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The penultimate round of the STRC at Warcop started off with sunny spells forecast and with 70 stage miles / 15 road section miles and 8 Stages the event certainly lived up to its reputation of being tough on crews and cars, the first couple of stages saw us loose a few crews namely Ian Forgan in the Hyundai Accent WRC who had a slight off damaging the front bumper but at service found to have brake problems and a puncture, not wanting to take any chances on the tricky stages the car was loaded up and heading back up the M6.

Another early retiree was Jim Sharp who had only recently purchased a Mitsubishi Evo 6 but fell ill during stage 3 and packed up for home, we wish Jim a speedy recovery.

Ian Patterson in the Subaru lost a wheel off the car during stage 2 and had to pull over to a safe location and await recovery ,this sent him OTL and thus out of the event.

Young Ross McCallum in the MG Maestro suffered ECU failure and retired, Ross Pringle had his gearbox pack in during the early stages and was seen parked up looking despondent especially after all the hard work the team had put in after their off at the Tyneside.

Robert Cumming and Robert Irvine in the Vauxhall Astra had a great day with no mechanical issues on the car and no incidents to report and hopefully the gremlins they had with the car innearlier events are now behind them taking maximum class points in the STRC.

Allan Watt in the Citroen Saxo was battling all day with Greg Turner in the 206 but never managed to pass him, Allan was still very happy with his result and says he needs more pacenote experience to maximise those precious seconds.

Marcus tinsley in the class 1 Peugeot 205 set a steady start but seeing their times against fellow class regulars Innes Mochrie and Jamie Miller meant the gloves were off for Stages 3 and 4 and the foot was down , Marcus managed to claw back some time from the pair after solving an engine misfire at service but were happy with claiming maximum points in class 1 for the STRC.

While we are on the subject of class 1 the lifelong battle between Jamie Miller and Innes Mochrie continued with Mochrie reporting a Broken alternator, brand new brake shoes were destroyed after 3 stages and a sick engine for half of the last stage!

Mochrie also Tied on times with Tinsley and by stage 4 they pulled 33 seconds on them in two stages leaving the metro crew with a big push on the last two but it wasn’t enough and with the engine sounding very poorly they just nursed her to the finish.

Jamie Miller who was out in the Miller Site Services sponsored 1400cc Nova Clinched 35th overall and 5th in class on the event. Miller stated that he got off to a slow start and couldn’t get into a rhythm but started to pick up the pace then a Mitsubishi Evo spun in front of them and blocked the stage. They lost about 50 seconds while he Evo was trying to restart a stalled engine then tried hard to keep up with the class front runners but to no avail,the pace was beyond Miller . Miller also reported a Huge moment on Stage 8 where they were on two wheels drifting towards the grass but gathered it well ,Miller added that they may have been well down the order but still finished in front of some fast machinery and will almost certainly be back next year.

Championship leader Gareth White finished his day in a ditch in stage 2 and called it a day and will no doubt take this event as one of the championship dropped scores.

There will be a further press release in the next few weeks providing an update on class positions and navigator positions within the championship but given the way the points are sitting Gareth White has taken the 2017 STRC drivers title and many congratulations to Gareth and his loyal team for not only supporting him but also supporting the championship and look forward to welcoming them all back in 2018.

The battles continued throughout the year with Alan Kirkaldy’s impeccable performance in the Mark 2 Escort and for Alan to turn up at some venues having never driven them before and finish top 5 overall is simply stunning and I think everybody will join me in congratulating Alan for such a strong committed drive for the entire season.

Please bear in mind these are provisional results and will be double checked by the STRC points team and confirm the latest points in the championship within the next few days.

Photos courtesy of Eddie Kelly Motorsport Photography.

1st overall Gregg Mcnight/ David Crosbie.

Class 0 No eligible finishers.
Class 1 Marcus Tinsley/ Rachael Clark Peugeot 205.
Class 2 Gordon Milne/ Paul Watson VW Polo.
Class 3 Robert Cumming /Robert Irvine Vauxhall Astra.
Class 4 Alan Kirkaldy/ Cameron Fair Ford Escort Mark 2.
Class 5 Gordon Morrison/ Callum Mcpherson Subaru Impreza.

The next and final round of the BLACKWOOD PLANT HIRE STRC is the Kingdom Stages at Crail in November hosted by Glenrothes Car Club

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