Pickards see off fel­low Im­preza for com­fort­able win

Motor Sport News - - Rally Reports - Ian Mills By Phil James Re­sults

Or­gan­iser: West Cum­bria Motorsport Club. When: July 10 Where: Greystoke For­est, nr Pen­rith Cham­pi­onships: ANECCC; ANCC; ANWCC; NHRC; Five of Clubs Stages: 7 Starters: 55

Phil and Si­mon Pickard mas­tered the slip­pery con­di­tions to bring their Subaru Im­preza home al­most a minute ahead of Gary Tomlinson and Ar­ron Newby’s sim­i­lar car for Greystoke Stages vic­tory. Hav­ing sur­vived an al­ter­ca­tion with a bank in SS1, in which they suf­fered no more than a dam­aged rim, they headed the stand­ings through­out thanks to a clean sweep of fastest stage times. Tomlinson was their clos­est chal­lenger for most of the day after get­ting the better of Steve Ban­nis­ter and Cal­lum Atkin­son, who strug­gled for grip in their Ford Es­cort Mk2. Ban­nis­ter then had to bat­tle for third with the Mit­subishi Lancer E9 of Scott Mccom­bie and Mark Fisher but their rally ended pre­ma­turely with an off on the fi­nal stage. Nigel Wor­swick and Clive Molyneux’s early progress was sti­fled by gear­box prob­lems but with that sorted they brought their Es­cort Mk2 home fourth. Martin Craik and Steven Brown sur­vived a big mo­ment at the end of SS1 to fin­ish fifth in their Im­preza.

Lancer E5 pair­ing Michael Um­brich and Mar­ion Stead claimed sixth place via the tie-break-rule after match­ing times with the Es­cort Mk2 of Char­lie Tay­lor and Alan Ward. Phil Job­son and Jerry Het­trick fin­ished just three sec­onds be­hind in their Es­cort Mk1.

The top 10 was com­pleted by a pair of Es­cort Mk2s in the hands of Tom Hewick/mick John­son and Andy Gib­son/ Chris Pat­ti­son.

Matthew Robin­son and Sam Col­lis re­tired with an al­ter­na­tor prob­lem on their Fiat 131.

Great Greystoke gravel run for Pickard duo in Im­preza Greystoke Stages Rally

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