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Clerk of the Course: Karl Hancocks
Route: 145 Miles
Maps: 160 161 & 171
Winners: Toby Adam/Pat Gadsby (Ford Escort)
Toby Adam/Pat Gadsby retook the lead of the Welsh Road Rally Championship when they won the Malky Rally. The rally took place in atrocious conditions and proved a tough test - the weather made the whites difficult to negotiate and the organisers' use of numerous three metre controls kept navigators on their toes. The result was that only Adam/Gadsby completed the route without picking up penalties for missing any controls or route check.
The Blackwood and District MC event used a 145 mile route in south-east Wales. Of the 50 starters only 22 made it back to the finish.
Local crew Chris Evans/Nigel Nelson stormed through the first section only to have the engine on their Escort go sick, they went no further. They were joined on the list of early retirees by Huw Evans/Patrick Walsh, Bob Gibbons/Stuart Cardell and Andy Sheppard/Mike Hart.
At the petrol halt Gareth Jones/Andrew Card had a lead of almost a minute over Adam/Gadsby, however a missed PC and a missed signature meant that Jones/Card picked up an extra 20 minutes in penalties; they were thus demoted to second at the Finish.
Wayne Morris/Dave Pitchford were third; they'd survived a loose axle and drowning out twice in the first half to bring their 1300cc Escort home as the last crew free of fails. The result meant that Pitchford secured the West Midlands championship with two rounds to spare. Paul Holmberg was unable to tie up the drivers' title as his car was not ready in time after its outing on the previous weekend's 061 Rally.
Their victory meant that Adam/Gadsby retook the lead of the Welsh Championship by a mere two points. The leaders prior to the Malky, Neil Griffiths/Carl Williamson, had a troubled run, picking up a fail for a wrong departure at the very first control. They eventually came home in sixth.
The title battle was now a two horse race between these two Mark One Escort crews. Dennis Quinn/Andrew Thomson had withdrawn from the championship and did not enter the Malky. Both Welsh and West Midlands Championships had just two rounds remaining.
The Semi-Expert award was taken by 'Polly'/Duncan Pinnegar, who were eighth overall in their Peugeot 205. The event was a titanic struggle for the novice crews. The class was won by Chris Burford/Mark Powell, who ended with penalties of five fails and 122 minutes - five fails clear of the second in class Adrian Coundley/Nick Sugg.
|1||Toby Adam||Pat Gadsby||Ford Escort||5m 32s|
|2||Gary Jones||Andrew Card||Toyota Corolla||23m 29s|
|3||Wayne Morris||Dave Pitchford||Ford Escort||25m 44s|
|4||Andrew Lewis||Dave Howells||Ford Escort||1F 21m 34s|
|5||Brian Davis||Jayson Brown||Ford Escort||1F 22m 51s|
|6||Neil Griffiths||Carl Williamson||Ford Escort||1F 35m 23s|
|7||Nick Yates||Simon Yates||Ford Escort||1F 38m 41s|
|8||Polly||Duncan Pinnegar||Peugeot 205 GTi||1F 59m 01s|
|9||Alan Gaunt||Richard Preece||Peugeot 205 GTi||1F 66m 11s|
|10||Jerry Jones||Phil Lewis||Mini Clubman||2F 46m 06s|
|11||Martin Bardley||Gordon Bradley||Ford Escort||2F 46m 49s|
|12||Mike Kimber||Paul Jenkins||Toyota Corolla||2F 48m 06s|
|13||Phill Davies||Justin Davies||Ford Escort||2F 85m 47s|
|14||Len Giles||Lee Deverell||Ford Escort||2F 105m 03s|
|15||Chris Burford||Mark Powell||Ford Escort RS||5F 122m 35s|
|16||Nigel Phillips||Baryan Joseph||Toyota Corolla||5F 143m 41s|
|17||Adrian Coundley||Nick Sugg||Ford Escort||9F 138m 50s|
|18||Lawrence Jones||Clifford Jones||Vauxhall||10F 172m 23s|
|19||Martin Ellaway||Islwyn Watkins||VW Golf GTi||12F 275m 35s|
|20||Simon MacKay||Tim Jones||Toyota Corolla||13F 173m 41s|
|21||Julie Elmore||Sandra Evans||Opel Manta||15F 317m 40s|
|22||Andy Gwynne||Holly Robinson||Peugeot 205||16F 284m 04s|