Bare rally duo battle forest terrain to secure podium

Bare's Aaron McClure and Tom Woodburn in action at the Richard Burns Foundation Pirelli International Rally.

Bare's Aaron McClure and Tom Woodburn in action at the Richard Burns Foundation Pirelli International Rally.

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Morecambe Car Club duo Aaron McClure and Tom Woodburn took an excellent third place in the Pirelli Richard Burns Foundation Rally.

In their Ford Fiesta they battled through the tough, dusty and boulder-strewn rough tracks of Keilder Forest in Carlisle to secure a podium finish last Saturday.

The course is over the same route as the two-day International section of the rally and the Bare crew were on the pace from the start in their Allfloors Express/Windfarm Workboats/K.J.Gibbons Ltd/Carcraft Body Repairs supported vehicle.

Starting from Carlisle Racecourse, crews had a civic start in Carlisle city centre before heading into the forest for the special stages.

Keilder once again tested the resolve of crews and the reliability and build quality of their cars over the unsurfaced tracks.

In other sections of the rally thrills and spills were-a-plenty, action was impressive – especially from the Historic category with entries including a Mini, Volvo Amazon, Escorts of varying models and a plethora of Hillman Imps – all of them being driven in the competitive manner they used to be back when those marques were first used in motorsport.

Russ Thompson and Andy Murphy took the victory in their Renault Clio with Russ Sykes and Simon Taylor second in their Citroen C2R2 Max ahead of the Morecambe Car Club crew in the final podium place.

The event acts as the second round of the British Rally Championship after severe weather hit the earlier Bulldog Rally in Wales.