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Less than ten seconds separated the first three cars on the overnight leaderboard after the 10.43 opening stage of the Historic Cup section of the Trackrod Rally Yorkshire last night (Friday) with Ripon’s Matthew Robinson claiming first blood in Dalby Forest.

Robinson and co-driver Sam Collis, in a Ford Escort Mk2, held a slender two-second advantage over Llandudno’s current British Rally Championship leaders and already crowned BTRDA Champions Matt Edwards/Darren Garrod, reverting to ‘historics’ in the Filey-based event and driving a replica of a 40-year old Fiat 131.

In close persuit was the most successful driver ever in the Trackrod Rally Steve Bannister who has re-united for this year’s event with dave Oldfield, with whom he won thre times in the 1980s in another Escort.

All the surviving Trackrod Historic Cup competitiors re-start this morning along with almost as many vehicles taking part in the Trackrod Forest Stages Rally which runs concurrently over another five stages and 45 competitive miles of high speed rallying.

The Trackrod Historic Cup forms the final round of the Fuchs Lubricant British Historic Championship, whilst the Forest Stages event brings the hugely popular Jordan Road Surfacing BTRDA series to a conclusion.

The finish of both rallies, following spectator-orientated stages in Cropton Forest (first car 9.44am) and Dalby North (12.24pm), is due to take place along Filey’s Beach Road at 3.23pm.

Cropton (Spiers House) and Dalby (Woodyard and Housedale) have full facilities, including refreshments and toilets, with the famous Woodyard also carrying commentary – more details of which are on the rally website.

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