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Kemble Targa Rally

Bath Motor Club

8th May 2022

Kemble Targa Rally 2022
Inter Club Winners: Gary White/Bradley White (BMW 318Ti)
Photograph: Jack Flash Photography

Kemble Targa Rally 2022
Clubman Winners: Adrian White/Ellen White (BMW 318Ti)
Photograph: Jack Flash Photography

Organiser: Bath Motor Club

Date: 8th May 2022

Clerk of the Course: Nick Chapman

Route: 6 Tests (9 Test Miles)

Base: Cotswold Airport

Starters: 60

For 2022 the Kemble Targa Rally was confined to the outer area of the Cotswold Airport. The entry was organised so that the same car could be shared, with both crew members able to drive each one of the tests.

A capacity entry of sixty cars tackled six tests during the day, giving nine miles of competition.

With the format of the event allowing the swapping of places, the battle for the top four places on the rally was contested by just two crews.

Gary White and Bradley White were sharing their BMW 318Ti, while Steve Conner drove his Mazda MX5, with Ben Griffin navigating. Griffin then took to the wheel of his Peugeot 106, with Connor guiding him through the tests.

Gary White/Bradley White were fastest by one second from Steve Connor/Ben Griffin on Test 1. Connor/Griffin regained that second on the second test and the two shared the lead. However, on the longer Test 3, Gary White/Bradley White were six seconds faster than their rivals and took a lead that they weren’t to lose.

A broken top arm halted the Mini of Mike Thomas/Suze Endean on the opening test. Elliot Sharp/Lian Carfrae also failed to make the end of the test, as their MG ZR was stopped by a broken drive shaft, however they got recovered, replaced the part and re-joined for the second test. They recovered to finish in 25th place overall.

James Griffiths/Matt Venables managed to break in to the battle for the top places; they held third place after Tests 2 and 3, but, at the finish of Test 4, their Astra’s gearbox lost all its oil and the gears seized. They were out.

The focus over the second half of the event moved to the battle for second place, while Gary White/Bradley White had established a ten to fifteen second lead, their alter ego, Bradley White/Gary White were hunting down Connor/Griffin. The Whites took second place on Test 5, but fastest time on the final test saw Connor/Griffin reclaim the position on the final test and secure the runner up spot.

Griffin/Connor in their Peugeot 106 couldn’t quite match the pace of the three cars in front, but finished in a clear fourth place.

Gavin Rogers/Matt Endean held fifth place from Test 2 until the Finish and were the last crew within a minute of the winners.

It was a good day for the White clan as Adrian White/Ellen White (BMW E36 318Ti) were clear winners of the Clubman Rally, which ran alongside the Inter Club event. They would have been classified sixth in a combined result of the two rallies.