The first official day of racing had a lot better weather than the prologue. Twenty-seven teams showed up at the start line for the first stage of leg one. That included all four teams from the Classic division. Missing from the Modern Class were Hiscott and Cline in their 1995 Mitsubish Lancer Evo. The Open Class was missing Scott and Mikey Waterman in their 2002 Subaru WRX, while the Grand Touring Class had lost Hume and Crant in their 2011 BMW 335is. Too bad! Hiscott and Cline seem to have switched cars and classes and are now in the Open division with a Toyota Corolla.
Four teams left the road at some point during the day’s eight stages, with one being taken to hospital for observation as a precaution. At the end of the day, here’s where the four divisions stood. I’m basing this on the results posted on the website, which don’t always agree with the press releases.
It’s the battle of the Fords, with three of the four cars sporting the blue oval. In first place by ten seconds are Gill and Didcock in their Ford RS 1800, followed closely by Rogers and Strupp in their Mustang. Four minutes and 58 seconds behind are Brunner and Laitenberg in their Mustang GT, with Wiltshire and Wiltshire a further 21 seconds behind in their Porsche 911.
Of the 11 cars that started in the morning, all 11 finished. Four teams are tied for first, with another three less than a minute behind them. So we have Hume and Bartleet in their BMW M3, Aweida and Aweida in their Mustang FR500S, Oldford and Oldford in their Subaru WRX STI, and Mepham and Solecki in their Mini Cooper S JCW, all with no time penalties so far. Even the backrunners, Deshaies and McKenzie in their Kia Forte Koup SX, are only 9:23 behind.
All 8 cars that started the day finished. Bergeron and Kirby in their Subaru STI are tied with Davenport and Benson in their Subaru WRX with 0 time points. Five seconds behind are Hiscott and Cline in a Toyota Corolla. Another five seconds behind are Atkinson and Tarrant in their Acura Integra.
Again, all 7 cars that started finished. There are four teams tied for first, with no time penalties. We have McDonald and Fuller in their Audi A6, Riddell and DeLange in their BMW 135i, MacMullen and Russell in their Mini Countryman JCW, and Trickett and Trickett in their Audi S4.
Next up: Day Two