Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hat-Trick Joy!

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hat-Trick Joy!

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Croft specialist Tony Bardy celebrated his third successive rally victory at his favourite venue - but only after a controversial end to Darlington and District MC's Altodigital Jack Frost Stages.

The former rallycross champ from Scotch Corner teamed up with Brotton co-driver Neil Colman for the first time and their Nissan Sunny GTi was second on the road at the finish.

John Stone and Lee Carter (Metro 6R4) appeared to have taken victory - but were disqualified for not carrying a spare wheel.

The rule - clearly stated in the event regs - was made to avoid damage to the track in the event of a puncture, and the front-runners were one of three crews to be excluded after a stewards meeting.

The three crews were found to be missing a spare wheel when a spot check was made during the event, but allowed to continue on the condition they put one in. However, one driver - believed to be Bardy - protested, and the stewards were left with no option but to amend the results.

The revised placings meant Bardy added to his victory in last year's Jack Frost, plus the recent Christmas Stages at the same venue.

Chris Wise and Tracey Taylor-West were 24 seconds adrift in second, with fellow Metro 6R4 crew Phil and Mick Gallagher third, a further 19 seconds behind.

Among the Teesside contingent to enjoy a good day was Guisborough navigator Mike Scrimgour, who teamed up with former hot-rodder Wayne Ward.

The pair were seeded 36th but finished 18th in their Escort Cosworth.

"We had a great day," said Scrimgour. "At the start of the day we hoped to live up to our seeding and anything else would be a bonus.

"But it was a fantastic car to be in - very aggressive - and on the last stage, which was held in the dark, we were tenth fastest."

Great Ayton driver Ian Horn picked up one North of England Championship point in his Vauxhall Astra and is now joint fourth in the class three (1601-2000cc) standings, while co-driver Bob Brown from Skelton is joint second in the navigators' table.

But Jim Kirwin and Richard Simpson (Sierra 4x4) retired after SS5 and went home pointless.

STOCKTON and District MC's Martin and Colin Peacock ended a nine-year victory drought when they won the third round of the Teesside Motorsport Group 12-car Rally Challenge. …

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