Snow, snow, quick, quick, slow ... Our lot didn't quite fare too well at last weekend's Jack Frost Stages Rally with none of them in the top ten. The six stage event was based at Croft Circuit just a hop, skip and a jump over the border near Darlington but the weather forecast had put quite a few folk off. It was fine on the drive down on Saturday, but overnight and Sunday morning it snowed. Hard.
Even so, Darlington & DMC put on a fine show with Barry Lindsay first time out in a 4WD S2000 car taking the win from Kevin Proctor. Best Scottish result was Gordon Morrison and Calum MacPherson's 11th place overall in the Subaru, but this was not a day for heroics. James Gibb was next up in 15th, with (we'll never hear the end of it!) Shug Steel third best Scottish driver on the day.
And if you're wondering why Mark McCulloch was way down in 32nd, just look at what he was driving while Jim Robertson had his first run out in a Mk2, quite a change from his normal FWD Citroens. Kevin Maguire and Drew Barker completed the finishers with Kenny Moore retiring the Avenger with electrical problems and both Finlay Retson and Graham Malthouse failing to complete all the stages.
1, Barry Lindsay/Caroline Lodge (Ford Fiesta S2000) 40:04
2, Kevin Procter/Derrick Fawcett (Ford Fiesta) 40:16
3, Alex Taylor/Mark Swallow (Subaru Forester) 42:17
4,Peter M Stephenson/Ian Windress (Subaru P2000 WRC) 42:17
5, Paul Swift/Cat Lund (Ford Escort) 44:15
6, Matthew Hirst/Steve McNulty (Mitsubishi Evo IX) 45:21
11, Gordon Morrison/Calum MacPherson (Subaru Impreza) 47:07
15, James Gibb/Charley Sayer-Payne (Mitsubishi Evo) 48:16
25, Shug Steel/Shannon Turnbull (Subaru Impreza) 50:56
32, Mark McCulloch/Keith Riddick (BMW E30) 52:10
41, Jim Robertson/Claire Robertson (Ford Escort) 53:28
56, Kevin Maguire/Gemma Maguire (Škoda Fabia) 56:12
60, Drew Barker/Shona Hale (Vauxhall Corsa) 56:58
Kenny Moore/Richard Wardle (Hillman Avenger) Electrical
Finlay Retson/Tom Hynd (Ford Fiesta R2) Stage 1, Saving car
Graham Malthouse/David Malthouse (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6) Retired
(Photo courtesy of 'The Northern Echo')