Shortened HERO Challenge Championship Winners Announced
The slightly shortened HERO Challenge Cup was concluded last Saturday, as the flag fell on HERO Challenge Three, the concluding round. Originally to be contested over three separate events, it would eventually be fought out over just two, after the Covid pandemic forced the cancellation of the first round, due to take place in March. A special effort was required to realise even these two events, Challenge Two taking place in Bicester at the Start of September and Challenge Three running out of Taunton this past weekend, but tribute must also be paid to those competitors that turned out in their droves, filling both events and displaying a hunger for classic rallying that even Covid couldn’t supress.
It was better news and one place higher for Elliott Dale’s navigator, Charlotte Ryall, who triumphed in the battle of the maps, plotting a route to the top of the championship with 10 points from round one and 18 from round two. Chased all the way by second place finisher Mike Cochrane, navigator to Angus McQueen who narrowly missed out on the championship podium himself, who equalled Charlotte on points, but dropped to second by virtue of Ryall’s better finishes overall across the two rounds. Susan Dixon would find herself just two points behind in third place, a close-run thing indeed.
Despite the championship only making two thirds distance, its inaugural year must be seen as a great success and provided extra spice to two already competitive rallies. Considering these events are aimed at beginner and intermediate crews the standard was high and the level of experience within the field vast, leading to the close finishes seen at the top of, and throughout, the championship tables. It is with some sadness that we must conclude the HERO Challenges for this year, but we will all look forward to more closely contested competitions in the seasons to come. Until then, congratulations to all the competitors involved, and especially the winners.