St Wilfrids Rally
ST WILFRIDS CLASSIC RALLY
Event Winners Matt Warren / Cath Woodman
Matt Warren partnered by Cath Woodman emerged victorious on the 2013 St Wilfrid’s Classic Rally, after scoring consistently throughout the day to lead home the similar Ford Escort Mexico of Martin Neal and Andy Gibson, closely followed by the Austin Mini 1275GT of James Griffiths and James Howell.
Starting from Thirsk Auction Mart at 08:30 Crews immediately tackled two tests at the Auction Mart where the dubious honour of first retirement fell to the Alfa Guilia Sprint of Andrew Buzzard/Rob Lyne who arrived at the end of the second test without any brakes. Following the third test on the old airfield at Dalton crews then tackled the first of two regularities, where a number of crews, including one of the pre event favourites John Ruddock/Andy Pullan, were caught out on a not as map junction losing time that they were unable to recoup during the day. A series of tests at the Yorkshire Dales Autograss Club and a further Regularity took competitors to the Lunch halt where results showed the Warren/Woodman pairing establishing an early lead. Having professed before starting the day just going to ‘trundle around’ Suzanne and Tyler Barker in a Hillman Avenger were surprised and delighted to find themselves in 9th place at lunch.
Whilst the bulk of the morning action took place on the western fringes of the Hambleton Hills and the Vale of York the afternoon route was in the eastern foothills of the Pennines with two long regularities preceding five tests at the Melmerby Industrial Estate. Accuracy in plotting the route on the two regularities was at a premium and this caught out a number of crews who missed visiting two route checks dropping them down the order.
A final regularity back in the Vale of York took competitors back to a final test at the Auction Mart where competition finished before a relaxed drive to the Angel Inn in Topcliffe where results were declared.
A big THANK YOU from both the organising team and all the competitors to all the Marshals who played a vital part in ensuring the event ran smoothly, your support was an essential contribution to the success of the event. All the competitors spoken to praised the standard of marshalling you provided. I trust you all enjoyed your day in the beautiful autumn sunshine.
A complete set of results can be found here
A number of competitors expressed interest in seeing copies of the route of the regularity sections, we are pleased to make these available here. (Right click on the link and choose 'save link as' to save a copy to your computer)
Photographs of the event taken by Matthew Rudd can be found here