Russ faces anxious wait for the title

Russ Thompson
Russ Thompson

Clitheroe’s Russ Thompson signed off his season in style on the Trackrod Rally Yorkshire last weekend, winning his class and finishing a highly creditable sixth overall in the demanding forest stages on the North Yorkshire Moors.

On roads the 27 year old had triumphed on for the past two years while contesting the British Rally Championship Challenge, Thompson dominated the Group N class of the BTRDA round, setting the pace in the category from the very first stage and ending the event 21 seconds ahead of his nearest challenger.

With one round still to run, that he is obliged to sit out through competition rules, Thompson sits atop of the leader board of the BTRDA Production Cup, but is reliant on a non-finish from rival Tom Naughton to take the title.

Whatever happens, however, Thompson will look back on the season with a sense of pride.