Andy Beaumont and Andrew Fish won today’s Mull Hire Classic Rally on the Island of Mull in their Sunbeam Rapier H120. At times it looked like a big car in some of the tighter tests, and yet Beaumont’s deft touch on the steering and handbrake spun that beastie round the 360s as neat as a whip and peerie.
Craig Wallace and Clifford Wallace scored a hard won second place, despite a suspect fractured strut in their Toyota, just a scant few seconds clear of Fraser Hughes and Peter MacInnes in the topless Mazda.
Michael Reid and John Lindsay were 4th in the nimble Midget just 8 seconds ahead of the Toyota Paseo of Ryan Hay and Niall Thomson with Hay whipping the front wheels off at the lunch halt to tighten up his sumpguard bolts.
Rounding off the top six were Ian Buchanan and Gemma Conroy in their Subaru Impreza.
Despite the inclement weather most folk enjoyed the 14 Tests, the 3 Regularities and the banter with Andy Beaumont commenting: “That was superb. We enjoyed it, and it tested us both.”
1, Andy Beaumont/Andrew Fish (Sunbeam Rapier H120) 16:53
2, Craig Wallace/Clifford Auld (Toyota Corolla G6R) 17:20
3, Fraser Hughes/Peter MacInnes Mazda MX5) 17:24
4, Michael Reid/John Lindsay (MG Midget) 17:36
5, Ryan Hay/Niall Thomson (Toyota Paseo G6) 17:44
6, Ian Buchanan/Gemma Conroy (Subaru Impreza) 18:02
7, Alan Patterson/Bob Shearer (Ford Puma) 18:41
8, Richard Wardle/Jonathan Mounsey (Ford Escort Mk2) 19:00
9, Ian Rae/Muriel Rae (Citroen C2 VTS) 19:06
10, Andrew Tong/Emma Steeley (Peugeot 205 GTi) 19:17