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anderson_cartersport_jack_frost_stages_rally_2009_ianhardyAfter the disappointment of the last stage problems which robbed him of a potential top ten finish on the recent Weeton Stages Rally, County Durham rally driver Chris Anderson is hoping for a return to form when he contests this forthcoming weekend’s Tyneside Stages Rally which will take place on Sunday over the narrow asphalt roads of the Otterburn Army Ranges in Northumberland.

Having contested purely single-venue events since his rallying debut back in January, the 17-year-old maintenance engineer from Butterknowle will take a leap into the unknown with his first multi-venue rally on the daunting tracks of the fast and flowing military roads whereby he’ll be using the pacenotes system for the first time.

Anderson will once again team up with experienced co-driver Chris Thirling in their MSR Motorsport-prepared and Wilkinson Maintenance Ltd, John Cullerton & Sons and Bell’s Truck Sales-sponsored Ford Puma S1600 for the Alnwick and DMC and BDMC event which comprises a qualifying round of the AS Performance North of England Tarmacadam Rally Championship.

Speaking prior to the event, Chris said: “This is going to be totally different to anything I’ve done so far but I’m really looking forward to it. My co-driver Chris has got good experience on pacenotes and we’ve had a quick run through but I’ll have a better idea of how everything works after Saturday’s recce. I’m not setting myself any goals for this weekend other than to finish as it’s all about learning as much as I can about this type of rallying and given Otterburn has an awesome reputation, I don’t want a bad experience on my first event there. If we can have a good run without too many problems and add to our points tally in the championship, then that will be a good day.”

The first of the crews leaves the start at 9.00am and will tackle 12 stages totalling around 90 miles. The organisers have advised that late entries are still available and for further information please visit

Picture (courtesy of Ian Hardy) Chris Anderson in action in the ex Guy Wilks Ford Puma S1600.

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