Stouf and Erard conquer snow on RAC Rally

| 1 Mar 2011

They won by a 1 min 18 sec-margin despite tough snow conditions, and their machine wasn't exactly the youngest of the bunch that competed.

Belgians Stefaan Stouf and Joris Erard kept their cool, piloting their Mk1 Escort RS1600 to the Carlisle finish at the Roger Albert Clark Rally from 2-5 December 2010, ahead of the RS1800 of Gwyndaf Evans/John Millington.

"This is the toughest event in historic rallying and to win it from (former British champion) Gwyndaf Evans is the best result of my career," said Stouf.

Routes and stages had to be altered due to the heavy snow. Rally manager Colin Heppenstall and his team kept the event running and offered crews most of the 170 planned stage miles.

Stouf emerged victorious over tussles between the Escort of Nick Elliott/Dave Price and the Chevette of Rob Smith/Shaun O'Gorman throughout the white weekend.

The Opel Ascona 400 (Phil Collins/Nicky Grist) was the only non-Ford in the top 10, but a magnificent Lancia Stratos (Steve Perez/Paul Spooner) evoked memories of Sandro Munari's RAC stint.