Barry Stewart

Foster claims Retro Rallycross title as Stewart wins inaugural Martin Schanche Trophy

Foster claims Retro Rallycross title as Stewart wins inaugural Martin Schanche Trophy

Long-time rallycross competitor Lance Foster secured the Retro Rallycoss Championship title in the final round of the season at Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire (October 21), racing his Green & White Mini Spares-backed Mini Clubman to Championship victory and in the process became the second ever winner of the John Button Memorial Trophy.

The final round of the Retro RX series was won by Porsche 911 driver Barry Stewart, who secured his third victory in only his third start of the campaign. Stewart finished ahead of Vauxhall Astra driver Gary Dixon and Irishman Kevin Feeney, who had been fastest in Q1 driving his Ford Escort Mk2.

Paul Easterbrook concluded his maiden full season of Retro RX action with fourth place in the final and second in the over 1600cc points, which was won by multiple John Button Memorial Trophy Winner Ray Morgan, who like overall title-rival Foster retired from the final points scoring race of the year.

Stewart Bowes returned to the series and spun his Mini Clubman at the first corner of the final, but recovered to finish fifth, ahead of Paul Smith’s Volkswagen Polo.

The following day, as a support race to the prestigious MSA British Rallycross Grand Prix, the Retro Rallycross Championship ran an invitational support race, where the winner, Barry Stewart, was awarded the inaugural Martin Schanche Trophy.

Feeney had made the best start of the race but Stewart took the lead on the opening lap and would never be headed to claim victory in the car that won the first ever Rallycross Grand Prix in 1982. Feeney was left to fend off the attentions of newly crowned Retro RX Champion Foster, the pair finishing the race second and third, Bowes finishing just off the podium in fourth in a sister car to that of Foster. Morgan was forced out with engine issues.

“The competition is so tough, Kevin’s been on me like a rash. Unfortunately, Ray broke his car and Lance is there wherever you look, certainly in the wet he’s like a little Yorkshire terrier,” said Stewart of his double Croft victories. “I’ve had a really, really good time. The car is going really well, it’s in need of a clutch and gearbox rebuilt after this weekend. I hope to come out and play more next year. It’s great to bring this car out on Grand Prix weekend, I’m not precious about it – it gets driven like it’s stolen and that’s how it should be.”

 

Retro Rallycross promotor Shirley Gibson with delighted with the end of season double-header weekend of action. We couldn’t have had a better weekend. Watching the racing on Saturday unfold and waiting for the finishing positions in the final was really exciting,” she said. “Ray and Lance both retired with during that last race of the day which made us all gasp but Lance had done enough to secure overall victory and enjoyed taking the John Button Trophy from the clutches of Ray. I met with Jenson (Button) last week and Lance was absolutely thrilled to receive a personalised copy of his new book. We had a celebration on Saturday Evening where we sipped champagne and shared lots of laughs – a great way to see off the 50th anniversary year. It was no surprise to see Barry Stewart become the first winner of the Martin Schanche award, his fabulous Porsche takes some catching when he’s on form and ‘Big Barry’ stamped his authority over the weekend. I’m very happy with the year that Retro Rallycross has had and am looking forward to welcoming our drivers back in 2018 along with some exciting newcomers.”

 

2017 Retro Rallycross Championship: Round Seven, Croft, Result:

1 Barry Stewart           Porsche 911
2 Gary Dixon               Vauxhall Astra
3 Kevin Feeney            Ford Escort
4 Paul Easterbrook      Toyota MR2
5 Stewart Bowes         Mini Clubman
6 Paul Smith                Volkswagen Polo
7 Lance Foster             Mini Clubman
8 Ray Morgan             Ford Escort
9 Terry Maynard         Triumph TR8
10 Simon Hart             Ford Escort
11 Neil Maynard         Triumph TR8

Martin Schanche Trophy, Result: 

1 Barry Stewart           Porsche 911
2 Kevin Feeney            Ford Escort
3 Lance Foster             Mini Clubman
4 Stewart Bowes         Mini Clubman
5 Gary Dixon               Vauxhall Astra
6 Paul Easterbrook      Toyota MR2
7 Paul Smith                Volkswagen Polo
8 Neil Maynard           Triumph TR8
9 Simon Hart               Ford Escort
10 Terry Maynard       Triumph TR8

2017 Super Retro Rallycross Championship Standings: 

1 Ray Morgan 180
2 Paul Easterbrook 157
3 Kevin Feeney 128
4 Barry Stewart 90
5 Roger Thomas 80
6 Gary Dixon 75
7 David Aiken 55
8 Terry Maynard 40
9 Mark Flaherty 27
10 Mark Richardson 23
11 Darren Grimston 23
12 Jos Sterkens 21
13 Neil Maynard 18 

2017 Retro Rallycross Championship (under 1600cc) Standings:

1 Lance Foster 200
2 Paul Smith 187
3 Simon Hart 98
4 Stewart Bowes 87