oldSTAGER No.113
December 2008/January 2009

 

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Regis Rally

The Regis Rally on October 11 brought the HRCR Clubmans Championship to a close for 2008. A favourite event for many which meant that the often end of season entries disadvantage swelled the starters to 49.

The entry list was awash with the regular names that come out on these one-day combos of road regularities and special tests. Several crews had a point to prove or points to win. Dave Hughes/Andy Gibson were the top seeds with the objective of scoring a hat-trick of Regis wins. Jonathan Hancox/Richard Lambley, Warren/Jean Chmura, and Geoff Twigg and Dave Taylor had different sights being the remaining contenders who could drive or navigate away as 2008 Champions.

The map and venues were classic Regis using OS 197 to good effect with the usual visits to Goodwood and Tangmere for tests, but unusual in that the tests came together in a block during the afternoon. The excellent Amberley Working Museum again hosted the start and finish.

Navigation on the road was Mick Briggs's (Clerk of Course) varied but straightforward plotting which requiried care rather than cerebral dexterity.

There were three regularities before lunch: a 30-minute pre-plot for the first followed by two plot and bash sections.

Narrow leaders after regularity 1 were Richard Dix/"Crow" – a new (navigator turned) driver/navigator pairing who were together to practice for their outing on the Rally of the Tests, albeit in an MGB GT rather than the planned Zephyr which was still being prepared. The lead was short-lived with Cliff/Paul Doe taking a clear lead after those nearby notched up unexpected penalties. At lunch the Does held an eight second lead from Hughes/Gibson with Ian Crammond/Nigel Raeburn a further six seconds adrift.

The podium stayed the same after regularity 4, but on the penultimate regularity the Does were a minute out on one of the timing points, and Jim Deacon/Dave Wilson came into contention after lifting themselves clear of an early mistake.

Heading for the tests the leading three navigators: Gibson, Wilson and Raeburn, were about to see whether their drivers could match their timing and navigation performances.

Clear fastest on the first seven tests were Geoff Twigg/Graham Carter but a five minute error on regularity 2 had already confined them to the lower ranks and they retired on the next test.

Overall driving tests stars were Horsborough, Keel and Deacon, the latter putting his crew within six seconds of the leaders Hughes/Gibson.

The final Mickularity regularity, however, turned into a nightmare for Deacon/Wilson and Crammond/Raeburn, who both missed a codeboard – the awkwardly placed 13th PC on the event. The errors gifted a comfortable win to Dave Hughes/Andy Gibson for the third year in succession. Richard Dix surprised himself with a good run on the tests to take second with “Crow”, beating a recovering Cliff Doe/Paul Doe into third on a tie break.

The ultimate accolade went to Jonathan Hancox/Richard Lambley whose fourth place secured them as HRCR Clubmans Champions after a consistent run throughout 2008.

1 David Hughes/Andy Gibson (MG Midget) 713
2 Richard Dix/Ray Crowther (MG B) 777
3 Cliff Doe/Paul Doe (Riley 1.5) 777
4 Jonathan Hancox/Richard Lambley (Triumph TR4) 846
5 Peter Keel/Paul Maynard (Triumph Dolomite Sprint) 853
6 Jim Deacon/Dave Wilson (MG B Roadster) 883
7 Richard Scott/Flora Scott (Mercedes 280SL) 890
8 Peter Horsburgh/Alistair Bell (Morris Mini Cooper S) 891
9 Ian Crammond/Nigel Raeburn (Mercedes 280SL) 905
10 Dean Marley/David Gill (MG BGT) 905