RED KITE STAGES
WWRS CHRISTMAS STAGES
WALES RALLY GB
Y2K & Grizedale
ANGLESEY, TALBENNY & TEMPEST
PRITCHARD'S JAPANESE BULLDOG
DENNIS MOTORSPORT EPYNT HILLCLIMB 2008
Saturday, 28 June 2008
Well, what a weekend! It tipped down on the ranges on Saturday as we set up, thanks to all, especially the Jones family and Kevin Tweedy, but despite a very strong wind Sunday was fine. I just hope I can remember all the club members who competed, there were very many so here goes....................
The Arrowsmith clan made an apperance in full with Alwyn in the Escort, Will in the 4 door and Wayne in the shopping Peugeot 306. Like most club members they were going to be hard pressed to be in the awards with the kit present but looked to be enjoying the day even if Will was up until 4am fixing the car after a disasterous 1,000 lanes Rally. Mike Jones was the other 1,000 Lanes man and he narrowly missed out on the awards, maybe a can of Red Bull would have helped! Mark Hatton wheeled the Clio out again and enjoyed the social and friendly nature of hillclimbing when he blew a spark plug, didn't have a spare and was approached by trident Engineering's Gareth Griffiths who did and enabled him to continue. The Jones clan, Phil, Craig & Josh had an eventful day to say the least, Phil blew the motor on his 205 so shared Craig's car, Craig took a class award (well done) and Josh was caught on camera trying to 2 wheel the chicane! Wayne Palmer wheeled the Rover out for a look as his new Escort isn't yet ready and Eian Pritchard came hot foot from winning the Rally of the Midlands with his Impreza WRC. Despite his best efforts the purpose built hillclimb Impreza of Rob Hariman had the better of the WRC car with a new hillrecord of 57.82. Even Graham Richards was out on this one and put the Welsh Rally nightmare behind him to start enjoying motorsport again. Gary Williams came for another look in the Subaru Sport Wagon and had a steady day without drama. Event sponsor Brian Dennis also had an eventful day, the motor wasn't back with him until Saturday and despite blowing the radiator cap on one run he still managed a superb 2nd in class behind the super quick Westfield of Brian Jones.
It's all over for this year, hopefully we can sort out 2 dates for 2009!!
RALLY OF THE MIDLANDS AND THE 1,000 LANES
Thursday, 26 June 2008
Even with the club hillclimb in full swing at the weekend there were key officials helping and competing on events elsewhere. On the Rally of the Midlands Eian Pritchard took his Subaru Impreza WRC to a clear victory with Jason Pritchard finishing 13th overall in the Citroen C2 despite losing his way on a stage and picking up penalties. Sara Williams continued her good run of recent form with a useful 25th overall in the Civic despite the presence of the Old Man as 'sack of spuds'! Hillclimb assistant Clerk of Course Stuart Cardell was out with Peter Lewis again in the red Anglebox and took 3rd overall ahead of some faster machinery.
Meanwhile in the deepest depths of the Swansea Valley Mike Jones and Robin Moses (with Peugeot) were plotting for one of their best results to date on the Braces Bakery 1,000 Lanes Rally. With a recently fitted LSD they thrived in the conditions and came home in 7th position overall. Will Arrowsmith didn't have such a good night and after damaging the gearbox in Walters Arena was forced to stay up 'til 4am to fix the car in time for the hillclimb!
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
The recent Carnival Stages at Abingdon saw another encouraging result from young Sara Williams in the usual Honda Civic. Despite the obvious handicap of the fatherly advice of from her co-driver, Sara managed avery good 19th overall and 6th in her class.
Next events are Azimghur and the Mewla.
Sunday, 1 June 2008
The June autosolo produced a surprise winner with Mark Hatton who has struggled with car and memory before coming through with the Clio Williams ahead of Craig Jones who did well to fight back to second place after collecting a cone penalty. Mike Jones had then taken the initiative but a wrong test and the resultant penalty wrecking his chances. Will Arrowsmith was going well but the chance to showboat took him down the order and it was left to Dad Alwyn to uphold family honour with third place. There were many mighty drives from the 20 drivers who supported the event and all seemed to have enjoyed this, the third round of the BMC autosolo series.
Big thanks must go to James & Peter Chappelle plus respective partners for their help and also to Robin for running the start and Chris Summerfield and helpers for manning the finish. (HOVAC)