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Classic Lanes Rally 2002

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Welsh Border Car Club

12th/13th October 2002

Clerk of the Course: Chris Rowlands

Route: 140 Miles

Maps: 116 117 118 125 & 126

Starters: 89

Winners: Mal Acott/Nigel Roberts (Ford Escort)

Welsh Border CC’s Classic Lanes Rally attracted a capacity entry of ninety cars, of which eighty-nine took the start from Wrexham. The rally used a 140 mile route creating a roughly clockwise loop centred on the start/finish venue and stretching over to the Llangollen area.

Classic Lanes Rally 2002
Winners: Mal Acott/Nigel Roberts (Ford Escort)
Photograph: M&H Photography

For most of the front runners there were just two sections on which they dropped time, one was near Bryneglwys, the other was over Llantysilio Mountain, the latter had an off road section which included three triangle controls in close proximity. The second half was comparatively easy and was cleaned by all Experts and Semi-Expert crews.

With the rally being decided over a just a few miles there was bound to be a close finish and so there was. Mal Acott/Nigel Roberts coming home just nineteen seconds ahead of Brynli Thomas/Roger Evans. For Acott it was his first ever rally win, Roberts having previously won the Barcud Rally 2000 with Phil Turner.

Pacemaker winners Anthony Gluyas/Richard Preece finished third. Andy Roberts/Stuart Frost, again comparatively lowly seeded, finished fourth in their Subaru Impreza.

The rally was a round of both the West Midlands and North Western championships and, at the tail end of the season, was expected to have a significant affect on the title race. However most leading contenders had problematic events and there were few major changes at the top of the championship tables.

Paul Holmberg, navigating for Steve Webster in an Impreza, could have virtually assured himself of the navigator’s title if he had finished in the top five, however he had an unhappy event, being held up by a taxi on one of the critical sections, and coming home in seventh place.

Classic Lanes Rally 2002
Winners: Brynli Thomas/Roger Evans (Peugeot 205 GTi)
Photograph: M&H Photography

Howard Price/Carl Williamson, having tied up the Welsh Championship, were trying to secure the ‘triple crown’ of titles, but finished in 58th place after wrong slotting and getting stuck on a track.

Iain Tullie lost all chances of taking the North Western navigators’ title. He only finishing eleventh after the Nova he shared with Carl Hawkins became stuck on a triangle on the Llantysilio Mountains section. In contrast Marcus Watmough remained in contention after finishing tenth with Stew Dale in a Sierra 4x4.

With Simon Cottrell away successfully competing on Mull and Howard Prices’ problems, Gary Jones moved himself into contention in the North Western drivers’ table with just two rounds remaining. Navigated by Iestyn ap Daffydd, he finished in fifth overall and won the Standard Production award in his Toyota Corolla.

The three controls on the Llantysilio Mountain caused a number of crews problems. Kev Parry/Gareth Price picked up a fail at that point and withdrew, similarly Michael Pedley/Dave Pedley missed a code board at a route check and got a wrong approach at a Passage Control, with the navigator feeling unwell, they retired soon afterwards.

Adrain Higman/Brian Jones were hoping for a good run on their local event but they retired with gearbox problems on their VW Golf in the first half. The first retirements of the night were Alan Roberts/Paul Jones who had the cambelt fail on their Escort just half a mile into the rally.

The Semi-Expert class was won by navigator turned driver for this event, Byron Jones, he was navigated by Matthew Maidment. Jones had won the Novice award on the same rally on its last running in 2000.

The Novice Class was won by Martin Cooke/Paul Taylor, while the first Beginners home were Glyn Williams/Dai Jones.


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Mal Acott Nigel Roberts Ford Escort 2m 56s
2 Brynli Thomas Roger Evans Peugeot 205 GTi 3m 15s
3 Anthony Gluyas Richard Preece Ford Escort 4m 07s
4 Andy Roberts Stuart Frost Subaru Impreza 4m 16s
5 Gary Jones Iestyn ap Dafydd Toyota Corolla 4m 32s
6 Dewi Williams Alan Jones Peugeot 205 GTi 4m 53s
7 Steve Webster Paul Holmberg Subaru Impreza 6m 30s
8 Delwyn Price Steve Price Ford Escort 6m 32s
9 Ian 'Dude' Roberts Andy Moss VW Golf GTi 6m 39s
10 Stew Dale Marcus Watmough Ford Sierra GLSi 4x4 7m 01s
11 Carl Hawkins Iain Tullie Vauxhall Nova GTE 7m 17s
12 Byron Jones Matthew Maidment Honda Civic 7m 30s
13 Ian Furniss Russell Roberts Peugeot 205 7m 36s
14 Glyn Price Huw Jones Ford Escort 7m 42s
15 Mike East Roger Davidson Peugeot 205 GTi 7m 47s
16 Dave Jones Baz Green Vauxhall Astra GTE 7m 50s
17 Dave Edwards Andy Edwards Ford Escort 8m 11s
18 Roger Powley Jon Smith Toyota Corolla 8m 29s
19 Lee Bartlett Richard Edwards Peugeot 309 GTi 10m 46s
20 Lee Evans Anthony Williams Vauxhall Nova 10m 59s
21 David Jones Ian Evans Peugeot 205 GTi 12m 53s
22 Martin Cooke Paul Taylor Vauxhall Astra SRi 12m 55s
23 Medwyn Jones Brian Stubbs Talbot Sunbeam 14m 26s
24 Ian Jones Peter Tomlinson VW Golf GTi 14m 35s
25 Neil Bye Stephen Bye Peugeot 205 GTi 15m 24s
26 Bob Gush Kevin Warlow Vauxhall Astra GTE 16m 35s
27 Gareth Jones Iwan Jones Vauxhall Astra 19m 03s
28 Bob Ward Jonty Bloxham Ford Escort 19m 53s
29 Glyn Williams Dai Jones Ford Ecort 26m 26s
30 John Broadhurst Gareth Williams Ford Escort 27m 00s
31 Mal Jones Ian Fellows Peugeot 205 GTi 29m 48s
32 Stuart Kelso Rich Renshaw Peugeot 205 GTi 34m 28s
33 Derwyn Roberts Merfyn Williams Ford Escort 37m 56s
34 Terry Micklethwaite Dave Evans VW Golf 47m 16s
35 Simon Randall Paul Davenport Ford Escort 1F 4m 38s
36 Jim Paterson Adrian Smart Subaru RX Turbo 1F 4m 48s
37 Clive Baty Brynmor Pierce Proton Compact 1F 5m 34s
38 Peter Gill Andrew Jones Peugeot 205 GTi 1F 6m 32s
39 Adrian Hodgson Chris Lightburn Renault 18 TS 1F 6m 37s
40 Andrew Matthews Colin Jones Ford Fiesta XR2 1F 14m 24s
41 John Morris Vicki Price Peugeot 205 GTi 1F 16m 05s
42 Phil Hughes Stu Gush Vauxhall Astra GTE 1F 27m 52s
43 Tony Watkin Medwyn Evans Vauxhall Nova 1F 33m 53s
44 Tristram Pierce Dave Cox Peugeot 205 GTi 2F 12m 29s
45 Brian Spurr Jim Clarke Ford Escort 2F 13m 21s
46 Keith Gush Jenny Gush Vauxhall Nova GTE 2F 18m 26s
47 Chris Thompson Justin Cotton VW Golf GTi 2F 22m 33s
48 Phil Harvey Andrew Porter Ford Escort 2F 27m 36s
49 Chris Robinson Alan Pemberton Toyota Celica GT 3F 12m 26s
50 Derek Fielding Philip Roath Vauxhall Astra 3F 26m 03s
51 Chris Rogers Martin Jones Peugeot 205 GTi 4F 15m 58s
52 Adam Clews Dave Skinner Peugeot 205 GTi 4F 24m 20s
53 Steven Williams Geoff Williams Peugeot 205 GTi 5F 14m 33s
54 Mark O'Leary Shaun Hardy Ford Escort Mexico 6F 10m 33s
55 Nick Bamford Karl Short Ford Fiesta 6F 32m 02s
56 Alan Bradbury Geoff Evanson Ford Escort 8F 28m 14s
57 Richard Evans Terry Bennett Vauxhall Astra SRi 9F 38m 53s
58 Howard Price Carl Williamson Toyota Corolla 17F 00m 00s
59 Brian Miller Ashley Kennell Ford Fiesta XR2 25F 44m 00s
60 Andrew Roberts Paul Rowlands Ford Escort XR3i 55F 27m 58s