Club news - Dec 16

South Shore Motor Club members have bagged a hat-trick of rally titles, each in a different discipline of the sport, making 2016 one of the most successful in the club’s sixty plus year history.

Pat Masters scored Off-Road Rally success in winning the MSA Britpart Freelander Challenge title alongside Welshman Colin Batten. The pair won two of the six-round series, that featured off-road courses in England, Scotland and Wales, in their tiger striped Land Rover Freelander.

Chris Sharpe-Simkiss won the ANWCC Stage Rally Co-drivers title following a successful season alongside Brandon Smith in a Darrian T90. Aside from that he also picked up the award for finishing as Top Junior in the series that counted rallies in North Wales and Northern England as championship rounds.

Quentin James and Tom Howe topped the NESCRO Targa Challenge series that was contested by almost one hundred crews, and featured rallies in England and Scotland. New to Targa Rallying and in what was the pair’s first full season of competition they competed in a self-prepared Citroen C2 GT that was developed from a standard road car. Only introduced by the Motor Sport Association in 2013, the Targa discipline is rapidly gaining in popularity as a witnessed by the number of entrants in this year’s NESCRO series.  

For anyone interested in motorsport the South Shore club will meet every Thursday in the new year at the Clarence (PH) on Preston New Road from 20.30 hours and all are welcome.  

Main Photo: Quentin James/Tom Howe (Citroen C2 GT)
Inset: Brandon Smith/Chris Sharpe-Simkiss (Darrian T90)