History

The championship is promoted and run by the Tyneside Motor Sport Group on behalf of the Association of North East and Cumbria Car Clubs.  The idea of the championship was to provide an alternative to the predominately gravel based ANECCC Stage Championship.  And so the series was born in 1985 as it ran with events around the North East of England.  But with the passage of time, the series’ reputation has gone from strength to strength and the catchment area for rallies expanded from the North East of England to cover events in mid Scotland looking north, South West Scotland to the west and Lancashire / Yorkshire in the south.  For more than 30 years now, the Otterburn Ranges have been the backbone of the series as events have come and gone yet we continue to provide good competition for rallying clubmen on sealed surfaces in the North of England area.  Another strength is that during it’s existence there have only been 3 co-ordinators and they have been local competitors in the past too.  Their enthusiasm for providing a championship for the clubman is reflected in it’s continued popularity.

Over the years, the championship has provided many worthy winners such as John Pye, Richard Mawson, Bob Cook, David Robson, George Grieve, Michael Glendinning, Paul Swift, Darren Doherty, Nigel Feeney and our latest winner Alistair Hutchinson.  And let’s not forget our two multiple champions either - Barry Lindsay and Bob Grant. Their cars have been varied too  ...  from the famous Ford Escort, in a few different guises, to Rover V8, Peugeot 106 / 205, Subaru’s world-beater, the Impreza and now a Renault Clio.  And there have been many sponsors too such as Swift Motorsport, Cowie Lease, Golden Chip, Tyrespot and of course AS Performance who have all supported the series during it’s lifetime.

And for the ninth consecutive year, the championship is being proudly sponsored by AS Performance, the motor sport specialist based at Birtley in the North East of England.  We are delighted that this long-term arrangement continues to grow, as Alyn Stockton is very supportive of the championship.

New for 2018 i have introduced something special for the registered competitors, Every driver and co driver in all 5 classes that finish 1st or 2nd in class will recieve a gold medal award along with a card with your name on for the draw at the end of the year. The prize will be a free paid entry for xmas stages 2018 OR Knockhill 2019. anyone can win that has finished 1st or 2nd in class. 

Also i have added a trophy for the highest placed lady driver during 2018.

If you’re interesting in competitive, clubman rallying on good sealed surfaces at venues in the North of England and Southern Scotland, then why not come and join us.  For more information, contact Neil Prior the championship coordinator.  Full details can be found in the Contacts page.


2017 Rob Snowden and Andy Brown with Louise Aitken-Walker2016 Richard Wardle, Alistair Hutchinson with Scott Martin2015 Steve Dargan, Nigel Feeney with Nicky Porter2014 Darren Doherty, Michael Lindsay with Steve Bannister2013 Barry and Michael Lindsay with Julian Porter

2017 Rob Snowden and Andy Brown with Louise Aitken-Walker2016 Richard Wardle, Alistair Hutchinson with Scott Martin2015 Steve Dargan, Nigel Feeney with Nicky Porter2014 Darren Doherty, Michael Lindsay with Steve Bannister2013 Barry and Michael Lindsay with Julian Porter

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Previous Championship Winners

Drivers
 
2017 Rob Snowden Ford Escort Mk II
2016 Alistair Hutchinson Renault Clio
2015 Nigel Feeney Subaru Impreza
2014 Darren Doherty Subaru Impreza
2013 Barry Lindsay Peugeot 106
2012 Paul Swift Ford Escort Mk II
2011 Barry Lindsay Peugeot 106
2010 Michael Glendinning Subaru Impreza
2009 Barry Lindsay Peugeot 106
2008 Bob Grant Subaru Impreza
2007 Bob Grant Subaru Impreza
2006 Bob Grant Subaru Impreza
2005 Barry Lindsay Peugeot 106
2004 Barry Lindsay Peugeot 106
2003 Barry Lindsay Peugeot 106
2002 Bob Dennis Subaru WRX
2001 Jim Fletcher Peugeot 205
2000 George Grieve Escort Cosworth
1999 David Robson Escort Cosworth
1998 David Robson Escort Cosworth
1997 George Grieve Escort Cosworth
1996 Tony Jannetta Sapphire Cosworth


Co-Drivers
 
2017 Andy Brown
2016 Richard Wardle
2015 Steve Dargan
2014 Michael Lindsay
2013 Michael Lindsay
2012 Jack Morton
2011 Michael Lindsay
2010 Andrew Roughead
2009 Michael Lindsay
2008 Pete Carstairs
2007 Lee Carter
2006 Paul Hughes
2005 Michael Lindsay
2004 Michael Lindsay
2003 Michael Lindsay
2002 Ron Roughead
2001 Ken Bills
2000 Andy Ward
1999 George Tindall
1998 George Tindall
1997 Ken Bills
1996 Lee Carter