Dukeries Rally set to be packed with local drivers

The Dukeries Rally passe through a sin drenched Blidworth Forst early on Saturday Morning''12-06-2010
The Dukeries Rally passe through a sin drenched Blidworth Forst early on Saturday Morning''12-06-2010

SATURDAY’S Dukeries Rally dust-up contains a good sprinkling of local crews.

James Sowter will be making a return to rallying after a couple of years away, this time in a recently purchased 1600 Vauxhall Corsa.

Tony Cawthorne from Ollerton has also entered in a Peugeot 205Gti 1600.

Although not a prolific competitor Tony always supports Dukeries MC events.

Current Dukeries Motor Club Champion John Stevens is to enter his Ford Escort MKII co-driven by experienced Guy Simmons.

John is on a high after two great results at Melbourne Airfield, finishing close to the top 10 and winning his class.

Mark Mazzitelli and Wayne Langthorne are also Ford Escort MKII-mounted.

Mark has a habit of being very quick but has the odd lapse of concentration which sometimes results in in an excursion to the undergrowth.

Chris Langthorne partnered by Mick Hollis will be in direct competition with his son, Wayne and brother Russ who is co-driving for British Historic Rally Championship competitor Peter Smith, again in a two litre Ford Escort.

Although the Ford Escort has been out of production for over 30 years many are lovingly cared for most of the time,

But they still make up the backbone of Clubman rallying in the UK.

Making his rally debut is former single seater and International racing driver Emlyn Evans who takes to the stages in a Peugeot 306 S16, but the loose and bumpy surfaces will be a very different environment to the circuits of Europe.

Emlyn also works in the BTCC, running the Seat Leon race car of Tom Boardman.

The 2009 up to 1600cc class winner Andy Smith has entered and will be co-driven by 17-year-old Bridie Hall in their Peugeot 205Gti.

The duo picked up many awards in the regional championships in 2010, including third overall in the East Midlands Association of Motor Clubs championship, and were leading two wheel drive car as well.

The car has been fitted with a more powerful engine and will be hoping to repeat their success.

David Wood/Alan Jackson will be pushing the BTRDA regulars in their very fast Vauxhall Corsa in the up to 1400 category, hopefully they will be joined here by Rainworth son and father team of Liam and Peter Butler in a Vauxhall Nova.

They had engine trouble at the beginning of the season and have yet to get the engine back in the car so their participation is in doubt.

Ian Holliday and Jane Wright have entered in an MG ZR, a car they rolled on last year’s Trackrod Rally.

An earlier vintage of MG is being driven and co-driven by Jim Hinchliff and Steven Mazzitelli who will taking to the stages in a Midget Historic rally car.

Martyn Hill will be pitting his 1300 Peugeot 106Rallye against the regular BTRDA competitors in the 1400cc class.

In the four wheel drive category which runs after the up to 1400cc cars and two wheel drive cars.

Local drivers include, Richard Hill, Ford Escort Cosworth, Mark Fowler, Andy MacArthur both Subaru Impreza drivers.

Pictured is the Dukeries Rally passing through Blidworth Forest last year,