North Humberside Forest Rally 1998

Another Doddle?

Dorset Power Boat dealer Marcus Dodd heads for Hull this weekend attempting to win two consecutive Yorkshire rallies in five weeks.

After setting fastest times on all of the stages of last month's Kall Kwik Rally in his Ford Escort Cosworth he will be renewing the battle where he left off with Warren Philliskirk. The York businessman came second best on every stage in the last Yorkshire event to Dodd. As last year's North Humberside winner though, he will be determined to go one better against Dodd this time. Having recently rebuilt the transmission of his MG Metro 6R4 he too will be hoping to fend off the last event's third-placed man, Malton's Steve Banister, who was third fastest in his Mitsubishi Galant VR4.

The popular North Humberside Motor Club event once again forms rounds of both the Peugeot Sport BTRDA Gold Star Series and the CLEAR System Solutions BTRDA Silver Star Series, as well as a number of other regional championship events.

The Hull-based event this year features two new one-make championships giving the 45 stage mile event a real international feel. The SEAT Super Six Series features six identical SEAT Ibiza cars driven by six up and coming drivers who all competed to win the drives from the Spanish manufacturer. Two of the contenders are attempting to follow in the footsteps of famous rallying fathers: Oliver Clark, son of the late Roger Clark, and Mark Fisher, son of the Irish rallying legend, bertie Fisher. Both have competed in the event before but in different machines.

The event also has a Japanese influence again this year. This time in the shape of the latest 'Pocket Rocket' to come out of Japan, the Daihatsu Cuore Avanzato TR 4x4 Turbo. The 660 cc turbo-charged machines have attracted a registration of 16 cars. Selby's James Middlebrook debuted his car on last month's event, but the Car Sales Manager had a major accident and is hoping the car will be ready to renew the challenge with his Nidd Vale Motors boss, Richard Jackson.

Following his premature demise from the Vauxhall Rally of Wales this weekend, Lars Goran Andersson is heading North for urgent testing in readiness for the next round of the british Championship. The 30 year old Swedish Production Engineer will be driving the Ford Rally Team's Escort Super Rally kit car. The flying Swede will lead the 150 car event away from Hull into the 6 stages as the first 2-wheel drive car, and probably represents a serious threat to the 4-wheel drive machinery.

Spectator Information






Start West Park, Hull 08:30
SS1 Oliver's Mount, Scarborough
Map Ref 101/035087
4.3 miles high speed tarmac circuit
10:10
SS3 Staindale*
Map Ref 100/903906
6 miles gravel stage
11:34
SS4 Dalby*
Map Ref 100/859860 (Woodyard)
9 miles gravel stage
12:29
SS6 Cropton
Spectators at Spiers House; normal parking rates apply
9 miles gravel stage
13:30
Finish Quality Royal Hotel, Ferensway, Hull 16:00
* Enter Dalby Forest Drive at Low Dalby and follow signs to car parks. Normal forest car park charges apply.

Media enqiries should be addressed to

John Woolley, 'Parc Fermé', 83 Cumbrian Way, Lupset Park, Wakefield, WF2 8JS

Issued: 21 March 1998

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Last Modified: 23 March 1998


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