Fantastic result also for Peter Gibson and Chris Dodds on the North West yesterday in what was only their second outing in the car since the extensive rebuild!
Read the full report below.
“The event consisted of 12 stages split into three repeated loops. Conditions were perfect on the day with dry bright conditions but the amount of rain in the preceding weeks had left the narrow lanes still wet and slippy in places. Thrown into the mix was weeton army camp which has totally different stage characteristics, making tyre and set up choices a compromise. The first loop went well, we caught a car in stage 1 but had a good feeling in the car straight away and enjoyed attacking closed roads again. No problems at service other than tracking was knocked out a bit at weeton, changed tyres onto full slicks rather than cuts. In the second loop the stages had dried further and were faster, but still contained slippery patches of mud and wet where you had to show caution to avoid the awaiting ditches. In the Staynall stage we were caught out over a crest into a tight left but luckily there was only grass verge beyond and we didn’t lose much time scrabbling back on. Swapped tyres around for the last loop but kept the same soft compound as conditions cooled in the late afternoon. We kept it neat and tidy and found a bit more pace. A delay ahead meant we just managed to get through the final stage at weeton without the lamp pod. All the above left Pete & Doddsy 23rd overall in the Evo, which is a respectable finish given the company we were in on such a high profile event. Thanks to all the team in service and doing chase, the car didn’t miss a beat but even still nobody stopped working and it was a very long hard day. Credit must go to the North West Stages organisers who provided an amazing rally with a great atmosphere. We didn’t lose a single stage mile and considered the brand new format everything ran pretty smoothly, hopefully providing a great grounding for years to come. Thanks to all the marshals and volunteers. Well done to all who finished, congratulations to the winners Peter & Andrew in what was a close battle at the front all day.” ...
Well another week has passed and for some it’s been quite a busy one.
Peter Gibson and Chris Dodds have prepping hard ready for their big outing at the northwest stages!
This year the event has a bumper entry after the organisers announced they will be using closed roads for the first time!
Andrew Roughead is also out with Peter Taylor. They will be ones to watch once again I’m sure they will be raring to go and in the hunt for a good result after the disappointment of the border counties!
Chris Purvis is out as well with Keith Taylor (Peters dad) in the Escort mk2. Wonder if the run out in kevin’s mx5 on wed night helped him prepare for the rwd!
Anyone else out doing it! I haven’t had a chance to see an entry list yet. Anyone else out competing marshalling or whatever way you’re involved let us know! ...
After the results of last nights 12 car please find below the latest standings to the 12 Car Championship. A change at the top of the Navigators Leader board! While James Hastings extends his lead at the top for Driver's ...
Mike Rowe's funeral arrangements are as follows
Thursday April 4th at 11:15am at Saltwell Cremation. Saltwell road south. Gateshead. NE9 6DT. All welcome.
Family's flowers only. Donations to Great North Air Ambulance in remembrance.