MCKNIGHT TAMES PEN­DRAGON

Motor Sport News - - Rally Reports - By Phil James

Or­gan­iser: Kirkby Lons­dale Mo­tor Club; Eden Val­ley MC & Northaller­ton Au­to­mo­bile Club When: Septem­ber 11 Where: War­cop, Cum­bria Cham­pi­onship NETRC; ANWCC; ANCC; KLMC Stages: 8 Starters: 94

Greg Mcknight and Laura Mar­shall took what proved to be a con­vinc­ing Pen­dragon Stages vic­tory bring­ing their Mit­subishi Lancer E9 home over a minute clear of the Ford Es­cort Mk2 of run­ners up Martin Hodg­son and Tony Jones.

Last year’s win­ners Si­mon Bowen and Richard Robin­son set the early pace in their Subaru Im­preza WRC. Then in SS3, try­ing to take eva­sive ac­tion to avoid the Lo­tus Ex­ige of Alis­tair Inglis and Tom Hynd, both cars fin­ished up in a ditch and out of the rally. Also re­tir­ing at this point were Gary and Gor­don Adam who had been in sec­ond place be­fore hit­ting a wall in their Es­cort Mk2.

That left the way open for Mcknight, who was forced to use his gravel-spec Evo when parts for his Es­cort Mk2 failed to ar­rive, to snatch a lead that he wouldn’t re­lin­quish. Es­cort Mk2 pair­ing Mark Borth­wick and Aaron Mcclure’s role as his clos­est chal­lenger ended on SS4 with sus­pen­sion woes al­low­ing Hodg­son to take hold of sec­ond place for the rest of the rally.

Colin Gem­mell and Derek Keir claimed third place on SS3 and the Im­preza crew were an­other who wouldn’t be moved. Alis­tair Tough and Dee Ad­di­son grabbed fourth when fel­low Ford Es­cort Mk2 in­cum­bents Stephen and Louise Hope re­tired their ex­am­ple with me­chan­i­cal prob­lems in SS5. Tough had to sur­vive is­sues of his own, los­ing the rear part of his ex­haust on SS6 be­fore de­vel­op­ing gear se­lec­tor prob­lems at the start of SS7.

A close bat­tle for fifth went in favour of Andy Bird and Shona Macgilli­vary in their Vaux­hall Chevette. Class 3 win­ners Stephen Thomp­son and David Cros­bie were happy to fin­ish sixth af­ter a trou­ble­some day with a mis­fire and a last stage brake is­sue with their Ford Es­cort Mk2.

Stu­art and Alan Pater­son also had a mis­fire is­sue but brought their Im­preza home seventh hav­ing sur­vived a visit to a SS3 ditch that caught out a num­ber of crews.

An al­ter­ca­tion with a bale on SS2 ne­ces­si­tated a change of steer­ing arm for Sean and Dave Rob­son’s Citroen C2R2 Max but, with no fur­ther is­sues, they fin­ished eighth over­all and first in Class 2.

Ross Hunter and Cal­lum Atkin­son brought their Peugeot 205 home ninth ahead of the Es­cort Mk2 of Rob Snow­den and Tommy Rogers who edged ahead of Tommy Gra­ham and Mike Bai­ley’s Lancer E6 on SS8.

Stephen Beth­waite and Ann Forster claimed Class A hon­ours in their Vaux­hall Nova af­ter nar­rowly avoid­ing the em­bar­rass­ment of run­ning out of fuel on SS6 as a re­sult of a faulty gauge.

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