Weeton’s memorial rally is unforgettable

Fylde crew Ean Lewin and Laura Taylor. Picture: www.pro-rally.co.uk
Fylde crew Ean Lewin and Laura Taylor. Picture: www.pro-rally.co.uk
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Blackpool South Shore Motor Club hosted rallying’s Keith Frecker Memorial Stages at Weeton Barracks last weekend, where 30 crews competed over 55 miles.

The rally is held annually in memory of the former club chairman and proprietor of Croppers Hairdressers in St Annes.

Run for the most part in glorious sunshine, it was the Gallagher brothers, Phil and Mick from Leeds, who took the victory spoils with their MG Metro 6R4.

They finished over a minute ahead of Wirral father and son Wesley and Ryan Simpson, who were slowed by gearbox problems with their Ford Escort Mk2.

Preston’s Peter Jackson and Steve Coombes had set the early pace, but having lost their oil filler cap midway through stage three they were forced to retire their Escort as ominous sounds came from the engine.

It was then left to Chris Collie, who had made the long trek south from Aberdeen, to take pole position in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6.

His lead was shortlived as a complete loss of brakes saw him and co-driver Ric Wood crash out into instant retirement.

Wrea Green’s Ean Lewin, co-driven by Laura Taylor from Kirkham, finished ninth overall and a trouble-free run in the Dtec Fiesta also saw them take the second in Class 3 awards.

Blackpool’s Sean Ward and Matthew Daniels made a memorable rally debut, finishing 17th overall and third in Class 1 after changing a faulty oil pressure sensor on their Peugeot 205.