Tuers conquer the ice to take rally crown

Carl Tuer and his brother Rob compete in the Border Counties Rally 2013 at Kielder.
Carl Tuer and his brother Rob compete in the Border Counties Rally 2013 at Kielder.
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Border Counties Rally 2013

Two north Northumberland crews tackled the second round of the Scottish Rally Championship in Kielder last weekend.

Brothers Carl and Rob Tuer from Rock entered what was to be their most difficult rally in their 15 years of competing in their MG ZR Super1600 Rally. This was in contrast to father-and-son team of Ray and Stuart Imeson from Embleton in their newly-built Talbot Lotus Sunbeam, who were competing in their first rally.

The conditions were the worst the Tuers had ever encountered with most of the stages a mixture of sheet ice and snow, so it was to be a baptism of fire for the Imeson pairing. Crews were given ice notes to help locate the most treacherous areas.

In stage one, it was difficult to judge a safe pace and the Tuers dropped time to their class rivals through not pushing hard enough. The Imesons were delighted to get to the end of their first stage.

A big push in stage two saw the Tuers take the class lead, but the Sunbeam slid off the road. Luckily, with the aid of spectators, they managed to get back on the road undamaged and continued, but only after losing a lot of time.

Then it was the main service at Hawick where crews were informed stage three was so bad it had to be cancelled.

So it was off to the next stage, this had more snow and less ice than the others, and the ice tyres did not work as well on the MG, so a little time was lost and the car emerged with a tyre rapidly deflating, this would see the class lead down to just 15 seconds. In the last stage, the three main rivals to the MG went off the road and the Tuers won the class by nearly a minute. The Imesons were delighted just to get to the end of the rally.