Competitors

Sutton & Cheam Motor Club boasts a large and varied membership made up of some of the top rally and race drivers in the country together with a large number of British, UK and even World Champions amongst their number.

Every month the committee awards the ‘Competitor of the Month’ award to someone who has achieved something great in their motor sport.

It doesn’t have to be first place, sometimes overcoming adversity (or is that reliability?) is enough. We’ll send you a voucher for £20 too. Tell us what you’ve been up to each month by email to Nigel Griffiths

  • December Competitor Of The Month – Rob Swann

    Rob has recently obtained a Fiesta R5 and has started to put it to good use. In early December, Donnington Park was the venue for the Maxus Dukeries Rally and 8th o/all was the result as Rob got more familiar with the car. Late December was our own Mini Tempest event at Rushmoor and after a close battle with Richard Weaver,  Rob and Steve McNulty ended the day as runner up.

    Photo courtesy of www.rallygallery.com

  • November Competitor Of The Month – Keith Mainland

    Driving or maybe riding on his 1904 Orient, Keith completed his 6th London to Brighton veteran car run out of 10 starts, this being the 125th anniversary of the event. Not only did he finish the event, ably accompanied by various family and friends but he completed the run in his best time, getting to Brighton by 2:30pm, well before closing time!

  • October Competitor Of The Month – Joint Winners Paul Braddock & Declan Dear

     

    Paul has been competing in local Sprints for over 15 years – the last 10 as a member of Sutton & Cheam. Always a contender in the ACSMC Sprint Championship, he has this year won the standard production car class in his Suziki Swift Sport – a class where no performance modifications are allowed.

    Declan was again navigating for Matthew Hirst in his Evo IX on the Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally in North Wales and had an excellent run over some challenging WRC stages to finish 4th o/all against some more advanced R5 machinery.

    Well done to both competitors

  • September Competitor Of The Month – Rob Swann

    September Competitor Of The Month – Rob Swann

    Rob continues to mix his competitive outings between rallies and sprints with his Subaru WRC.  September saw the closed road event the Three Shires Stages with stages based around Ledbury. Rob finished an excellent 5th overall with only much more modern R5 machinery finishing ahead of him.

    Photo courtesy of JMSPhotographic

  • August Competitor Of The Month – Ian & Oliver Hucklebridge

    After a day long battle with the Strakers, Ian & Oliver missed out on victory by 2 seconds in their first outing in the Darrian T90 GTR on the South Downs stages at Goodwood, so a victory in the new car can’t be far away. Steve McNulty was navigating for Darrell Taylor in his Fiesta R5 but unfortunately they had a troubled day but made up for it 2 weeks laterwith 2nd o/all on the Rainworth Skoda stages.

    Photo courtesy of Snap Photography

  • July Competitor Of The Month – John Stone
    John just missed out on victory by 7 seconds at the JRT Enville Stages based at the Anglesey circuit in north Wales in late July. Navigated by his son Alex and using their regular Fiesta they had a day long battle with the eventual winner Robert Hughes.
    Photo courtesy of rallygallery.com
  • May Competitor Of The Month – Will Nicholls & Nick Broom

    As motorsport restarted Will & Nick wasted no time in dusting down their new R5 Fiesta and filling their May bank holiday weekends by winning the Corinium Stages at the beginning of May and following up with another win on the Red Dragon IT Stages last weekend, a fantastic performance. Well done both.

  • December Competitor Of The Month – Rob Swann

    Following on from winning the HammerTime 20 Rally in August and finishing runner up to Ken Block on the SOL Rally Barbados in October, Rob finished off his season by winning the Barbados Winter Rally (if you call 30 degrees winter!) in his Fiesta.

    Well done Rob

     

  • November Competitor Of The Month – Rob Collard

    Rob Collard partnered by Sandy Mitchell won the final round of the British GT Drivers Championship at Silverstone, leading for most of the 3-hour race and in turn they won the championship outright in their Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3, a fantastic achievement for Rob in his first season away from the BTCC

  • October Competitors Of The Month – Angelica Fuentes, Rob Swann & Rob Dennis

    SCMC competitors gave the committee a difficult job to select a competitor of the month for October, with club members producing fantastic results across the globe. Given the excellent results achieved it was decided that we’d have three winners of COTM for October.

    Angelica Fuentes

    Angelica’s annual trip to the weeklong La Carrera Panamericana produced 3rd o/all with Gabriel Perez in the Studebaker. The crew encountered a couple of mechanical issues along the way which restricted their opportunity to challenge for the win this year.

     

    Rob Swann

    Following his HammerTime 20 Rally win in August, Rob returned to Barbados to compete on the SOL Rally Of Barbados with the view of continuing his winning streak on the island. Leading on the Saturday night, Rob made a couple of minor mistakes on Sunday that let Ken Block through into the lead with his brand new M-Sport Fiesta but 2nd o/all against this competition was still a fantastic result.

    A mention should also be made of fellow SCMC members Chris Surman & Zowie Boiston who also made the trip to Barbados with their Subaru, unfortunately a fuel leak restricted their pace but they still finished 29th o/all, 1st in class.

     

    Rob Dennis

    Back in the UK, Rob Dennis was the outright winner of the Cotswold Stages, held at Down Ampney Airfield in Gloucestershire at the end of October. Conditions were very challenging during the day, with very heavy rain in the morning making driving conditions more difficult but Rob managed them better than the rest of the entry setting a number of fastest stage times during the day.

  • September Competitor Of The Month – John Stone & Steve McNulty

    On his first trip down from Lancashire for the CAR-nival, John was 9th fastest, 1st in class on Saturdays sprint and then followed that up 4th o/all with Steve McNulty alongside on the rally. John’s R5 Fiesta was in good company on the event run under Motorsport UK Covid-19 restrictions with many teams having their first opportunity to compete again in 2020.

    Photo courtesy of www.rallygallery.com

  • August Competitor Of The Month – Will Nicholls & Rob Swann

    With motorsport activities restarting under Covid restrictions this has allowed some SCMC members to dust off their cars and start competing again which has given use some results to review for competitor of the month.

    For August we’ve got joint COTM winners. Firstly, for Will Nicholls who took FTD at the Long Course sprint. The 4 wheel drive Subaru certainly suited the damp conditions but beating some of the more specialist sprint cars was an excellent result for Will.

    Photo courtesy of  www.rallygallery.com

    Rob Swann choose sunny conditions for his win, Barbados in fact. In preparation for the Rally Of Barbados later in the year, Rob won the HammerTime 20 Rally in his Fiesta R5.