Club news - Jul 16

‘Don’t be shy, give it a try!’ That’s the rallying call from the North of England and Scottish Classic Rally Organisers (NESCRO) to rallyists throughout the UK to enter the Targa Challenge.

It’s worked too with almost sixty crews vying for success and heading the championship standings are Blackpool South Shore Motor Club members Quentin James, from Kirkham, and Tom Howe, from Lea.

They strengthened their lead at the top of the championship points after putting in a class winning performance in their Citroen C2 GT on last weekend’s Lake District Targa Rally. Based in Penrith the event, organised by Wigton Motor Club, included seventeen tests on a mixture of tarmac and gravel surfaces, some of which had never been previously rallied.

One such test, using gravel tracks in Thornsgill Forest, saw the Shore duo set second fastest time, a feat they matched on the slippery slopes of the afternoon’s Hardendale Quarry test at Shap.

It wasn’t all plain sailing however having completed the following run through the fast flowing Waters Farm test, James admitted “We were a bit lucky in there. We lost both grip and brakes as the car slipped onto the grass inches from the stone wall as we approached a square right turn. Thankfully we made it round!”

Carlisle’s Andrew Graham, a former winner, and co-driver Michael Holmes made best use of their previous experience of the event to take the overall victory in their Ford Puma.

Having elected to miss the next round of the series, the Belfast based Summer Lanes Rally, James and Howe will return to Cumbria and championship action on August’s Blue Streak Rally.

Quentin James/Tom Howe  tackling the Hardendale Quarry test in their Citroen C2 GT.