Testing Times for new pairing

Reigning Northern Stage Rally Champion Ian Barrett (Clayton West) will be hoping for a perfect start to the new rally season this Sunday with twelve testing stages on the Riponian Stages Rally.

The nineteen year old has paired up with Simon Ashton (Sheffield) to contest the Countries premier series, the Mobil 1 British Rally Championship, and this weekends non-championship Riponian event will act as a season warmer to settle in the new pairing and support team.

Ian has acquired a Group 'N' (standard car class) Vauxhall Corsa GSi to attack the high profile Championship which will prove a giant leap for the youngster, but he showed talent and maturity beyond his years winning the Northern Championship with rounds to spare at his very first attempt.

The Team's year 2000 ambitions are supported by Hillam Tyres and Darton Van Hire, along with Ian Barrett Rallying for New and Used Vauxhall Spares.

The Riponian Stages Rally kicks into action with a stage around the Lightwater Valley Leisure Park at 09:18 before returning to conclude the event at 16:02 following ten stages in the North York Moors Forests.

23rd of January 2000