Ban­nis­ter noble in re­fus­ing prize

Motor Sport News - - Rally News -

Steve Ban­nis­ter has given up his prize drive in a four-wheel-drive car on the Jack Frost Stages af­ter win­ning the ANECCC Stage Rally Cham­pi­onship.

The win­ner of the se­ries re­ceives the en­try cour­tesy of se­ries spon­sor and reg­u­lar na­tional rally com­peti­tor, Steve Petch.

But in a move de­scribed as “one of the most mag­nan­i­mous ges­tures I’ve en­coun­tered” by cham­pi­onship co-or­di­na­tor Colin Tombs, Ban­nis­ter has de­cided to let sec­ond place man Ben Cree take the prize.

“Steve Ban­nis­ter has very kindly de­cided to step aside and of­fered the prize drive op­por­tu­nity to sec­ond placed driver, Ben Cree, from Thirsk. This fine ges­ture must not go un­recog­nised,” said Tombs.

Cree’s co-driver Andy Brown won the nav­i­ga­tors’ cham­pi­onship and will again ac­com­pany Cree. In re­cent sea­sons Petch has of­fered his Group N Mit­subishi Lancer E9 but the car for this year is yet to be an­nounced.

Na­tional fron­trun­ner Ban­nis­ter in kind prize ges­ture

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