Mixed fortunes in Wigan

It was a day of mixed fortunes for the two Blackpool South Shore Motor Club crews who tackled last Sunday's Adgespeed Stages Rally but Blackpool driver John Stone and his co-driver Kevin Hodkinson upheld local honours with a top ten finish.''Picture courtesy of Pro-Rally Photography.

It was a day of mixed fortunes for the two Blackpool South Shore Motor Club crews who tackled last Sunday's Adgespeed Stages Rally but Blackpool driver John Stone and his co-driver Kevin Hodkinson upheld local honours with a top ten finish.''Picture courtesy of Pro-Rally Photography.

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IT was a day of mixed fortunes for the two Blackpool South Shore Motor Club crews who tackled the Adgespeed Stages Rally, but John Stone and Kevin Hodkinson upheld local honours with a top-10 finish.

It could have been a different story, however, had they not escaped hitting anything when spinning on the second of the event’s 12 stages at Wigan’s Three Sisters Race Circuit.

The incident had the trackside safety marshals running in all directions, as Stone momentarily lost control of their borrowed Ford Escort Mk2 on a patch of oil.

Fortunately, the only damage came to their stage time, as their unplanned pirouette cost them around 10 seconds.

From there, despite the fall of torrential rain that made for hazardous driving conditions, they had a clear run to finish seventh overall, and third in Class C for cars up to 2000cc.

It wasn’t such a good day for Thornton’s Andy Leech and Craig Simkiss, as they were forced to retire the Clarkson Building & Joinery-backed BMW M3 on only the second stage with crankshaft failure.

It was a bitter disappointment for the South Shore duo, who had been brimming with confidence after setting eighth fastest time on the opening stage.