Andrew Hockridge scored an emphatic class victory and a brilliant top-ten overall finish on the Stonethrowers Rally in Southern Ireland last weekend in his Signature Cheese-backed Citroen C2R2 Max.
Hockridge, who is a contestant in the British Citroen Racing Trophy, was using the Stonethrowers Rally as a high speed test ahead of the fifth round of the 2009 MSA British Rally Championship, the Ulster Rally, and was pleased to run without dramas all day long.
The days action would centre around three loops of three stages and as well as class rival Martin McCormack, in a similar Citroen, Hockridge also had a world rallying superstar to compare his times against as young Matthew Wilson was contesting the event in a brand new Ford Fiesta R2.
By the penultimate stage Hockridge still had Wilson in his sights and when the Fiesta crashed out on stage nine, it meant that his top ten was guaranteed.
"Amazing! The car was fantastic all day. We played around with gear ratios before the rally and it transformed the car," said Hockridge. "To have the M-Sport Team coming over to get our times to compare against Wilson was pretty surreal but I could get used to this!"
Hockridge will now be back in action on the Todd's Leap Ulster Rally in just three weeks time. Based in Antrim, just outside Belfast, this high speed two-day rally over closed public roads will be a true test of man and machine - and Hockridge will be hoping to take the fight to his rivals once more.
by Geoff Mayes