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Mud and fog greets Huddersfield rally drivers Nigel Barrett and Andrew Siddall in the Yorkshire Forests

HUDDERSFIELD drivers Andrew Siddall and Nigel Barrett both hit problems despite good starts in the ninth annual running of the Roger Albert Clark Rally.

HUDDERSFIELD drivers Andrew Siddall and Nigel Barrett both hit problems despite good starts in the ninth annual running of the Roger Albert Clark Rally.

The rally, which started at the Pickering Showground before winding its way through Yorkshire into the Scottish Borders before finishing in Brampton near Carlisle, saw over 100 cars compete over 24 special stages in parks, forests, moorland and even on the race circuit at Croft.

The main events were contested by historic rally cars featuring such legendary rallying models as the Ford Escort RS2000, Escort Mexico, Lancia Stratos, Porsche 911 and Saab 96.

Siddall and his co-driver Iain Tullie, in a Ford Escort Mk 1 RS1600, competed in the main RAC rally for historic rally cars.

Despite running in the top three within their class throughout the first two days of the three-day event, the colourful 1970s Escort RS1600 stopped with a technical problem on the special stage near Hawick.

Having driven through a day and a half of high-speed rallying through forests and moorland, in thick fog, rain and in the darkness, the 40-year-old Escort was agonisingly close to completing the event.

Barrett and his co-driver Simon Law entered the RAC Open Rally, similar to the main rally but with slightly more relaxed regulations, in their 1983 Vauxhall Nova 1300.

Running against very fast opposition, the Vauxhall Nova was as high as sixth position throughout the three days, but sadly on the penultimate stage the Nova was excluded from the results after failing to meet time limits set for the event.

The RAC Rally was won by Marty McCormack and Phil Clarke in their Ford Escort RS2000 after a titanic struggle with Steve Bannister and Kevin Rae in their similar Ford Escort.

 

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