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Clerk of the Course: Ray Lloyd
Stages: 6 - 1 cancelled (58 Stage Miles)
Venue: Tarenig, Myherin, Taliesin, Dyfi, Gartheiniog & Dyfnant
Winners: Richard Tuthill/Katy Tuthill (Porsche 911)
After a storming drive in their Porsche 911, Richard and Katy Tuthill took a decisive win on the Bulldog Historic Rally, the final round of the Motoring News/Demon Tweeks Historic Rally Championship. The victory promoted Tuthill to second place in the drivers' series, as most other leading contenders, including title winner Des Nutt, gave the rally a miss.
The Bulldog Historic contenders ran in front of the main rally, using the same route but missing out the first two Hafren stages. Despite the heavy rain the stages remained smooth, however the final stage, a spectator special at Shrewsbury, was cancelled due to flooding.
Tuthill/Tuthill charged through the six stages, taking fastest time on all of them. After 58 stage miles they ended up over six minutes clear of the rest of the field.
The challenge for second place came initially from the Avenger Tiger of Allan Clark/Jim Neil, they were second quickest to Tuthill on the first five stages, before retiring on the penultimate stage, Dyfi Gartheniog. Geoff Stewart/Colin Thompson were also on the pace in their Porsche 911, before they picked up a puncture, which tore the tyre off the rim and caused them to go off the road in Stage 3, Taliesin.
Also on the retirement list were Graham Samuel/Tony Phillips, who put their Volvo Amazon off the road on Dyfi Main. While Theirry Dehaeck/Yves Haghedoooren inverted their Porsche on Dyfi Gartheniog. Meanwhile Christopher and Hilary Green withdrew their Cortina GT after its clutch failed.
Graham Waite/Gary Titmarsh made a steady start in their Volvo Amazon to take second place at the Finish, just under a minute in front of the Lotus Cortina of Mike Corns/Ana Goni. Dave Preece/Rowand Prentice were fourth, with Peter O'Neill/Peter White's Austin Healey fifth. David McErlain/Andrew Merifield completed the top six in their Porsche.
|1||Francis Tuthill||Katy Tuthill||Porsche 911||1h 09m 05s|
|2||Graham Waite||Gary Titchmarsh||Volvo Amazon||1h 14m 50s|
|3||Mike Corns||Ana Goni||Ford Lotus Cortina||1h 16m 04s|
|4||John Spiers||Paul Rothwell||Austin Healey 3000||1h 17m 08s|
|5||Dave Preece||Rowand Prentice||Porsche 911||1h 17m 43s|
|6||Peter O'Neill||Peter White||Ford Escort||1h 18m 05s|
|7||David McErlain||Andrew Merifield||Porsche 911||1h 18m 16s|
|8||Paul Merryweather||Sandra Deacon||Ford Lotus Cortina||1h 18m 53s|
|9||Bob Hart||David Bromley||Volvo 122S||1h 19m 20s|
|10||Peter Wiseman||Mark Bentley||Morris Cooper S||1h 21m 02s|
|11||Gordon Cameron||Sheila Grimshaw||Austin Cooper||1h 21m 49s|
|12||Alistair Bell||Peter Horburgh||Austin Cooper S||1h 24m 01s|
|13||Neil Calvert||Arlene Cookson||Ford Lotus Cortina||1h 24m 16s|
|14||Christopher Green||Hilary Green||Ford Cortina GT||1h 25m 34s|
|15||Andrew Street||Simon Gaden||Saab Sonnett||1h 29m 15s|
|16||Nick Whitney||Paul Whitney||Ford Lotus Cortina||1h 29m 22s|
|17||David Atherton||David Penn||Ford Lotus Cortina||1h 29m 34s|