The 2018 Rally Championship year is coming to a climax and we are pleased to see that Dukeries MC competitors are currently leading the way. In the East Midlands Association Club Championship Dukeries MC have a total of 417 points which is just 35 points ahead of our nearest rivals Eastwood MC. In the individual EMAMC Championships Paul Rees and Paul Briggs currently lead the Drivers and Co-drivers tables respectively but their nearest rivals could still catch them. It seems it may come down to the Hall Trophy at Blyton on 24th November. It is a similar position in the ANEMMC Championship.

In the Dukeries Rally Championship with just the Malton Forest (4th Nov) and Hall Trophy (24th Nov) remaining, Paul and Paul also lead their respective tables and there are lots of club members contesting the various class awards. The latest DMC Championship points can be found in the Downloads section of this website.

After the early disappointment of losing the Imperial Commercials Volkswagen Donington Rally to the severe weather in March (the Beast from the East) the club organised and ran two successful single venue stage rallies in the summer, the Rex Pet Hotel Flying Fortress Stages at Grafton in June and the Rainworth SKODA Dukeries Rally at Donington in August.

The 2018 REX PET HOTEL Flying Fortress Stages will be remembered as a great event which was won by David Longfellow and Daniel Ward (Subaru Impreza) who came out ahead of a close contest with Martin Pavier and Pete Kettle in another Subaru. However, the event had to be halted when Vince Sillett and Samm Keeley’s Ford Escort crashed heavily on the sixth stage. Vince’s severe leg injuries meant he had to be evacuated by Air Ambulance and was in hospital for several weeks. We are pleased to report that he is gradually recovering his mobility, but it is a long and painful process requiring enormous determination. (A full event report and results can be found on the event website).

The 59th DUKERIES RALLY, again sponsored by Rainworth SKODA, attracted a full 80 car entry and the crowd at Donington were treated to another exciting contest. Guy Smith and Patrick Walsh were never headed on their way to victory but once Alan Kirkaldy/Cameron Fair’s Ford Escort had retired (again!), it became a Smith family duel, with Guy’s father Peter Smith accompanied by John Millington, a challenging second. (A full report and results can be found on the event website).

In addition to organising and competing on events, Dukeries members also marshal on many other events during the year. The highlight in 2018 was the Corbeau Seats Tendring Stage Rally, based in Clacton Essex, which was the first ‘closed road’ stage rally in England and Wales run under the new closed road legislation. Led by David Baugh, a large team of Dukeries members supported by marshals from many other motor clubs, set up and ran the longest stage on the event which was used 3 times during the day.
So what next? Well, to finish off the year the Dukeries Christmas Party and Annual Awards Presentation will be held on Friday 14th December (not Thursday) so that hopefully even more members and guests will be able to attend and maybe stay a little later.

The Dukeries Track Day has been confirmed on Sun 6th January at Blyton and entries for that will open in a couple of weeks. The Donington Rally, round 6 of the MSN Circuit Rally Championship, will be on Sunday 3rd March and the REX Pet Hotel Flying Fortress is scheduled for Sun 16th June. We hope to finalise the date of the 60th Dukeries Rally, again sponsored by RAINWORTH SKODA, very shortly.

Photo shows the close Team Cruddle contest on the Dukeries Rally. (Photos by Kevin Money / Malc Almond)