Motorsport: Casey aims to make a Mark

YORK rally navigator Mark Casey is focusing on 2013 after a successful end to 2012 in the Roger Albert Clark Rally.

The 28-year-old Wigginton-based notes reader teamed up with Lincolnshire’s Stewart Scott in the event, which started in Pickering.

Stewart and Casey finished 34th overall and second in their Class C3 category in the three-day 500-plus mile rally in the driver’s Mk 1 Ford Escort RS2000.

Next up in the push for 2013 honours is the Riponian Stages Rally in February.

Casey said: “Stewart drove well. If Stewart decides to do the event again, I shall be back with him and maybe we can improve.”

On their Roger Albert Clark assignment, the duo were assisted by Mark’s parents, Glyn and Cath, in a support vehicle and service crew James Hainsworth and Craig Brightmore, of C & J Auto Services, from Thirsk.

After the first four night stages in Dalby Forest, back axle problems forced overnight repairs and they restarted in 36th position overall.

Following stages at Gale Rigg, Duncombe Park, Croft Circuit, Hamsterley and Kielder Forest, there was an overnight halt at Carlisle.

Sliding into a ditch on the opening stage of the final day saw the pair drop down the field, but they fought back, overcoming intercom and alternator problems while driving the final 17-mile Kershope stage in darkness without auxiliary lighting.

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