Club news - Mar 17

Blackpool South Shore Motor Club members Mark Holmes and Craig Simkiss put in a top class performance on the Malcolm Wilson Rally winning the first in H2 Class Awards in their Ford Escort Mk1.
The rally started at the Dovenby headquarters of the M-Sport World Rally Team, who represent Ford in the World Rally Championship. The route was made up of over forty competitive timed to the second miles, spread over seven special stages in the Lake District forests, with the finish at Penrith.
Holmes, a Fleetwood Auto Engineer, was quickest from the off and maintained his lead throughout, eventually finishing over three minutes ahead of his closest rivals Drexel Gillespie and Gill Cotton. He was counting himself lucky however having hit a bank, in a fog shrouded Grizedale, that launched the rear of the car into the air. Fortunately, it landed on the track and he was able to continue.
Fresh from his success in the English Lake District, for his next event Holmes will head to the warmer climes of Spain’s Catalonia region to contest the Rally Costa Brava. He will be at the wheel of his MG Metro 6R4 and will be co-driven by Chris Sharpe-Simkiss.

Mark Holmes/Craig Simkiss (Ford Escort Mk1) in Grizedale Forest.