Newby re­turns from a short sab­bat­i­cal with strong vic­tory

Phoenix Stages Rally

Motor Sport News - - Erc: Rally Rzeszow - By Peter Scherer Re­sults

Or­gan­iser: East­wood & DMC When: Au­gust 7 Where: Ful­beck, Lincs Cham­pi­onships: Road­run­ner/ Phoenix Awards ANEMMC; Alexan­der Calder Fi­nan­cial EMAMC; Heck Sausage ANCC Stages: 9 Starters: 55.

With the fastest time on every stage TEG Sport’s Ar­ron Newby and Gary Tom­lin­son were vic­to­ri­ous in their Subaru Im­preza by al­most two min­utes on the Phoenix Stages.

Newby was back driv­ing for the first time since the North West Stages ear­lier in the year, and ded­i­cated the win to a school friend Harry Kay who had died the week be­fore.

Be­hind Newby, Dave Welch/ Stu­art Proc­tor’s Im­preza had a good bat­tle with Dave Wood/ Pete Ket­tle’s Mit­subishi Lancer. Wood took the po­si­tion on stage four but it would only last for two stages as Welch came through to usurp him.

Ex-cir­cuit racer John Grif­fiths, with Nigel Wet­ton on the notes, sealed fourth and Dave Horn­brook/matthew Sam­ple (Mit­subishi Lancer E7) rounded out the top five.

Si­mon Belcher had been in con­tention for a top four fin­ish but he took a stage max­i­mum on the fifth tour.

Ian Tif­fany/gra­ham White were part of the bat­tle for fourth but they en­coun­tered prob­lems. Their Subaru Im­preza yielded to elec­tri­cal grem­lins.

In class one, Joe Cunningham/ Chris Pat­ti­son’s Vaux­hall Corsa was never headed, de­spite vis­it­ing a field on stage four.

They took the win by two min­utes from An­drew and Rachel Fos­ter’s Vaux­hall Nova, with Jonathan Hud­son/adi Collins’ Peu­geot 106 GTI third af­ter Paddy Ho­man re­tired.

Matt Wood/riki Mus­son’s Corsa led class two all day as Chris Bel­lamy/an­thony Sharpe’s Honda Civic VTI took sec­ond. Class three went to Dave Roberts/dave Owen’s Es­cort Mk2 af­ter a duel with Andy and Cass Gra­ham’s sim­i­lar car, while, in class four, Phil and Mick Gal­lagher fol­lowed home Mick Pick­les’ Es­cort.

Or­gan­iser: Coven­try Sta­dium When: Au­gust 6 Starters: 70

Stu­art Smith Sr is re­garded as the great­est ever stock car driver: on Satur­day night Stu­art Smith Jr gave a per­for­mance that em­u­lated his late fa­ther when he won the fi­nal in dom­i­nant style, win­ning by nearly half a lap.

Mark Sar­gent grabbed the lead from the drop of the green flag and he looked to be on his way to add to the heat race win he scored ear­lier in the evening. How­ever, Smith was be­gin­ning to barge his way to­wards the front.

Af­ter a yel­low flag , Smith mus­cled his way into the lead with five laps to go. As the laps wound down Smith ex­tended his lead and crossed the line over five sec­onds clear, a huge win­ning mar­gin in a stock car race, ahead of sec­ond place man Rob Speak with Frankie Wain­man Jr close by in third. Sar­gent was forced to re­tire with two laps re­main­ing and was clas­si­fied in 15th.

“Af­ter the sea­son I have had I needed that,” said Smith. “I had a feel­ing dur­ing the week

Newby ded­i­cated come­back win to school friend

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Smith scored dom­i­nant win

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