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Mike and Dave celebrate their first award in rallying.

TEES crew Mike Thornton and Dave Scrimgour are celebrating their first award in rallying.

Driver Thornton, from Redcar, and Guisborough navigator Scrimgour, were second in class on the John Overend Memorial Stages Rally at Melbourne, the former World War Two airfield near York in their Escort Mexico.

"We were running in the historic class," said Scrimgour.

"It's an old car. In fact it's on its last legs to be honest, but it's reliable as hell!

"The course was half tarmac and concrete and the other half just like we were in the forests.

"But Mike drove well and the car ran faultlessly.

"We were delighted with 22nd overall which was our best result in a field of that size and over the moon with second in class as it was our first award.

"We'd finished second in class there before but they didn't give awards for second on that occasion."

Kev Hullah (Saltburn) and Chris Harding (Marske) were 18th overall and sixth in class in their VW Golf.

A loss of intercom of stage one led to a lot of shouting and hand signals and they also lost the use of the washers on another stage.

An intake of water to the air box resulted in a misfire and lack of power while a lost fan belt, damage to the rear bumper and a broken exhaust bracket led to a busy day for the team with constant checks required due to the conditions.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 14, 2014
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