Carlisle date next for WWRS R.A.C. Championship

The West Wales Rally Spares R.A.C. Rally Championship heads north to the Kielder region for round five, the DMACK Carlisle Stages (Saturday 21 June). A fantastic line-up of historic cars will tackle stages in the Kershope and Newcastleton forests on this very compact rally.The event will mark the second event in the championship’s Northern Challenge as well as the next round of the highly successful Kumho Clubmans Challenge for crews competing on a maximum of six tyres for the event.Leading the field away will be the pre ’68 cars in the Walker Diecastings Category 1, and it is the flying Volvo Amazon of Graham Waite and Gill Cotton at the head of the pack. However, right behind the Volvo will be the Mini Cooper of Ray Cunningham and Andrew Bushe, which has been in mighty form this season, and there should be another big battle for category victory. Paul Mankin and Desmond Bell should be in contention in their Lotus Cortina, while quality is added to the Category 1 field by the Alfa Romeo Junior of John Everard/Mark Sharpley and the Saab 96 of Stephen Higgins/Don Bramfoot.In the Capital Construction Category 2, David Stokes and Guy Weaver head the field in their Ford Escort Mk1 from the similar car of Chris Browne and Ali-Cornwell Browne, while class C3 is set for another great contest as Peter Smith and Patrick Walsh (Opel Ascona) take on the Ford Escorts of David Kirby/Chris Rixon, Steve Magson/Jim Goodman, Phil Jobson/Arwel Jenkins and Simon Pickering/Colin Jenkins.Running alongside the Category 1 cars at the head of the field will be the 1600cc cars from Category 2 and it is the Escort Mk1 of Robin Shuttleworth/Ronnie Roughead that will go up against the similar cars of Paul and Daniel May, Stuart and Linda Cariss and the Hillman Avenger of Barry Jordan/James Gratton-Smith.The Holton Homes Category K continues to build support and is headed by the front-running Ford Escort Mk2 of Jason Pritchard/Phil Clarke. Darren Moon/Alan Walker, Tomas Davies/Dai Roberts, Gareth Lloyd/Ryland James and Tom Coughtrie/Calvin Cooledge pack out the Category K field in more Escort Mk2s.Nick Elliott and Dave Price head another superb entry for the Rob Smith Rallying Category 3 in their Ford Escort Mk2 in a field which, when added to the Category K entries, contains many of the fastest drivers in historic rallying.Elliott and Price head to Carlisle leading the overall title race by a single point from Richard Hill, who has Patrick Cooper back in the co-driver’s seat for this rally. Right in contention will be crews like Matthew Robinson/Sam Collis, Matt Edwards/Paul Morris, Meirion Evans/Iwan Jones, Tim Pearcey/Neil Shanks and Tom Freeman/Paul Wakeley. Lining up to battle with the Escort Mk2s will be the mighty Talbot Sunbeam Lotus of Owen Murphy/James O’Brien.In class D3, another great battle is in prospect as Adrian Young/Gwynfor Jones take on Mike Reed/Joe Sturdy and more Escorts for John Baker/Ian Jones and Paul Fry/Mike Steele. Meanwhile, the class D2 cars run at the head of the rally as the Hillman Avenger of Keith Davison/Henry Richardson goes up against the Talbot Sunbeam of Dave Hopkins/Tony Vart.Running alongside the historics are the cars in R.A.C. Category O for open two-wheel drive cars and the entry is led by the crowd-pleasing Opel Manta of brothers Simon and Alister Crook. Their opposition includes the Ford Escort Mk2s of Barry Stevenson-Wheeler/John Pickavance and Martyn Hawkswell/Nick Welch.The event also includes the DMACK Modern Carlisle Stages and competitors in this event will run directly behind contenders in the WWRS R.A.C. Rally Championship, Heading the Modern field away will be the sensational Ford Fiesta R5 of David Bogie and Kevin Rae.The DMACK Carlisle Stages and DMACK Modern Carlisle Stages are organised by the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club Ltd. For more details about the event please visit www.rogeralbertclarkrally.org.