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Mid Summer Rally 1999

Telford Auto Club

12th/13th June 1999

Clerk of the Course: Dave Stocking

Route: 110 Miles

Maps: 126 127 & 137

Starters: 36

Winners: Paul Hughes/Paul Middleton (Vauxhall Astra)

Paul Hughes/Paul Middleton took their first rally victory on Telford AC's Midsummer Road Rally. The event used 110 miles of lanes in West Shropshire to provide an excellent night's sport for the 36 starters. Hughes/Middleton had built up a substantial lead by the petrol halt and maintained the advantage to the end despite a two minute wrong slot in the second half.

Mid Summer Rally 1999
Winners: Paul Hughes/Paul Middleton (Vauxhall Astra)
Photograph: M&H Photography

Alan Walker/Nick Darkin finished second, but had to contend with a borrowed car which not only had no rear brakes but a sick engine for most of the event. Third went to the 1300cc Escort of Wayne Morris/Dave Pitchford; they were the quickest crew in the second half but had dropped five minutes with a wrong slot early on.

Gary Jones/Andy Oakes were fourth, but were another crew who could have done better - they'd lost eight minutes after they picked up a puncture on the first section.

Pete Cotton/Brian Jenkins also had problems at an early stage when they lost a wheel when the studs came off. They recovered to finish eighth. Kevin Hesketh/Andy Moss would have finished second but for a mix up at a time control which saw them pick up two fails, this penalty dropped them well down the order. Top seed Kevin Ikin non-started due to a back injury.

Richard Suff/Craig Parry looked to have the Semi-Expert class sewn up, but then booked in early at the last time control, giving the class win to Shane Richards/Jon Madoc-Jones, who had chased them hard all night. The Novice class was won the by the Astra of Richard Kipolate/Neil Payne, who were twelfth.


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Paul Hughes Paul Middleton Vauxhall Astra 14m 21s
2 Alan Walker Nick Darkin Ford Escort 16m 53s
3 Wayne Morris Dave Pitchford Ford Escort 18m 14s
4 Gary Jones Andy Oakes Toyota Corolla 22m 36s
5 Shane Richards Jon Madoc-Jones Ford Sierra 22m 50s
6 Oliver Davies Chris Jones Ford Escort 24m 11s
7 Andrew Powell Jane Powell Ford Escort 31m 40s
8 Pete Cotton Brian Jenkins Ford Escort 36m 00s
9 Sean Hardy Carl Williamson Audi 80 37m 58s
10 Richard Suff Craig Parry Peugeot 205 1F 20m 50s