Realish Rally Chronicle Round 1 – Argentina – Results

Defending Realish Rally champion Mark Gormley got off to the perfect start in the first round of the Realish Rally Chronicle. In front-wheel-drive class H1 cars from the 1960s, the Irishman kept his momentum to pick up where he left off with a win.

Nic Redhead also continued his strong form from last season, finishing just 12 seconds behind Gormley in 2nd, while Nigel Croese finished on the podium on his Realish Rally debut. In a season where car choice will play a critical role, the Mini Cooper S was the popular choice, being driven by all three podium finishers and eight of the top ten.

Mark Singleton was 4th and the only Lancia Fulvia in the top ten, ahead of Lazaros Filippakos and PJ Tierney. Behind them was one of the closest battles in Realish Rally history, with Philip Morby edging out Pete Walker for 7th by a mere 0.077 seconds after six tough stages.

Allie Ferrie finished a heroic 9th in the gorgeous Citroen DS 21, while Neil Sheard rounded out the points scorers. A bumper field of 26 cars took the start, of whom 22 saw the finish. Outside the top ten, Jean-Pierre Xhonneaux, Chris Groves and Andy Martin all made their competitive debuts at Realish Racing; Bjorn Golda, Arwyn Brock and James Price-Harper, all established Realish Racing drivers in circuit racing, also took part in their first rallies.

Pos Nat Driver No Car Time Difference
1 IRL Mark Gormley 4 MINI Cooper S 28:02.065
2 GBR Nic Redhead 42 MINI Cooper S 28:14.694 00:12.629
3 NED Nigel Croese 16 MINI Cooper S 29:01.680 00:59.615
4 GBR Mark Singleton 36 Lancia Fulvia HF 29:29.702 01:27.637
5 GRC Lazaros Filippakos 14 MINI Cooper S 29:48.353 01:46.288
6 IRL PJ Tierney 450 MINI Cooper S 30:05.920 02:03.855
7 GBR Philip Morby 41 MINI Cooper S 30:09.150 02:07.085
8 GBR Pete Walker 71 MINI Cooper S 30:09.227 02:07.162
9 SCO Allie Ferrie 35 DS 21 30:53.982 02:51.917
10 RSA Neil Sheard 145 MINI Cooper S 31:01.427 02:59.362
11 SCO Sam Hill 0 Lancia Fulvia HF 31:21.112 03:19.047
12 SCO Campbell Wallis 64 Lancia Fulvia HF 31:33.360 03:31.295
13 AUS Matthew Wheeler 31 DS 21 31:39.286 03:37.221
14 BEL Jean-Pierre Xhonneaux 555 Lancia Fulvia HF 31:42.961 03:40.896
15 GBR Chris Groves 18 MINI Cooper S 32:05.813 04:03.748
16 DEU Bjorn Golda 10 MINI Cooper S 32:23.773 04:21.708
17 GBR Mike Bell 32 MINI Cooper S 33:25.368 05:23.303
18 GBR Fraser Harley 56 MINI Cooper S 34:21.745 06:19.680
19 GBR Ryan Eastham 12 MINI Cooper S 34:27.793 06:25.728
20 GBR Chris Williamson 166 MINI Cooper S 35:42.152 07:40.087
21 WAL Arwyn Brock 99 Lancia Fulvia HF 37:12.852 09:10.787
22 GBR Andy Martin 874 Lancia Fulvia HF 37:34.696 09:32.631
NC POL Artur Borowski 74 Lancia Fulvia HF DNF DNF
NC NOR Scott Sovik 55 DS 21 DNF DNF
NC GBR James Price-Harper 78 DS 21 DNF DNF
NC GBR Joshua Anderson 2 DS 21 DNF DNF

Full stage results are available here.

      H1 H3 Group B Group A  
Pos Driver No ARG GRC SCO USA DEU POL AUS NZL Pts
1 Mark Gormley 4 1 15
2 Nic Redhead 42 2 12
3 Nigel Croese 16 3 10
4 Mark Singleton 36 4 8
5 Lazaros Filippakos 14 5 6
6 PJ Tierney 450 6 5
7 Philip Morby 41 7 4
8 Pete Walker 71 8 3
9 Allie Ferrie 35 9 2
10 Neil Sheard 145 10 1
11 Sam Hill 0 11 0
12 Campbell Wallis 64 12 0
13 Matthew Wheeler 31 13 0
14 Jean-Pierre Xhonneaux 555 14 0
15 Chris Groves 18 15 0
16 Bjorn Golda 10 16 0
17 Mike Bell 32 17 0
18 Fraser Harley 56 18 0
19 Ryan Eastham 12 19 0
20 Chris Williamson 166 20 0
21 Arwyn Brock 99 21 0
22 Andy Martin 874 22 0
NC Artur Borowski 74 DNF 0
NC Scott Sovik 55 DNF 0
NC James Price-Harper 78 DNF 0
NC Joshua Anderson 2 DNF 0