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Clerk of the Course: John Trevethick
Stages: 5 (39 Stage Miles)
Stages: Myherin, Tarenig, Sweet Lamb, Hafren & Dyfnant
Winners: Charles Golding/Preston Ayres (Ford Escort RS1600)
Charles Golding/Preston Ayres took victory on the Meirion Rally in their immaculate Escort RS1600. The event mixed clubmen with historic entries and ran alongside the Bulldog Rally; using the final five stages of the main event.
The rally should have seen a comfortable victory for Phil Collins/Cliff Simmons. The pair were revelling in the use of pacenotes on a forestry event and had opened up a lead of ninety seconds over the first four stages. They had been fastest on three and second on the rather 'Mickey-Mouse' spectator special at Sweet Lamb. Unfortunately their Escort ground to a halt with electrical problems halfway through the final stage, Dyfnant.
Collins' demise should have handed the win to Keith Wilde/Andrew Sankey; on stage times, they were almost a minute clear at the Finish. However a rare mistake by Sankey saw them pick up a one minute road penalty, this dropped them to second just three seconds behind Golding/Ayres.
Francis Tuthill/Pauline Gullick made it a good day for the historic entries, bringing their Porsche 911 home in third. Russell Spry/Robert White had chased Collins all day but problems in Dyfnant cost them over a minute and they trailled home in fourth.
John Keatley/Maurice Beckett should have been fifth but they also incurred road penalties and were eventually classified ninth. Pre-event favourites Andy Miers/Tony Beddoes had a short rally as they Escort was seen parked up only three miles into the first stage, Myherin.
Robert Dalziel/Anthony Lewis were also a victim of this stage, sliding their Sierra off the road and out of rally. Graham Evans/Ian Mills also went off the road on the first stage, but, having taken a maximum, got going again, only to have their Escort's exhaust break in Hafren.
|1||Charles Golding||Preston Ayres||Ford Escort RS1600||45m 51s|
|2||Keith Wilde||Andrew Sankey||Ford Escort RS2000||45m 54s|
|3||Francis Tuthill||Pauline Gullick||Porsche 911||46m 01s|
|4||Russell Spry||Robert White||Ford Escort||46m 11s|
|5||Dessie Nutt||Geraldine McBride||Porsche 911||46m 35s|
|6||Andrew Kenny||Gary Kenny||Mitsubishi Lancer||46m 44s|
|7||Martin Kenny||Steve Quine||Ford Escort||47m 03s|
|8||Grant Sturkey||Leo Todd||Ford Escort||47m 07s|
|9||John Keatley||Maurice Beckett||Porsche 911||47m 20s|
|10||Drexel Gillespie||Peter Martin||Ford Lotus Cortina||48m 07s|
|11||Dennis Parry||Huw Lewis||Ford Sierra XR4x4||49m 26s|
|12||James Young||David Young||Vauxhall Astra||49m 27s|
|13||Craig Salter||Liz Jordan||Ford Escort||49m 36s|
|14||Andrew Street||Simon Gaden||Saab Sonett||49m 46s|
|15||Richard Edwards||Keith Davies||Vauxhall Astra||49m 53s|
|16||Kevin Mecham||Collette Le Page||Ford Escort||51m 34s|
|17||Sean Edwards||Helene Mars||Ford Escort||52m 12s|
|18||Robert Gough||Michael Wilding||Vauxhall Nova||52m 27s|
|19||Gordon Cameron||Sheila Grimshaw||Austin Mini Cooper||53m 34s|
|20||Martin Payton||Guy Weaver||Peugeot 106 Rallye||53m 45s|
|21||Peter Stimson||Christopher Underwood||Ford Anglia||53m 59s|
|22||Roy Lewis||Peter James||Ford Escort RS||54m 26s|
|23||Andy Kibble||Martyn Duncan||Vauxhall Astra||54m 59s|
|24||Dave Preece||Rowand Prentice||Porsche 911||55m 16s|
|25||Steve Baker||Bill Stevenson||Porsche 911||55m 25s|
|26||Spencer Wilkinson||Clive Dunbabin||Peugeot 106 Rallye||55m 35s|
|27||Simon Woodley||Michelle Calvert||Ford Escort||55m 41s|
|28||Adrian Mayall||Robert Hayden||Alfa Romeo 33||56m 24s|
|29||April Lay||Sally Phillips||Peugeot 205 GTi||57m 12s|
|30||John Spiers||Paul Rothwell||Ford Mustang||1h 16m 39s|
|31||Anthony Ward||David Harris||Ford Cortina GT||1h 19m 06s|