Late penalty hands Mar­shall Mach 1 win

Motor Sport News - - Round - By John Fife Re­sults

Or­gan­iser: Dun­fermline CC When: July 2/3 Where: Machri­han­ish Air­base Cham­pi­onships: Scot­tish Tar­mack Cham­pi­onship Stages: 12 Starters: 101

John Mar­shall and David Rob­son won the Mach1 Stages Rally at the week­end, but go­ing into the fi­nal stage, Bruce Ed­wards had been lead­ing from Alis­tair Inglis with Mar­shall hold­ing third, and then it all went wrong for the top two.

A Judge of Fact re­ported that Ed­wards and Inglis ‘had struck a course marker and gained an ad­van­tage’ and were each given a 30- sec­ond penalty.

That pre­sented Mar­shall with an un­ex­pected vic­tory. Go­ing into the penul­ti­mate stage, the Dar­rian of Ed­wards had been lead­ing the Lo­tus Ex­ige of Inglis by 27 sec­onds with Mar­shall a fur­ther four sec­onds be­hind.

Two nine-mile tests re­mained, but with warm sun­shine dry­ing out the wet Tar­mac, Mar­shall put in a blis­ter­ing time in his Subaru a full 17 sec­onds quicker than Ed­wards, more than halv­ing the leader’s ad­van­tage. On the fi­nal stage shootout, Inglis set the fastest time from Ed­wards with Mar­shall off the pace and shak­ing his head: “Wrong tyres!” he said.

That left him third with just 8s sep­a­rat­ing first and sec­ond place – un­til the Judge of Fact re­port came in.

John Rintoul showed a wel­come re­turn to form with fourth place in his Hyundai Ac­cent WRC ahead of the MG Metro of Tom Mor­ris and a smil­ing Barry Ren­wick. Smil­ing be­cause for the first time in three out­ings the Pro­ton had be­haved it­self with Ren­wick hop­ing that he has now got to the bot­tom of its elec­tri­cal grem­lins.

Lead­ing the rally at the end of day one had been Shaun Sin­clair, but he re­tired with gear­box trou­ble.

The best bat­tle of the day was fought out by the Citroen C2 1600s of Gareth White and Sean Rob­son dead heating with two stages to go. White’s ma­chine snapped a drive­shaft hand­ing vic­tory to Rob­son.

Mar­shall/rob­son won af­ter penal­ties Mach 1 Stages Rally

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