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Clerk of the Course: Rob Richards & Vince Mosley
Route: 110 Miles
Maps: 159 & 146
Winners: Toby Adam/Byron Jones (Ford Escort)
A storming drive in the second half saw Toby Adams/Byron Jones take victory on the Mel Harris Memorial Rally. The Ammanford MC event was not included in any major championships but still attracted a capacity 60 car entry. It used 110 miles of slippery South Wales lanes and proved highly popular with competitors.
At the petrol halt Adams/Jones were only seven seconds in front of the first time pairing of Ceri Richards/Aled Jones. Andrew Davies/Kevin Jones were just a few seconds further back. By the Finish Adams had pulled out almost two minutes over Richards, while Davies had gone off the road attempting to maintain the pace. For Adams/Jones it was their third event together and remarkably their third victory.
Gary Jones/Andy Oakes took third place, while Martin and Gordon Bradley were fourth. The latter crew ruing the three minutes dropped when their Escort drowned out in a ford on the easily cleanable first section.
There was a close battle for the Semi-Expert class win, with the two Lampeter crews of Geraint Davies/John Gilbey and Richard Briddon/Edryd Evans in contention. The matter was decided when Briddon/Evans booked in early at a Time Control and this allowed Davies/Gilbey to take the class win and eighth overall. One place further back were the first novices, Dorian Evans/Paul Jones - an notable result on only the driver's fourth rally.
Pre-event favourites Alan Gaunt/Paul Bevan picked up a fail for wrong departure from a control just prior to the halfway halt. Aled Evans/Eryl Evans made the same error and this cost them second place at the end.
Wyn Pickersgill/Marc Jones retired their Escort with a broken gearbox, while Alan Hands/John Hands put their car off the road on an early section. Clive Greves/Rob Duke had the clutch cable fail on their Chevette.
TOP TEN POSITIONS
|1||Toby Adam||Byron Jones||Ford Escort||7m 29s|
|2||Ceri Richards||Aled Jones||Ford Escort||9m 13s|
|3||Gary Jones||Andy Oakes||Toyota Corolla||9m 18s|
|4||Martin Bradley||Gordon Bradley||Ford Escort||10m 15s|
|5||Eirwyn Davies||Dave Pitchford||Ford EScort||11m 05s|
|6||Hefin George||Dilwyn John||Mazda 323 Turbo||13m 10s|
|7||Gwyndaf Lloyd||Tracey Giddins||Talbot Sunbeam||13m 55s|
|8||Geraint Davies||John Gilbey||Toyota Corolla||14m 46s|
|9||Dorian Rees||Paul Jones||Ford Escort||16m 30s|
|10||Rhydian Jones||Dalis Ifans||Ford Escort||19m 04s|