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Meirion Rally 1998

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Wolverhampton & South Staffs Car Club

24th October 1998

Clerk of the Course: John Trevethick

Stages: 4 - 1 cancelled (44 Stage Miles)

Venue: Taliesin, Dyfi, Gartheiniog & Dyfnant

Starters: 36

Winners: David Young/James Young (Ford Escort RS2000)

Bulldog Historic Rally 1998

David Young/James Young took what, in the end, was a comfortable victory in their Escort RS2000 on the Meirion Rally. This was despite failing to take fastest time on any of the event's four stages. The Meirion, which ran in front of the main Bulldog Rally, using the Bulldog's final four stages, giving a total of 44 miles of smooth Mid-Wales forestry.

The fastest car in the rally was the Escort Cosworth of Dave Humphreys/Ian Pryce. They were quickest on all four stages, setting times that would have put them in the top three of the main Bulldog event. Unfortunately their car ground to a halt with electrical problems on the road section from the final stage to the Finish.

Young/Young were however worthy winners as they were well clear of the field, being two minutes quicker than the second placed Sierra 4x4 of Mick Gilman/Jason Dolman at the Finish. Gilman/Dolman had been challenging for overall honours in the Evans Windows Welsh Clubmans Championship, but the fact that Rob Dennis/Andrew Brewer finished just behind them in third place meant that the latter took the title.

Championship sponsor, Graham Evans, had a less happy rally; his Chevette broke a tramp bar halfway through the second stage, Dyfi Main. He and co-driver Ian Mills got no further. Russell Spry/Alan Frame were also on the retirement list; their Escort broke a piston in Dyfnant.

Richard Newman/Chris Allsop were in line for a top five finish when their Escort suffered a head gasket failure, also in Dyfnant.

The Under 1600 Class went to Craig Thomas/Christopher Evans, who were sixth overall in a Mark 1 Escort, while Under 1300 honours fell to the Nova of James Morton/Bryan Hull.


Pos Driver Co-Driver Car Penalty
1 David Young James Young Ford Escort RS2000 52m 33s
2 Mick Gilman Jason Dolman Ford Sierra 4x4 54m 19s
3 Robert Dennis Andrew Brewer Ford Escort 54m 43s
4 Andy Miers Emyr Jones Ford Escort RS 55m 05s
5 Ian Fryer Mike Kiff Ford Escort 55m 18s
6 Darryl Andrews Jeff Denford Ford Escort 55m 25s
7 Mark Goodwin Wayne Davies Ford Escort 55m 36s
8 Craig Thomas Christopher Evans Ford Escort 55m 49s
9 Martin Wyles Garry Mansell Ford Escort 56m 37s
10 Dennis Parry Huw Lewis Ford Sierra XR4x4 56m 39s
11 Paul Jackson Neil Selley Ford Escort RS 56m 56s
12 Richard Lewis Keith Davies Peugeot 205 57m 00s
13 Paul Atkins Philip Atkins Ford Escort 57m 02s
14 Alun Jones Gary Moult Ford Escort 57m 07s
15 Tony Dickinson Gavin Heseltine Ford Escort 57m 43s
16 Russ Davies Gordon Davies Vauxhall Astra 58m 20s
17 James Morton Bryan Hull Vauxhall Nova 1h 00m 19s
18 Michael Woolcock Andrew Woolcock Ford Sierra Cosworth 1h 00m 54s
19 Paul Pritchard Dave Evison Ford Escort 1h 01m 24s
20 Ian Torkington Colin Hutchings Vauxhall Cavalier 1h 01m 37s
21 Richard Yorke Howard Davies Hillman Avenger 1h 02m 06s
22 Bob Morgan Dave Saunders Ford Escort Cosworth 1h 02m 15s
23 Ian Barrett Simon Ashton Vauxhall Nova 1h 04m 57s
24 Darryl Pickering Grant Jewitt Ford Escort 1h 06m 00s
25 April Lay Sally Phillips Peugeot 205 GTi 1h 06m 53s