Posted by admin on June - 21 - 2009 Comments Off on RALLY OF THE MIDLANDS 2009

Once again rallying was brought to the people of the Midlands which meant another trip up to Hinckley. This year’s event was a round of six championships: BTRDA Asphalt Rally Series, Heart of England Rally Championship, ANCC Stage Rally Championship, Peugeot 205 Challenge; BMW RWD Challenge and the Historic Stage Rally Challenge incorporating the Mini 50 Cup which all helped see a full entry with a handful of reserves.

The Greene King Stadium, home of Hinckley United Football Club played home to Rally HQ & Service and with it’s easy access was a great opportunity for spectators to get up and close to the hustle and bustle of a rally service park. The action kicked off on the Friday night with stages at Bramcote Army Barracks and Mallory Park, with a couple of blast around the Argents Meads Spectator Super Special right slap bang in the middle of Hinckley town centre. In past years it has manage to be a wet one, but after the Friday night stages had been done and dusted the weather was looking to be a bit of alright.

Saturday morning started of with the Merevale test, a route through the parkland grounds which featured a nice little jump which was just in site from the spectators sheep pen. Bramcote made a change from the slippy wet condition of previous years and Mallory was, well just Mallory really. Plenty of laps around the circuit with a number of competitors all on track at the same time, made things get a bit interesting at times, providing the a good day out for just £6!

Although just an evening an a day long, this was somewhat a tough rally for competitors, a none stop test around a good variation of stages they were always on the go, and of course just like every rally, there was a fare few retirements, proving that this event is not one to be taken likely, and one should not be fooled into thinking that this somewhat urban-ish event can bite back. The overall win was taken by Mark Welch & Co Driver Andy Wynn in their Ford Escort WRC, with the OPEL Astra Kit Car of Chris Wood & Stephen Ritchie just nine seconds behind. Third place was taken by the Metro 6R4 of Mark Holmes & Tony Lindsay who were fifty six second of the more modern machines in front.

Overall another good event for the Rally Of The Midlands, a good strong entry and good stages coupled with a good format and kind weather.

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