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Clerk of the Course: Richard Wheeler
Route: 95 Miles
Maps: 147 & 148
Winners: Mark Appleton/Anthony Preston (Peugeot 106 Rallye)
The Greenleaves Rally for 2002 proved to be a tricky event with only two crews completing the course free of any fails.
The vast majority of competitors, twenty-seven out of thirty-seven starters, were in trouble almost from the competitive start as they picked up a fail at the first intermediate time control, T2RS, a small triangle control.
Mark Appleton/Anthony Preston took a cautious approach to this first section and got the critical control right. They then completed the rest of the event without incident and took victory in their Peugeot 106 Rallye. The only other car to be fail free at the finish was the novice crew of Andrew James/Alec Morris, they took the runner up spot fifteen minutes down on the winners.
Sixty & Worcestershire MC had introduced a 100% pre-plot format for the first time on the 2002 event, this was an attempt to increase the number of entries, however it was a disappointing 37 starters that made the trek to Builth Wells for the rally.
The rally was Round Four of the Welsh Road Rally Championship and Round Three of the West Midlands series. The route was just 95 miles with no fuel halt
Despite the pre-plot format, a route ammendment was issued 30 seconds before crews started the first section. This ammendment detailed the three metre controls and it was this that caught out so many crews, T2RS being the last in the sequence of three.
Third place was a three way tie that had to be decided on engine capacity with the VW Polo of Steve Roger/Paul Jones heading the Honda Civic of top seeds Alyson Acreman/Byron Jones, with Pete Cotton/Steve Warton in their two-litre Astra being demoted to fifth. Cotton reported that having worked on the brakes he was happier with the car than he had been on the Moonbeam, where it had been almost undrivable. The plan was now to address issues with the suspension.
Top Semi-Experts were Lee Bartlett/Richard Edwards who were sixth overall in their Peugeot 309.
A number of crews who had avoided the error at T2RS failed to capitalise on their good start. David Wilmer/Mark Powell were leading at the halfway point, however two missed PCs in the second half meant that they finished fifteenth. Jason Stone/Paul Holmberg were also looking likely winners until that is alternator problems on their Peugeot 205; they had to cut to the Finish with two sections remaining. They were classified thirty-second.
Islwyn Watkins/Martin Jones were lying third at halfway but then had a driveshaft fail on their Astra. Gremlin winners Gerwyn Jones/Ceri Davies were fail free until they missed a passage control in the second half, they finished eighth although this was enough to promote them in the Welsh title race.
Jeremy Evans/Ian Cooke were going well in their 998cc Mini until a they visited a ditch. They were towed out by fellow Blackwood MC members Jonathan Harrison/Jonathan Jones but had lost over twenty minutes in the incident.
Bro Caron Novice Class winners Criss Lewis/Bryan Thomas had a less successful outing on the Greenleaves after a lowering block broke on their Escort causing handling difficulties for most of the rally.
Top Welsh Championship contenders Huw Evans/Patrick Walsh, Dennis Quinn/Rob Richardson, Howard Price/Carl Williamson and Gary Jones/Gwyn Williams all fell foul of T2RS and then all picked up further fails during the night. None finished in the top ten. Despite this, Evans/Walsh still led the championship as it reached its halfway point with the Night Owl.
|1||Mark Appleton||Anthony Preston||Peugeot 106 Rallye||2m 56s|
|2||Andrew James||Alec Morris||Ford Escort||16m 06s|
|3||Steve Rogers||Paul Jones||VW Polo GTi||1F 1m 00s|
|4||Alyson Acreman||Byron Jones||Honda Civic||1F 1m 00s|
|5||Pete Cotton||Steve Warton||Vauxhall Astra GTE||1F 1m 00s|
|6||Lee Bartlett||Richard Edwards||Peugeot 309 GTi||1F 3m 00s|
|7||Andrew Williams||Wyn Davies||Vauxhall Astra||1F 3m 00s|
|8||Gerwyn Jones||Ceri Davies||Ford Escort||1F 3m 20s|
|9||Wayne Elliott||Nigel Nelson||Toyota Celica GT||1F 4m 00s|
|10||Mike Herring||Fred Harris||Vauxhall Astra||1F 15m 10s|
|11||Roger Hunt||Pete Barnard||Peugeot 205 GTi||2F 00m 00s|
|12||Gary Jones||Gwyn Williams||Toyota Corolla||2F 01m 00s|
|13||Howard Price||Carl Williamson||Toyota Corolla||2F 01m 00s|
|14||Huw Evans||Patrick Walsh||Ford Escort||2F 01m 00s|
|15||Dave Wilmer||Mark Powell||Ford Escort||2F 01m 34s|
|16||Paul Webb||Justin Brooks||Vauxhall Astra||2F 02m 00s|
|17||Dennis Quinn||Rob Richardson||Ford Escort||2F 03m 00s|
|18||Ashley Morris||Michael Cartwright||Peugeot 205 GTi||2F 03m 00s|
|19||Gary Jenkins||Eric Tong||Peugeot 205 GTi||2F 05m 00s|
|20||Criss Lewis||Bryan Thomas||Ford Escort||2F 18m 00s|
|21||Dominic Taylor||Phil Baines||Mazda 323||2F 21m 00s|
|22||Julian Smith||Chris Short||Toyota Corolla||2F 35m 04s|
|23||Keith Collier||Paul Jenkins||Peugeot 205 GTi||3F 01m 00s|
|24||Paul Todd||Iestyn ap Dafydd||Peugeot 205 GTi||3F 01m 00s|
|25||Alun Probert||Raymond Davies||Ford Sierra XR4i||3F 05m 00s|
|26||Sheldon Ware||Jason Hayes||MG 25 180||4F 04m 00s|
|27||Van-Roy Barber||Timo Rumary||Ford Escort||4F 06m 00s|
|28||Martin Perris||Dean Davies||Vauxhall Astra||5F 12m 00s|
|29||Christian Prynne||Doody Farmer||Peugeot 205 GTi||6F 08m 00s|
|30||Mark Coleman||Christian Male||Ford Escort||7F 36m 05s|
|31||Jeremy Evans||Ian Cooke||Mini||9F 03m 00s|
|32||Jason Stone||Paul Holmberg||Peugeot 205 GTi||19F 05m 42s|
|33||Robert Evans||Mark Wakefield||Ford Escort||20F 18m 09s|
|34||Mark Harris||Neil Bevan||Peugeot 205 GTi||28F 03m 00s|
|35||Jonathan Harrison||Jonathan Jones||Toyota Starlet||28F 29m 00s|