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County Durham rally driver Chris Anderson was back in action at Ingliston near Edinburgh where he was contesting his first event since the icy Jack Frost Stages Rally at Croft back in January and came away with a brilliant class win on yesterday’s DCC Ingliston Stages Rally.

The 18-year-old maintenance engineer from Butterknowle near Bishop Auckland was at the wheel of the Chris Birkbeck-prepared ex M-Sport Ford Fiesta, with backing from Wilkinson Maintenance Ltd and John Cullerton & Sons and as the rest of the country sweltered in hot sunshine, rain was prevailing in Scotland.

Along with Durham co-driver Chris Thirling, the pair didn’t enjoy the best of starts with tyre choice proving difficult in the early stages but by the third and fourth tests, it was starting to dry up. However, around lunchtime, the heavens opened and a heavy downpour meant that wet tyres were the only option.

Revelling in the conditions, Anderson charged up the leaderboard over the final four stages to emerge in seventh position overall and taking the class victory in the process to claim major points in the North of England Tarmac Rally Championship.

Chris said: “Tyre choice was difficult early on and we went with a cut slick for the opening stages which proved the wrong choice. It dried up and we started to find our pace but when it rained again, I was confident with the car’s set-up and the wet tyres so I’m delighted with the result. Things are starting to come together now and we’ve had a couple of good results so hopefully I can continue the good run on the Jim Clark next month.”

Anderson and Thirling’s next planned outing is at the Jim Clark Reivers Rally based in Duns in late May.

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