Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Barry's Ready to Rip

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Barry's Ready to Rip

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Former Scottish champion Barry Johnson, from Darlington, is among the leading entries for this weekend's Riponian Rally.

And, with forecasts of snow for the route across the North York Moors, he could be in for an interesting time.

Favourite for overall victory will be previous winner Charlie Payne in the ex-works Hyundai Accent WRC, which he recently obtained from Paul Bird.

But Johnson (Subaru Impreza WRC), Kevin Proctor in Payne's old Subaru, Ian Joel (Escort) and another former winner Mat Yeadon (Sierra 4x4) will be expected to push him.

Also on the list and sure to be a crowd-pleaser is David Stokes, a national champion in the 1970s, with his ex-works Escort Mark I.

Redcar navigator Christopher Roe goes in search of Kent Cams ANCC Northern Stage Rally Championship points in the event.

Roe will again be beside North Yorkshire's Alan Richardson in the Vauxhall Nova that brought them so much success in 2003.

The event starts and finishes at Lightwater Valley Theme park on the A6108, four miles north of Ripon.

Crews will tackle two stages there in the morning, starting at 8.30am, with spectator gates opening at 7.30am. Spectator parking is pounds 5 per car, which also includes the return visit by competitors for the last two stages from 2.30pm onwards.

IAN Horn has revealed his disappointment at the cancellation of next Sunday's scheduled second round of the ANECCC Winter Rallycross Championship.

Round two of the Darlington and District MC-organised series - currently led by Redcar's Adrian Horsley - was due to take place at Blyton in Lincolnshire.

But it was called off due to a lack of entries.

"I'm very disappointed," admitted Great Ayton driver Horn, who returned to action in a Vauxhall Nova last year.

The championship was due to feature two rounds and Croft and another two at Blyton.

"I was hoping to miss the final round at Blyton because it's only a week before the start of the BRDA and British Championships in Northern Ireland," explained Horn.

"My aim was to get enough points in the bag by then to have secured second place in the stock hatch class behind Adrian. …

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