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Rallying: Mull manoeuvres make for a Malton mission
10:48am Thursday 11th October 2012 in Sport
Malton Motor Club will have a strong contingent taking the high road to the Hebrides this weekend to contest the 43rd Mull Rally.
The event pits competitors against 150 stage miles on the closed public roads of the island, with the majority of the rally taking place during darkness.
But no fewer than 14 Malton MC members will take part in the exacting event.
Heading the local contingent is Pickering co-driver Dick Wardle, who is alongside Settle’s Jonathan Mounsey in a Mitsubishi Evo 6. The pair finished sixth overall last year.
Event stalwarts Billy Bird and Plug Pulleyn tackle the Mull Rally for the third successive year in their Vauxhall Chevette, the engine of which has been upgraded from two litres to 2.3 in a bid to challenge the top ten.
Helperby’s Chris Haigh and Sally Peacock are seeded at 22 in their Ford Escort Mk1 and will be top contenders for two-litre class honours.
Seeded one car behind them is Haigh’s former co-driver, Graham Wilcock, with Wigginton’s Donna Harper navigating.
The Raskelf driver swapped seats in 2004 and will this year be hoping to make it nine out of nine, having finished every year he has entered as a driver.
Heading to Mull for the first time is MMC’s Andrew Smith in his Escort Mk2. Smith only took up stage rallying last year and has never visited Mull, but he and co-driver Neil Colls, of Strensall, will be looking to challenge in the new Historic Class.
Returning to the island after crashing out in 2010 are Malton’s Rob Meynell and Tom Spencer in their Mini Clubman.
Spencer’s brother, Sam, starts at 108 alongside Easingwold’s Richard Spink in their unusual Honda-powered Mk2 Escort. The pair retired on the opening leg on their debut last year.
For more details of the event, visit mullrally.com
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