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RAC15 1600cc awardHusband and wife crew Stuart and Linda Cariss have won of one of the biggest prizes in club-level rallying after winning the Jordan Road Surfacing Award of a free entry on the Roger Albert Clark Rally (27-29 November).

As the best performing 1600cc car competing in the 2015 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship and the West Wales Rally Spares R.A.C. Rally Championship they win a free entry, worth nearly £2000, in the award presented by Jordan Road Surfacing.

The destiny of the award was decided on last weekend’s Trackrod Historic Cup (25/26 September) when Cariss headed home his major rival Malcolm Bayliss to claim the award by a narrow margin.

Cariss says that the award will make a big difference to his rallying plans. “We really wanted to do the Roger Albert Clark again this year, but we were facing a dilemma. We had the money for the entry fee or for HANS devices and new crash helmets for next season. This now gives us the chance to carry on rallying next season,” said Stuart, who is now retired.

“We’ve done the R.A.C. three times in the 1300cc Escort, including in the snow and ice in 2010. But we’ve never done it in the 1600cc car. It is a hell of a prize and we can’t thank Barry Jordan enough for providing the award.”

“This very special award has certainly achieved what it set out to do, which was to encourage the 1600cc cars to come out and compete,” said BHRC championship manager Colin Heppenstall. “We have very worthy winners in Stuart and Linda Cariss and I know it will make a big difference to them.”

More details about the Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship can be found at http://www.historicrallying.org
Follow the championship on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MSABHRC and on Twitter: @MSABHRC2015

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