Andy Lane and Richard Crozier take a nar­row win on gru­elling event

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence

Andy Lane and Richard Crozier turned in a su­perb per­for­mance to win the Rally of the Tests in their Volvo 123GT.

Af­ter three long days of com­pe­ti­tion over spe­cial tests, reg­u­lar­ity sec­tions and time con­trol sec­tions, Lane and Crozier headed the fin­ish­ers into Ch­ester late on Sunday af­ter­noon af­ter the 15th edi­tion of the event that re-cre­ates the RAC Rally of the 1950s.

A to­tal of 93 crews set out on a pro­logue sec­tion from Bournemouth on Thurs­day be­fore the meat of the event started on Fri­day with halts in Bris­tol and Stoke-on-trent.

Hus­band and wife Robert and Sue Mcclean were the first ca­su­al­ties when their Ford Anglia’s en­gine seized on the open­ing test in the Bournemouth win­ter gar­dens.

The Satur­day evening time con­trol sec­tion within the con­fines of Swyn­ner­ton army camp pushed Lane/crozier to the fore with a tremen­dous per­for­mance to set them up for Sunday’s fi­nal day. They duly took first over­all, which is re­served for pre-1962 cars.

In a very com­pet­i­tive event, other strong con­tenders were the Porsche 356s of Paul Crosby/ Andy Pullan and Howard War­ren/iain Tul­lie and it was Crosby who headed the pur­suit of Lane through the fi­nal day as the route crossed into North Wales. Crosby nar­rowed the gap to just nine sec­onds over the fi­nal sec­tions on the run to­wards Ch­ester, with 2015 win­ner War­ren less than half a minute down in third.

The MGB of John and Peter Dig­nan topped the post-1962 cars with a to­tal that would have put them third over­all against the ear­lier cars.

Crew won by just nine sec­onds

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