Club news - Keith Frecker Memorial Stages Weeton - 12 Jun 16

Blackpool South Shore Motor Club’s second stage rally of the year, the Keith Frecker Memorial Stages, attracted entrants from throughout the UK for 11 special stages of timed to the second rally competition at Weeton Army Camp.

Such is the reputation of the South Shore club for their rally organizational skills this year’s event included a broad mix of crews from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and of course England. Suffice to say the English contingent contained a number from the Fylde Coast and local honours were upheld when Hambleton duo Simon Bowen and Richard Robinson took the winners laurels in their Subaru Impreza WRC.

Theirs was a well-earned win having to get the better of fellow South Shore members Graham Butler, from Cleveleys and Chris O’Connor, from St. Michaels who had headed the standings in their Ford Focus WRC earlier in the day. Sadly the Butler/O’Connor challenge didn’t last the course as a gearbox problem forced their retirement whilst challenging for the lead.

Simon Bowen/Richard Robinson (Subaru Impreza WRC) - 1st overall


Andy Leech, from Cleveleys, and Chris Sharpe Simkiss, from Blackpool, finished fifth in their BMW M3 whilst another Blackpool co-driver Matt Daniels guided Cumbrian Nick stamper to seventh in his Impreza. Pilling’s Andrew Benson and co-driver Jonathan Cragg finished eighth overall and first in Class 3 (1600cc) in their Peugeot 106. Robert Kennedy from St. Annes was another Class winner taking the 1000cc award in his Nissan Micra.  

Elswick’s Simon Mills, a former Scottish Championship winning co-driver, took to the wheel of his Vauxhall Astra to finish 13th overall whilst the Parkinson brothers, Tom and David from Out Rawcliffe, finished 19th in their Subaru Impreza.

Lytham’s Roy Wadsley was forced to retire his Ford Escort Mk1 after track control arm bush failed. He wasn’t best pleased as it was a new part that had been fitted just prior to the event!

The Keith Frecker Memorial Junior 1000 Stages, for drivers between 14 and 17 years of age, ran in tandem with the main event with top honours on the day going to Welsh teenager Zak Hughes. Co-driven by Chris Evans, the Welshpool driver put in a mature performance behind the wheel of his Citroen C1 finishing over a minute ahead of Scotland’s Finlay Retson and Ireland’s Peter Bennett. Riley Banks, from Pilling, finish sixth in a Peugeot 107.

Simon Mills/Barry Young (Vauxhall Astra) - 13th overall