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Le Jog rally triumphs over elements

2011-12-15 09:26

London, England - Snow, rain, fog and even a litte sunshine met crews taking part in the 17th annual running of the Le Jog UK rally which set off from Land's End, England to John O' Groats in Scotland.

Seventy cars registered for 2240km event but only 61 entered the race, which is run by the Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation (Hero).

After leaving Land's End drivers headed for their first overnight stop in Telford, taking part in the longest night navigation section yet.

As promised by John Kiff, the new route co-ordinator, the night navigation section and regularities through Wales were tough and unrelenting. Crews were under pressure all night conducting tests.

Of the 51 trial cars and 10 Tour entries which started from Land's End, all 10 tourers and 44 of the trial crews arrived at Telford.

Six hours later they were on the road headed for their next stop at Gosforth on the outskirts of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in north-east England after crossing the Pennine mountains.

TOUGHEST EVENT YET

On December 12 crews were on the road again heading for John O'Groats, the most gruelling section, which would see them driving for 26 hours.

Snow again plagued crews near Edinburgh. As conditions worsened, a regularity was cancelled and two other sections of the route were closed.

Le Jog's Peter Nedin said: "We wanted to make this years event one of the toughest yet. We attracted more cars than we have done for the past seven or eight years with a huge number of crews attending the event from Europe."

Tomas de Vargas Machuca, managing director of Hero, who was driving an iconic 1973 BMW 1602, said: "This is one of the most testing events we have ever run, one of the toughest in the world, but that is exactly what people who take part in this event want and everyone seems to have enjoyed it."

Results:

First overall - car 20, a 1965 Volvo 131 Amazon - Roger Bricknall and Ryan Pickering.
Second overall - car 29, a 1966 Triumph 2000 - Charles Harrison and Jonathan Hancox.
Third overall - car number 35, a 1964 Triumph TR4 - Tony Sheach and Richard Lambley