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Greenleaves Rally 1998

Sixty & Worcestershire Motor Club

4th/5th April 1998

Clerk of the Course: Richard Wheeler & Peter Davies

Route: 114 Miles

Maps: 147 148 160 & 161

Starters: 40

Winners: Terry Pressdee/Ian Tullie (Vauxhall Chevette)

The Northern crew of Terry Pressdee/Ian Tullie took their Chevette to victory on the Greenleaves Rally in Mid-Wales. It was a demanding event that was badly affected by the cancellation of a key element of the route in the second half.

Greenleaves 1998

The rally used, that rarity for current Welsh road rallies, plot and bash navigation, and although only straightforward map references were used, Sixty & Worcestershire MC put on an event that kept navigators under pressure for the entire route. It was a round of both the Welsh and North Western Road Rally Championships.

The early pace was set by the Toyota Corolla of Peter Zjalic/Richard Preece, who led at the petrol halt. However a number of time consuming wrong slots in the second half meant that they could only manage seventh overall at the finish. Huw James/Patrick Walsh also started well and, despite being delayed by a non-competing car, were only 12 seconds down on Zjalic/Preece at the halfway point. Unfortunately later on an alternator failure saw the Aberyswyth crew struggle to the end and, having to cut route, they finished in 22nd place.

It was not a good night for the top seeds as the Escorts of Paul Holmberg/Ian Vale and Pete Cotton/Dave Pitchford had both retired by Petrol. Meanwhile Graham Evans/Ian Mills in their Toyota Corolla were to complete the rally with the least time penalties of any crew, but picked up a fail for an incorrect code board, thus relegating them to ninth place.

Toby Adams/Pat Gadsby had picked up a fail in the first half and were then excluded for failing to visit the final Main Control. While Moonbeam winners Dennis Quinn/Andrew Thomson had their first unsuccessful outing of the year as they came home in 14th.

The fifteen mile section after the halfway halt was the most demanding of the night but had to be discounted from the final results after the Escort of Dave Boucher/Jon Stobbs spun and blocked the road midway through the section. The car was eventually moved but by that stage a large number of crews had re-routed. At the Finish these crews were initially awarded large penalties for the controls they had been forced to miss, however these were eventually withdrawn by the organisers.

The results then showed that Pressdee/Tullie, who had been eighth at Petrol, had cleaned the sections that had survived the cancellations in the second half. They therefore had almost a minute's cushion over the Escort of Wayne Morris/Paul Middleton. Neil Griffiths/Carl Williamson took third, the same position as they held at the halfway point. Alyson Acreman/Byron Jones were fourth, with Bernie Harrison/Ken Owen fifth.

Keith Parry/Perry Roe were the comfortable winners in the Semi-Expert Class, bringing their Opel Manta home in twelfth overall despite having to struggle without a clutch for the final 20 miles. The rally proved a tough test for the novices with only three being classified as finishers. Howard Dray/Mark Jones won the class, bringing their Astra home six minutes in front of the Escort of Mark Harris/Mark Powell.


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Terry Pressdee Iain Tullie Vauxhall Chevette 5m 32s
2 Wayne Morris Paul Middleton Ford Escort 6m 19s
3 Neil Griffiths Carl Williamson Ford Escort 6m 47s
4 Alyson Acreman Byron Jones Vauxhall Nova 8m 13s
5 Bernie Harrison Ken Owen Ford Escort 8m 31s
6 Brian Harrison Cliff Washbrook Ford Escort 11m 53s
7 Peter Zjalic Richard Preece Toyota Corolla 14m 33s
8 Nick Broadway Andy Oakes Ford Sierra 37m 09s
9 Graham Evans Ian Mills Toyota Corolla 1F 4m 32s
10 Karl Hancock Steve Durbin Ford Escort 1F 6m 57s
11 Martyn Evans Ceri Davies Nissan Micra 1F 19m 30s
12 Keith Parry Perry Roe Opel Manta 1F 27m 08s
13 Neil Lewis John Thornton Lancia Delta 1F 35m 03s
14 Dennis Quinn Andrew Thomson Ford Escort 2F 7m 03s
15 Chris Evans Nigel Nelson Ford Escort 2F 14m 28s
16 Richard Roberts Steven Roberts Ford EScort 2F 35m 54s
17 Stephen Davies Phil MacDonell Ford Fiesta 4F 22m 42s
18 Peter Crighton Amanda Ceely Peugeot 205 4F 39m 22s
19 Ryan Leary Debra Joseph Ford Fiesta 5F 37m 21s
20 Nick Bloxham Martyn Allen Peugeot 205 5F 42m 31s
21 Damian Thomas Darren Miles Ford Escort 5F 59m 02s
22 Huw James Patrick Walsh Ford Escort 6F 27m 45s
23 Andy James Dave Howells Ford Escort 6F 35m 30s
24 Howard Dray M W Jones Vauxhall Astra 9F 49m 59s
25 Mark Harris Mark Powell Ford Escort 9F 54m 16s
26 Gareth Bevan Neil Bevan Skoda Favorit 21F 55m 06s
27 Anton Du Croq-Slip Richard Jones Mini GT1295 46F 57m 19s