Welch in grand old vale of York win

Motor Sport News - - Rally Reports - By Peter Scherer

Or­gan­iser: Lind­holme MSC & Slaith­waite When: Septem­ber 11 Where: Mel­bourne Air­field, York­shire Cham­pi­onship ANEMMC; EMAMC; ANWCC Stages: 10 Starters: 59

With the fastest time on all but one stage, David Welch and Con­nor Tol­son’s Subaru Im­preza was never se­ri­ously chal­lenge on the way to a com­fort­able vic­tory on the Vale of York Stages.

James Spar­row/phil Pickard led the pur­suit for the first two stages un­til their bat­tery let them down, pro­mot­ing Dave Horn­brook/ Matthew Sam­ple’s Mit­subishi Lancer E4 to sec­ond.

In third spot, Ian Tiffany/jack Shep­herd ( Im­preza) soon found them­selves safe, aided by Nick Stam­per/matt Daniels’ Im­preza run­ning out of fuel on stage four and Hugh Peat/dane Chap­man’s sim­i­lar car suf­fer­ing gear­box mal­adies two stages from home.

Michael Um­brich/marion Stead’s Mit­subishi E5 moved up to fourth af­ter Peat’s de­par­ture, but they joined the ca­su­al­ties too with power steer­ing pump fail­ure, which fi­nally handed the first spot out­side of the podium places to Steve Adam­son/ Mar­cus Blenk­in­sop’s Im­preza.

Class 2 win­ners Matt Wood/riki Mus­son clinched fifth in their Vaux­hall Corsa on the last stage af­ter Mick Davey/david Bat­ley’s Ford Es­cort lost out, but still re­tained their Class 3 lead over Nick Kitch­ing/ An­drew Trol­lope’s Es­cort.

Peter and Jemma Ou­tram’s Es­cort took the Class 4 win from 10th over­all.

Alex Mill/ryan Watkins’ Nis­san Mi­cra took the Class 1 spoils. The up-to-one litre class was the topped by Jonathan Lee/andy Johnson’s Mi­cra.

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