April 30th/May 1st
Once again a Brecon Motor Club was represented by a good number of its competing crews at the weekend, two crews travelled to Carlisle for the Pirelli Carlisle Stages and four other crews contested the PARC Garage Dixies Challenge.
In Cumbria it was mixed fortunes as Jason Pritchard and Malcolm Rich travelled north with their respective Group 4 Escorts in tow. This was the third round of the British Historic Rally Championship and with two perfect scores from the previous two rallies Jason was in great form heading into the forests of Kielder. Unfortunately his quest for a third straight win was thwarted by a patch of ice on the very first special stage and despite minimal damage it was an early bath. Malcolm Rich on the other hand continued his learning curve and was happy to finish as 12th historic overall and category winner in the knowledge that he is slowly closing the gap on his fellow competitors.
The next round of the championship is the Severn Valley Stages which is based in Builth Wells but is in doubt at the moment as a pricing agreement with Natural Resources Wales has not yet been reached with the sports governing body the Motor Sports Association.
Above: Malcolm Rich throwing the car around Cumbria
Meanwhile a grey and damp Epynt greeted competitors on the Dixies Challenge event. Eian Pritchard was top seed but non started for reasons unknown. Next up was Bob Gibbons who was debuting his ex Ian Kenvin Mk1 Escort. Adapting to the power and characteristics of the new car was difficult in the morning but the times improved during the day and 16th overall was fair reward. Finishing in 17th place was Craig Jones in his BMW Compact. This was a great performance from Craig who also had another new co-driver sitting alongside for the day. Carl Dennis was looking less than comfortable at the first service halt but seemed to enjoy himself more as the day went on! Dai 'Block' Jones and Glyn Price wheeled their trusty BMW out for the day and despite having a few heart stopping moments on the first loop of stages finished 26th overall. James & Lisa Chappelle made up part of the 20 Minis that contested the event and achieved yet another finish with 3rd in class a bonus.
Of course to be able to compete on these rallies a stalwart band of marshals is required and as usual Nigel Chappelle rounded up a small bunch to look after the service out controls. David Thomas, Peter Chappelle and Roger Simons braved the elements to make this happen.
Above: Bob Gibbons preparing for take off
Below: Craig Jones preparing to land
Above: Dai & Glyn saving rubber!
Below: James looking hard at the way he's going, Lisa can't bear to look!