Mel; “We are really pleased, we are so lucky that it has worked out for us this time, we have been so close so many times. We work well together as a team and it paid off this time.”
Tim “The best thing about today was having Mel alongside me in the car, it’s all about the navigator and I had the right one with me. Sometimes it all comes together, and today it did. This could be the start of an illustrious career for my wife!”
Paul Hernaman and Ray ‘Crow’ Crowther were magnificent in the tests as they really worked their Porsche Carrera hard, looking spectacular as ever, but great team work in the seven regularities ensured they stayed in touch with the leaders, finishing just 13 seconds behind the triumphant Mini.
Anita Wickens took the final championship podium position for navigators after a difficult day encountering traffic, particularly in the morning in the Renault 12 Gordini driven by Malcolm Dunderdale who ended up fourth in the drivers standings. They finished eight overall and first in class in HERO Challenge Three after a fine recovery in the afternoon.
Tracy and John King were absolutely elated with third place overall in HERO Challenge Three, their first podium, hot on the heels of John’s Test Pilot Award on HERO Challenge Two which meant an awful lot to him. Their rapid Toyota MR 2 was again very competitive.
Tracy; “We are chuffed to bits, it has been really great. You remember the early days, avoiding the divorce, I said listen and get it right, but seriously we are delighted.”
John; “We messed up a couple of tests but we were good on the road and it all came together. We are very pleased with all the support we have received from HERO-ERA and so very happy to be on the podium.”
Journalist and author Maurice Hamilton made it back to the finish with a big smile all over his face after his regularity road rally debut alongside Harry Sherrard in the Audi 80 Quattro.
Maurice: “That last regularity was a real sting in the tail. Some of the instructions were so confusing, so that didn’t go well, we engaged reverse a couple of times, let’s put it like that.
Harry; “Earlier on that day there were times when we were on the second. We were running on the second, but that was only up to sort of three quarter distance. Then it didn’t go so well. It was a tricky one, a challenging one, there are probably a few tricks in there but Maurice really got the hang of it, for his first ever regularity rally he did a great job.
Maurice; “This is totally different to anything else I’ve ever done, I didn’t really know what to expect with lots of different jobs to do at the same time, but I love the variety, the map reading, checking the times in my mind.
“It’s a lot tougher than I thought but I loved it because it’s totally different to what you and I have done, which has been to go flat out everywhere. Here it’s going at a certain regular pace and that’s very much more difficult than I ever would have thought, but I really enjoyed that. I’d like to do another, I got the whole idea of the regularity, the speed tests and everything, The route finding was fine, it was good and that all worked well.