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MSA Gravel Rally

Milner and Windress Claim Prizes to End ANCRO Era

MSA Gravel Rally Championship 2010 logo
The Association of National Championship Rally Organisers (ANCRO) held their annual awards ceremony earlier today in Stratford-upon-Avon to recognise the champions from the 2010 MSA Gravel Rally Championship.
   

And whilst celebrations were the order of the day, following many years as organisers of the National series, this was to be the last one so it was especially poignant as outright champions for 2010; Jonny Milner and Ian Windress collected their awards from MSA Chief Executive, Colin Hilton.

Milner, the 2002 and 2003 British Rally Champion from Driffield, along with Northallerton co-driver Windress, who was ANCRO champion in 2005 also, came back after a few years away and was reunited with his venerable double championship winning Toyota Corolla WRC. A hat-trick of victories on the Pirelli Tour of Cumbria, Severn Valley Stages Rally and 60 & Worcestershire National Rally meant he and Windress claimed the title with a round to spare.
 

After debuting their Ford Focus WRC on Rallye Sunseeker, Charlie Payne from Ripon, along with York co driver Craig Thorley went on to clinch runner-up spot in the series after winning the final event, their home Trackrod National Rally.

Third place went to Durham youngster Stephen Petch and the experienced John Richardson from Northallerton who proved consistency was the key by scoring in every round but falling just short of winning a round in their Hyundai Accent WRC

Other notable award winners included Alex Allingham and Mark Glennerster who made the transition from winning in the BTRDA Championship in 2009 to take the Production Cup and Subaru Cup in their Impreza whereas the Viking Ford Escort Challenge went the way of Chris Wigmore.

The Patterson Pace Notes All- Ireland Challenge winner was John McGaffin (Subaru), Ian Barrett and Gavin Wright took the 1400cc Cup whilst Jamie Anderson was crowned Junior Champion as well as lifting the Mitsubishi Cup as Kirsty Riddick won the Junior co-drivers title.

Picture attached (courtesy of Mark Simpson www.cmwi.net): From left to right Mark Glennerster, Alex Allingham (Production Cup Champions), Colin Hilton (MSA Chief Executive), Jonny Milner, Ian Windress (Overall Champions).
 

The full list of awards winners are as follows: 

The MSA Gravel Rally Championship Overall Awards 

1st Overall Driver Jonny Milner
1st Overall Co-Driver Ian Windress
2nd Overall Driver Charlie Payne
2nd Overall Co-Driver Craig Thorley
3rd Overall Driver Stephen Petch
3rd Overall Co-Driver John Richardson

The MSA Gravel Rally Championship Production Cup Award
 

1st Overall Group N Driver Alex Allingham
1st Overall Group N Co-Driver Mark Glennerster

The MSA Gravel Rally Championship Class Awards

Class 3 1st Driver Jamie Anderson
Class 3 1st Co-Driver Horace Saville
  

Class 3 2nd Driver Tom Naughton
Class 3 2nd Co-Driver Mark Mason 

Class 3 3rd Driver Wug Utting
Class 3 3rd Co-Driver Derek Davies 

Class 4 1st Driver Steve Perez
Class 4 1st Co-Driver Paul Spooner 

Class 4 2nd Driver Paul Bird
Class 4 2nd Co-Driver Kirsty Riddick 

Class 8 1st Driver Chris Wigmore
Class 8 1st Co-Driver Steve Lyons 

Class 10 1st Driver Roger Duckworth
Class 10 1st Co-Driver Mark Broomfield 

Class 10 2nd Driver Marcus Dodd
Class 10 2nd Co-Driver Andrew Bargery 

The MSA Gravel Rally Championship 1400cc Cup 

1st Overall Driver Ian Barrett
1st Overall Co-Driver Gavin Wright
 

The MSA Gravel Rally Championship Junior Award (Under 25 years old) 

1st Overall Driver Jamie Anderson
1st Overall Co-Driver Kirsty Riddick
 

The Viking Ford Escort Challenge
 
1st Overall Driver Chris Wigmore 

The Subaru Cup 

1st Overall Alex Allingham 

The Mitsubishi Trophy 

1st Overall Jamie Anderson 

The Patterson Pace Notes All-Ireland Challenge
 
1st Overall John McGaffin
 

ENDS 

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.

2010 MSA Gravel Rally Championship Awards Lunch

MSA Gravel Rally Championship 2010 logoThe Association of National Championship Rally Organisers (ANCRO) is pleased to announce details for the 2010 MSA Gravel Rally Championship Awards Lunch.


The venue:


Macdonald Alveston Hotel
Clopton Bridge
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 7HP
Tel: +44 (0)844 879 9138
The date:


Sunday 21st November 2010
The programme:


Reception 12.00 hrs
Awards Ceremony 12.30 hrs
Lunch 13.30 hrs
Lunch will consist of three courses, plus coffee and half a bottle of wine per person.

Guest of Honour:


Colin Hilton Chief Executive, MSA
Tickets for the event are £40 each (inclusive of VAT), and available by downloading the Booking Form on the website – www.msagravelrallychampionship.co.uk and return direct to Xenogamy Limited, The Old Bakery, 55A Belmont Road, Wallington, Surrey, SM6 8TE no later than 5th November 2010.

Tables seat 10 people.

In due course we will require the names of all your guests to enable us to construct a table plan. We will request this via email nearer the time, or you can advise us now on a separate sheet of paper.

For information regarding the Hotel, visit website: www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/alvestonmanor

ENDS
2010 Events
Round 1  –  26/27th February  –  Rallye Sunseeker, Bournemouth
Round 2  –  23/24th April  –  Pirelli Tour of Cumbria, Carlisle
Round 3  –  5th June  –  Severn Valley National Rally, Builth Wells
Round 4  –  4th September  –  60 & Worcestershire Rally, Ludlow
Round 5  –  25th September  –  Trackrod National Rally, Pickering
 

 

Milner Wins 2010 MSA Gravel Rally Championship

Former double British Rally Champion Jonny Milner and co driver Ian Windress took maximum championship points on the Sixty & Worcestershire National Rally today to take their third victory of the season and in doing so wrapped up the 2010 MSA Gravel Rally Championship with one round remaining.

Needing a victory in the National A element of the penultimate round of the ANCRO-organised series, Milner, the 2002 and 2003 British Rally Champion, was only sixth fastest through the opening stage of the Ludlow-based event and by contrast, championship rivals Roger Duckworth (Silverstone) and Nick Broomfield (Towcester) were some five seconds faster in their Subaru Impreza WRC.

Duckworth was a further two seconds quicker through the 8.76 miles of High Vinnalls and by first service held a slim six second advantage over Milner. However by the end of the seventh test the title was all but decided when Duckworth was sidelined with a broken gearbox leaving Milner with a 12 second cushion over Charlie Payne (Ripon) and Craig Thorley (York) in their Ford Focus WRC.

Milner and Windress needed those maximum points to secure the title with a round to spare but their task was only made easier when Payne suffered clutch failure on the start line of the penultimate stage. Whilst Payne and Thorley were able to complete the route the time loss ensured that Milner would end the day 15 seconds ahead and with the 25 points that he needed to take the championship victory.

In the Production Class category the Subaru Impreza N10 of Alex Allingham (Stalybridge) and Mark Glennerster (Wanborough) triumphed over the Mitsubishi Evo 9 of season long rivals Tom Naughton (Bury) and Horace Saville (Bury) to move one step closer towards taking the Production Class crown. The pair only requires a podium position on the season-ending Trackrod National Rally to secure their second major title in succession after winning the BTRDA Production Class in 2009.

A number of championship contenders had more than their fair share of dramas during the day. Stephen Petch (Hamsterley) and John Richardson (Northallerton) spent the morning quite literally in a spin when they began the event with the wrong compound tyres on their Hyundai Accent WRC. Their day did not improve when the pair suffered a broken exhaust manifold and when the turbo failed during the final loop of stages the pair were relieved just to see the finish ramp. Likewise Nigel Seabold (Headley) and Tim Barton (Epson) had a fraught day in their Subaru Impreza when first their launch control button fell off the dashboard and then the pair had issues with their intercooler spray, but were very happy to finish their first Gravel Championship event of the year.

Robert Cholmondeley (Barnt Green) and Dave Evans (Leeds) took maximum points in the Viking Ford Escort Challenge by virtue of being the only starters in the category.

Milner’s day wasn’t without its problems and a puncture threatened to spoil their hopes late on but the end result is that Milner goes into his local event, the Trackrod National Rally later this month, knowing the title is safe meaning he can enjoy his favourite stages in the Yorkshire forests.

Jonny Milner: “I felt that there was more pressure on me today than when I won the BRC! I was struggling with a long brake pedal in the morning but we did what we had to for the championship and now I’m looking forward to going flat out in Yorkshire!”

Charlie Payne: “I really enjoyed the stages today. We had a small off-road excursion on the one stage where we ran wide and went into the undergrowth, I was waiting for a big bang but thankfully we just popped back onto the road again! The locals really know this event so I challenge them to come to Yorkshire so we can try and even the score!”

Alex Allingham: “We lost a lot of time with a front puncture on one of the morning stages which was pretty frustrating and then we had an issue with hanging dust as well but all in all it’s been a great day out in the woods.”

For full details of championship positions and other information, visit www.msagravelrallychampionship.co.uk.

Results (2010 MSA Gravel Rally Championship competitors in bold)

1, Steve Perez/Paul Spooner – Ford Focus WRC – 0:44:41
2, Roger Chilman Jnr/Andrew Sankey – Subaru Impreza – 0:45:40
3, Nigel Griffiths/Jon Scott – Subaru Impreza – 0:45:52
4, Jonny Milner/Ian Windress – Toyota Corolla WRC – 0:46:03
5, Charlie Payne/Craig Thorley – Ford Focus WRC06 – 0:46:18
6, John Lloyd/Adrian Cavenagh – Ford Focus WRC – 0:46:30
7, Alex Allingham/Mark Glennerster – Subaru Impreza – 0:46:57
8, Tom Naughton/Horace Saville – Mitsubishi Evo IX – 0:47:04
9, Stephen Petch/John Richardson – Hyundai Accent WRC – 0:47:33
10, Gary Cooper/Jon Riley – Subaru Impreza – 0:47:33

2010 MSA Gravel Rally Championship after Round 4, Sixty & Worcestershire National Rally

1 Jonny Milner 93pts
2 Stephen Petch 76pts
3 Charlie Payne 68pts
4 Alex Allingham 53pts
5 Roger Duckworth 44pts

Picture attached courtesy of Mark Simpson, www.cmwi.net:  Jonny Milner & Ian Windress in action today.

ENDS

 

MILNER TAKES SWEET SEVERN SUCCESS

Round 3 – Severn Valley National Rally, Builth Wells – 5th June 2010

North Yorkshire pairing Jonny Milner and Ian Windress made it two wins in a row after triumphing on the third round of the 2010 MSA Gravel Rally Championship, narrowly beating Towcester duo Roger Duckworth and Mark Broomfield to the win after seven stages of hot and dusty action on some of Wales’ finest forest stages.

From the Builth Wells start of the Severn Valley National Rally, former ANCRO champion Duckworth was fastest out of the blocks, anxious to make amends for his indiscretion on the recent Pirelli Tour of Cumbria when he crashed out in his Subaru Impreza WRC. Milner, from Driffield and co driver Windress from Northallerton, could only manage third fastest through the opening stage in Cefn in their Toyota Corolla WRC, pipped by both Duckworth and Ripon driver Charlie Payne and York co driver Craig Thorley in the Focus WRC.
Milner then clawed back the advantage on the second stage in Crychan as the following field struggled with visibility in the hanging dust. Payne was second fastest again but then undid all of his good work by spinning backwards into a bank in the third test, Halfway, dislodging the rear bumper and ended the stage with the offending item resting on a hot exhaust and on fire.
By first service, Milner held a slender four second lead over Duckworth, the two rivals having taken a pair of stage wins apiece, and during service the main talking point was tyres as all crews reported excessive wear in the hot conditions.
Bury driver Tom Naughton had experienced a frightening off in the opening stage, crashing head first into a tree and causing the stage to be halted. Fortunately both Tom and co driver Horace Saville were unhurt but this allowed Wug Utting from Gatwick and Tatsfield co driver Bob Stokoe a clear run and the pair returned to service with a four second advantage over Alex Allingham (Stalybridge) and Mark Glennerster (Wanborough) in their Subaru.
The 15 miles of Radnor comprised SS5 and saw Milner and Duckworth separated by a mere 0.2 of a second as third fastest on the stage was Stephen Petch (Hamsterley) and Bedale co driver John Richardson in their Hyundai Accent WRC. At the same time a rapid run from Allingham, coupled with Utting being stuck behind a stricken Jamie Anderson (Ellistown) and Mark Mason (Tyneside), saw the reigning BTRDA Production Class Champion regain the Group N lead. This stage also saw the demise of Headley driver Nigel Seabold and co driver Tim Barton from Epsom as the pair rolled their brand new Subaru Impreza N2010 into retirement.
The final two stages were re-runs of the first two of the day and saw Duckworth and Milner resume their battle. Whilst Duckworth was 0.6 of a second faster on the penultimate stage, Milner attacked hard through Crychan to take seven seconds back from the Subaru driver and returned to Builth Wells with a narrow victory margin of just 10.9 seconds to record his second maximum score in a row.
“What a fantastic day! Radnor was brilliant and in really good condition. Roger and I had a cracking battle all day long and to come out on top is the best way to end such an event” said Milner at the finish.
A frantic final stage saw Charlie Payne finally come to grips with his Ford Focus WRC and he did enough to move from fifth to third on the final stage, taking the final podium position by seven seconds from Stephen Petch.
Just behind the Proton of Tom Cave and Ieuan Thomas, Alex Allingham ensured that he took his first ever MSA Gravel Rally Championship Production Class victory with a pair of rapid times over the final two stages, doing enough to take maximum points by a comfortable 42 seconds from Wug Uttings similar Subaru Impreza.
Paul James (Wellington) and co driver Derek Davies (Bishopton) took their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 to eighth overall, one place ahead of the Hyundai Accent WRC of Peter Egerton and Jamie Edwards whereas Tony Macwhirter and Steve Green in their Mitsubishi edged out the unfortunate Jamie Anderson for the final top ten placing.
The Viking Escort Challenge saw Chris Wigmore (Bicester) and co driver Steve Lyons (Brackley) overcome a broken clutch cable to go fastest over all seven stages, finishing 13th overall and some three minutes ahead of Robert Cholmondeley (Barnt Green) and Dave Evans (Leeds) in their similar Ford Escort MkII.
Retirements included Trevor Martin/Ray Cleghorn (Subaru Impreza) with an oil leak as SS3 claimed both Sara Williams/Dai Roberts (Subaru) and Kevin Rowledge/Paul Whittaker (Mitsubishi) and Nigel Seabold/Tim Barton (Subaru) stopped after SS5.
Severn Valley National Rally – Result (Provisional)
1, Jonny Milner/Ian Windress – Toyota Corolla WRC – 1:00:59.8        
2, Roger Duckworth/Mark Broomfield – Subaru Impreza – 1:01:10.7  
3, Charlie Payne/Craig Thorley – Ford Focus WRC 06 – 1:02:44.3  
4, Stephen Petch/John Richardson – Hyundai Accent WRC – 1:02:45.7  
5, Tom Cave/Ieuan Thomas – Proton Satria Neo – 1:02:50.1  
6, Alex Allingham/Mark Glennerster – Subaru Impreza – 1:03:57.9  
7, Wug Utting/Bob Stokoe – Subaru Impreza – 1:04:40.1  
8, Paul James/Derek Davies – Mitsubishi Evo 9 – 1:06:44.2  
9, Peter Egerton/Jamie Edwards – Hyundai Accent WRC – 1:07:19.9  
10, Tony MacWhirter/Steve Green – Mitsubishi Evo 7 – 1:07:48.2
Championship Standings after Round 3 (Provisional)
1, Jonny Milner – 68pts
2, Stephen Petch – 58pts
3, Charlie Payne – 46pts
4, Roger Duckworth – 43pts
5, Alex Allingham – 33pts
6, Wug Utting – 21pts
7, Marcus Dodd – 25pts
8, Paul James – 24pts
9, Steve Perez – 22pts
10, Kevin Rowledge – 21pts
=, Jamie Anderson – 21pts
Picture attached courtesy of www.cmwi.net: Jonny Milner & Ian Windress on their way to victory on today’s Severn Valley National Rally.
 
ENDS

BURTON TAKES VICTORY IN SEVERN VALLEY RALLY

Making it four different winners in the opening four rounds, Herefordshire driver Andy Burton claimed maximum points in the 2008 Pirelli MSA Gravel Rally Championship as he won today’s Severn Valley National Rally.

Driving the Peugeot Cosworth, Burton, and co-driver Shelley Rogerson, finished nearly 25 seconds ahead of series leaders Jon Ingram and Ian Allsop after taking charge at the top of the leaderboard from the outset and never looking back despite concerns about their new engine making the distance.

Ingram and Allsop (Subaru Impreza WRC) came home ahead of defending champions Marcus Dodd and Andrew Bargery (Hyundai Accent WRC) after Dodd had earlier been hampered by a problem with the boost control pipe, which the HPM Motorsport team managed to fix at second service.

“It’s good and it keeps the championship all open,” said Burton, who was back in action in the championship after missing the previous round on the Isle of Man earlier this month. “I’m delighted with the result. I honestly didn’t think we’d make it to the finish with the way the engine’s been so I’m really pleased. It’s been a great event with good stages.”

Julian Reynolds and Patrick Walsh were fourth in their Subaru Impreza WRC. They had a relatively trouble-free run with the exception of a slight off in stage six and were followed by round three winners, Roger Duckworth and Mark Broomfield. Duckworth was not feeling well throughout the event and a problem with the diff controllers on stage five on his Subaru Impreza WRC did not help their push.

Scottish crew David Bogie and Kevin Rae were sixth in their Mitsubishi Evo 9 and took the honours in both Group N and the Mitsubishi Evo Challenge as they finished ahead of the same machine of Irish pairing Richard Cathcart and Martin Brady. Cathcart had an intercooler problem earlier in the day before their intercom went faulty on the final three stages.
Stephen Moore and Tony McHugh were eighth in their Ford Focus WRC as they struggled through the event with tyre problems. Keith Cronin and Greg Shinnors made it to the finish in their Mitsubishi Evo 9 despite losing all power on the final stage to take ninth with Nik Elsmore and Craig Drew rounding up the top ten in their Evo 9.

Significant retirements included Neil McCance and Graham Hopewell, who went out on stage three in Radnor, following an off in their Mitsubishi Evo 9, and Daniel Barry and Mark Bowens who retired on stage seven in their Evo after also going off.
In the Two-Wheel Drive class, Nathan Crewe and John Connor were first home in their 1400cc MG ZR as they finished 21st overall despite an overheating problem on the final four stages whilst Michael Curtis and David Curtis took the Revolution Wheels award in their Mitsubishi Evo 5.

In the ANCRO Rally Challenge, running in the Severn Valley Clubman’s Rally alongside the National event, Welsh crew Elfyn Evans and Gareth Roberts won as they finished an impressive third overall in their Ford Fiesta ST. Tom Walster claimed second in his Fiesta with Welshman Meilyr Evans in a similar car placed third.

However, maintaining his points lead was Cumbrian Kris Hall with Chris Ridge taking the lead in the co-drivers standings also.
The Pirelli MSA Gravel Rally Championship returns for round five, the Swansea Bay National Rally on Saturday 19 July.

Final Classification

1, Andy Burton/Shelley Rogerson (Peugeot Cosworth) 1h:05m:17.8s
2, Jon Ingram/Ian Allsop (Subaru Impreza WRC) 1:05:42.6
3, Marcus Dodd/Andrew Bargery (Hyundai Accent WRC) 1:06:18.1
4, Julian Reynolds/Patrick Walsh (Subaru Impreza WRC) 1:06:34.7
5, Roger Duckworth/Mark Broomfield (Subaru Impreza WRC) 1:06:35.5
6, David Bogie/Kevin Rae (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) 1:07:14.9
7, Richard Cathcart/Martin Brady (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) 1:07:30.9
8, Stephen Moore/Tony McHugh (Ford Focus WRC 06) 1:07:38.8
9, Keith Cronin/Greg Shinnors (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) 1:07:45.3
10, Nik Elsmore/Craig Drew (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) 1:08:10.3

Championship Standings (after Round 4 of 7 with two worst scores to drop)

1, Jon Ingram 88 points
2, Andy Burton 63 points
3, Marcus Dodd 61 points
4, Nik Elsmore 54 points
5, Daniel Barry 53 points
6, Stephen Moore 53 points
7, Richard Cathcart 51 points
8, Neil McCance 48 points
9, Stephen Petch 44 points
10, Roger Duckworth 43 points

Picture attached (courtesy of www.cmwi.net) – Severn Valley National Rally winners Andy Burton and Shelley Rogerson.

More details, including full results on the event can be found at www.severnvalleynational.co.uk and information on the Pirelli MSA National Gravel Rally Championship is listed at www.gravelrally.co.uk.

MILNER MASTERS PIRELLI TOUR OF CUMBRIA

Saturday 24th April 2010
For immediate release
Round 2 – Pirelli Tour of Cumbria, Carlisle – Saturday 24th April 2010

Former double British Champion Jonny Milner saw off the opposition with a superb victory on today’s Pirelli Tour of Cumbria after a hectic day in a dry and dusty Kielder Forest which saw round two of the 2010 MSA Gravel Rally Championship take place.
Along with co driver Ian Windress, Milner’s Toyota Corolla WRC emerged over a minute to the good ahead of the Hyundai Accent WRC of Stephen Petch and John Richardson with Charlie Payne and co driver Craig Thorley’s Ford Focus WRC coming home in third place.
In fact Milner was never headed as he was fastest out of the blocks on the opening stage and doubled his one-second advantage over the Subaru WRC of former ANCRO Champions Roger Duckworth and Mark Broomfield to two seconds after the day’s second stage in the Kielder complex.
At the first service Yorkshireman Milner held sway over Duckworth by five seconds with Petch and Payne battling just over half a minute down as they scrapped it out for the final podium place.
Milner continued to lead but on the next loop of stages, Duckworth suffered a puncture and dropped a minute but worse was to follow when he went off the road on the penultimate stage meaning his challenge was over and allowing Milner to take his first victory since the Manx International Rally in 2004.
As a result Petch moved into the runner-up spot and crossed the Carlisle finish line just over a minute down whereas Payne, in only his second drive in the Ford Focus WRC, finished third.  The Mitsubishi of Kevin Rowledge and Paul Whittaker came home in fourth ahead of the Ford Escort of Matthew Robinson/Darren Brown with Subaru debutantes Darren Martin/Martin Steele claiming sixth.
Notable retirements included Tom Naughton/Horace Saville who went off the road on SS5 with Shelly Taunt/Julie Murphy suffering with suspension damage on the same stage.  Alex Allingham/Bob Stokoe rolled their Subaru one stage later, as did Jamie Anderson and Mark Mason.  Neville Jones/Ian Capewell went out on SS10 and Rob Cholmondeley/Dave Evans also retired their Escort.
A delighted Jonny Milner said at the Carlisle finish:  "At last I’ve won this rally and it’s been a long time but the feeling’s still good.  The car has been faultless all day and Ian has done a great job on the notes.  It’s good to be leading the Championship and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series."
Milner leads the Championship going into the next round which is the Severn Valley National Rally on June 5th with Petch in second position and Payne in third.
Picture attached, courtesy of Mark Simpson (www.cmwi.net):  Jonny Milner and Ian Windress on their way to victory on today’s Pirelli Tour of Cumbria in their Toyota Corolla WRC.
Pirelli Tour of Cumbria – Result (Provisional)
1, Jonny Milner/Ian Windress – Toyota  Corolla WRC – 1:04:37.6
2, Stephen Petch/John Richardson – Hyundai Accent WRC – 1:05:45.8
3, Charlie Payne/Craig Thorley – Ford Focus WRC06 – 1:06:29.1
4, Kevin Rowledge/Paul Whittaker – Mitsubishi Evo 9 – 1:17:01.9
5, Matthew Robinson/Darren Brown – Ford Escort Mk2 – 1:22:59.5
6, Darren Martin/Martin Steele – Subaru Impreza – 1:28:38.6
Championship Standings after Round 2 (Provisional)
1, Jonny Milner 43pts
2, Stephen Petch 39pts
3, Charlie Payne 27pts
4, Marcus Dodd 25pts
5, Steve Perez 22pts
6, Roger Duckworth 21pts
ENDS

2010 Events (Provisional)
Round 1  –  26/27th February  –  Rallye Sunseeker, Bournemouth
Round 2  –  23/24th April  –  Pirelli Tour of Cumbria, Carlisle
Round 3  –  5th June  –  Severn Valley National Rally, Builth Wells
Round 4  –  17th July  –  Pro Art Signs Swansea Bay Rally, Swansea
Round 5  –  4th September  –  60 & Worcestershire Rally, Ludlow
Round 6  –  25th September  –  Trackrod National Rally, Pickering

ALL TO PLAY FOR IN KIELDER…

Friday 16th April 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Round 2 – Pirelli Tour of Cumbria 24th April 2010

Round two of the 2010 MSA Gravel Rally Championship sees many of the UK’s leading rally drivers and their exotic, multi-million pound machinery making the trip to Carlisle in what is set to be a keenly contested affair.
This year sees the Pirelli Tour of Cumbria as the only chance the ANCRO competitors get to tackle the infamous Kielder Forest given the series has been scaled down from eight rounds to six this year, and as such the Jedburgh-based Border Counties Rally has been axed from the calendar.
Defending champions Marcus Dodd and co driver Andrew Bargery got their title defence underway in the best possible fashion with a seventh career win on Rallye Sunseeker back in February and the five times National champions will be hoping for another maximum points haul in their Hyundai Accent WRC in Cumbria, assuming they make the trip north as they have still to appear on the entry list!
Assuming they’re on the start ramp, they’ll be looking for a bit easier ride than the one experienced twelve months ago which saw one of the closest finishes in recent history as just ten seconds separated the leading three drivers. Back then, and despite a persistent gearbox problem, Dodd edged out local ace Paul Bird as well as another ex-champion Steve Perez to win by just 4.6 seconds.
Due to other commitments, neither Bird nor Perez will be joining Dodd potentially on the start line but there’s plenty of competition nonetheless as former double British Champion Jonny Milner makes a welcome return to Kielder and along with co driver Ian Windress, they are hoping to mount a challenge for the title in the venerable Toyota Corolla WRC which, in Milner’s very capable hands, will be more than a match for the more modern machinery. The quality continues to flow with former ANCRO Champions Roger Duckworth and Mark Broomfield in action in their Subaru WRC whereas the flamboyant Charlie Payne and co driver Craig Thorley will return to action in their recently acquired Ford Focus WRC06.
Top runners Tristan Pye/Stewart Merry (Subaru), Alex Allingham/Mark Glennerster (Subaru), and Kevin Rowledge/Paul Whittaker (Mitsubishi) will be at the cutting edge, as will the Mitsubishis of Nigel Seabold/Bob Stokoe, James Anderson/Mark Mason and Tom Naughton/Horace Saville.
The Subaru of Trevor Martin/Ray Cleghorn and Edmund Peel in his Audi Quattro will add to the spectacle and throw in the likes of Stephen Petch/John Richardson (Hyundai Accent WRC) as well as Ladies Champion Shelley Taunt/Julie Murphy (Subaru) and top Viking Ford Escort Challenge crew Robert Cholmondeley/Dave Evans and it’s a mouth-watering prospect.
More details, including entry lists, spectator information and maps etc on the event can be found at www.pirelliinternationalrally.co.uk and information on the 2010 MSA National Gravel Rally Championship is listed at www.msagravelrallychampionship.co.uk.
2010 MSA Gravel Rally Championship after Rallye Sunseeker (round one)
1, Marcus Dodd 25pts
2, Steve Perez 22pts
3, Roger Duckworth 20pts
4, Paul Bird 19pts
5, Jonny Milner 18pts
6, Stephen Petch 17pts

ENDS

STARS SET TO SHINE ON RALLYE SUNSEEKER

The eagerly anticipated battle for the 2010 MSA Gravel Rally Championship gets underway next weekend when crews from all over the UK as well as further afield converge on the South coast resorts of Bournemouth and Poole for the annual ANCRO season opener as the 25th annual Rallye Sunseeker roars into life.
And with the best entry assembled in recent years, fans on the South Coast’s premier motorsport event will be revelling in the atmosphere amidst the Dorset forests.
Six-times event winner and very much the local hero Marcus Dodd from nearby Poole along with co driver Andrew Bargery from just down the coast at Hove, will be looking to win back the crown they relinquished to Isle of Wight Subaru driver Will Nicholls and co driver Nick Broom last year, and given that Nicholls and Broom are not returning to defend their title, the Hyundai Accent WRC pairing will start the event as one of the favourites.
Whereas Dodd is the reigning Pirelli MSA Gravel Rally Champion having landed the crown five times in total and the last three times in succession, he faces stiff opposition as heading the challenge will be four former champions who are making a welcome return to the fold.
Twice Rallye Sunseeker winner Roger Duckworth and co driver Mark Broomfield took the Championship honours in 1998 and the driver who lives near Silverstone is back for another crack at the title in his venerable Subaru whereas 2004 ANCRO winner and VK boss Steve Perez from Chesterfield along with co driver Paul Spooner has the ex Marcus Gronholm Ford Focus WRC07 at his disposal and is fresh from winning last weekend’s Wyedean Rally. 2005 Champion Paul Bird is back with a vengeance in his works-specification Ford Focus WRC08 and the flamboyant chicken farmer from Penrith has won his last three events in a row along with co driver Kirsty Riddick but like Perez, has never sampled Sunseeker glory. The other winner of the national title to take to the start line is Ulsterman Kenny McKinstry who won the series in 1999 and the Subaru WRC driver will be looking to repeat his win on Rallye Sunseeker of 2002, this time with co driver Harvey Bell on the notes.
The rivalry between Perez and Bird is legendary in Rallye Sunseeker history, but they, as well as Dodd, Duckworth and McKinstry, will be having to look to their rear view mirrors as there are a host of top names expected to be in the mix come Saturday afternoon.
Double British Champion Jonny Milner is reunited with his trusty Toyota Corolla WRC and co driver Ian Windress so could be the dark horse whilst Irish marauders Richard Cathcart/Martin Brady (Subaru WRC) and Jonny Greer (Mitsubishi Evo 9) could spring a surprise. County Durham driver Stephen Petch teams up with John Richardson in their Hyundai Accent WRC and don’t rule out local aces Anthony Willmington/Andrew White (Mitsubishi Evo 6) and Scotsman Dave Weston Jnr and Ieuan Thomas in their latest version Subaru. Scandinavian drivers Daniel Sigurdarson and Johannes Gunnarson add to the international ambience in their respective Mitsubishis as part of the shakedown for the upcoming Mitsubishi Ralliart Evolution Challenge.
Other drivers who could make a splash on the two day event include local motor dealer Steve Hendy (Ford Focus WRC), BTRDA front runner Alex Allingham (Subaru) and the similar cars of Tristan Pye and Wug Utting plus there’s a legendary MG Metro 6R4 competing in the hands of Stuart Larbey which is always a crowd favourite.
Strength in depth in the various classes is the outcome of some radical restructuring of the championship over winter and around 70 crews will be doing battle for honours including the Viking Motorsport Ford Escort Challenge, 1400cc Cup, Super 2000 Cup and Land & Range Rover Cup, Richard Burns Trophy and Manufacturer’s award which should make a great spectacle to entertain the huge crowds expected on the South coast.
Throw in the cosmopolitan mix of 72-years-young veteran Harry Dodd (Hyundai Accent WRC) competing in his back yard, fast ladies Shelley Taunt and Sara Williams, both driving Subarus, and the iconic Lancia Delta Integrale Evo of Rod Bennett, and the scene is set for a typically exciting curtain raiser to the National rally scene.
With the traditional Friday evening Winter Gardens and Seafront stage not included this year, the event gets underway with a pompous ceremonial start at Poole Quayside at 18.15 on Friday, before the event proper starts on Saturday morning with the traditional loops around the forests and stately homes of Ringwood and Wareham before the winners’ champagne is uncorked in Bournemouth town centre around 17.30.
NOTE TO JOURNALISTS:
The Rallye Sunseeker Press Office will be situated in the Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel (Direct Tel No: 01202 311431) and will be open during the following times:
Friday 26th:
09.00 to 21.00 Rally HQ
Saturday 27th:
07.30 to 09.30 Rally HQ
10.00 to 15.00 Elliott Hire Canford Arena
15.30 to 20.00 Rally HQ
Interim results will be available from the satellite Press Office in the service area, Elliott Hire Canford Arena and for further details, please contact the Rallye Sunseeker Press Officer:
Xavier McCartan Tel 07515 998572 or Email: media@rallyesunseeker.co.uk
More details, including entry lists, spectator information and maps etc on the event can be found at www.rallyesunseeker.co.uk and information on the 2010 MSA National Gravel Rally Championship is listed at www.msagravelrallychampionship.co.uk
Picture attached – Six-times Rallye Sunseeker winner Marcus Dodd and co driver Andrew Bargery in their Hyundai Accent WRC.
ENDS

2010 Events (Provisional)
Round 1  –  26/27th February  –  Rallye Sunseeker, Bournemouth
Round 2  –  23/24th April  –  Pirelli Tour of Cumbria, Carlisle
Round 3  –  5th June  –  Severn Valley National Rally, Builth Wells
Round 4  –  17th July  –  Pro Art Signs Swansea Bay Rally, Swansea
Round 5  –  4th September  –  60 & Worcestershire Rally, Ludlow
Round 6  –  25th September  –  Trackrod National Rally, Pickering