ASP / NETRC Championship – Warcop Stages Date Change

February 4th, 2017

We can now share the official news of the fifth qualifying round of this year’s championship, the NHMC Warcop Stages.  Due to a change in military activity on the Warcop Ranges over the weekend of 15th / 16th April, the Army has now withdrawn permission for the rally to take place at that time.  Members of the organising team have met with representatives from the MoD and Landmarc to discuss the possibility of using the venue on an alternative weekend and have agreed to take up the offer for the last weekend in May.


North Humberside Motor Club will now host the NHMC Warcop Stages on Sunday 28th May 2017.


It’s been a difficult time lately for the organisers of this ‘new’ rally to finally get the necessary clearance for a ‘suitable’ weekend for everyone from the landowners but their perseverance has paid off.  We wish them all the best as they can now move forward with confidence in their planning and competitors will get another opportunity to tackle the challenge of these popular ranges.


There will be more details in due course about the event on the event at club’s website


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ASP / NETRC Championship – Jack Frost Stages Results 2017

January 19th, 2017

Snowden takes runner’s up spot.  Driving his lovely looking and sounding Ford Escort Mark II, Rob Snowden took top points on the recent Jack Frost Stages.


The Jack Frost Stages has often produced some variable weather down the years and quite literally and regularly lived up to it’s name. Those who attended the pre event formalities on the Saturday afternoon of the 2017 event, were met with a glorious sunny day coupled with a bitter cold wind that kept air temperature down to 0oC .  The warm front that drifted in from the North West after midnight not only raised the temperatures but also brought lots of rain.  And so at 09:00 on a dark and wet miserable winter’s morning, car 1 roared into action.


Malton’s Rob Snowden and Tommy Rogers were the first championship contenders to make their mark but not on the stages. Rob believed that the weather forecast of rain all day would suit his style and decided to play his Joker card.  He might have only been 4th fastest on the opening stage but pushed into the lead on the next test and held it until the lunch halt.  By now the rain had gone and some patches of blue appeared in the sky.  Rob wasn’t sure he could hold onto the rally lead in the dry and so he proved to be correct as the more powerful cars upped their pace in the afternoon.  He had a real dice with the crew in third place, more to follow about them in the next paragraph, with only one second splitting them over the four afternoon stages.  However, the vivid orange Ford Escort crew managed to hold onto second overall and so by taking a maximum score both Rob and Tommy move to be top of their respective tables.


Finishing just 21 seconds adrift was another Ford, this one being the black Escort Mk II of Mark Jasper and Don Whyatt.  The baker from Stafford made the best possible start with quickest time on the first test.  He dropped a little time of the next 2 stages and so with the rain stopped he decided to try slick tyres on the last run before lunch.  It was the wrong choice and a 17th fastest time confirmed his thoughts that his brave move didn’t pay off this time.   Settled conditions and a good dice with the similar car of Snowden and Rogers made life interesting in the afternoon but the Glenrothes MSC crew were happy to finish in 3rd overall.


Taking 6th overall and the 1600cc class win was Stevie Irwin. His wee yellow Vauxhall Nova was 7th and 6th fastest over the opening pair of stages to get him into 6th overall.  Although the timesheets will show that five out of the next six stage times were between 13th and 16th, the man from Berwick would maintain his overall position.  Yes he lost both door mirrors, nudged a few bales and had a gearbox strapped in place for the last two stages but he still made it to the end in 6th place for a cracking result.


A mere 4 seconds further back was our current champion driver Alistair Hutchinson with Tom Bruce strapped into the silly seat this time.  Alistair was trying some different tyres and they just didn’t work for him in the early runs.  He came out of SS1 in a lowly 25th place and although things did improve, he was still down in 17th at the lunch halt.  The afternoon stages were much better and he took 3 top 6 times out of 4 stages, despite out braking himself while overtaking the Lindsays on the final test, to claw his way back up to 7th overall and also take another class win.


Another 4 seconds, but 2 places behind, were Kenny Moore and Richard Wardle.  Once again they wheeled out their lovely Hillman Avenger, this time having done a little work to lower the suspension by 30 mm.  This little tweak certainly helped as they were setting times just outside the top ten all day with only stage 3 slowing them a little after the car they were chasing blew it’s turbo and sprayed oil all over the Hillman’s windscreen.


Finishing in 11th overall were Neil Prior and Peter Littlefield in the Subaru Impreza.  The morning tests went well and they were happily sitting in 8th at the halfway.  A change to different tyres in the first pair of drying afternoon stages didn’t work and they slipped down the order before reverting onto known working tyres pulled them back up to 11th at the end.


Next up were the father and son pairing from Rotherham, David and Mathew White.  They’ve found some success with a Subaru Impreza in recent times but decided to move to a Ford Fiesta.  This is an ex M Sport R2 car and David was beaming about the little car which ran perfectly all day; 12th overall and 2nd in class 2 being their result.


Next up was Durham’s Andy Brown sitting alongside the non-registered Ben Cree.  This was their prize drive of a free run out in a Mitsubishi Evo9 and they finished in 13th.  Just 3 seconds behind was another father and son pairing, this one being Chris and Peter McCallum although Peter’s not registered for the championship.  Once again Peter was driving his immaculate Ford Escort MkII and set off into the opening test with a set of brand new wet tyres all round.  His reward was 6th fastest but unfortunately it was a standard he couldn’t maintain for the rest of the day.  He slipped to 11th after 4 runs and his cause wasn’t helped when he had to complete the last pair of stages without power steering.  He would be classified as 14th at the end and 3rd in class.


Next up in a rather lowly, well by their standards, 15th place were our ex champions, Barry and Michael Lindsay.    The Spadeadam crew felt frustrated as the stage layouts didn’t suit so well in the morning having to follow but not being able to get past some ‘faster cars’; however but he did look a bit happier in the afternoon.  He had to change the alternator after SS2 and the replacement gave up the ghost on the last stage too so he was a bit lucky to make it to the end.  The timesheets showed us that Barry’s getting back to some of his old form despite these issues so maybe his bad luck during 2016 was restricted to that year.


From a rather low seeding of 60, our son and father from Alnwick, Graham and David Malthouse, made some great improvements to finish in 17th position.  Graham was happy with his tyre choice and took 12th fastest on the opening stage.  He couldn’t quite keep that pace up all day and lost some more time on stage 7 when he damaged his light pod attacking one of the many straw bale chicanes.


Finishing in 19th position was Ben Wilson in his Citroen AX.  The youngster didn’t have his Dad sitting in with him this time yet he was leading his class all day and comfortably inside the top 20.  However, it all when wrong on the final stage as he had a big, time consuming spin that cost about a minute.  This dropped him 6 places down the order but he still managed to take the class victory.  Perhaps he missed his Dad keeping him right …


And rounding off the rally’s top twenty were John Stone with Shona Hale sitting in with him on this occasion.  John’s two rally cars weren’t available for this event so he managed to persuade Martin Wilkinson at CA1 Sport to let him use what John described as the nicest MkII Escort that he’s ever seen. The tricky conditions weren’t an ideal way to learn such a new, powerful car and a couple of early spins onto the grass were the outcome.  John almost managed his mission of not damaging this pristine version of Henry Ford’s creation until stage 6 when a bale moved into the nearside front wheel arch …


The West Cumbria crew of Stephen Bethwaite and Ann Forster were next in the 1400cc Vauxhall Nova.  They enjoyed a good consistent run with only a little door damage from ‘bale kissing’ but most folk couldn’t see the damage.  Their result was a fine 22nd overall and 2nd in class.


Next up was Kev Wilson who’s forsaken his son Ben to sit in with one of Ben’s friends.  This young fella was just out on his second rally in a Ford Fiesta and managed the best improvement on seeding as he moved up 50 places from starting at 76. Bruce Lindsay was co-driving for Dave Johnstone again in his Peugeot 205 and with another clean run took them to 34th overall.


Kev Monaghan and Chris Purvis rolled out his Ford Escort Maxi after a 16-month layoff and it was good to see a nice, different car.  Lack of match practice showed as ‘Auld Victor’ tried hard not to damage his shiny motor but the car was reliable all day and the Tynemouth crew enjoyed their day on the way to 38th.


A couple of places later came John Nicholson in his Ford Escort RS2000.  John teamed up with Kari Bates for this event and struggled with the lack of power steering in his ‘historic spec’ car around the chicanes.  Perhaps that’s why he relies on his service crew keeping him going with great pasta at each halt.  Dave Boyes jumped into another Escort with an unregistered driver, Paul Lawrence, to pick up a couple more championship points.


Our father and son duo from Lauder, Nigel and Callum Atkinson were our next finishers.  Their Mitsubishi Evo9 retired at last April’s rally in Ingliston with drivetrain issues and has been refettled at a famous workshop close to Jim Clark Rally stages.  It was only collected on the day before this event so Nigel had no chance to check it out.  He needn’t have worried as the car was working well to usher them up to 14th at halfway.  Unfortunately on the next test a puncture cost them dearly and they suffered with a stage maximum.  This dropped them down to 59th place and they only recovered 6 places by the finish.


Colin Butler / Andrew Hutchinson were next in the ex Hutchinson ‘Tango Clio”.  As ever, Colin was enjoying himself without setting the world alight with stage times and happy to make it to the finish in 54th place.


Jimmy Knox was making his annual appearance driving his BMW E3.  Jimmy can sometimes be seen sitting alongside his brother Kevin on the Otterburn events but this time he had his nephew Karl in the silly seat rather than his son Alastair – true family rallying !  A poor choice of tyres meant Jimmy kept the spectators alert all day but he had a fun time out.


Jeff and Owen Malthouse had a steady, clean run to 57th in their Peugeot 205.  No dramas to report, just Jeff wishes he was 20 years younger and could attack corners without any fear like he once did.  And our final points scorer was Harry Marchbank who was co-driving for the non registered Liam Harkness in his Subaru Impreza to 59th overall.


We did lose some of our registered contenders before MTC2 and the first to go was Ed Todd when the ‘wee beastie’, GTM Coupe to most of us, sheared it’s wheel studs on the nearside rear corner; Lee Hasting was next in line as he skipped the final stage to take his co-driver back to the airport for his flight back to Dublin and our final retiree was Des Campbell.  The man from Coldstream was having a much better day after his tyre troubles on the Christmas Stages and was comfortably inside the top ten overall all day.  Unfortunately on the last stage his Peugeot 206 stopped with a broken bolt in the gear linkage.


This year’s event didn’t perhaps live up to it’s name on the day of the but it still provided a challenge to the 75 starters.  Steve Gibson and Craig Hope with all their team from Darlington and DMC are to be thanked for all their efforts in coming up with a testing rally.


And finally for this bulletin, an update on our next event.  The Legend Fires North West Stages will this year take place on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th February; that’s 3 weeks later than usual.  Motor Sport (North West) Limited are this year scheduling a more compact route using four venues and reducing road mileage.   There will be 10 miles of competition on Friday night and another 60 plus competitive miles on the Saturday.  As is customary now the Rally Headquarters will once again be the Norbreck Castle Hotel, with its unrivalled facilities enabling Scrutineering, indoor Parc Ferme and Champagne finish ceremony all within the hotels own Exhibition Hall. There will be a new layout to the adjacent ‘Rally Village’.  The hotel has maintained the same very favourable accommodation rates so no doubt every one of the 450 hotel rooms will be fully booked.  The entry list opened in mid December and quickly filled up with a list of reserves created too.  Unfortunately some crews have already dropped out so that anyone considering contesting the rally should contact the entries secretary Ann McCormack as soon as possible.  There’s more on the event at

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ASP / NETRC Championship 2017 – Jim Clark Rally Cancellation

January 12th, 2017

The organisers of the Jim Clark Rally, the Jim Clark Memorial Motor Club, issued a statement yesterday about this year’s event.  In brief they are saying that a decision by insurers has forced the cancellation of this year’s rally.  They also air concerns that the future of the event is now in serious jeopardy.  A full version of this statement can be found at


The event was scheduled to take place on Saturday 27th May 2017 and be the sixth qualifying round of our championship.


Article 5 of our championship regulations states “The Championship will consist of ten rounds and competitor’s best scores on sevenrounds will count.  If through force majeure an event is cancelled or a date is changed, the Championship reserves the right to accept any change of date and/or adjust the number of counting rounds.”


Therefore it has been decided to amend the scoring this year so that a competitor’s best scores on SIX rounds will count from the NINE rallies run.

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ASP / NETRC Championship 2017 – Christmas Stages Results 2016

January 2nd, 2017

Max score for ex champ.  The Christmas Stages run once again at Croft Circuit near Darlington kicked off our 2017 championship on Bank Holiday Tuesday.  Our 2012 champion driver Paul Swift came away a maximum set of points by finishing 2nd to event winner Guy Smith and playing his ‘Joker’, ensured that the local boy made the best possible start to our new year.


The days leading up to the rally were extremely windy as storm Connor left his mark on a cold Christmas but once the set up crews went home on Boxing Day, a wonderful calm descended of this converted wartime airfield in North Yorkshire.  A couple of degrees of frost welcomed crews to the opening test and some occasional icy patches would keep drivers on their toes.  But for the hardy spectators, it might have felt a little warm under the sunny blue sky and 7oC heat.


Paul Swift had his wife Jessica sitting alongside him in his usual Ford Escort MkII and opened his account with a couple of 4thfastest times.  He complained of some baulking that didn’t help his cause but managed to hold onto 3rd overall at the lunch halt.  Some brake issues solved by a little bleed and then a change of steering arm after contact with a substantial object did little to hinder progress and they would eventually finish rally runners up.  They head into 2017 with a very healthy lead in the championship.


Taking 2nd placed championship points were car 87, Neil Prior and Peter Littlefield.  This was only Neil’s second rally in a Subaru Impreza and the improved performance of the car belied his running order on the road.  Although their poor seeding didn’t help them on the stages, after the first test the Tynemouth crew were 11th fastest and continued this upward progresses to 7th at halfway.   They were a bit concerned about the engine’s high water temperature during the afternoon runs but were very happy to end the day still in 7th position.


Rounding off the rally’s top ten and taking 3rd championship place were contenders Stevie Irwin and Ian Middleton.  The man from Berwick was driving his usual Vauxhall Nova and happy with his almost trouble free day despite some reservations about the gearbox and nudging the odd bale.  Winning the rally’s 1600cc class was a bonus too.  Five seconds adrift of the yellow Nova was the red Nova of non registered Andy Fawcett along with Chris Purvis who was happy to relive their 2 wheeled moment as they copied one of Paul Swift’s stunts.


Des Campbell made the trip over the border into Englandshire for the rally and made a disastrous start but admitted it was a poor choice of tyres by the driver.  He completed SS1 in 64th place so was chasing the opposition thereafter.  With the right rubber, he made it up to 23rd at lunchtime and 12th place at the finish to head back north again a happier man.  And 9 seconds further back were Mark and Andrew Constantine in their red class 2 Vauxhall Corsa.   Breaking a drive shaft on stage 4 just when they’d made it into the top ten spoilt their good day.  The 30 seconds lost dropped them a handful of places but they made it back up to 13th overall by the end of the day.


Mark Burton and Zoe Wright made a return to the championship with their unusual Ford XR2.  From a start number of 48 they showed their pace to end the first pair of stages in 21st overall.  A driveshaft problem on stage 4 dropped them sometime but this was sorted out in service.  They kept their chief mechanic busy in the afternoon too with a brake calliper change and ended up in 15th place.


And 7 seconds behind came our championship winning Renault Clio, CUB.  Alistair Hutchinson was relegated to the role of team manager for the day as his nephew Andrew took on the task of pushing the pedals and turning the wheel with Alistair’s son Joe sitting alongside him.  He quickly adapted to the car and the lads enjoyed a blast with Andrew’s only comment at the final control being “What an awesome car!”  Well done to Uncle Alistair for loaning Andrew the car for his first competitive drive …


A mere 3 seconds further back were newcomers to our championship, Ben and Kev Wilson.  Driving something a bit different, a Citroen AX, these guys pushed the little 1400cc powered car to a fine 17th overall and 3rd in class.  Their only worry was around the clutch and cable with very little adjustment but it held out to the finish line and helped them record a great result.  Hopefully they’ll provide some good opposition in the forthcoming rallies to our current class titleholder.


Next up were Tony and Aston Blake in a Porsche 911.  The boys from Ripon are more used to racing this car but with a few changes can quickly make it rally ready. They enjoyed a good day despite clouting a straw bale on the opening test and finding themselves down in 57th position.  After some confidence building on the next stage they found a good rhythm to move up the order to end the day just inside the top twenty.


The gorgeous orange mark two Ford Escort of Rob Snowden and Tommy Rogers had a challenging event that records them finishing in 27th overall. The day opened with a sensible 15th fastest but on the rerun over the same stage the throttle cable snapped and they plummeted down the order to 77th position.  Once rectified in service, they Malton crew recorded top ten times in all the remaining 6 stages to regain some pride and respectability as they gained 50 places.


Bruce Lindsay was alongside his non-registered driver, Dave Johnstone, in a Peugeot 205 this time.  Low fuel pressure and clutch problems slowed them a bit on their way to 29th overall.  John Nicholson was next with the non-registered Bill Lymburn sitting in the left hand seat for a change.  John couldn’t seem to get into a good driving mood in the morning but then the times improved in the afternoon, perhaps he’s prefers to go anticlockwise around the circuit ?  The unregistered John Hepworth enlisted the services of Dave Boyes to guide him to 36th place.


Next up was the Tango Clio crew by Colin Butler and St John Dykes.  The local crew had a clean run to 40th just ahead of Geoffrey Harkness / Caroline Lodge.  The Spadeadam pairing were making steady progress up the timesheets from 31st to 24thafter stage 5 when a little incident just after the start of SS6 slowed them up.  They, or Geoff to be precise, clobbered something coming out of a tightened right and shot across the grass.   Geoff felt he had no steering or drive and announced that they had a wheel off.  When the car stopped, they jumped out to look at the car and both confirmed they still had 2 wheels their side of the car so carried on to the finish.  It’s sometimes a good thing to stop mid stage to count the wheels on your wagon before continuing.


The husband and wife team of Nigel and Helen Harkness were glad to see the final control as they felt the head gasket had finally gone on their little Vauxhall Corsa.  They, or perhaps just Nigel, have some midnight oil to burn in the days ahead as they are planning to return to Croft for the Jack Frost Stages in just over 2 weeks.  Mark Casey was next sitting in the silly seat of Gordon Watson’s Peugeot 205 and they had a steady run to 46th overall.  Next were a couple of youngsters from Whickham MC, Karl Knox and Ewan Tindall.  This was only Karl’s second rally in his Vauxhall Nova so he continues to learn about the car and driving.  Completing the rally and gaining more seat time was his priorities so he was a happy man at the end of the day despite hitting a few tyres and bales on the way.  Ewan has just completed another successful season in both the Scottish and English Junior championships so was having a fun day out in ‘the other seat’.


Our final classified finishers were Berwick’s Jeff and Owen Malthouse in the Peugeot 205 and Ann Forster guiding Neil Raven in his 1400 Peugeot 106.  No problems reported by either crew just a few spins.


There were very few retirements and the first to head home early were Michael Thomas and Ken Bills after they picked up a puncture on stage 2; Andrew Roughead was called in to look after multiple event winner Kevin Proctor but they retired due to a misfire on stage 3 whilst the leading the rally; Ed Todd / Andy Brown retired the little GTM Coupe when the wee red beastie dumped out all it’s gearbox oil while waiting to start stage 5; our champion co-driver Richard Wardle called it a day after breaking a shaft on stage 2 and then again on stage 6 and our final Dad and Daughter pairing of Bill and Kari Bates retired after taking a stage maximum on SS6 caused by low fuel pressure.


Once again we must offer our thanks to Ian Jackson and all his team at Northallerton Motor Club for another well run rally and fitting in some cracking weather too.


There’s only a couple of weeks break before we’re back at Croft again for the Jack Frost Stages Rally in association with Cartersport.  This year’s event will take place on Sunday 15th January and the entry list has been open for sometime now.  The organisers will take 90 starters and are currently about one dozen shy from being full.  Anyone considering contesting the rally have until the 5th January to enter and there’s more on the event at

And finally for now a quick mention about round 3 of this year’s championship, the North West Stages.  Taking place three weeks later this year on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th February will be the 20th running of the Legend Fires sponsored North West Stages.  Similar to the Jack Frost Stages, Motor Sport (North West) Limited are already taking entries and have already passed their target of 110 plus reserves.  The link for full details of this event is


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ASP / NETRC Championship 2017 – Christmas Stages 2016

December 26th, 2016

We’re ready for the 2017 championship.  We finally have our championship registration approved so it’s all systems go for our new year.  As ever we’ve stuck with a tried and tested formula that has served the championship well over the years and only tweaked a couple of things as we look to try and continually improve the championship.


Once again it’s great to have the continuity in that we have AS Performance as our title sponsor.  This is the 9th consecutive year that Alyn Stockton has supported the championship and we’re delighted to have him along with us once more.


Those of you who attended our recent awards presentation will already be aware of the slight change to next year’s qualifying rounds.  We hope that the organisers of the Jim Clark Rally will be able to make progress with the planning of their return to closed roads rallying next year.  The recent announcement of a Fatal Accident Inquiry to look at the events on their 2014 event as well as the 2013 Snowman Rally takes everyone into unknown territory.  We may see some progress in the short term or it could take quite some time.


We’re also including a new event in this year’s calendar, the NHMC Warcop Stages.  We welcome new organisers using a familiar venue and wish North Humberside Motor Club every success in their new venture.


There’s no change to the scoring system or the supplementary Regulations for next year other than we have withdrawn the class for vehicles classified as Historic Cars due to the poor take up.


There’s also a refresh of the History page of this website with a look back at some images of our recent championship winning drivers and co-drivers collecting their awards.


The opening rally is the traditional and very popular Christmas Stages Rally. This event will run next week on Tuesday 27thDecember and will be based as usual at the Croft Circuit.  The entry list is already oversubscribed and so we’ll start the year with a full entry.  For more information, go to the rally website

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ASP / NETRC Championship Entries Rev Up For 2017

December 10th, 2016

Although the 2017 championship is very much in draft mode at the moment as we await MSA approval, the first three rallies are already taking shape.  As usual we will kick off the new year’s championship with a rally in the old year – the Swift Signs Christmas Stages Rally.  Run at Croft Circuit on Tuesday 27thDecember, it’s the ideal excuse to get away from the Christmas festivities and get a fix of some top class rallying.  Entries for this popular rally opened a few weeks ago and quickly passed the maximum permitted number of 90 starters.  The organisers plan to seed the lucky ones after the 9th December so keep an eye on the event website of for further updates.


The next rally will be the aptly named Jack Frost Stages that is scheduled for Sunday 15th January.  Darlington and District Motor Club are planning another rally similar to the Christmas Stages in that they will utilise the same venue and we can expect similar competitive mileage.  The weather is often a little wintry on this rally and it throws up some unexpected conditions, driving and results.  The rally organisers are still awaiting a permit from the MSA but do hope to have this sorted out very soon and therefore are planning to open entries on Monday 12th December at 19:00.  The link for this rally is


And finally for now, a quick mention about round 3 of the championship, the 20th running of the Legend Fires North West Stages.  Plans are well under way for this rally that will continue to be based at the Norbreck Castle Hotel in Blackpool.  There has been a change of date this time and the event will run 3 weeks later than usual meaning the action takes place on Friday 24thand Saturday 25th February.  The rally is expected to retain a similar format to 2016 and the Regulations have just been published.  However, we do know that the on-line entries system will be available on Saturday 10th December 2016 at 09:00 hours. The event is extremely popular and has historically filled very quickly, so get your entry in early.  There’s more at

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ASP / NETRC Championship Evening 2016

November 26th, 2016

Our Winners Big Night Out.  The final event of the 2016 championship was the annual awards presentation and once again it was held at the Pelaw Grange Stadium, this time on Wednesday 23rdNovember.  Another good crowd made it to the ‘do’ to see Scott Martin presenting the trophies to the lucky few.  He proved to be an excellent choice as our guest with his very well presented and informative views.  A great insight into rallying at the very highest level – Top Man !  We could have talked all night … but there was food to be eaten and alcohol to be consumed.



The good news for next year’s championship is that AS Performance will continue to support the series and this will be their 9th year as title sponsor.  The qualifying events for the 2017 calendar remain similar to 2016 with a slightly expanded list of rallies on offer.  We hope to add the NHMC Warcop Stages and Jim Clark Rally to our current rounds.


Keep your eyes on the championship website for regulations as we’re just waiting for our permit application to be approved by the MSA.


Photographs of all the 2016 award winners are now available on the NETRC Facebook Page  - click here

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ASP / NETRC Christmas Stages 2016

November 4th, 2016

We may have only just turned the calendar over into November but already thoughts are turning towards our championship for next year.  There has been lots of work going on behind the scenes already and plans are still fluid for the full list of qualifying rounds but it is safe to say that the opening round will be the Christmas Stages as usual.


This rally will take place on Tuesday 27th December and once again will utilise the roads and facilities at Croft Racing Circuit.  The organisers are planning to run 8 special stages that cover about 45 competitive miles. The Supplementary Regulations for the rally are now available with the online entry system going live on Tuesday the 8th November at 20:00.  The organisers are lucky in that the most recent year’s rallies have run with a full entry and this year the first 80 entries received are guaranteed with the remaining 10 place being decided at the organiser’s discretion.


Anyone planning on doing the event should be making the entry application their priority on this Tuesday evening, 8thNovember.  For more information, go to the event website at

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Whiteline Sprint Series – Cadwell Park 2016 Report

November 3rd, 2016

The sixth and final round of the Whiteline 22B Sprint Series saw a new name at the top of the time sheets: Dave Coe, who won class S3 and in doing so, set the fastest time of the day. George Rigby claimed the honours in Class S2, with A lan Tait doing likewise for the third event in succession in Class S1.

Tait’s string of victories enabled him to secure the 2016 title for the category for fast-road specification cars, whereas in Classes S2 for track specification cars and S3 for cars with unlimited modifications, both this year’s winners – Joe Cross and Olly Clark – had wrapped up their respective titles on the previous round and therefore, had opted not to compete this weekend

Although not taking part, Clark however, was in attendance. The RCM team had brought Gobstopper II to the track and in between the competitive sessions, he demonstrated just what this beast of a machine was capable of as the Class S3 title-holder carried out a series of exhibition runs.

The 2016 Whiteline 22B Sprint Series finale took place on Saturday 29th October at what is regarded as – due to its elevations and character – the most enjoyable circuit to drive in the UK: Cadwell Park. Aiming to provide competitors with the longest course possible, series organisers erected the start timing beam just to the left of the paddock entrance road at the top of a section known as ‘The Mountain’ and located the flying finish after Mansfield thereby allowing drivers time to slow down before returning to the paddock..

Following the compulsory sighting run and the morning’s three practice runs, the competitive action got underway as soon as possible and, with the weather dry, bright and cool, conditions were almost perfect for a day of high-speed motorsport. However, as it transpired, some drivers found the ambience a little too encouraging and a series of delays were caused by a variety of competitor excursions, which meant that a maximum of four competitive runs was to be the order of the day.

Fastest on the two opening runs was Tim Bedford in his WRX Impreza, whose fastest-out-of-the-blocks strategy posted a target on his back. Consequently, driving his STI Subaru, Coe responded to the challenge and on the third run set what was to become the fastest time of the day. He was closely shadowed by John Stevenson in his Type R Impreza, who set a time just 0.37 secs slower and consequently claimed second place.

Such were their efforts on the third run, the overall and Class S3 positions remained unchanged following run four and therefore, the category podium comprised Coe, Stevenson and Bedford – in that order.

In contrast, the battle for S2 honours was a less intense affair, with Rigby enjoying a relatively unchallenged day in his Spec C Impreza. Second place went to Chris Hetherington in an STI, with third going to Clive Fulcher who, for the final, was driving his Impreza wagon.

Driving his STI, Malcolm McDonald was first to lead the S1 Class but, even after missing out on the first competitive run, it didn’t take long for Tait to get up to speed and assume his regular position at the front of the fast-road category field. He was followed home by Adrian Bristow in a Type RA Impreza, who set the second-fastest S1 time on the final run of the day.
At the end of the event organisers were delighted to learn that the competitors had hailed the day a great success. Plans for 2017 are now being discussed and an announcement is expected in the next few weeks.

The 2016 Whiteline Sprint Series is sponsored by: Whiteline Performance Suspension, AS Performance, Chevron Motorsport and Area 52 Autosport.

Increasing the series’ profile this year is the addition of live commentary and video filming at every round that will be broadcast throughout the season on social media.

Round 6 Class Winners
Class Class sponsor Driver Car Time
S1 AS Performance Alan Tait Impreza WRX 1:31.31
S2 Chevron Motorsport George Rigby Impreza Spec C 1:24.02
S3 Area 52 Autosport Dave Coe Impreza STI 1: 22.53 (FTD)
2016 end of season standings
Class Class sponsor Driver Car
S1 AS Performance Alan Tait Impreza WRX
S2 Chevron Motorsport Joe Cross Impreza Type RA
S3 Area 52 Autosport Olly Clark Impreza Type R

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ASP / NETRC Awards Evening 2016

October 22nd, 2016

The details of the Awards Evening are now firmed up and our guest is organised. As the results from the recent Ford Parts Cheviot Stages Rally are now final, we can get all the trophies engraved and handed out once more.

As is the ‘norm’ nowadays, the Awards Evening will be our final “event” of the year. And sticking with recent tradition, it will be held at the Pelaw Grange Stadium in Birtley and will take place on Wednesday the 23rd November. A few more details for anyone who has not joined us before on how to find the venue; the postal address, is Pelaw Grange Stadium, Drum Road, Chester le Street, Co Durham; if you’re relying on a satellite navigation system – the post code is DH3 2AF and for all the navigators out there you’ll be able to find it on OS map 88, the reference is 271537.

The guest speaker will be Scott Martin, one of the world’s leading co-drivers and currently guides Craig Breen in the WRC. After handing out the awards to the lucky winners, there will be the usual hot buffet and the chance to catch up with everyone over a drink. There will also be the latest news of the 2017 series.


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