‘Char­lie Payne is the man in Mal­ton’

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Peter Scherer

Or­gan­iser: Mal­ton MC & Clitheroe & DMC When: Novem­ber 5 Where: Mal­ton, North York­shire Cham­pi­onships: ANCC, ANECCC, ANWCC, ANEMMC, English Rally Cham­pi­onship, North­ern His­toric Starters: 72 Stages: 6. Char­lie Payne took his sixth win on the Mal­ton For­est Rally and his third event win in suc­ces­sion. With Carl Wil­liamson on the notes, their Ford Fi­esta RS WRC was never headed over the six stages in tricky con­di­tions.

On the open­ing Crop­ton stage the brand new Pro­ton Iriz R5 – mak­ing its com­pe­ti­tion de­but – of Ol­lie Mel­lors/ Ian Win­dress was able to match Payne’s time, with Stephen Petch/ Michael Wilkin­son’s Fi­esta RS WRC a fur­ther two sec­onds down in third.

Af­ter runs through Gale Rigg and Lang­dale, Payne’s lead had grown to six sec­onds, with Petch sec­ond, one sec­ond up on Mel­lors. “Af­ter the first one and a half miles of each stage it goes flat, so we are los­ing time,” said Petch.

“I scared my­self a lit­tle in Gale Rigg, ar­riv­ing at a cor­ner about three gears too high,” Mel­lors added.

Phil and Si­mon Pickard had es­tab­lished their Im­preza in a clear fourth, with Steve Ban­nis­ter/cal­lum Atkin­son’s Ford Es­cort Mk2 de­mot­ing Daniel Men­nell/heather Grisedale’s Subaru Im­preza from fifth af­ter Lang­dale. Early ca­su­al­ties had been Peter Stephen­son/pa­trick Walsh’s Ford Fo­cus WRC off in Crop­ton, Steve Petch/john Richardson’s Ford Fi­esta with a dam­aged ra­di­a­tor in Crop­ton and Peter Smith/john Millington with a bro­ken oil cooler.

Al­though Payne in­creased his lead again through the sec­ond Crop­ton and Gale Rigg stages, the fi­nal stage in a wet and slip­pery Lang­dale proved to be the hard­est of the day. “There were a few scary mo­ments but we didn’t take any risks,” he said af­ter tak­ing vic­tory by seven sec­onds.

“We had kissed the bank flat in sixth on the first Lang­dale, but this was one of the tough­est stages I have ever done,” Petch added, af­ter tak­ing three sec­onds off Payne’s lead to con­sol­i­date sec­ond.

Mel­lors held onto third but had his last stage drama. “We lost the boost pipe and with no heated screen we couldn’t see,” he ex­plained.

Pickard over­came a re­cur­ring elec­tri­cal fault to re­tain fourth and Men­nell man­aged to re­claim fifth on the sec­ond Crop­ton stage. When asked by Mo­tor­sport News how Men­nell did this he said he “dropped the clutch and pulled the car’s pants down”. It was a bril­liant re­sult in his sec­ond mul­ti­v­enue gravel rally.

With Mat Smith/derek Corn­forth’s Pro­ton Sa­tria punc­tur­ing only yards into the first stage, Chris Law­son/ Richard War­dle’s Nova led Class 1 all day. Smith fought back to sec­ond on the last stage de­spite a spin, when Chris Row/david Au­den’s MG ZR re­tired.

Barry Lind­say/caro­line Lodge’s Peu­geot 206 headed Ben Cree/andy Brown’s 205 in Class 2, while Nick Dob­son/steve Pugh’s Es­cort and Mike Wolff/mike Twiname’s BMW E30 were un­beat­able in Classes 3 and 4, de­spite Wolff los­ing his gear­stick mid-rally.

Photo: Kevin Money

Payne knows Mal­ton well af­ter six wins

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