Mixed fortunes for district rally crews

Bare's Tom Woodburn with co-driver Colin Payne survived this smash in their Subaru Impreza at the Riponian Stages Rally.
Bare's Tom Woodburn with co-driver Colin Payne survived this smash in their Subaru Impreza at the Riponian Stages Rally.
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Morecambe Car Club racers had a busy weekend with mixed fortunes at two testing rally events.

Steve Hudson and James Chaplin took on the Legend Fires North West Stages Rally, based around the Fylde coast, in their Peugeot 205.

The two-day event over Friday night and all day Saturday took in Blackpool Prom, Fleetwood seafront, Clifton Water Treatment Plant and Weeton Army Camp amongst other places with the resort duo just one of 111 crews who entered.

After surviving the treacherous conditions, occasional two-wheeled action, deep water and mud that saw 47 crews retiring, the Hudson/Chaplin crew won their class and also took the award for first novice crew.

Course car for the rally was supplied by Warton’s TEG-Sport and their Subaru Impreza being driven by Carnforth’s Arron Newby.

Crag Bank’s Ian Joel with co-driver Graeme Wood in a Ford Escort Cosworth and Colin Payne with Bare’s Tom Woodburn from Morecambe Car Club in their Subaru Impreza took on the Riponian Stages Rally on Sunday morning.

Starting from Thirsk, 60 crews took on the rally, with Ian and Graeme lying in second overall after five stages.

SS6 saw them take the lead before the encountered a problem on the next stage, with the car incurring the maximum time penalty, bringing an end to their day.

Tom and Colin saw their efforts also cut short by a spectacular high-speed barrel roll into the trees.

They’d settled in during SS1 and were really upping their pace on SS2 when the accident happened causing significant damage to the car.

The crew themselves came out unscathed.