2014 SMC Stages Report

Carlisle’s Tim Finch recorded his third ever win at Weeton, six years after his last success at the venue, as he and co-driver Neil Bye were able to take a comfortable victory in their Subaru Impreza. Chorley’s Andrew Barker and Steve Mort snatched the runners-up spot with a last stage charge in their Citroen C2 VTR edging ahead of the Impreza of Richard Barnard and Chris Sharpe-Simkiss.

Scots crew Ross Fernie and John Young held an early leaders until their Impreza was forced out with gearbox problems whilst nearest challengers Graham Butler and Walter Ainsworth’s Focus WRC succumbed to an under-bonnet fire.

Andrew and Reg Irving from Cockermouth took the Class A awards after finishing thirteenth overall in their Peugeot 205 whilst the Blyth brothers, James and David, took Class B honours after finishing eighth in their Peugeot 205 GTi.

1 Tim Finch/Neil Bye (Subaru Impreza) 1hr21m15s;
2 Andrew Barker/Steve Mort (Citroen C2 VTR) 1hr22m20s;
3 Richard Barnard/Chris Sharpe-Simkiss (Subaru Impreza) 1hr22m04s;
4 David White/Mathew White (Subaru Impreza) 1hr22m56s;
5 Dave Riley/Gary Dillon (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo4) 1hr23m01s;
6 Wesley Simpson/Ryan Simpson (Ford Escort Mk2) 1hr24m28s;
7 Darren Howard/Scott Howrard (Ford Escort Mk2) 1hr25m10s;
8 James Blyth/David Blyth (Peugeot 205) 1hr26m23s;
9 Antony Dixon/Ryan Moyler (Vauxhall Astra GSi) 1hr26m51s;
10 David Gardner/Sam Bartlett (Subaru Impreza) 1hr27m21s.

Class Award Winners
A: Andrew Irving/Reg Irving (Peugeot 205);
B: Blyth/Blyth;
C: Barker/Mort;
D: Barnard/Sharpe-Simkiss.

View a gallery of photos from the 2014 SMC Stages, here.

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