Reigning Motorsport News Circuit Rally Champion Ian Woodhouse returns to Donington Park on Sunday’s Rainworth SKODA Dukeries Rally, heading a capacity entry of 80 cars. Having already had a win at Donington in March on the Imperial Commercial Volkswagen Rally, Woodhouse will be missing his usual navigator Paul Rowland, who will be away racing in the 2CV 24hrs at Snetterton, so Jason Leaf stands in.
Starting at two on his first visit to Donington, is British Asphalt Championship frontrunner, the ‘understated’ John Indri, with Ian Jones sharing his new 2.5 litre Escort.
Local man Andy Fraser is back out with his mighty Nissan V6 engined Darian at number three, while Neil Howard Memorial Stages sponsor Graham Coffey starts at four in his Fiesta WRC with Rainworth SKODA director John Atherton on the maps.
Graeme Bell/Russ Radford were second on last years Dukeries Rally and third at Donington in March so their Proton Millington is once again a strong contender starting at five. Martin Hodgson/Tony Jones were runners-up in March and third last year in their Escort, much on a par with Bell and also finished fourth on this years Circuit Rally Championship and complete this Sunday’s top six.
Seeded seventh is Bob Lowe from Nottingham who will be out to repeat his recent win on the last rally organised by Dukeries Motor Club, the Flying Fortress Stages in June. The top ten is completed by Mark Jasper/Don Whyatt’s Escort; Tim Self/Colin Mitchell’s Subaru Impreza and Chris Ransley’s spectacularly driven BMW M3.
Outside the top 10 there are several other crews who could upset the form book. Chief among them is Tommy Walster (seeded at 11) in his mighty Suzuki Swift. Tom has proved over the years to be a very quick driver in all types of front wheel drive car.
The action starts at 9.20 am and there will be eight stages of rallying at close quarters.
The full entry list can be found in the Competitor section
The Official Programme will be on sale at Donington from the Clipstone Scouts priced at just £3. The 20-page programme includes all the stage maps, the entry list and timetable plus lots of other information.
Photo is Tom Walster in his Suzuki Swift on a previous Donington Rally. (image courtesy of Kevin Money)