BORDER Motor Club’s inaugural event at Cadwell Park on Easter Sunday saw Graham Coffey/John Vance in a WRC Impreza lead after Stage 1 in damp slippery conditions.
Pete Rayner/Richard Bonner, MKII Escort, were second, followed by DaveTurnbull/Matthew Whattam and Roger Duckworth/Aled Davies in other WRC Imprezas.
Rayner dropped to fourth and Duckworth took over the lead as the three Impreza’s battled it out on the drying track. Completing an extra lap on SS5 ruined Turbull’s chance of a top 3 finish, and elevated Rayner up to third, which he held until booking in early at the final time control, dropping him back a place.
Early class C leaders were the Grimsby/Grasby duo of Ian Want/Tony Brumfield, who then damaged the rear of their MKII Escort on SS2, which elevated Johnnie Ellis/Dave Green in a Fiesta to the position, but they both retired on the next stage.
This allowed Dave Tinn/Stephen De Vere in another Escort to take over the class lead which they held until the finish. David Martin/Richard Simmons and Andrew and Dennis Turner headed class A & B respectively all day with Turner finishing an impressive seventh overall. Class D went to Rayner/Bonner, with Gawaine Clark from Lincoln and Tony Racer, based in Grimsby, taking class E.
Despite Coffey/Vance putting in five fastest times, Duckworth/Davies held top spot for the rest of the day, with a finishing margin of thirteen seconds showing just how close the battle between them was.
Chris Marshall/Simon Hunter in a Mitsubishi Evo 5 completed the top three.
The feedback to the event has been fantastic, there was not one single competitor spoken to by the organising team who did not enjoy the day, and wants to return next year; and every crew who won an award collected it, which gave the team great satisfaction.
The management at Cadwell Park were happy with the way things ran, and would welcome the club back there.
Border Motor Club are proud to have put on such a successful event in memory of Alan Healy and hope it was a fitting tribute for the many years he devoted to the club.
The organising team would also like to thank all the personnel who worked so hard before, during and the event, and the companies who sponsored stages during the day.