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March Event Round Up

It was a busy weekend for Ludlow Castle Motor Club members all over the country, with several members out competing on several events:

The Mike Sones Memorial AGBO Stages sponsored by Land & Estate Maintenance

Jack Bowen - finished 3rd overall alongside Oliver Davies in his Ford Escort Mk2.

Having been leading after SS2, they were overhauled by eventual winners Huw James/Ian Jones and then, after an SS7 overshoot, Lee Edwards/Mike Roberts who had been in a day long battle with Davies/Bowen that was decided on the final stage.

Photo with thanks to Black Mountains Media

Dan Petrie - finished 5th overall on a tie break rule, having had a clean run on his first time navigating for Roger Moran in his Ford Escort Mk2. The event was Roger's first in the car for 3 years!

Anthony and Kirun Deignan - the father-and-son duo sadly retired on SS7 after an impact with a hay bale caused a broken driveshaft. They were having a great run to this point, lying in the top 25 overall amongst far superior machinery around them!

Emma Clarke - finished 52nd overall and 7th in class alongside Paul Kendrick in his Ford Escort Mk1. They had a spin on SS1 and an off road excursion on SS2 which cost them a chunk of time, but they had a clean run over the remaining stages to make the finish in one piece.

Michele Petrie - out for her yearly outing in the driver's seat, this time partnered by Jemma Taylor. They found the stages incredibly slippy in the morning, losing a mirror on the opening stage after clipping a bale due to the conditions. As the stages dried out they lost a few places to more powerful cars and, despite an issue with a broken engine mounting, they nursed their Peugeot 106 home to 56th overall and 8th in class.

Malcolm Wilson Rally

Lucy Wilding - a first time pairing for this event, where Lucy was navigating for Ashley Adams in his Nissan Micra, running Car 73, ahead of a full BTRDA championship campaign. They retired with head gasket failure, despite having been leading the 1400C class after the opening stage.

Dukeries Rally

Tim Baker - first time competing with new navigator Neil Hallworth, on Neil's first rally for 30 years, in their Talbot Sunbeam. They had a nervy opening pair of stages, although on SS2 they hit some lorry tyres head on, wiping out the headlights, grille and bumper. It all started to come together from the third stage onwards and they eventually finished 20th overall and 5th in class.

Stefan Morris/Stu Jones - another first time pairing, and Stefan's first time out in a newly acquired Ford Escort Mk2. Their pace increased as the rally went on, by SS4 they had made it into the Top 30 and were catching several cars in the stage. Unfortunately, due to a technicality, they weren't classified as finishers.

Well done to all our members.


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