Kingdom Stages 2010 Report
This was a day of surprises. The rain had stopped and the sun shone, just like I told you it would. The Rintouls boobed. Bruce''s Darrian broke a wishbone and took a maximum, but he still won the STRC, for the third time. Stuart Baillie (Who him? Who he?) was second.
Some upstarts with two-wheel drive, and some of them with titchy wee engines at that, had the audacity to barge in to the top ten; and Reay MacKay won the Kingdom for the first time, though that wasn''t really all that surprising, and some folk had tipped him for the win beforehand.
Among the course cars, some may have noticed a pristine white Escort Mk2, unlettered except for the name Tom Ness on the wings. Tom was a former president of GMSC, and Clerk of the Course of the Kingdom for over a decade. He was to have run as opening car this year, but sadly he didn''t make it. The car was driven by his daughter Linda, and the family presented the Tom Ness Memorial trophy for the top GMSC crew.
Tom Ness''s Escort rally car, driven by his daughter Linda.
Started slowly, only 11th on the first stage, but then had his Weetabix and was first on 3 and 4, and first equal on SS6, to win the Kingdom by 26 seconds.
Stuart and Dave upheld GMSC honour, and surprised a lot of people, by achieving a career best second place, with a couple of second fastest times and never lower than 5th on a stage. The car has been second before, with Graham Clark in 2008, can Stuart go one better next year?
Managed to keep it out of the tyres this year, still gave it big welly but consistent and tidy big welly, third on every stage and third overall at the finish.
Alan and Robin were a joy to watch in the beautiful black Mark I, and judging by the grins on their faces it must be a joy from the inside too. Fourth overall, and top two wheel drive.
A giant-killing performance in the 1600 Peugeot. I know it was dry and sunny for November, but this is ridiculous!
We already used the giant-killing cliche, but it fits here too, even more so because this isn''t even a 1600, but an eight-valve 1400.
Respect, as I understand the yoof of today like to say.
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