British Historic Rally Championship Round One Riponian Stages Rally

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George Lepley took his Mitsubishi Galant VR4 to victory in the first rally of the 2024 British Historic Rally Championship season on 11 February when he won the Riponian Stages Rally.

George Lepley won overall but is not eligible for points Photos Russ Otway/90Right

Lepley and co-driver Dale Bowen used their four-wheel-drive machine to great effect in treacherous, rain-soaked conditions, to secure the second BHRC win of their career, finishing ahead of Matthew Robinson’s Ford Escort MKII, who took maximum BHRC points in the process.  Adrian Hetherington completed the podium in his Escort MKII after a run of bad luck in last season’s title campaign.

Category 2 winner Josh Carr makes a splash

A new era of the championship would see four, four-wheel drive machines line up to tackle the series, a first for the championship as the new generation of historic machinery comes into play.  Not eligible for the overall title, they mixed with the more traditional two-wheel drive cars to offer fans and crews a fascinating prospect for the 2024 season.

To read about this and more stories see our March 2024 issue…..

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