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THE NORTHERN DALES CLASSIC TROPHY
The West Cumbrian crew of chris Hunter/ Fiona Tyson chalked up a narrow and hard fought win on the Hexham & District Motor Club’s Northern Dales Classic Trophy, the Mazda MX5 crew just edgeing it from Andrew Roughead/ Kev Cousins BMW Mini with the evergreen Tom Hall/ ( Riley Elf )ably assisted by Courtney Raylor finishing in a tie for third place with the well driven Peugeot 106 of Simon Jennings / Colin Fish.
The unique Northern Dales, run completely within the confines of a former cement works at Eastgate in Weardale, proved to be as popular as ever and was oversubscribed well before the date that entries closed, the format of several “laps” of a series of tests goes down well with competitors as, when they have completed their lap, they can watch what everyone else is doing. Twenty tests were scheduled and the Hexham club ran the event as efficiently as ever and even had time to chuck in a couple of extra tests as a bit of a bonus. Despite heavy showers in the days preceding the event, none seemed to have descended on Eastgate and conditions were extremely dry and, consequently, extremely dusty for competitors.
Fastest out of the blocks on the opening test was the Rover 25 of Jack Palmer/ Ellie Hughes but by the end of the first lap the lead had been taken by the deceptively quick Peugeot 106 of Simon Jennings/ Colin Fish who were 9 second up on the Suzuki Ignis of Jack Morton / Phil Kenny with Hunter/ Tyson and Roughead/ Cousins close behind. Despite an error on the third test, Hall/ Raylor still led the Historic section from the Talbot Sunbeam of Chris Parker/ Molly Livermore and John & Marian Sloan’s MG Midget. Already in bother was the other Talbot Sunbeam of Aidy and Joe Charlton, suffering from overheating problems.
The second lap saw Palmer/ Hughes and Hunter/ Tyson post the best aggregate time, the latter crew moving into the lead but only by a single second from the Jennings/ Fish Peugeot , Hall/ Raylor still led the Historic crews, ,ahead of Parker/ Livermore and the Sloans who had a slight detour on Test 7. The smart Nova of michael Glendinning / Charlie Sayer-Payne really flew on this lap, unfortunately they “Crash Landed” with a maximum on the last test of that loop.
Glendinning/ Sayer-Payne continued to set a scorching pace and they were quickest over the four tests that comprised Lap Three, however, a solid performance from Hunter/ Tyson saw them head for lunch with a 4 second advantage over Jennings/ Fish with Roughead/ Cousins the best of the rest, Hall still leading the Historic contingent from Parker / Livermore.
With everybody well fed and watered, hostilities recommenced on another lap of four tests, these had been modified slightly from the morning’s layout, something which was missed by a number of crews, notably
Glendinning/ Sayer-Payne who spoilt another flying lap, going awol on the final test, they were by no means the only ones. Hall/ Raylor and Palmer/ Hughes were joint quickest on this latest “ Circuit De Cones” but Hunter/ Tyson extended their lead when Roughead/ Cousins bumped a cone leaving them tied with Jennings/ Fish. Some other crews were starting to make an assault on the leader board notably Liam Charlton/ Luke Tait ( Ford Puma ) and Harry Raylor/ Ben Leighton ( Mazda MX5 ).
It all got very interesting on the final lap as Roughead/ Cousins pulled up to level with Hunter/ Tyson while further down the field, Glendinning / Sayer-Payne were quickest on three tests only to pick up yet another maximum on the fourth one, oh what might have been !. Quite a few crews sustained punctures as tyres started to wear on the abrasive cement surface and there were some impromptu “Pit Stops” as fresh rubber was urgently fitted.
With the event running ahead of schedule, the organisers ran two extra tests where Hall/ Raylor and Palmer/ Hughes set the quickest aggregate time but, crucially, Hunter/ Tyson shaded Roughead/ Cousins to seal a fine victory in a hard fought event, Hall’s late flourish lifted him into joint third spot, tieing with Jennings/ Fish with Palmer / Hughes and Parker/ Livermore the best of the rest. With the clinging dust clouding the event all day long it was hardly surprising that the entire entry all headed for the nearby Cross Keys Inn where a hearty meal of home made pie and chips accompanied a very welcome cooling drink as results were calculated, awards presented and everybody departed homewards, ,well satisfied with their days sport and all asking the same question, “When’s the next one ?”
1st. Chris Hunter / Fiona Tyson Mazda MX5 1347
2nd. Andrew Roughead / Kev Cousins BMW Mini 1349
3rd. Tom Hall / Courtney Raylor Riley Elf 1354
3rd. Simon Jennings / Colin Fish Peugeot 106 1354
5th. Jack Palmer / Ellie Hughes Rover 25 1365
6th. Chris Parker / Molly Livermore Talbot Sunbeam 1378
7th. Liam Charlton / Luke Tait Ford Puma 1415
8th. Harry Raylor / Ben Leighton Mazda MX5 1417
9th. Jack Morton / Phil Kenny Suzuki Ignis 1440
10th. Philip Hodgson / Ian Giles Mazda MX5 1445
1st. Tom Hall / Courtney Raylor Riley Elf
2nd. Chris Parker / Molly Livermore Talbot Sunbeam
3rd. John Sloan / Marian Sloan MG Midget
4th. David Alexander / Mark Humphries Vauxhall Viva HB
5th. Ross Blyth / Mike Cook Austin Healey Sprite
6th. Andrew Aird / Archie Wakefield Austin A40
7th. Graham Cornthwaite / Lynsey Procter Morris Mini
8th. Ian Dixon / Richard Welsh MGB GT
9th. Michael Stead / Ben Wilkinson Buckler MK6
10th. Malcolm Mackay / Mark Crack Mini Clubman
Class Awards :-
H1. Chris Parker / Molly Livermore
H2. David Alexander / Mark Humphries
M1. Andrew Roughead / Kev Cousins
M2. Harry Raylor / Ben Leighton
Mixed Crew Award Chris Hunter / Fiona Tyson
1st. Hexham Crew Liam Charlton / Luke Tait
1st. Family Crew Ryan Tubman / David Tubman ...
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4 days ago
Event update - important
Tyneside Stages Sunday 4th August
As you may have noticed, at the moment the event has received a lower than anticipated entry.
At our team meeting last night, it was agreed that the event would DEFINITELY run irrespective of the lower entry.
HOWEVER entries do not close for seeding until Wednesday 24th July, and do not close completely until Wednesday 31st July. This means there is still plenty of time for you to enter the event.
In addition, the event is still in need of marshals. If you can help, please get in touch.
Thank you for your support,
Deputy Clerk of the Course
Secretary of the Meeting ...
Results from the Northern Dales below!
Tight times with a few seconds splitting the top crews!
A few folks making some simple mistakes as well dropping them down the order but what we can guarantee is that everyone had a dusty but enjoyable day! ...