Andy entered the Alan Healy Memorial Rally last weekend, as a preparatory event to the French Rallye de la Lys in April. His last visit to France, earlier in March, ended 300 yards before the finish line of the first Stage.

“Gutted, the throttle motor failed - which is really uncommon, so it’s not something we have on the van” said Andy.

Repaired, recently fitted with European tarmac specification Reiger dampers and sporting fresh “Works Martini” livery the Ford Focus World Rally car was transported to a very wet Cadwell Park.

On arrival at the circuit, it was noted the softer, more satisfactory, anti-roll bars were left at the workshop...

Enthusiastically co-driven this time by Johnny Vance, the pair set off to test the car and enjoy the event with the less than suitable set-up. Luckily towards the end of the event the rain stopped and the
tarmac began to dry.

Less lairy, with the car more suited to the drying conditions, Andy attacked the final stage and managed to grab second place overall.

The car ran faultlessly throughout the event, putting the team in good shape for the Rallye de la Lys.

A real favourite for Andy and the Team, the rally begins at historic Saint-Venant, northern France during the 24th, 25th and 26th April covering 92 competitive stage miles.

The Keith Knox stages rally, was held on the infamous Otterburn ranges on Sunday 9th November. It's the 10th anniversary of the event, named after Keith Knox, a Whickham motor club member for 35 years who had a true passion for rallying.

Such a warm Autumn spoilt us - when the Team arrived at a wet and cold Otterburn Military Ranges for the Cheviot Keith Knox Rally, it seemed evident Winter was well on it’s way...

Otterburn is desolate, fast and narrow with little room for error, any mistake is likely to cause a lot of damage! The surface remained damp and very slippery throughout the day with a lot of mud thrown onto the road from cuts.

Andy said ”I was driving like Miss Daisy to begin with, but after seeing we were tenth overall after stage 2 we got faster and faster as the day went on”...

Experienced co-driver Andrew Roughead seemed to enjoy himself and happily commented “Worst conditions I think I’ve ever competed in on tarmac”...

The Ford Focus WRC car ran faultlessly all day to finish fourth overall and the supersoft Kumho wets excelled in the slippery conditions.

Next event: Sunday 23rd November. Premier Rally, held entirely throughout Sherwood Pines Forest, 6 stages, totalling 33 forest stage miles.

Stunning images courtesy of rally photographers

The organisers of this event really go the extra mile to ensure everyone thoroughly enjoys the rally.

The idyllic location, the route, the enthusiastic support from officials and spectators alike make it a "must do" event for Andy and his Team.

The attention to detail even includes an introductory video. Pop the kettle on and have a few minutes enjoying the stunning surroundings of this event...

Andy and have designed and developed a Rally Pacenote Book - visit for further details.