… Brick & Steel Border Counties Rally, Sat 14th May …
Although the Brick & Steel Border Counties Rally is no longer in the Scottish Rally Championship quite a few of ‘our lot’ have entered this third round of the MRF Tyres BTRDA Rally Series on Saturday 14th May – the full entry list is shown below.
Reigning BTRDA Gold Star Champ Garry Pearson is not taking part and neither is the previous Champ, Euan Thorburn who won the last pre-Covid series in 2019 so it is open house for the race to the 2022 title.
Top seed Stephen Petch won the Malcolm Wilson Rally opening round in March but failed to finish the second round and lies tenth in the Points Tables while April’s Rallynuts Stages winner Matthew Hirst is at the top end of the score sheet ahead of Perry Gardener who has scored strongly on both previous rounds.
Michael Binnie and Claire Mole are the highest seeded Scots running at number 5 but right behind them is David Henderson with Chris Lees who featured so prominently on the Speyside Stages a couple of weeks back. Just outside the top ten are John Wink/Neil Shanks, Bob Adamson/Jamie Edwards and local crew Ian Baumgart with Sinclair Young. And it’s good to see John McClory’s name back on an entry list.
This being a BTRDA event, the 2WD crews will run first on the road in reverse order followed by the ‘bigger bangers’ on standard seeding order so if any spectators are walking into or out of the stages, just be extra careful at what point in proceedings you do so!
The top seed here is Steve Bannister but right behind him is ‘the star’ of Speyside Stuart Egglestone who stunned folk with his pace in the Pinto engined Escort last month. Further down the entry list are Grant Inglis and Gavin Chisholm who lead the Jordan Road Surfacing BTRDA Historic Cup in their Ford Escort Mk2 plus a few more stalwarts who will keep the Saltire flying.
The first car on the road will be the Triumph TR7 V8 of Kris Hopkins/Colin Watson which will leave the Jedburgh start at 08.00 Hrs while the finishers are expected to return to Abbey Place from 16:30 Hrs onwards. Highlighted crews will be of particular interest to those this side of the border, although some indicate ‘mixed’ crews!
There are 6 stages, with two in Wauchope, then two at Craik and Cardrona, before a return to Wauchope. There’s no Spectator details as yet, but the website is here: http://www.bordercountiesrally.co.uk/home.html
Entry List: No , Driver , Co-Driver , Make , Model , CC , Class 1, Stephen Petch/Michael Wilkinson (Ford Fiesta) 1600 , B14 2, Matthew Hirst/Declan Dear (Ford Fiesta R5) 1600 , B14 3, Elliot Payne/Patrick Walsh (Ford Fiesta Rally) 1600 , B14 4, Ian Bainbridge/Will Atkins (Skoda Fabia) 2000 , B14 5, Michael Binnie/Claire Mole (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo9) 2000 , B13 6, David Henderson/Chris Lees (Ford Fiesta R5) 1598 , B14 7, Tom Llewellin/Ross Whittock (Ford Fiesta) 1600 , B14 8, Perry Gardener/Jack Bowen (Ford Fiesta R5) 1598 , B14 9, Russ Thompson/Stephen Link (Mitsubishi Evo9), 1998 , B13 10, Richard Hill/Patrick Cooper (Mitsubishi Lancer) 1998 , B13 11, John Wink/Neil Shanks (Hyundai i20 R5) 1598 , B14 12, Pat Naylor/Ian Lawrence (Mitsubishi Evo9) 1993 , B13 14, Ian Joel/Graeme Wood (Ford Escort Cosworth) 1998 , B13 15, Robert Adamson/Jamie Edwards (Ford Fiesta Rally2) 1600 , B14 16, Ian Baumgart/Sinclair Young (Subaru Impreza) 1998 , B13 17, Eddie Lewis/Max Freeman (Ford Fiesta R5) 1600 , B14 18, Trevor Gamble/Phil Kenny (Ford Fiesta Rally2) 1598 , B14 19, John McClory/David Hood (Mitsubishi Evo9) 1995 , B14 20, Rob Wilson/Richard Crozier (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo7) 2000 , 13 21, Scott Renshaw/Tom Spencer (Subaru Impreza) 1993 , B13 22, Steve Pawson/Graham Wride (Subaru Impreza) 1998 , B13 23, Craig Cameron/Dafydd Evans (Subaru Impreza) 1998 , B13 24, Dave Welch/Andy Smith (Subaru Impreza) 2000 , B13 25, Darren Craig/Harry Stubbs (Mitsubishi Evo9) 1993 , B13 26, Ian Ring/Paul Vasey (Mitsubishi Evo6) 2000 , B13 27, Chris Melling/Nick West (Mitsubishi Evo9) 1997 , B13 28, Colin Minton/Tim Green (Ford Fiesta) 1598 , B14 29, Kevin Downes/Richard Wardle (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo8) 2000 , B13 40, Steve Bannister/Callum Atkinson (Ford Escort Mk2) 1998 , H3 41, Stuart Egglestone/Brian Hodgson (Ford Escort Mk2) 1998 , H1/2 42, Rob Wright/Mark Fisher (Ford Escort Mk2) 2500 , B12 43, David Brown/Kev Wilson (Ford Escort Mk2) 2000 H3 44, Andy Davison/Tom Murphy (Sunbeam VXR) 2298 , B12 45, Richard Spink/Nigel Hutchinson (Ford Escort RS 1800 Mk2) 1975 H3 46, Nick Dobson/Steve Pugh (Ford Escort Mk2) 1996 , B11 47, Barry Lindsay/Caroline Lodge (Peugeot 206) 1587 , B10 48, Tony Simpson/Ian Bevan (Ford Fiesta) 998 , R2 49, Terry Pankhurst/Jamie Sparks (Ford Escort Mk1) 0, B12 50, David Dobson/Graham Hepworth (Ford Escort Mk2) 1998 , H1/2 51, Jonathan Jones/Jez Rogers (Ford Fiesta) 1 , R2 52, Neil Jonathan Andrew/Dominic Adams (Ford Escort Mk2) 1998 , B11 53, Nick Kitching/Andrew Trollope (Ford Escort) 1975 , H3 54, Grant Inglis/Gavin Chisholm (Ford Escort Mk2) 1998 , H3 55, Walter Henderson/Jim Kinloch (Ford Escort) 1998 , B11 56, James Campbell/Ricky Finlayson (Talbot Sunbeam Ti) 1598 , B10 57, Yaniv Bar/Osian Owen (Ford Fiesta R2) 1600 , R2 58, Paul Thompson/Josh Davison (Ford Escort) 2 , B11 59, Steve Hopewell/Clive Jones (Ford Escort) 1998 , B11 60, Scott Sloan/David Sloan (Peugeot 208) 1600 , R2 61, Billy Grew/Simon John Rogers (Ford Fiesta R2) 1600 , R2 62, Pete Gorst/Mark Twiname (Vauxhall Nova) 1367 , 1400S 63, Ash Slights/Emma Morrison (Ford Escort) 1398 , 1400S 64, Tom Naylor/Tom Bishop (Ford Fiesta ST) 1998 , B11 65, Anthony Hanson/Brad Sowerby (Vauxhall Chevette HSR) 2300 , H3 66, John Gribbins/Colin Blunt (Ford Escort RS) 1998 , B11 67, Dale Glover/Sean Ward (Alfa Romeo Alfasud TI) 1392 , 1400S 68, Dave Forrest/Jamie Forrest (Ford Escort Mk2) 1998 , H1/2 69, Alex Waterman/Glyn Thomas (Datsun 1600 SSS) 1600 , H1/2 70, Lewis Hooper/Steven Brown (Nissan Micra) 1398 , RF1.4 71, Paul Rawson/Paul Wild (Ford Escort Mk1) 1600 , H1/2 72, Paddy Homan/Tom Homan (Ford Puma) 1396 , 1400S 73, Steve 'Korky' Ward/Philip Sandham (Ford Escort RS 1800) 1975 H3 74, Edward James/Charlie Mason (Nissan Micra Kit Car) 1400 , 1400S 75, Alfie Hammond/Peter Williams (Nissan Micra) 1300 , 1400C 76, Stephen Waugh/Garry Whitney (Honda Civic) 1600 , B10 77, Ernie Lee/Patricia Lee (BMW 325i) 2495 , H3 78, Donald Peacock/Keith Riddick (Peugeot 205 GTi) 1600 , B10 79, Richard Garnett/Stefan Arndt (Nissan Micra) 1340 , 1400C 80, Douglas Menzies/Alexander Menzies (Ford Escort) 1998 , H1/2 81, Carl Stuttard/Hannah McKillop (Ford Escort Mk2) 1998 , H1/2 82, Brendan Leonard/Jamie Mactavish (Ford Fiesta) 1998 , B10 83, Charlie Wright/Ashley Ramsey (Peugeot 106 GTi) 1587 , B10 84, Lucy Wigley/Emma Cooper (Citroen C2 R2) 1587 , R2 85, Ansko Pitkänen/Michael Cruickshank (BMW Mini Cooper) 1600 , RF2.0 86, Kris Hopkins/Colin Watson (Triumph TR7 V8) 3500 , H1/2