Hometown driver Emma Gilmour had a bittersweet end to what very nearly resulted in a third-place champagne spray at the Otago Rally this weekend.
The recently-signed McLaren Extreme E driver was sitting in this podium position after Saturday’s seven stages but brake problems leaving today’s first service meant her team had to execute a frantic calliper change. The time penalty for leaving the service park six minutes late dropped her back to sixth place.
Fired up, Emma and co-driver Mal Peden blazed through the day’s first test to finish Stage 10 Black Rock in third place in the Vantage Windows & Doors Suzuki Swift AP4.
Then they battled throughout the final six stages, moving up to fourth, before having to settle for fifth place.
Emma says although the third place was tantalisingly close and it was tough not to clinch it, they took heart from the top five result and also having a strong run on Saturday.
“Mal and I have worked really hard on improving the pace notes to carry more speed and drive with more commitment. It worked really well and we had a trouble free first day.”
The only niggle was the brakes overheating at the end of Saturday’s long 37.3km Nenthorn power stage, leaving Emma relieved to reach its finish control.
“It was nice to get through that stage because it’s a bit of a bug bear, as that’s the same stage that I lost my third place in 2018.”
The relief was short-lived, as although her team bled the brakes this morning, the calliper was broken.
“By the time we realised it and the team quickly changed it, we were late out of the service park, which gave us a one minute time penalty.”
The drama didn’t stop there and in Stage 14 Whare Flat, Emma had a pretty loose ride through one of the fords. “The centre diff failed, which made the car quite a handful but thankfully we only lost about ten seconds and the team did a great job at service replacing it.”
Gilmour was pleased to have gained some solid points in the first outing of the six-round 2022 Brian Green Property Group Championship. She also notched up some points towards qualifying for the Asia Pacific Rally Championship’s final round in November.
Hayden Paddon completed a dominant victory at the Otago Rally in the opening event of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship on Sunday.
The WRC rally winner took a clean sweep of stage wins on Sunday in his Hyundai New Zealand i20 AP4 car to a comfortable win over Ben Hunt.
Hunt impressed as he debuted the Skoda New Zealand Fabia for the first time and will feel he has a lot to build from with the new car.Raana Horan completed the podium in the Generator Rental Services Skoda Fabia R5 after a sensible and measured drive across the weekend.
Robbie Stokes (Stokes Motorsport Ford Fiesta) showcased his outright speed to battle back from Saturday’s mechanical issues and a pair of spins early on Sunday to edge Emma Gilmour (Vantage Suzuki Swift) for fourth place.
Todd Bawden (Online Contractors Ford Fiesta R5 MkII) was sixth with Ari Pettigrew (Mitre 10 Mega Holden Barina AP4) seventh and Dylan Turner (LJ Hooker Audi AP4) in eighth.
Dylan Thomson put together a dominant day to be first overall 2WD in his Group N Ford Fiesta while he also took out his class ahead of youngster Bryn Jones (Ford Fiesta) and the experienced Charlie Evans (Honda Civic).
John Silcock (Mazda RX7) was second overall in 2WD – 14.4 seconds behind Thomson with Shane Murland (Ford Escort) over a minute back in third.
Silcock led Murland home in the Historic 2WD battle while reigning champion Anthony Jones was third in his Ford Escort.
Daniel Haines made a terrific debut in the Open 2WD class, claiming the victory in his Ford Escort. He led home Brent Taylor in the Toyota FT86 and Chris Alexander in the Toyota Corolla.
The championship moves north for round two with the International Rally of Whangarei set to run on May 13-15.
Hayden Paddon (Hyundai) 44
Ben Hunt (Skoda) 36
Raana Horan (Skoda) 25
Robbie Stokes (Ford) 24
Emma Gilmour (Suzuki) 22
Todd Bawden (Ford) 17
Ari Pettigrew (Holden) 17
The 2022 New Zealand Rally Championship is proudly supported by Brian Green Property Group, Dunlop New Zealand, HELLA New Zealand, and Omega Car Rentals.
Live streaming of the 2022 season will be available via facebook.com while end of day highlights will be accessible via the www.nzrc.tv YouTube channel.
Hyundai driver Hayden Paddon has clinched his ninth Otago Rally victory in Dunedin today and took several stage records along the way.
Paddon’s i20 AP4 was on song through Sunday’s stages, having solved the smaller issues he encountered on Saturday.
He duly broke his own stage record on the famous Kuri Bush stage, and alongside co-driver John Kennard, their chase for a sixth national championship is on track.
Second place was taken by the new Skoda team whose driver, Ben Hunt, executed a fine rally while learning the ropes inside his new Skoda Fabia Rally2 evo.
Hunt was competing for the first time in the car, and despite not being on Paddon’s pace, he was clearly the best of the rest.
His final finishing position was five and a half minutes behind Paddon, but his stage times on Sunday show he’s making progress closer to the ex-WRC star.
Raana Horan also executed a stellar rally and was rewarded with a podium placing for his efforts in his older model Skoda.
The North Islander kept plugging away all weekend and kept his stage times inside the top five, and the consistency paid real dividends.
Robbie Stokes was chasing Horan hard for the final podium placing late on Sunday after he had an up and down weekend aboard his Ford Fiesta AP4.
When the car was working well, he was clearly on the pace of Hunt’s Skoda, but several little issues and a couple of spins meant he did not get the ideal result.
In the end, he was only 10.1 seconds from the final podium place. Emma Gilmour, who had entered Sunday in third, encountered brake issues before the day had even begun.
She had to change a brake caliper on her Suzuki Swift AP4 and was late out of the morning service, resulting in a minute’s worth of penalties.
That set her back for the day, but she fought hard in her chase for the podium places, like Stokes. A fifth-placed finish can be regarded as a success for her given the recent difficulties she’s had with her Suzuki.
Todd Bawden’s new Ford Fiesta R5 MkII also had a strong weekend. His sixth-place finish was just ahead of youngster, Ari Pettigrew, who is also learning a new car.
Eighth was Dylan Turner’s Audi in its first NZRC event since being rebuilt after a big crash at Otago last year, while Mike Young started his 2022 season off with a ninth-placed finish.
Phil Campbell’s Ford Fiesta AP4 rounded out the top 10. The first two-wheel drive car home was Dylan Thomson in his Ford Fiesta ST150, while John Silcock was second in his Mazda RX7 Group B.
The Leviathan Hotel Allcomers Rally was dominated by Regan Ross in his Ford Fiesta R5 ahead of Jeff Ward in the ex-Richard Mason Subaru.
Day 2 of the Otago Rally saw competitors tackle stages in perfect weather conditions.
The rally went south west of Dunedin to Waihola, with the route including famous stages such as Waipori Gorge, Whare Flat and the legendary Kuri Bush.
There were 1115 competitive kilometres over the seven stages, before the rally finished at the seaside village of Brighton.
Deane Buist and Karl Celeste have won the ENEOS Motor Oils Otago Classic Rally in fine style, taking a dominant win in their Toyota Celica Group B replica.
In his first drive in the car, Buist overcame a fuel pump scare before the start of day two and was put into a tough fight with Jeff Judd in a Ford Escort.
However, Judd stopped with engine distributor problems three stages from home, easing the pressure on the Christchurch driver and enabling him to finish more than a minute ahead of John Silcock and Donna Elder in a Mazda RX7 Group B.
In third place after two days and 14 hard fought stages were Shane Murland and Kane Seymour in a Ford Escort RS1800.
This was Buist’s third win in the Otago Rally. His first came in 2007 in a Ford Escort, his second coming just last year in a Volkswagen Golf GTI.
He won seven of the 14 special stages contested over the weekend, fulling deserving his victory.
Fourth place was Jonty Brenssell and Daph O’Rourke in a Toyota Starlet, with the all-girl crew of Deb Kibble and Heather Barton rounding out the top five in their Mitsubishi Lancer Turbo.
Positions six and seven were the Ford Escorts of Anthony Jones / Zoe Jones and Tim McIver / Brent Wilson, and celebrity guest driver, drift star ‘Fanga’ Dan Woolhouse completed his first rally in an impressive eight place.
With the experienced Ian McKee calling the pace notes, ‘Fanga’ Dan more than made up for the pre-event hype in the Rossendale Wines Ford Escort RS1800.
Another Escort, that of Alan Warren and Rachel Chadwick, was ninth, with the final spot in the top 10 going to veteran Allan Dippie and Paul Coghill in their gorgeous Porsche 911 Turbo.
In the Classic 4WD Rally, a faultless drive from Steve Cox and Laurie Brenssell gave them a crunching 8m40s victory in their Subaru Magnum H6. Others may have been faster, but they were the most consistent, and they reap the rewards.
Amy Keighley and Nikita Gibson overcame problems on day one in their similar Subaru to finish second, a minute and a half ahead of the third Subaru Magnum H6 of Tom Milliken and Chris Cunningham, making a trifecta podium for the Jeff Judd Magnum Motorsport Team..
The final place getters were Simon Bell fourth, Nigel Ede fifth and Chris Lockyear sixth.
Olympic Gold Medallist, Hamish Bond, enjoyed his Otago Rally debut despite again retiring on day two. Unluckily for Bond, his classic Subaru suffered its second gearbox failure in as many days and he failed to finish.
Day 2 of the Otago Rally saw competitors tackle seven stages in perfect weather conditions.
The rally went south west of Dunedin to Waihola, with the route including famous stages such as Waipori Gorge, Whare Flat and the legendary Kuri Bush.
There were 115 competitive kilometres over the day, before the rally finished in sunny conditions at the seaside village of Brighton.
Final Results: ENEOS Otago Classic Rally
1. Deane Buist / Karl Celeste, Toyota Celica Group B, 2h24m47.9s
2. John Silcock / Donna Elder, Mazda RX7 Group B, +1m12.2s
3. Shane Murland / Kane Seymour, Ford Escort RS1800, +2m24.1s
4. Jonty Brenssell / Daph O’Rourke, Toyota Starlet, +6m42.7s
5. Deborah Kibble / Heather Barton, Mitsubishi Lancer EX Turbo, +7m02.8s
Kiwi rally star Hayden Paddon, co-driver John Kennard and the Hyundai New Zealand Rally team put together a near perfect performance for the opening round of the New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC) in Dunedin over the weekend of 9-10 April.
Paddon and Kennard won the Otago Rally for the sixth consecutive time while they piloted the Hyundai i20 AP4 rally car to win 13 of the rally’s 14 special stages, secure five new stage records and top the standings for the NZRC points table. The rally also counted as a qualifying round of the 2022 FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship, so the pair scored maximum points there too.
Paddon pays credit to the Hyundai New Zealand Rally team who he says prepared an absolutely mechanically perfect car, although the weekend wasn’t without its challenges even for this multi-championship winning team. A driveshaft issue, and a resultant spin, near the start of the third stage on Saturday morning gave Paddon a nervous moment but he was able to get the car to the scheduled service at the end of the stage for the team to fix the car.
He went on to win Saturday’s seven special stages by a margin of three minutes and 5.5 seconds from Ben Hunt in second place, despite a delaminating tyre in the day’s final stage. With this stage being the power stage, Paddon was pleased to still be able to secure a stage win and maximum points. Sunday’s weather dawned as fine and clear as Saturday’s and plenty of fans were out to watch the 98 strong Otago Rally field in action.
Paddon and Kennard delivered a masterclass of rallying action as they took the Hyundai i20 AP4 to seven wins from seven stages, notching up four more stage records along the way.
In the end, they finished with a margin of five minutes, 27.1 seconds over Hunt in second place. This isn’t the pair’s biggest winning margin at the Otago Rally, but Paddon was still very pleased with the strong result to get his 2022 competition season underway.
“The driveshaft failure at the start of the third stage on Saturday caused us a nervous moment when it spun the car around, but we got it back to service and the guys were able to fix it up.
“Then there was a puncture on the last stage. Very mindful that SS8 was the power stage so tried to nurse it through the stage to minimise the time loss and get those power stage points. We were luckily able to do that.
“Overall, it’s been a good weekend. To get the win was our target. It always puts a bit of pressure on when you’ve only got one target for the weekend. To tick it off and get maximum points for the weekend is perfect, although probably not as plain sailing as we’d have liked. “We know there’s a lot more performance left there that we weren’t able to extract over the weekend, but all in all when you’ve got the margin we got, we can only be happy to bring home the result for Hyundai New Zealand and the team.
“The car’s feeling very good. We have to finetune a few aspects, having changed quite a few things on the car this weekend. Now we have more data of how these changes worked in a rally environment, so we’ll take those away and finetune that for the next rally in Whangarei in May.
“I’m happy to have some new stage records and I know there’s more in the tank when we come back again in the coming years. It’s always nice to tick these points off and show we’re going in the right direction in terms of my performance on the road.”
The Hyundai New Zealand Rally team are now preparing for the International Rally of Whangarei taking place 13-15 May. Paddon and Hyundai New Zealand Rally appreciate the support of Hyundai New Zealand, Mitre 10 Trade, Z Energy, Makita, Bailey Caravans, Ben Nevis Station, Winmax Brakes, Gravity Internet, Pak N’ Save, Bars Bugs, Pirelli, OMP/Racer Products, Mike Greer Homes, Bartercard, Accessman, Sign It Signs, Carters Tyre Service and Provident Insurance.
One of the most modern rally cars ever seen on New Zealand’s world-renowned rally roads is set to finally make it’s much awaited debut at the first round of the 2022 New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC) - Rally Otago - on Saturday April 9th.
For long-time friends Todd Bawden (Driver) and Paul Burborough (Co-Driver) 7.25am on April 9th will be a Bucket List moment as they launch their M-Sport factory-built Ford Fiesta R5 Evo 2 off the start line of the opening – and aptly named – Switchback stage to get their first real taste of just what this state-of-the-art rally weapon is capable of.
Both the Hamilton businessmen are vastly experienced in rallying with Todd a six-time NZRC round winner back in the early 2000’s and Paul (Barge) Team Manager for the highly successful Subaru Rally Team New Zealand in the mid 2000’s.
After over a decade away from the gravel, they joined forces in Todd’s trusty Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6 and after finishing 7th overall at the 2020 City of Auckland Rally, Todd realised that the ‘Rally Bug’ had bitten again.
“Barge and I did a couple of rallies in late 2020 and really enjoyed ourselves, but after the Auckland Rally I knew I wanted to have another serious crack at NZRC level,” said Todd, “but seeing the pace at the front nowadays, it was obvious that if we wanted to be in contention we needed to do it properly….”
“So, one thing led to another, contact was made with M-Sport and here we are with a brand-new factory-built car.” “We originally expected to have the car in time for Rally Whangarei in May last year, but the world-wide freighting issues meant it only arrived in the country in July…”
“Fortunately, we still had the Evo 6, so we turned the 2021 season into a ‘Learn the Roads and Rounds Year’ and as a bonus sent YU8567 off into a much deserved retirement as, not only an NZRC Round Winning Car, but as a Championship Winning Car, by virtue of winning the Group NZ 4WD category.”
“So now we can take on the 2022 championship with good knowledge of the stages that are likely to be used, which should stand us in good stead for a decent shot at fighting at the sharp end this year.,” said Todd.
The ONLINE CONTRACTORS Team have managed to give the Fiesta a few brief test sessions in Maramarua Forest and at regional rally sprints and have been blown away by its performance and potential.
“The Grip and Corner Speed is Massive,” said Barge, “and the overall potential is unbelievable.”
The last COVID Lockdown scuppered plans to give the car it’s competitive rally debut at both the NZRC round at Coromandel and then Rally of the Bay, as, just like the rest of the rallying fraternity, everything was severely restricted as the country worked its way through to the Traffic Light System.
But the recent COVID governance changes mean the Otago Rally can now run almost as originally planned, with no limits on public attendance and freedom of movement for all involved as the crests and brows on the 16 high-speed special stages north and southwest of Dunedin are raced over at breakneck speed.
LIVE Results will be available on www.chrissport.co.nz throughout the weekend.
The ONLINE RACING Team would like to thank ONLINE CONTRACTORS, WINGER MOTORS, SALSA BAR AND GRILL PORT DOUGLAS and SRS HAMILTON for their ongoing support in making this project possible.
With a successful pre-rally test completed Mike Young is relishing the chance to get back to the fast South Island roads and start his 2022 rally campaign with the NZ Rally Championship Otago Rally, this coming weekend (April 8-10th).
For the Dunedin based event, Young will be back in the SAS Subaru Impreza he drove in 2021, along with regular co-driver Malcolm Read. Initially Young was to be co-driven by Amy Hudson but with Read’s plans to move to the UK delayed until early May, it was decided that he would jump back into the hot-seat for this event.
Otago Rally is another new event for Young but he’s relishing the challenge, “Malcolm and I did the Lawrence Rally at the end of last year just to get a taste of the Southland roads and even though it was a blind rally we managed to finish second overall, so I’m happy that with (pace) notes we’ll be close to the pace. Otago is a rally that every driver wants to do and especially this year when it runs on the roads near Middlemarch”.
“It will be good to have Malcolm in the car for an event he has a lot of experience on, however I’m also grateful Amy (Hudson) was ready to take over co-driver duties when it looked like Malcolm wouldn’t be in the country. Amy and I had a successful test a few weeks ago and so I’m sure we’ll make a good team when the next opportunity arises”.
Over the summer Young has been in regular contact with Japanese sponsor Cusco and providing the borders between both countries open up, Young will likely drive a Toyota C-HR in one or two Japanese events to qualify for the 2022 FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship final at Coff’s Harbour, Australia November 25 -27th.
Cusco is backing Young’s NZRC campaign too and planning to ship one of their Cusco built Subaru’s in time for the Auckland waterfront based Repco WRC Rally of New Zealand 29 September to 2 October 2022 .
The Mike Young Motorsport team is supported by Dunlop, Cusco Japan, Würth New Zealand and Go Logistics.
This weekend’s 2022 Otago Rally marks several career milestones for Dunedin rally driver Emma Gilmour.
Recently signed as the first woman to ever drive for motorsport giant McLaren, Emma has come a long way since her rally debut as zero car driver for the 2002 Otago Rally.
“I definitely owe the rally organisers a debt of gratitude for giving me that first shot and letting me drive through the course ahead of the competitors because I didn’t have any experience on gravel!” Emma says.
Fast-forward twenty years to now, and she has amassed a huge amount of experience in multiple driving disciplines. Emma has also progressed through driving a variety of marques to commit to Suzuki for the past nine seasons, as her long-term national championship car of choice.
"I did my first event with Suzuki at a similar time to starting my partnership with Vantage, when I competed in a Targa with the car marque in 2004. This event marked the beginnings of the relationship which would lead to me becoming a Suzuki dealer in 2010."
Suzuki New Zealand has repledged its support for Emma's 2022 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC) bid, as has her most long-standing sponsor Vantage Windows & Doors.
“I’m really proud that throughout my rallying career I’ve been able to look after this special relationship with Vantage Windows & Doors. We can certainly say we’ve created a long-term partnership as we enter into our 18th year together. Vantage is an amazing New Zealand company and they’ve been involved in some top-level sponsorships over the years, including Kiwi rowing pair Eric Murray and Hamish Bond, along with national rugby, netball, hockey, motocross and cycling teams.”
“The last rally driver Vantage sponsored before me was the late, great Possum Bourne, so I stepped into some pretty big shoes after his untimely passing. The company has stuck with me through thick and thin and it’s been such a privilege to reward their loyalty with my 2022 McLaren Extreme E drive,” Emma says.
She has contested one round in Saudi Arabia with McLaren and will travel to the other four rounds, which are scattered throughout the globe. The recent changes to MIQ mean she will be able to return to New Zealand in between her Extreme E commitments to compete in the six NZRC rounds and run her Suzuki car dealership in Dunedin.
“It makes such a difference to my year knowing that I can now return home without having to play the MIQ lottery, or spend weeks isolating,” she says.
Although the Otago Rally can run under New Zealand’s red traffic light restrictions on April 9 and 10, it will be an altered event.
“The recent government changes have certainly improved the rally’s situation and I’m stoked that the opening ceremony can go ahead in the Octagon. All the drivers enjoy this great opportunity to catch up with our fans and we look forward to seeing them this Friday night from 5pm.”
Emma has had two opportunities to get some seat time in her Vantage Windows & Doors Suzuki Swift AP4 by competing in rallysprints in the North and South Island with co-driver Malcolm Peden. They entered the Pukekohe Car Club’s Bothwell Loop Rallysprint in Glen Murray recently, taking the Suzuki to runner-up position.
Then the Suzuki headed south for the Eastern Southland Car Club’s Popotunoa Rallysprint, where Emma and Malcolm clocked the fastest times overall in Leg 1 and 2 to take the win over Gore’s Andrew Graves last Saturday.
“Popotunoa Rallysprint is a perfect shakedown for Otago with fast flowing roads like the Dunedin-based rally. It’s always a heated battle with Andrew and it was great to have the added competition of fellow NZRC drivers Kingsley Jones and Ari Pettigrew also competing."
The Otago Rally will be run over 17 special stages and 280 competitive kilometres, with day one heading north and west of Dunedin. There will be nine special stages on fast public roads based around Middlemarch and including the well-known Moonlight and Switchback tests, as well as Shag Valley, with the photographers’ favourite jump. The day's last stage will be the 37 km Nenthorn test.
Day two will be run on both sides of the Taieri Plains and centred around the Waihola service park. A mixture of new stages as well as the competitor favourites Waipori Gorge, Taieri Beach and of course, Kuri Bush.
Teams can qualify for the Asia Pacific Rally Championship’s final in New South Wales in November through their Otago and International Rally of Whangarei results.
Emma Gilmour thanks the following sponsors for their support: Suzuki, Vantage Windows & Doors, Castrol NZ, Dayle ITM, Gilmour Motors Suzuki, Custom Signs, Hella, Webdesign, Uniform NZ, Pure Sports Nutrition and Body Synergy Gym.
The New Zealand Rally Championship gets underway in Dunedin this weekend (9-10 April) with the Otago Rally, and Kiwi rally star Hayden Paddon and co-driver John Kennard are fired up to better last year’s stage times and get their championship bid off to a strong start.
While he has five New Zealand Rally Championship titles to his credit, Paddon isn’t taking this year’s competition lightly with an array of top Kiwi competitors lining up in various AP4 and R5 cars for what’s expected to be a great season of national-level rallying. He knows that speed and consistency will be required to secure another NZRC title, with this domestic championship underpinning his preparation to return to European rallying later this year where he’ll compete in selected events of the 2022 FIA WRC2 Championship.
Paddon and Kennard have won the Otago Rally outright five years in a row, with their Hyundai i20 AP4 rally car featuring on four of these often record-breaking wins. Running under the Hyundai New Zealand Rally banner, the team has been busy with several new developments on the car. Following successful pre-event tests, Paddon is looking forward to seeing how the car performs in all-out competition as they tackle the 17 special stages and 276km of competitive rallying taking place over two days around Dunedin.
Paddon is always seeking to improve and this year he’ll be going after more stage records as a way of measuring his own performance. He’ll also value physical time in a rally car in competition as part of his preparation for Europe. While the Hyundai i20 AP4 is different to the Hyundai i20 N Rally2 car he’ll compete in Europe, seat-time is all important for future competition.
Paddon’s quotes: “We have targeted a few stage records this year, so will be really good to measure ourselves against earlier times to see how far we have progressed. No doubt there will be a lot of good competition which will step up this year, but my sole focus is doing the best job we can and trying to continuously to improve.
“We would love to win another title; that always the goal at the start of the season. It will need to be like previous years, not only speed but also consistency, so we are focused on winning that title.
“Any driving we can do before heading back to Europe will be good. It’s all about seat time and although the cars are different, there is no substitute.
“Our team have been quite busy over the last few months. We have made a lot of new developments on the car this year which I’m pretty excited about. As our competitors get faster, we also need to keep lifting our game, and this year is one of the biggest steps we have made in recent years.”
Alongside his NZRC campaign, Paddon and Hyundai New Zealand Rally have initiated a local community project, dubbed the Paddon Project, to support a deserving local in the region of each NZRC event. Thanks to the support of Paddon’s official partners, people in the rally regions can nominate a deserving local to win a prize pack including $2000 cash, a $500 Mitre 10 voucher and more. Entries for the Otago region closed on 4 April https://paddonrallysport.co.nz/paddons-project/ and the winner will be announced on 6 April with Paddon presenting the prize to the winner.
Paddon and Hyundai New Zealand Rally appreciate the support of Hyundai New Zealand, Mitre 10 Trade, Z Energy, Makita, Bailey Caravans, Ben Nevis Station, Winmax Brakes, Gravity Internet, Pak N’ Save, Bars Bugs, Pirelli, OMP/Racer Products, Mike Greer Homes, Bartercard, Accessman, Sign It Signs, Carters Tyre Service and Provident Insurance.