In excess of 140 crews from all over Britain have thrown the gauntlet into the ring for this weekend's North Humberside Forest Rally. This popular rally once again being a counting round of the Peugeot Gold Star and CLEAR System Solutions Silver Star Rally Series.
The North Humberside Motor Club promoted event, this year based at The Jarvis International Hotel at Willerby, on the outskirts of Hull, will be started by the Chairman of the East Riding of Yorkshire County Council. The first Silver Star car away will be the MG Metro 6R4 of former BTRDA Silver Star Rally Series champion and last year's rally winner, Warren Philliskirk.
The second Silver Star car away, in what is a quality entry, is the hybrid car built by BTRDA stalwart Andy Burton. This unusual machine started lkife as a Peugeot but has been fitted with a Cosworth engine and 4 wheel drive! The last one he built with a great amount of success was an Alfa Romeo with a Ferrari engine in! Well worth a trip to watch, defending BTRDA champion Brian Bell will be eager to add this event to his list of victories. The Skegness businessman will have stiff opposition from the likes of Lancashire's Pete Littler (Ford Escort Cosworth) and the MG Metor 6R4 of Steve Winter.
The 'Yorkshire Mafia' cannot be ignored on their home ground. York's Andy Elliott is well capable of mixing it with the big boys in his MG Metro 6R4 and what can we say about Malton's Steve Bannister? Banner has not had as much success this time round with his aging Ford Escort, but local knowledge counts for a lot.
In the other half of the rally, the two-wheel drive Formula two cars will be lead away by Nigel Wakefield in a Vauxhall Astra Sport, but honours are likely to go to Simon Chapman and Peter Foy in a Vauxhall Corsa Maxi. His last entry for this event was 1996 when (in a 1600cc Vauxhall Nova) he was in 4th place overall when he crashed out. Well worth watching for his entertaining style.
Yorkshire is well represnted with Harrogate's Miles Johnson in a Peugeot 106 fifth away from the start line, and Northallerton's Tony Bardy gets his Nissan Sunny GTi off at No 8.
Note that the Open class are numbered with odd numbers. Formula 2 are even numbers. Formula two runs first.
The entry list is now on-line.
All media enquiries should be addressed to John Woolley.
Spectator Information is also on-line.
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Last Modified: 21 March 2000