The special award winners from the seventh and eighth rounds of the 2017 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship, Rally Isle of Man (14th-16th September) have been announced.
Championship newcomers Ken Graham and Rory McCann collected the award for the ‘Best Improvement on Seeding’, which is a set of axle brake pads from Mintex. They pushed their 1600cc Hillman Avenger up to 15th place in the historic field and won Category 2 in the process.
The ‘Spirit of the Rally’ product award from Fuchs Lubricants went to Andrew Stokes and Adrian McNally. They were innocent parties in a head-on collision involving Belgian driver Peter Tsjoen during the pre-event recce and were left bruised and battered in the accident that wrote off their recce car.
However, they were determined to start and battled on to achieve Andrew’s ambition of finishing the rally in the Ford Escort Mk1 that his late brother David took to many successes on the island. Despite losing four minutes to a fuel pump problem, they finished 16th in the historic field and missed Category 2 victory by 16s.
Finally, Rudi Lancaster won the ‘Hard Charger’ award of a 20-litre jerry can from Green Valley Industrial Supplies. With co-driver Guy Weaver, Lancaster pushed hard right through the rally to score an excellent result on the toughest round of the championship.