York­shire suc­cess in dra­matic rally

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

MO­TOR SPORT: Mat Smith and Matthew Robin­son were left cel­e­brat­ing dra­matic vic­to­ries on ‘home soil’ in the two main events that go to make up the Track­rod Rally York­shire.

The two North York­shire driv­ers took the ma­jor hon­ours when the sun-drenched rally reached a con­clu­sion along Fi­ley seafront.

Thirsk’s Smith, driv­ing a 1600cc turbo-charged Ford Fi­esta, came from be­hind to deny Char­lie Payne a fourth suc­ces­sive win on the 45 stagemile Track­rod For­est Stages by the nar­row­est of mar­gins, fin­ish­ing just 1.2 sed­cons ahead.

The ac­com­pa­ny­ing Track­rod His­toric Cup was as dra­matic, but for dif­fer­ent rea­sons.

Newly-crowned British His­toric Cham­pion Paul Bar­rett rolled his Ford Es­cort Mk2 on the open­ing night stage in Dalby For­est to pick up a max­i­mum time for the test.

That al­lowed Robin­son, a road sur­fac­ing en­gi­neer from Ripon, to lead from start to fin­ish.

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