Payne Perfect on Trackrod Ripon driver Charlie Payne and York co driver Craig Thorley performed faultlessly on this weekend's Trackrod National Rally to end the 2010 MSA National Gravel Rally Championship in fine style with a dominant ...
Payne Perfect on Trackrod
Ripon driver Charlie Payne and York co driver Craig Thorley performed faultlessly on this weekend's Trackrod National Rally to end the 2010 MSA National Gravel Rally Championship in fine style with a dominant victory.
The pair won all six Yorkshire stages in their Ford Focus WRC as County Durham's Stephen Petch and co driver John Richardson from Northallerton, driving a Hyundai Accent WRC, returned to Scarborough second overall.
Newly crowned champions, Yorkshiremen Jonny Milner and Ian Windress were chasing Payne and Thorley all morning but the pair retired their Toyota Corolla WRC with a damaged rear link arm two stages from the end of the event which allowed Petch, who had a relatively drama free rally, to inherit second overall. Jamie Anderson and Ella Flynn won the Production class on the event but by finishing fourth overall, Mancunians Alex Allingham and Mark Glennerster had done enough to be crowned Production Cup Champions.
Overnight rain made the stages treacherous, with a number of drivers reporting that the grip levels were virtually non existent. A high level of attrition saw less than half the field return to the new host town of Scarborough at the end of an action packed day of rallying on the final ANCRO-organised event of the season.
The result sees Petch and Richardson claim second place overall in the Championship, just ahead of Payne and Thorley with Allingham and Glennerster in fourth. Former ANCRO Champions Roger Duckworth and Mark Broomfield claimed fifth with Anderson sixth.
Other notable winners included Anderson who took the Junior Drivers Award, Bicester's Chris Wigmore took maximum points in the Viking Ford Escort Challenge to clinch the title and both Anderson and Allingham won the respective Subaru Cup and Mitsubishi Trophy.
Charlie Payne: "Today was one great result for us, we had a good clean run with no real dramas. The weather made it very interesting and we survived a huge moment on the last stage so we were really lucky to make the finish!"
Alex Allingham: "These stages don't really suit my driving style as I prefer more technical stages and so I drove like an old lady just to get to the end. We picked up a puncture in Stage 6 which cost us a little bit of time but otherwise we had no real issues."
-source: msagravel rally championship