Fuchs Lubricants R.A.C. Historic Asphalt Championship
Fuchs Lubricants R.A.C. Historic Asphalt Championship
20th April 2017; Belgium next for FUCHS Lubricants R.A.C. Historic Asphalt Championship.
In an event with a superb capacity entry, around a dozen championship contenders will tackle this hugely popular event on closed public roads around the town of Beaumont in the south of Belgium. In the typical style of Belgian rallies, the crews will tackle each stage several times and two of the four stages feature a lapped format.
The Fuchs Lubricants R.A.C. Historic Asphalt Rally Championship is organised by the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club and is a dedicated asphalt championship for all categories of historic stage rally cars.
Heading the historic field away will be the stunning BMW M3 of Roger Moran and Keaton Williams and they should be chased by the very rapid Ford Escort Mk2 of title contenders Neil Williams/John Morgan. However, Williams was originally on the reserve list, so his participation is not confirmed. More quick Escort Mk2s are entered for brothers Simon and Alister Crook, who will hope to bounce back after an engine disaster on the opening round, and Barry Stevenson-Wheeler/John Pickavance.
Local crew, and prime movers in getting the championship to the event, will be husband and wife Christophe Jacob and Isabelle Regnier in their rapid Escort Mk2. Welcome additions to the championship field in Category 3 are more Escort Mk2s for Chris White/Chris Dewsnap and the hugely experienced Lyndon Barton/Simon Hunter.
Heading the Capital Construction Category 2 is the Escort Mk1 of Graham Muter/Colin Watson but the arrival of David Kirby and Alan Walker in Kirby's newly-built Escort will be watched with great interest.
The Vintage Car Radiator Company Category 1 entry is capped by the Porsche 911 of championship pacesetters Dessie Nutt and Geraldine McBride, who have plenty of experience of rallying in Belgium but will be new to the Salamandre roads. Joining them in the Pre -68 category will be the Mini Cooper of Trevor Hancock and Joanne Watson, another welcome addition to the championship.
6th March 2017: Bailey and Lacey take opening round.
After 12 fast and flowing stages at the Dorset venue, Bailey/Lacey ended the weekend with just 19s in hand over the similar Ford Escort Mk2 of Neil Williams and John Morgan while third R.A.C. contender was the stunning BMW M3 of Roger Moran/Paul Morris.
A high-quality historic entry tackled 80 stage miles over six stages each day, and even though a couple of late non-starters reduced the 17-strong entry, the slickly-run event was a fitting start to the second year of the Fuchs Lubricants R.A.C. Historic Asphalt Rally Championship.
At his local venue, Bailey set a cracking pace from the start and ended the opening day with a 40s lead over Williams. Despite a late scare on Saturday when he had to change a gearbox after the day's final stage, Williams set a scorching pace in the rain of Sunday morning and clawed the margin back to 19s after a compelling pursuit. "That's alright for an old farmer," said Bailey after ending a run of bad luck since switching to historics.
Out of luck in Category 3 at Bovington were brothers Simon and Alister Crook with an early engine failure and Barry Stevenson-Wheeler/John Pickavance with a fuel leak and small fire. Instead, third in Category 3 was the mighty Triumph TR7 V8 of David Kynaston/Andy Russell.
Moran was a strong third historic overall and won Category F while the Capital Construction Category 2 delivered a well-deserved victory for the Escort Mk1 of Graham Muter/Colin Watson after a very strong performance. Another star of Category 2 was the immaculate Datsun 240Z of Graham Patten/Pauline Hale, which retired late on day one with a broken rocker. Jim Valentine and Jonathan Lodge were next up in Category 2 on the first rally for their Saab 99 since 2013.
The Category 1 entry was topped by the Porsche 911 of championship newcomers Dessie Nutt and Geraldine McBride and they had a fine weekend as they got used to a rather different style of event. Second in the Vintage Car Radiator Company Category 1 was the Saab 96 of Nick Pinkett/Hugh Myers as Pinkett rallied for the first time in 18 months. Sadly out with gearbox failure went the MG Midget of Bob Seager/Simon Hannam.
The Bovington Stages was organised by Bournemouth and District Car Club: www.bdcc.org.uk
28th February 2017: New season starts with Bovington.
The 2017 Fuchs Lubricants R.A.C. Historic Asphalt Rally Championship will start this weekend (4/5 March) on the Bovington Stages with an excellent field of 15 cars on the entry list.The high-quality historic entry will gather in Dorset for the event that covers 80 stage miles over six stages each day. The fast and open special stages will provide the ideal starting point for the championship season.The Fuchs Lubricants R.A.C. Historic Asphalt Rally Championship is organised by the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club and is a dedicated asphalt championship for all categories of historic stage rally cars. The superbly varied Bovington historic entry includes 11 models of car.
Heading the historic field away will be the stunning BMW M3 of Roger Moran and Paul Morris and they will be chased by the very rapid Ford Escort Mk2s of title contenders Neil Williams/John Morgan and Jerry Bailey/Graham Lacey. More quick Escort Mk2s are entered for brothers Simon and Alister Crook and Barry Stevenson-Wheeler/John Pickavance.
Heading Category 2 is the Escort Mk1 of Graham Muter/Colin Watson and the Datsun 240Z of Graham Patten/Pauline Hale, while an excellent Category 1 entry is capped by the Porsche 911 of welcome championship newcomers Dessie Nutt and Geraldine McBride. The new for 2017 205 Cup has the Peugeot 205GTi of Christian Prynne/Raymond Davies.
Please note that the Bovington Stages is a non-spectator event. It is organised by Bournemouth and District Car Club: www.bdcc.org.uk