Palin Stages - Manby
duo Kevin Perks and Gary Bellis achieved their best result so far on Saturday
9th October 2004. The pair were competing on the "HAROLD PALIN MEMORIAL STAGES
RALLY" at Manby in Lincolnshire, the event being jointly run by Eastwood & District
Motor Club & The Civil Service Motoring Association.
the stages used on the event utilised a two lap formulae by the use of splits
and merge junctions, this not only gave the competing crews more mileage it also
made for some exciting moments for the spectators as two cars could often be running
together on some sections of a stage.
1 was on 100% sealed surface, the Subaru Impreza of Kevin & Gary taking a respectable
time of 5min 24 secs to complete the 5.8 mile stage.
2 was a repeat of stage 1, the crew this time achieving an even quicker time of
5mins 15 secs.
Stage 3 was cancelled after
the first 3 cars had started the stage due to an accident, the navigator of the
car involved being taken to hospital. We wish him a speedy recovery from his injuries.
Stage 4 was also not to be for the top
11 crews (including Kevin & Gary). Due to another accident the stage was "Red
Flagged" whilst they were only part way through the stage. All of the crews that
were affected by the stage being stopped were given a notional time of 4mins 46
secs by the Organisers, this being the time set by the only car to complete the
stage prior to the Red Flags being deployed.
the lunch interval things were to become very exciting out on the stages as the
crews were faced with 60% of the stage on sealed surface, a further 15% on Grass
and the remaining 25% on Gravel, with a few jumps thrown in for good measure.
For the 9.8 mile stage 5, the team opted to stay on Tarmac tyres, a decision that
was to cost them some time, when on the first lap they slid straight on at a 90
left and went nose first into the ditch. Fortunately the car being four-wheel
drive they managed to reverse out, but vital seconds were lost. On the second
lap, approaching the same corner, the crew could see a car that was already stuck
in the ditch so severely reduced speed prior to the corner but still managed to
drop the front end in the ditch, again the cars four wheel drive getting them
out, but even more time was lost, the crew eventually taking a time of 11mins
With stage 6 to be a repeat of
the 9.8 mile stage 5, the team took the opportunity in service to switch to Gravel
tyres. This time the stage went exceedingly well for the pair, with them even
managing to wave at the cameras as they came over one of the jumps. This time
around they were a whopping 61 seconds quicker, setting a time of 10 mins 47 secs.
Stage 7 comprised 75% on sealed surface & 25% on the loose
over a distance of 7.6 miles. The pair encountered no problems and recorded a
time of 6 mins 47secs. Stage 8 being a repeat of stage 7 the pair managed to shave
5 seconds of their time, completing the stage in 6 mins 42 secs.
the days proceedings over the crew were extremely happy with finishing 8th overall,
but were even happier to collect their awards for finishing 2nd in their class.
Their best result yet.
& Gary would like to thank their sponsors, EMTEC, INFOMEDIA, OPTIMISED OPERATIONS
& PROJECX for their continued support, LANGWORTH MOTORSPORT INTERNATIONAL for
preparing the car. Jason Moore & John Walsh for servicing. Pete Dawson for all
his wonderful photo's and last but by no means least all of the volunteers who
made the event happen.