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    It was a shame to lose the Avenger's and a nasty crash for the 2nd of them. Hope Tony Jardine can continue in Wales.

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    Leader Pritchard rolled in Dyfi and is out !

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    Big delays again it would appear due to Pritchard's roll amongst other factors

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    Breaking News Warning sign

    @OsianPryce & @Noelsull1
    and Barrett & @Gordynoble are BOTH OUT of the 2021 Roger Albert Clark Rally on the Walters Arena stage. Both crews OK.

    @Ryan_Champion & Thorley now lead !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddie WRC View Post
    I'll be supporting Ryan Champion in the Tuthill Porsche 911. Hopefully he can give the top Escort's some competition.
    CHAMPION !!

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    Well deserved, a win the old fashioned way. And a first win on the 'modern' RAC for the 911; whose list of wins across all motorsport categories is surely the best?

    Is there a better sound than that of Porsche engined Flat-6 ???

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    With their Safari experience I had faith in the car not to break and the driver to know how to pace himself over a longer event.

    The Escort driver's were fast... but with the RAC its a marathon, not a sprint.

    First time in years I've not wanted a Ford to win a rally !

    #MSPORTER

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    Great result for North Yorkshire! Event full of what might have-beens, if the event had run its full distance etc however Ryan was there when it mattered. Got to feel for Osian Pryce with 2 big disappointments in quick succession and Barrett as well but maybe some drivers might review their approach for future runnings as the pace of a one day BHRC is just too much to maintain over 4-5 days it would appear.

    Hats off to the organisers who continue to put themselves thru hell every couple of years and to all the marshals and officials who put themselves in possible harms way to ensure it ran at all.

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    Well, that was a good way to escape all the sh*t that's going on in real life and just lose yourself in a rallying bubble for a few days.

    Started with a good exploration of Kershope, first stage felt like everyone was being cautious and playing themselves in but moved to a different corner for the second run and saw David Condell have a very big roll, thankfully both crew ok but the car was going no further - think they'd have been serious victory contenders too, judging by their times on the first two stages. Not back to the hotel until 01:20 after the delays, so was already weary by the time Saturday dawned...

    Drove out to Kielder and watched Chirdonhead 1 and 2, with Bewshaugh 1 sandwiched in between. The second Chirdonhead was increasingly snowy and blowy but thankfully we were in a relatively sheltered spot. Noticeable how much quicker Pritchard, Pryce and Barrett looked than anyone else, although Champion was working the Porsche hard. Had already decided to jib the second Bewshaugh based on the forecast so headed back to Carlisle in driving snow and some falling twigs and debris - glad we moved when we did though, another hour and it would have been a very different journey. As it was I had time to drop people off, grab a Maccy's and get to my hotel in time for a shower, then the power failed and that was me sitting in darkness listening to the wind trying to take the tiles off for the rest of the evening.

    Saturday came (still no power when I checked out, never cleaned my teeth whilst wearing a head torch before) and I nipped down to service - the more people I talked to, the more it felt like there was little prospect of anything taking place, especially as none of the stranded crews had made it back from Langholm by 10am. Sure enough, I was soon on my way down the M6 for a night at home. Must have been so disappointing for the organisers and competitors but absolutely no choice given the amount of fallen timber. At least I caught up on a bit of the sleep I'd lost.

    I was able to have a lie in on Sunday and still make it to Dyfnant in good time, and when the stage was stopped for 50 minutes while one of the early cars was recovered from a bad place I had a wander and found a nice sheltered spot down in the valley. The delay, and the ones in Dyfi meant that cars in the main group were really well strung out to avoid having a 20 minute gap and an interim car like they had to on the first run, but it meant I had to leave before I'd seen even half the field if I was to get to my hotel by a reasonable hour.

    Monday meant scraping the ice off the car at 6am, but Greggs nearby was open so that warmed me back up. Walters was really icy, I had a walk in and found an uphill hairpin that saw some frantic wheelspinning and quite a few spins. For the second run I found a downhill right which was a decent watch, then walked back up through the wind turbines as the slower cars came through in the drizzle. 4 hour drive home left me feeling knackered again, 920 miles on the car and 80,000 steps on the fitbit, could've been a lot more but for the Saturday cancellation - at least the walking mitigated the Greggs and Maccy's a bit.

    Some great performances - obviously Champion winning in a Porsche is an incredible achievement, but some terrific runs further down the field for the likes of Milner and Rich, and the top 2 in the Open class, Weaver and Davison were superb too - take away their stage maximums and they'd have been knocking on the door of the top 10 overall.

    The world (and rallying in the UK) will probably look a very different place by 2023, but if anyone can pull off another amazing rally like this one it will be the team behind the RAC. How they do what they do with so little manpower I have no idea, but they have my undying gratitude for putting on such a fantastic event.

    If I get time I'll post a few photos...

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