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pirelli-09-3Stunning weather up North once again, this time for the Pirelli Rally. The headlines will be taken by Keith Cronin & Greg Shinnors, who took their Lancer Evo IX to a last stage victory over the Impreza N11 of Mark Higgins & Bryan Thomas, in a repeat of what happened on the Bulldog Rally.  Completing the podium places was the Evo X of David Bogie & Kevin Rae.

However the rally looked like a dream debut for the Proton Satria Neo S2000 of Guy Wilks & Phil Pugh but an off, and subsequent fire, put paid to his chances of a hat-trick of wins on the Pirelli. Further back Craig Breen & Gareth Roberts took the honours in the Fiesta Sporting Trophy whilst Martin McCormack & Phil Clarke won the C2R2 cup with Richard Sykes & Simon Taylor taking top honours in the Swift Cup.

In the Historic rally it was an all Escort MkII battle once again with the Classics dominating. Darren Moon & Chris Parsons took the victory with a concerted push through the Saturday stages to overhaul overnight leaders Dick Slaughter & Geoff Dearing. Coming home in second place were Seamus O’Connell & Mark Glennerster, meanwhile a late check-in time penalty cost Ryan Barrett & Barry Ferris a place as they came in third overall. Behind them in the post-Historics Tim Mason & Graham Wild powered their Porsche 911 to the class win ahead of the Escort MkI of Drew Wylie & Howard Pridmore, with Dessie Nutt & Geraldine McBride taking a comfortable victory in the Historic category.

In the ANCRO field, competing in the Tour of Cumbria, Marcus Dodd & Andrew Bargery were victorious in their Accent WRC. It was a close run thing as Paul Bird & Ian Windress were the fastest crew throughout most of the stages but an overshoot, in their Focus WRC, onthe Chirdonhead stage cost them dear as they took second place. Completing the podium places were Steve Perez & Paul Spooner in another Focus WRC. In the Evo Challenge Simon Hughes & Craig Parry took top honours, preventing a hat-trick of wins for Daniel Barry & Martin Brady. Meanwhile back in third were Nik Elsmore & Craig Drew.

And finally the Land Rover rally saw a comfortable victory for the impressive sounding Discovery of Andrew Glover & Andrew Stavordale.

And just to finish things off, (if the above wasn’t enough!), here is a compilation video of our favourite bits from the rally, (apologies for the double inclusion of the Morrow almost moment – getting a bit carried away again) –

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