage.

Gra­ham fol­lowed Wayne to com­plete the top six af­ter Craig Bell­wor­thy/james Whitby’s Im­preza dropped back be­fore hit­ting a tree on the fi­nal stage.

For a while David Wood/pete Ket­tle’s Mit­subishi Lancer was mak­ing progress too, but a punc­ture and gear se­lec­tion prob­lems dropped them from eighth po­si­tion.

Apart from class three, there was very lit­tle move­ment in the lead­ing po­si­tions, with five of the six class win­ners hold­ing sway from the start. In the up to 1000cc di­vi­sion Jes­sica Robin­son/chris Sheri­dan, beat Belle Wil­liams/alex Mill in a Mi­cra duel by just over a minute. David Mcmul­lan/mark Mel­huish’s Nova briefly held 10th over­all and went on to take class one from Adam Tom­lin­son/james Hinch­liff ’s Ford Puma.

Matt Wood/riki Mus­son com­pleted the top 10 over­all in their Vaux­hall Corsa, taking class two with just over a minute in hand from Mick Pick­les/bev­er­ley War­ren’s Pro­ton Sa­tria.

Phil Na­gle/ian Lowe took a last­gasp class four win in their Es­cort.


1 Dave Welch/ Stu­art Proc­tor (Subaru Im­preza) 1h07m43s; 2 Alex Can­non/ Ray Keith (Im­preza) +23s; 3 Ian Tif­fany/ Gra­ham White (Im­preza); 4 Si­mon Thomas/ Kate Ban­nis­ter (Peu­geot 306 F2000); 5 Gary Wayne/ Neal Bloor (Im­preza); 6 Andy Gra­ham/ Rob Mchenry (Ford Es­cort Mk2); 7 Tim Mewett/ Liz Jor­dan (Es­cort Mk2); 8 Paul Rees/ Paul Briggs (Vaux­hall As­tra); 9 James Ni­cholls/ David All­man (Peu­geot 205 GTI); 10 Matt Wood/ Rick Mus­son (Vaux­hall Corsa). Class win­ners: Jes­sica Robin­son/ Si­mon Sheri­dan (Nis­san Mi­cra); David Mcmul­lan/ Marc Mel­huish (Vaux­hall Nova); Wood/ Mus­son; Thomas/ Ban­nis­ter; Phil Nagel/ Ian Lowe (Es­cort Mk2).

Welch/proc­tor be­gan strongly

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