Warrington Motor Club’s Dave Read Wins Prestigious award from Motorsport UK
Dave Read was nominated by Motor Sport (North West) Ltd and awarded the Volunteer of the Year title for his work and tireless dedication organising the North West Stages rally.
Since 1995 Dave has been the ongoing inspiration and driving force behind the successful and popular event. Holding the role of Rally Director his dogged determination and enthusiasm to manage the event has not waned in almost 25 years. He has the knowledge, talent, energy, and resourcefulness to engage support from others and has built an experienced rally management team around him.
Each year Dave has supported other team members in securing new venues suitable for stage rallying in the North West, including stately homes, army camps, water treatment works, disused chemical works and docklands. Most recently, Dave has worked to bring rallying to the public through the use of closed-road stages along New Brighton Promenade, Blackpool Promenade and Fleetwood Waterfront.
Dave said: “I am shocked but honoured to be awarded the Motorsport UK Volunteer of the year Award. Getting recognised for the work I have put in to organising rallies over the last 40 years is very much appreciated. In recent years the workload required to put on a stage rally has increased dramatically, so although the award may be getting presented to me I would like to thank all those who have worked with me to achieve our goal of Closed Road Rallying in Lancashire, you should all feel a part of this recognition.”
Victory for WDMC Club members at Three Sisters
A bumper entry of Warrington club members turned up for a very wet Adgespeed Stages Rally
Adam Williams & Rachael Atherton were on the pace throughout the day in their Williams Haulage Imprezza and managed the tricky conditions superbly awarding them with an outright win. a first for a WDMC member for some years.
Another excellent result came from Greg Williams and Richard Edwards also in a Williams Haulage Subaru Imprezza finishing 4th overall and 3rd in class
Jonny Kennedy navigating for Dave Roberts in another Imprezza came home in the top ten with 8th overall.
Steve Ellison & Sophie Landen in the Buildbase Escort finished just outside the top ten. No mean feat for a 2wd car.
Erdinc Degirmencloglu & Barry Armer in their recently recommissioned Mk1 Escort finished 23rd overall
Craig & Marcus Kennedy overcame a major oil leak in their first outing with the 1400cc Vauxhall Corsa to finish 44th overall
Finally, Craig & Danny Fairhurst overcame major misfire issues on their Ford Focus to finish 47th overall
WERN DDU CREATES NEXT GENERATION RALLY DRIVERS
Following successful events at Wern Ddu with Warrington Motor Clubs Gravel Autotests several members took up the opportunity to do their Rally BARS test at the quarry in July 2019. All completed their tests successfully and are now eligible to compete on Motorsport UK Stage Rallies.
Well done to all who made the step up to Nat B rallying
WARRINGTON CREWS TACKLE WALES RALLY GB NATIONAL EVENT
Matthew Steadman & Stephen Landen went out in the icon of RAC Rallies, The Lancia Delta Intergrale. After extensive test over the summer the team set out from Llandudno on the route following the World Rally championship cars. A steady run in typical Rally GB conditions saw them arrive back after the first day gaining in confidence in the car and the stages.
Saturday was typically wet with the crews heading towards mid Wales around classic stages such as Myherin, Dyfi & Sweet Lamb. Sadly a seal in clutch assembly gave way in the Myherin stage forcing them into retirement.
However undeterred, they plan to be back on the event in 2020
In addition, Andy Williams & Andrew Darlington were out in the Subaru Imprezza and were going very well but retired during the last day with mechanical issues