10th November, 2001 Super 106 Cup Round 7 - Banbury Rally The final round of the TOTAL supported Super 106 Cup, the Banbury Rally, saw a tremendous battle between three potential winners. The coveted prize of the Peugeot Super 1600 car for the...
10th November, 2001
Super 106 Cup Round 7 - Banbury Rally
The final round of the TOTAL supported Super 106 Cup, the Banbury Rally, saw a tremendous battle between three potential winners. The coveted prize of the Peugeot Super 1600 car for the 2002 British Rally Championship, a fund of £25,000, a mechanic and a recce car fell to event victor Rory Galligan.
The opening stage Enstone One, a 3.27 miler was extremely slippy and Chris Moore took advantage by setting the fastest time a mere 0.3 seconds ahead of championship contender Rory Galligan who commented "I hope everyone was understeering as much as I was". Michael Brew, returning after breaking his back in Scotland was amazingly 3rd quickest 1.6 seconds behind Moore, Kris Meeke, Ryan Champion and Gary Jennings filled the next three places split by only 4 seconds.
Stage two, Enstone Two was slightly longer than its predecessor, the 4.63 miler fell to Galligan 4.4 seconds clear of Meeke with Brew 3rd. Chris Moore suffered a two minute road penalty which effectively ruled him out of contention.
The short stage three Great Tew One was won by Jennings, 2.2 seconds clear of Galligan with Champion a further 0.4 seconds back. After three stages Galligan led overall by 5.3 seconds from Meeke with Jennings 3rd, 7 seconds behind the leader. Champion had a half spin but was still well placed in 4th.
The first two Cornbury stages saw Galligan quickest. He commented "All I can say is we're getting through them, the stages, but the little rough one, Great Tew, was shocking." Jennings was fighting hard but he was concerned about the forthcoming Silverstone stages; "I'm not looking forward to Silverstone as I've not been there before."
Meeke was fastest through both Silverstone stages, Jennings lost 4.2 seconds to leader Galligan but then clawed 2.9 seconds back on the next run.
Galligan now led by 10.2 seconds from the hard charging Meeke with Champion 3rd and Jennings 4th.
Stage eight Cornbury Three saw Champion fastest with Jennings 3.9 seconds down and Galligan a further 0.4 seconds back. Cornbury Four saw Galligan fastest 2 seconds clear of Jennings. After nine stages Galligan now led Jennings by 16.3 seconds with Meeke 3rd.
Galligan then showed the maturity that has been evident throughout this season with a measured drive to the end setting some excellent times but ensuring that the ultimate prize was not lost.
Rory Galligan said; "I'm very happy, I've waited a long time for this, 3 tough years, I've had the lowest of lows and the highest of highs."
Garry Jennings from Kesh, still in the early stages of his rally career has dominated the leaderboard for most of the year and took a well deserved second place on the event and in the Championship. Ryan Champion took third and the same position in the Championship with his co-driver Cliff Simmons winning the overall Co-Drivers Championship.