Chris Anderson from Butterknowle, 21 years old, working for Wilkinson Maintenance Ltd, winning the DCC Ingliston Stages rally at The Edinburgh Showground last weekend.
This now leaves Chris and his Co-Driver Chris Thirling leading the AS Performance North of England Tarmacadam Rally Championship after 4 rounds, with a further 6 to go, the next outing is the Jim Clark Memorial Rally on 31st May and 1st June on the closed roads around Duns and Kelso in the Scottish Borders.
This event will be televised and shown on Motors TV a couple of weeks after the event. We would also officially like to welcome our new Sponsor, Spice Lounge, not only The Best Indian Restaurant in Bishop Auckland, but recognised by ‘Trip Advisor’ as The No1 Restaurant out of all the 28 listed in Bishop Auckland, many thanks to Izzy for his support.
A big thank you once again to all the Sponsors:- Wilkinson Maintenance Ltd, Commercial Property Maintenance and Refurbishment, Durham John Cullerton & Sons Ltd, Electrical Contractors, Durham Baxter & Pattison Decorators, Sunderland Mitchells Grievson Accountants, Bishop Auckland and Barnard Castle Kelco FM, Cleaning and Flood restoration, Sunderland Scurator Engineers, Saltburn 3M Peltor, Global Spice Lounge, Indian Restaurant and Takeaway, Bishop Auckland.
Another rally win for Chris Anderson and Chris Thirling. After their splendid 3rd overall on the North West Stages, the Durham crew followed up with an emphatic victory at the DCC Stages.
From the off they’d opted for caution for the first tight square left into the complex as a mixture of cold tyres, loose mud / debris could have spoilt the whole day before it had even started. No dramas to the flying finish and they were both happy with the run through SS1 – although the rear tyres had gone off before the end of the stage. The little Fiesta had dropped only 1 second to the fastest time but with a 4 second lead over those behind.
Pupils from Framwellgate School in Durham take part in a maths challenge with rally driver Chris Anderson
STUDENTS were given a maths lesson with a difference when rally drivers Chris Anderson and Chris Thirling drove into their school.
More than 100 Framwellgate School Durham students aged 14 to 18 were invited to work with the local drivers to inspire them about engineering and racing, but to also understand how they use mathematics every time they race.
Another first for Chris Anderson. After his excellent 2nd overall on the recent Tyneside Stages, he managed to go one better and top the podium for the first time ever to win the Lindisfarne Rally outright. But it wasn’t an easy victory as Peter Taylor would push him hard all day long and only lose out by the narrowest of margins.
With confidence sky high after their last outing, Anderson with Chris Thirling sitting alongside him in the Ford Fiesta started stage 1 with a plan of maximum attack. It worked, as they were 9 seconds faster in 7.7 miles over of Peter Taylor’s Renault Clio.
A personal best for Chris Anderson. And partnered as usual by Chris Thirling, the youngster from Durham beat off a host of quicker machinery from the country’s national championship to take a magnificent 2nd overall on this weekend’s Tyneside Stages. He also bagged his second maximum score this year in our championship - the first driver to manage this feat.
The rally was organised by Alnwick and Berwick Motor Clubs once more and is the first of our final four rallies that are run over military range roads. It followed a similar format to last year with 9 tests for 66 crews and was sponsored again by Wilkinson Maintenance and Alba Water. As ever, the weather in the Redesdale Riviera was cooler and more changeable that the rest of the country was experiencing but the day dawned cloudy and dry.
The Beemer is back. Andy Davison and Mike Curry were back together again in the BMW M3 to take the top crew award on the Jim Clark National Rally. The car has been out of commission this year getting rebuilt and finally made it’s return on the closed public roads of Berwickshire. On the opening 2 short tests in Duns, the car wasn’t suited to the tight stuff and they would go to bed on Friday night in 39th place. However, come the morning and a chance to stretch legs and use their power on some long straights, they quickly moved up to 14th at service. Progress on the repeated loop of 4 stages continued as they moved up to 12th before dropping time and 3 places over the final 2 stages. The car was it’s usual reliable self and exceptionally quick as the smile on the driver’s face confirmed.
Driving their usual Ford Fiesta, Chris Anderson and Chris Thirling snatched a last stage ‘victory’ to claim the maximum championship points in Specsavers Christmas Stages Rally. The day dawned with the roads of Croft race circuit covered in patches of ice from a little overnight frost but this was quickly warmed up by the morning January sun. As the day wore on we also endured some wind and a couple of heavy showers with the sunny periods - quite a change from the recent year’s snow and ice. However, there were still enough variable conditions to keep competitors on their toes.