Cheviot Keith Knox Memorial Stages,
Otterburn Ranges, Northumberland -
RETURN TO OTTERBURN
Well the final round of the MSA REIS Asphalt Championship and we have managed to get the Ashadi Rallysport Golf a very slim 6 points clear of our second place rival Martin Hodgson, but we had not yet settled the claim.
It was good to be heading back to the Otterburn ranges and great to be back with Phil Boyle alongside me, managing to find time in his busy M-
The year has been a little difficult without a regular co-
ICE ICE BABY
The Sunday morning greeted us with a nice cold frost and this played a little on my mind; the stages were already slippery with moss, wet and the non-
The first loop of stages claimed a few cars but we were taking it steady and cleared SS1 without issue. SS2, however, would not be so easy; with around two miles to the finish the throttle cable strands started to snap and hold the revs on. It was a battle to get to the end with a combination of high gears and heavy braking. We stopped once out of the stage to burning brakes, steam rising from the wet grass. A quick check round and I manually set the revs to 4000 and limped the car back on the road section to service. Once there a quick throttle cable was change, then adjusted and found to be running fine.
MIRROR MIRROR ON THE FLOOR
The second loop would be a repeat of the first one and would see us stepping the pace up. SS3 would see the regular “whoops that’s the wing mirror gone” moment at a chicane, but we have all grown to accept that now! What we weren’t ready for was a red mist moment; whilst catching up a car on stage I managed to misjudge a corner, although the call was correct, and throw the car round backwards and off the stage. Luckily I managed to stop the car from disappearing backwards down the hillside. Phil jumped out and managed to lift the rear nearside of the car and push whilst I powered out and back onto the stage. We finished the stage but had dropped well over a minute. SS4, however, was uneventful – oh apart from an over shoot at a junction -
Suitably mocked by the service crew for the wing mirror loss, we headed out for SS5. This stage along with SS6 and SS7 went without incident and we were now thinking about the championship and the finish. I was now second in class and while I did not want to think about it, just had to finish to get the B11 Class Championship honours.
THE FINAL STAGES
Waiting at the control of SS8 Phil reminded me that I should think about the championship and not the event at this time. What a stage this was to be; fast, flowing, catching cars and passing them. Phil reminded me of what he had said and laughed.
SS9 the final stage, a repeat of SS8, again we caught and passed cars and never backed off – the line was crossed and we knew what we had done!! The B11 Championship was in the bag!
What a superb weekend. One full throttle, one off, one overshoot and load of useful championship points! Thanks to all involved.
Big thanks go out to:
Phill “The Playboy” Boyle for keeping me in the right direction
the organising clubs, Whickham And District Motor Club and Hadrian Motor Sports Club
the emergency crews
the marshals and volunteers that make our day possible
Nick for lending us his trolley jack
the service crew; Seb, Jem and Chris
o NAMIK Ltd.
o Newark Self Drive Hire
o JAZ Computer Services
o Max Sport Tyres