Navigational Scatter Rally Championship – Round 1, 19th March 2012
By Tony King
The first round of this year’s championship was organised by Lorraine Taylor & Tony King and ran across Wirral using OS Maps 108 & 117.
It was disappointing that after all the time & effort put in to organising the event – it general takes 7 to 8 hours to actually put the plots out – only 4 crews entered. Finding 20 locations for the plots in such a compact and inhabited area was quite a challenge but the crews had a good night’s motorsport and enjoyed the “innovative selection of plots” even
the one under the picnic table(although to be fair, it was the only picnic table at that location!)
Unfortunately, last year’s champions, Steve Noble/John Wainwright were unable to enter as John was in training for the Olympics. Rumours that he has a new remote control for his TV are completely unfounded ….
Starting from the old Little Chef car park in Eastham and finishing outside the Port Sunlight Village Social Club, crews visited as many plots as possible in 90 minutes of driving.
The results were:
1st Andy MacDonald/Stuart MacMaster visited 14 plots and scored 1400
2nd Jon Chamberlain/Nigel Harwood visited 12 plots and scored 1375
3rdGraham Williams/Alan Smith visited 10 plots and scored 1250 points
4th Neil Philpotts/Joe Burgess visited 12 plots and scored 1090 points
Andy and Stuart, the 2010 Champions, have therefore taken an early lead in the Championship but, hopefully, they will have more competition through the year. Neil and Joe were unfortunate in that they mis-noted one plot costing them a 150 point penalty.