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Jack Frost 2010

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Paul Swift and Andrew Lees were the fastest crew on the recent Jack Frost Rally but Jack Morton is the new name on everyone’s lips. And the reason is not simply because he was on his second ever rally and finished 4th overall. It’s also because he’s just 15 years old, a navigator and his calm attitude in coping with the pressure of being second / third overall for most of the 8 stage event. Jack’s first rallying experience was a couple of weeks earlier when he contested the Christmas Stages in a 1400cc Vauxhall Nova but he was totally cool about everything happening a lot faster on the stages. Although Morton’s driver wasn’t registered for the championship, he is a renowned tarmac driving expert and the youngster is certainly a name to watch out for in the future.

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A new crew to this year’s championship is Michael Glendinning and Andrew Roughead in an Escort Mark II. The Tyne Valley pairing reported no problems and Michael’s commitment and reliability saw him hold 8th and 9th place for 7 of the day’s 8 stages. They would end up just 3 seconds shy of the Singers and were rewarded with 3rd registered crew and their first good haul of points this year after a disastrous Christmas Stages.

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A quick mention of one more new name to the championship – another youngster to watch in the coming days is Chris Grieve. He was driving an ex Peugeot Super Cup 106, on his first rally, and although he had to contend with clutch problems, the North Tyne man used his experience from the Legends Racing Series to good effect and his commitment was rewarded with an excellent 13th overall. That was just 10 seconds behind the current champions Barry and Michael Lindsay in a similar car. Yes the Lindsays did have a little problem with a slipping clutch on the last couple of stages and they would lose some time. However, the son and father crew still managed to claim maximum points in the class. They’ll have to watch their backs on forthcoming events though as it looks like this will be a hotly contested class again in 2010.

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And what happened to some of the fancied runners ? Well, the Thompsons retired their Peugeot 206 with gearbox failure on stage 1 and were quickly joined by Steve Doherty / Peter Grant when they ventilated the block of their Ford Escort on the same stage. Billy McLelland actually completed the first stage before retiring with a blown turbo on his Mitsubishi Evo V. And more gearbox woes would see the end of Chris Myers / Matt Whattam ( Mitsubishi Evo IX ) from a fine 3rd overall and the Wigan crew of Martin Farrar and Andy Ward in the Subaru Impreza.

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A big thank you must go to Terry Wright and his team at Darlington Motor Club for putting on another slick event, the Cartersport Jack Frost Stages. Perhaps they were a little bit luckier than the guys from the Christmas Stages as they didn’t have the full force of the weather against them but they still put in extra snow clearing efforts in the week leading up to the rally. Rally day passed off as a pleasantly mild, sunny day that was a huge change from 2 weeks earlier. And although it was the same racing circuit used 15 days apart, there was sufficient variation in the layout to give the rally it’s own challenge and character.

 
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