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Clerk of the Course: Kev Nunns
Route: 130 Miles
Maps: 125 126 & 136
Winners: Phil Turner/Owen Dodd (Talbot Sunbeam)
Phil Turner/Owen Dodd once again underlined their dominance of road rallying in the Oswestry area when they took victory on the Classic Lanes Rally. The Welsh Border CC event was a counter for the West Midlands Championship and used a familiar Oswestry to Dinas Maddwy and back route, which proved popular with the competitors.
Turner/Dodd dominated the event. By the petrol halt they were almost a minute clear of the field. They had penalties of 2m 31s, while Dave Jones/Baz Green (Toyota Corolla), in second place, were on 3m 24s. In third were Geraint Davies/Sarah Gluyas (Toyota Corolla) but, with a total of 4m 52s, they were 90 seconds further back. In contrast Adrian Hodgson/Sean Caddick (Ford Escort) were right behind Davies/Gluyas, they were on 4m 58s in fourth.
Davies/Gluyas weren't destined to make it to the Finish. They put their Corolla off the road and out of the event on the B-road running along the southern edge of Lake Vyrnwy.
Two other leading crews suffered offs in the early stages of the event. Cyril Crook/Chris Ware (Talbot Sunbeam) had been expected to challenge for the win, but an off only a few miles into the rally caused them to drop two minutes. Andy Sheppard/Mike Hart (Toyota Corolla) also visited the scenery but with more serious consequences as they were unable to continue.
Turner/Dodd were still going strong when the engine of their Sunbeam went very sick as they reached the latter stages. Despite this the dropped just 3 seconds after Petrol, while no one else survived with less than 2 minutes added to their total. Thus they finished 3m 07s ahead of Jones/Green. The result made it three victories from four starts on Welsh Border CC rallies in two years for Turner/Dodd.
Cyril Crook/Chris Ware, recovering from their earlier excitement, and Adrian Hodgson/Sean Caddick ended on the same total, 7m 28s, with third place being awarded to the Sunbeam crew thanks to them having cleaned the section to STC2, while Hodgson/Caddick dropped 7 seconds.
Alan Walker/Nick Darkin (Ford Escort) with the closest on outright speed to the winners, but a missed PC in the first half dropped them down the order in 18th place.
The Semi-Expert award went to Steve Bishop/Tim Kear (Ford Escort), who were sixth overall; they were chased hard by Glyn Price/Huw Jones (Ford Escort) who came in only 40 seconds behind at the end. The leading Novice crew were Martin Bradley/Gordon Bradley (Ford Escort), the latter contesting his first rally since 1974.
|1||Phil Turner||Owen Dodd||Talbot Sunbeam||2m 34s|
|2||Dave Jones||Baz Green||Toyota Corolla||5m 41s|
|3||Cyril Crook||Chris Ware||Talbot Sunbeam||7m 28s|
|4||Adrian Hodgson||Sean Caddick||Ford Escort||7m 28s|
|5||Wayne Morris||Paul Middleton||Ford Escort||8m 23s|
|6||Steve Bishop||Tim Kear||Ford Escort||10m 05s|
|7||Glyn Price||Huw Jones||Ford Escort||10m 45s|
|8||Peter Zjalic||Richard Preece||Toyota Corolla||10m 46s|
|9||Paul Hughes||Steve Lloyd||Vauxhall Astra||11m 21s|
|10||John Kendrick||Roger Evans||Toyota Corolla||15m 59s|
|11||Richard 'Tyson' Morris||Keith Davies||Talbot Samba||16m 45s|
|12||Chris Wilson||Roger Fildes||Vauxhall Astra GTE||17m 03s|
|13||Paul Jones||Chris Rowlands||Vauxhall Nova||17m 09s|
|14||Jamie Burton||Dave Dewson||Ford Escort||19m 16s|
|15||Graham Evans||Shaun O'Gorman||Ford Escort||19m 52s|
|16||Sean Rowlands||Mark Hill||Peugeot 205 GTi||23m 00s|
|17||Polly||M Southall||Peugeot 205||24m 25s|
|18||Alan Walker||Nick Darkin||Ford Escort||1F 2m 53s|
|19||Nick Bloxham||Martyn Allen||Peugeot 205||1F 11m 55s|
|20||Nick Onions||Chris Lightburn||Talbot Sunbeam||1F 16m 49s|
|21||John Jones||Dave Stocking||Renault 11 Turbo||1F 16m 56s|
|22||Brian Spurr||Jim Clarke||Ford Escort||1F 22m 10s|
|23||Richard Jones||Heath Griffiths||Ford Escort||1F 22m 22s|
|24||K Pashley||John Thornton||Peugeot 205||1F 23m 57s|
|25||Peter Crighton||Amanda Ceely||Peugeot 205||1F 24m 37s|
|26||Martin Bradley||Gordon Bradley||Ford Escort||1F 25m 32s|
|27||Neil Arden||Giles Corbett||Ford Escort RS2000||1F 27m 11s|
|28||Chris Bolver||Denny Harris||Ford Anglia||1F 27m 45s|
|29||O Lomax||D Alcock||Ford Escort||2F 22m 24s|
|30||G Davies||A Davies||Vauxhall Chevette||2F 27m 48s|
|31||R Williams||I Jones||Ford Escort||3F 44m 13s|
|32||Derek Tracey||Chris Hughes||Mini 1000||4F 30m 28s|
|33||W Austin||P Edwards||Renault||8F 56m 07s|
|34||A Clayworth||P Grantham||Ford Escort||8F 75m 37s|