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Border 100 Road Rally 1999

Sponsored by The Garage (Llanfyllin) Ltd

Welsh Border Car Club

1st/2nd May 1999

Clerk of the Course: Brian Jones & Nigel Roberts

Route: 100 Miles

Maps: 125 & 26

Starters: 60

Winners: Derwyn Evans/Ian Furniss (Vauxhall Astra)

Top road rally stars of the Seventies and early Eighties, Derwyn Evans/John Furniss proved they had lost none of their skills by taking victory on their home event, the Border 100.

Border 100 Rally 1999

Despite not being included in any championships, the rally attracted an over subscribed entry of sixty cars. Crews were faced with a superb 100 mile route based on the small Montgomeryshire town of Llanfyllin.

Martin and Gordon Bradley were in problems immediately as they discovered an oil leak on their Escort just prior to their start time - they rectified the problem but, beginning the event 25 minutes late, they were forced to cut route to remain inside their maximum lateness

Jon Gwilym/Owen Dodd had a short event, a wheel breaking on the rally's first white, throwing their Escort into a tree. Moonbeam winners Adrian Hodgson/Sean Caddick were another crew not to make the petrol halt, the alternator on the Peugeot 205 failing on the second section.

At the halfway halt the lead was held by top seeds Phil Turner/Neil Spiers, they were almost two minutes ahead of the eventual winners. Despite a failing clutch on their Escort they maintained this lead to within a mile of the finish, however they then got lost in the lanes surrounding Trefonen, dropping six minutes and five places as a result. It was therefore left for Evans/Furniss to take the win - a popular victory on home ground.

Second place fell to the top Semi-Expert crew, Dave Stephens/Keith Jones - the driver being another competitor from the glory days of road rallying making a return to the sport. Kevin Nunns/Dave Evison were third in their Corolla, with Adrian Higman/Cyril Jones fourth in their Maestro. Higman had contemplated retirement at Petrol, the Maestro having lost virtually all its brakes; however he managed to salvage a set of pads from a similar car at the halfway venue, these allowed him to complete the route.

Paul Hughes/Paul Middleton rounded off the top six having survived picking up a puncture on their Astra without losing any time. Less fortunate were Graham Evans/Ian Mills who lost five minutes with a puncture in the second half, dropping them to ninth at the end.

Richard Suff/Carl Williamson were going well before an off on the second section dropped them out of contention. Gary Jones/Andy Oakes were among a number of crews who lost time locating a series of via controls on the crucial second section.

With their second overall Stephens/Jones were naturally comfortable winners of the Semi-Expert class, although John Powell/Matt Barker made it into the top ten with eighth overall, this was however over six minutes down on the class leaders.

Elwyn Davies/Ian Roberts were easily the fastest novice crew and would have finished sixth overall, however they booked in early at the Petrol halt and as a result fell down the order at the Finish. Steve Herbert/Allen Hart therefore inherited the class win, bringing their Audi Quattro into eleventh place, they were only novice crew without any fails.


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Derwyn Evans Ian Furniss Vauxhall Astra 6m 11s
2 Dave Stephens Keith Jones Ford Escort 7m 31s
3 Kev Nunns Dave Evison Toyota Corolla 8m 42s
4 Adrian Higman Cyril Jones MG Maestro 9m 18s
5 Phil Turner Neil Spiers Ford Escort 9m 37s
6 Paul Hughes Paul Middleton Vauxhall Astra 12m 19s
7 Wayne Morris Dave Pitchford Ford Escort 13m 13s
8 John Powell Matt Barker Vauxhall Astra 13m 52s
9 Graham Evans Ian Mills Toyota Corolla 14m 22s
10 Michael Cartwright David Pedley Ford Escort 14m 32s
11 Steve Herbert Allen Hart Audi Quattro 20m 22s
12 Chris Painer Steve Quine Vauxhall Nova 23m 40s
14 Pete Cotton Brian Jenkins Ford Escort 30m 36s
15 Richard 'Tyson' Morris Keith Davies Talbot Samba 31m 05s
16 Brandon Smith Mark Hill Audi 80 35m 24s
17 Chris Bolver Denny Harris Ford Anglia 1F 21m 16s
18 Kevin Hesketh Andy Moss Ford Escort 1F 24m 41s
19 Gary Jones Andy Oakes Toyota Corolla 1F 27m 43s
21 Nick Onions Chris Lightburn Talbot Sunbeam Ti 1F 30m 34s
23 John Jones Alan Thompson Renault 11 Turbo 2F 21m 30s
27 Stephen Jones Paul Jones Toyota Corolla 4F 30m 49s
28 Derek Tracey Chris Hughes Ford Escort 4F 52m 33s
31 Stephen Davies Ben Davies Ford Fiesta 6F 20m 33s
33 Richard Suff Carl Williamson Peugeot 205 9F 3m 00s
35 Martin Jones Andrew Davies Ford Sierra 14F 51m 12s
37 Martin Bradley Gordon Bradley Ford Escort 21F 11m 01s