VATANEN AND MOU­TON JOIN RALLY GB

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Phil James

it will be a nice op­por­tu­nity to look back at some of our sport’s great­est cars.”

The 1981 world cham­pion will be joined by French­woman Michele Mou­ton with fur­ther stars of the Group B era ex­pected to be an­nounced ahead of the event.

Two of the pri­mary at­trac­tions at Chol­monde­ley on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 29 will be the very cars that fin­ished first and sec­ond on the 1986 Fram Fil­ters In­ter­na­tional Welsh Rally: Hannu Mikkola’s Audi qu­at­tro Sport and the Pro­drive-run MG Metro 6R4 Jimmy Mcrae used to fin­ish sec­ond to the Finn.

Apart from those two, there’s an orig­i­nal Ford RS200, Lan­cia 037, Nis­san 240RS and a Re­nault 5 Maxi Turbo. Out­side the Group B class, there are a brace of Lan­cia Stratos and plenty of Ford Es­cort RS1800S.

As well as Chol­monde­ley, the stars and cars will be present at the Ch­ester con­trol at 1900hrs on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 28.

Or­gan­iser: Pen­dle & Dis­trict Mo­tor Club; Garstang & Pre­ston MC When: Septem­ber 25 Where: Weeton Army Bar­racks, Nr Black­pool Cham­pi­onship: ANWCC; SD34 Stages: 12 Starters: 39

James and Chris Ford took an em­phatic vic­tory on the He­roes Stages Rally in their Subaru Im­preza WRC, even­tu­ally fin­ish­ing more than a minute clear of the Ford Es­cort Mk2 of Ian Wood­house/paul Row­land.

It was James Ford’s first ex­pe­ri­ence of driv­ing the ex-chris Atkin­son car and fol­low­ing a cou­ple of early spins he set a string of fastest stage times to head the stand­ings from SS2. Mark Roberts/stephen Lan­den had been fastest in SS1, but a crank seal fail­ure put their Ford Es­cort Cos­worth out.

Wood­house sur­vived an SS8 al­ter­ca­tion with a kerb to fin­ish ahead of the sim­i­lar car of Mark Kelly/andy Baker that ended with the steer­ing rack held to­gether by ju­bilee clips. A pair of Subaru Im­prezas com­pleted the top five with Tim Finch/dar­ren Ri­ley head­ing James Massey/ Matthew Broad­bent who sur­vived a trip into the bushes on SS4.

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