5 days ago
***12 Car Championships Final Results***
A Big Congratulations to our 3 winners for our inaugural year.
James Hastings - Winning Driver
Sophie Whickham - Winning Navigator
Ali Procter - Winning Expert Nav
There will be an award for each of you at the Awards Do on the 18th of December and we hope to see everybody there.
Full results below
See you next year! ...
Well ladies and gentlemen results below for the Clive Elliot Memorial 12 car.
Well done to Mr and Mrs Procter who managed to win from Dodds/Gibson.
Not a good night for James Hastings and Sophie Wickham who slid off the road into a ditch
Luckily no damage done and they were extracted without issue.
Thank you to everyone who has supported the 12 car series this year. It has been fantastic to have capacity entries for every round this year!
Thank you to marshals and various establishments that have welcomed us this year. ...
Jimmy Burns’ Roger Albert Clark.
“This weekend saw the best British rally on the calendar return, the Roger Albert Clark Rally. With a field of 150+ cars and 300 stage miles over 5 days, the weekend was going to be challenging on both car and crews. Derek Belbin and I, Jimmy Burns were entered in the Ford Escort Mk2 with a newly fitted BDG engine.
The first day was 2 runs through the Welsh forests with Radnor run twice. With heavy fog in this stage was only to be run once with Us driving through non competitive. Visibility was ridiculous so probably the correct decision.
Friday saw the crews doing a loop of 4 stages twice. Derek hadn’t been out competing for over 5 years and the car now running the fantastic sounding BDG engine he was out for a steady start to “knock the rust off”. I was out on only my second stage rally co driving so the event was what some may consider a big jump into the deep end. The car ran faultlessly all day with the pace increasing throughout. On the last stage in Epynt the clutch was slipping on the tarmac. With Leg 2 of the rally finishing in Wales, the crews all headed for Carlisle Leg 3 spending the day in Kershope, Kielder and Harwood forests. A very tiresome 6 hour drive north was ahead and the decision was to take the gearbox out and check the clutch. The service crew worked through the night to check the clutch and put the car back together. They finally lay their head to rest around 4am.
Leg 3 began on the classic Kershope stage with 17 miles of Kershope Forest. The stage was very cut up in places and the roughest of the rally so far. At the closing section of the stage the clutch was slipping again and we had a strong smell of fuel in the car. We managed to get out of the stage but that was the end of the morning with the car needing attention back at service. A cracked fuel union was the culprit but with the slipping clutch and fuel all over the engine bay it was decided to be sensible and get towed back into service and rejoin later.
Once again the service crew pulled together and took the gearbox out and replaced the clutch. Thanks goes to Alan from Questmead for sourcing a clutch.
We would restart the evenings stages at the Kielder Dam service area with 3 stages ahead. Harwood forest was the Stage that I was looking forward to most but it was to be disappointing with fog making visibility very poor in places. The next stage was a run through the classic Pundershaw stage. fog also hanging in the trees to but a much better run through than Harwood. This stage was then followed by Paddaburn. With a clean run through here it was back to Carlisle for the overnight halt.
Scotland was the venue for leg 4 heading up to the Border stages in Dumfries and Galloway. The morning seen a run through Greyskine and then the classic Ae Forest stage. Greyskine was a great stage with a flowing section over the tops. In Ae the escort took a hammering with some big rocks which had been pulled out. Problems with the intercom were intermittent with Derek not being able to hear he was driving blind at times. I wondered how my face got wet through a hairpin right, at the end of the stage there was a 6 inch hole where i could see the drivers side front wheel, so you could definitely call it rough!
The service crew were contacted on the road section to get the welding gear out! With 50 mins service this was fixed and intercom seemed to be working okay.
On arrival to Greyskine for a repeat of the previous 2 stages, the intercom from my helmet didn’t seem to be working. With the BDG singing at 9000 rpm my sign language skills were tested but we got through with good run considering. For the next run through Ae I decided to wedge my peltor practice headset under my arm so the microphone from this could be used to guide Derek through a very rough Ae Forest.
In service the Peltor Headset was taped to the helmet. This left me looking like a storm trooper but could at least give Derek the pacenotes for the second runs through Twiglees and Castle O’er.
Twiglees was Belbin’s favourite stage of the rally with a nice flow to it. Concerns of Castle O’er for the 2nd time through were the toughness of the stage on the car with it being very rough in recently resurfaced sections.
About a mile from the finish of the stage the BDG coughed and just cut out. The car wouldn’t turn over. Derek tried to repair the car but it was to be terminal and the end of the event with engine troubles. Gutting as it was, negatives were turned into positives.
In reflection it was great for Derek to get his lifetime ambition of sliding sideways through the forests in his BDG. I got mu lifetime ambition of competing on the RAC rally, albeit reinvented with the Roger Albert Clark Rally. The support team were fantastic throughout the event in keeping the car going and chasing us around the Welsh and Borders forests.
Thanks go the Marshals and organisers who haven’t had the best of weather but still came out to get the event underway. Also to the support crew for Derek and Jimmy who kept the car running and worked through the night.
Onto the next one...” ...
Not what we wanted to post but sadly Derek Belbin and Jimmy Burns are out of the Roger Albert Clark
Engine went 100yrds from finish of castle oer on Sunday night!
The whole team would like to thank all the support and well wishes it has been great to see
After all the clutch problems had been combatted and a lighting setup change we thought we our luck was changing
Sadly not to be!
Well done to Derek, Jimmy, Andy H, Andy P, Luke, Davie and the hero of the hour Joe who went all across Carlisle to find some beer on a Sunday night to drown our sorrows! ...