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rac12 (8)Wow, is all we can really say about the 2012 Roger Albert Clark Rally. Martin McCormack & Phil Clarke (Escort MkII) started out as car 1 and took their first victory on this endurance event, but the story was not as simple as that as they spent most of the event behind Steve Bannister & Kevin Rae (Escort MkII). Bannister made his mark on the opening night opening up a 28 second lead on the Dalby stages he knows so well, but Saturday saw him gain no more time as McCormack set two stunning times through Pundershaw to leave the gap unchanged. With half the rally left on Sunday McCormack attacked and the battle was on. Craik proved critical setting up McCormack who went into the penultimate stage 5 seconds back and came out 2 seconds up. The last stage was the sting in the tail, Kershope at just over 17 miles and the longest of the event. Bannister was first on the road and pushed hard but a spin near the end cost him dear as McCormack set fastest time by 15 seconds to take an emotional victory. Read More »

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAAnother epic rally in Northern England & Southern Scotland with not quite as good a field as in 2010. Still that did not dampen the spirits and in fact the rally ended in a very snowy Kershope, reminiscent of the 2010 event. The overall winner looked set early on as Gwyndaf Evans & John Millington (Escort MkII) dominated. They went on to win by almost 8 minutes in the end, after consistently increasing their lead each day of the event. The only crew who got close to them were Paul Griffiths & Sam Collis (Escort MkII) but they retired on the 3rd day after suspension damage following an off in the Ae stage. Read More »