8th November, 2001 Super 106 Cup Round 7 Banbury Rally With another classic year of competition, the TOTAL supported Super 106 Cup draws to a tense finale and after six rounds of battle, there are still three drivers in with a shout at the...
8th November, 2001
Super 106 Cup Round 7
With another classic year of competition, the TOTAL supported Super 106 Cup draws to a tense finale and after six rounds of battle, there are still three drivers in with a shout at the title. The Banbury Rally this weekend will see yet more close competition, as these three fight it out for the coveted title and the amazing prize of a loan car for the British Rally Championship next year along with a fund of £25,000, a mechanic and a recce car!
Garry Jennings from Kesh, still in the early stages of his rally career has dominated the leaderboard for most of the year. A maiden win in Charlemagne followed by topping the sheets in Kent has kept him right to the fore. However, having scored on every round, he has to drop a score to increase his tally. Having never been below 5th on an event all season, he has to drop an 18 to gain a possible 30, so his maximum increase will be 12.
Ryan Champion dropped a score in the Scottish, but marked up three 2nd and two 3rd places with his other events, making him one of the most consistent drivers around. However, fractions of seconds have stopped him taking the champagne on several rounds so he is desperate to finally set foot on the highest rung. Dropping a 22 to gain a 30 means his tally can only increase by 8.
Rory Galligan, the third protagonist, has already seen two dropped scores, one an unlucky accident avoiding a fallen spectator in France. However two champagne scores, including the very important first round of the series in Wirral and then the Scottish Rally, have kept his overall tally high and he is able to count all his points from Banbury, meaning he can increase by 30.
Indeed, working through the possible calculations, if Ryan wins, Rory 2nd and Garry 3rd, the trio would end on equal points of 127. Counting back most wins, most 2nds, most 3rds, etc., comes into play for the tie-break. If still unresolved, goes to the higher placed on the first round.
But it's not just the overall win that's important. The year has seen the increase in stature, confidence and poise of many of the competitors as they take advantage of the continued media coverage, interviews and assistance they get from Peugeot Sport in upping their game. The friendliness of the Super 106 Cup is still very much apparent, despite the closeness of the competition on the stages. And Banbury, with 14 stages over 40 miles of competitive stages, will yet again see a fair fight to the finish. Everyone will enjoy being part of the camaraderie of this unique series, but there will only be one winner. May the best man win!
Current Championship Placings:
Garry Jennings 123, Ryan Champion 119, Rory Galligan 102