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Mid Wales Stages 1998

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Newtown & District Auto Club

24th May 1998

Clerk of the Course: Richard Edwards & Graham Evans

Stages: 6

Venue: Llyn Coch & Dyfnant

Starters: 119 + 15 Historic

Winners: Glyn Jones/Huw Lewis (Subaru Impreza)

Glyn Jones/Huw Lewis took their Subaru Impreza to victory on the Mid Wales Stages. Amazingly they were the only one of the top ten starters to make it to the Finish. The North Wales crew had only been in sixth position at the halfway point but powered through to win by two and a half minutes after all their competitors fell by the wayside.

Mid Wales Stages 1998

Newtown & District AC had attracted an impressive entry to their Evans Windows Welsh Clubman's Championship contender. David Higgins brought his Subaru Impreza to his local event as a warm up for the Scottish, while Marcus Dodd was testing some new features on his Escort Cosworth.

The event had 45 stage miles in just six stages. The first stage was Seat's testing ground at Llyn Coch, with the next two being in Dyfnant Forest; these three stages were then repeated in the afternoon after the rally's only service halt.

The top ten collapse started before competitors reached Llyn Coch, when local favourite and previous winner Dave Humphreys retired his Escort Cosworth with a cambelt failure on the run out from Newtown. In addition Gary Smith/Phil Clarke, in a similar car, only made it as far as the first stage when their turbo failed. Dennis Rowlands/Maurice Leach joined them in retirement on this stage after their Escort holed its sump.

Unsurprisingly it was Marcus Dodd/John Bennie who led as crews arrived at the halfway halt, they were ten seconds clear of David Higgins/Chris Wood despite having problems with their Escort's differential. These two had a comfortable margin over a gaggle of four cars, these being John Roberts/Mark Lewis (Sierra Cosworth), Richard Gough/Tony Beddoes (Mitsubishi Carisma GT), Greg Mills/Dylan Jones (Sierra Cosworth) and the eventual winners Jones/Lewis.

Unfortunately Dodd/Bennie made it no further than the end of SS4 when their Escort suffered a suspected gearbox failure. Gough/Beddoes also went out on that point, the Carisma's differential started to vibrate after they picked up a puncture and they withdrew before any serious damage was inflicted. With Greg Mills sidelined with ECU failure, this left David Higgins leading John Roberts and Glyn Jones as they entered SS5. Only the latter was to emerge to tackle SS6 as both Higgins and Roberts went off the road and out of the rally within a few hundred yards of each other.

Jones/Lewis duly completed the event to win by two and a half minutes from Charlie Lamb/Steve Lancaster, who had been using a six speed gearbox on their Escort Cosworth for the first time. Andy Miers/Emyr Jones (Escort RS2000) were challenging Lamb when they were yet another crew to crash out on SS5.

Richard Davies/Dave Williams brought their Nissan Sunny home in third place overall and the Class 3 win, having had to rebuild the car after a massive crash on the Manx. Ricky Evans/Ian Butcher put a long series of retirements behind them to take fourth in their Peugeot 306 and Simon Rogers/Eurig Evans survived a series of punctures to put their Ecort RS2000 into fifth place.

Class 4 was won by Nick Beddoes/Andrew Allen (Escort 2100); they were classified in 12 place. The early pace setters in the class were Geraint Mills/Jon Evans; they had held a 52s class lead at Service, but they lost two minutes on SS6 with a petrol feed problem on their Vauxhall Chevette. They finished in 13th place, 13s behind Beddoes/Allen.

The other class winners were Natalie Barratt/Dave Taylor, testing their Honda Civic for the Mintex series, and Arwyn Lloyd Davies/Ian Oakley in a very standard Rover.

The Mid Wales Historic Stages ran in front of the main event and was a battle of the Lotus Cortinas, with Paul Pesticcio/Lee Vincent taking victory from Paul Merryweather/Sandra Deacon. Neil White/Colin Willetts, in yet another Cortina, had led at service but retired in the second half.


Pos Driver Co-Driver Car Penalty
1 Glyn Jones Huw Lewis Subaru Impreza 46m 58s
2 Charlie Lamb Steve Lancaster Ford Escort Cosworth 49m 20s
3 Richard Davis Dave Williams Nissan Sunny 49m 59s
4 Ricky Evans Ian Butcher Peugeot 306 S16 50m 00s
5 Simon Rogers Eurig Evans Ford Escort RS 50m 04s
6 Derek McGinnigle Rupert Astbury Ford Sierra Cosworth 50m 30s
7 John Collins John Smart Ford Escort RS 50m 42s
8 Stephen French Colin Booth Ford Escort Cosworth 51m 26s
9 Michael Watson Geoff Moss Vauxhall Corsa 51m 37s
10 Mick Gilman Jason Dolman Ford Sierra Cosworth 52m 14s
11 Donovan Jenkins Ian Vass Ford Escort Cosworth 52m 55s
12 Nick Beddoes Andrew Allen Ford Escort RS 52m 56s
13 Geraint Mills Jonny 'Tad' Evans Vauxhall Chevette 53m 09s
14 Natalie Barratt Dave Taylor Honda Civic VTi 53m 37s
15 Will Onions Keith Griffiths Opel Manta 53m 38s
16 Richard Newman Chris Allsopp Ford Escort 53m 43s
17 Alan Collins Robert Collins Subaru Impreza 53m 58s
18 Steve Humphreys Paul Chislett Ford Sierra Cosworth 54m 01s
19 Andrew Morris Derek Davies Peugeot 205 GTi 54m 30s
20 Derek Love Jeremy Haycock Talbot Sunbeam 54m 47s
21 Andrew Buchanan Chris Jones Ford Escort 55m 09s
22 Arwel Lloyd Davies Ian Oakley Rover 55m 12s
23 Philip Atkins Paul Atkins Ford Escort 55m 16s
24 James Young David Young Vauxhall Astra 55m 25s
25 Bob Astley Sian Beaty Ford Escort 55m 27s
26 Antony Evans Matthew Picton Nissan Sunny GTi 55m 33s
27 Nick Wills Richard Wills Ford Escort 56m 03s
28 Alan Poston Will Hunt Ford Sierra 4x4 56m 19s
29 Steve Hetherington Tom Last Vauxhall Nova 56m 32s
30 Eric Weaver Tony Mantle Ford Escort 56m 36s
31 Richard Lewis Keith Davies Peugeot 205 GTi 56m 38s
32 Richard Yorke Trevor Pritchard Hillman Avenger 56m 39s
33 Jim Thomas Lee Hammond Ford Escort 56m 41s
34 Simon Millington Jeanette Barlow Talbot Sunbeam 57m 07s
35 Ben Briant Graham Hopewell Ford Ka 57m 10s
36 Andrew Kenny Gary Kenny Peugeot 57m 18s
37 David Jones Amanda Williams Peugeot 57m 20s
38 Richard Perry Clive Townend Peugeot 57m 24s
39 Sean Edwards Helene Mars Ford Escort 57m 28s
40 Steve Hopewell Andy Johnson Ford Fiesta 57m 36s
41 Gary Matthews Kath Rumney Ford Escort 57m 37s
42 Peter Martin Julian Cardew Vauxhall Astra 57m 47s
43 Ieuan Rowlands Sion Rhisiart Ford Escort 57m 47s
44 Nigel Hathaway Paul Waldron Ford Sierra 4x4 58m 00s
45 James Potter Nigel Turner Ford Escort 58m 14s
46 Adrian Allen Paul Thomas Opel Manta 58m 35s
47 Malcolm Walters Bev Davies Ford Escort 58m 48s
48 Dennis Parry Huw Lewis Ford Sierra Cosworth 58m 51s
49 Skip Green Philip Hammonds Rover 59m 19s
50 Peter Gerbez Alan Jones Ford Escort 59m 22s
51 Mitchel Mountford Lwyn Manuel Peugeot 59m 28s
52 Neil Chaplin Andy Taylor Vauxhall Astra 59m 29s
53 Rob Dennis Andrew Brewer Ford Escort 59m 39s
54 Martin Wyles Sue Mee Ford Escort 59m 43s
55 Martin Mansell Andrew Inskip Ford Escort 59m 45s
56 Andrew Edwards Dewi Evans Vauxhall Chevette 59m 48s
57 Steve Bayley Iain Scott Vauxhall Astra 59m 59s
58 Jamie Cook Chris Bardley Skoda 60m 00s
59 Darren Ray Stephen Fossey Ford Escort 60m 36s
60 Alan Watkins Tim Bloxham Peugeot 60m 45s
61 Paul Pritchard Dave Evison Ford EScort 61m 09s
62 Mark Dunbabin George Flynn Talbot Sunbeam 61m 10s
63 Trevor Ridge Alan Ridge Ford Escort 62m 07s
64 Tony Dickinson Gavin Hesseltine Ford Escort 62m 13s
65 Steve Deeley Greg Cragg Peugeot 62m 55s
66 Sam Pownall Tracey Davies Vauxhall Nova 63m 02s
67 Paul Jackson Neil Selley Ford Escort 63m 28s
68 Duncan Goldsmith Andy Goldsmith Ford Escort 64m 09s
69 Phil Morgan Martin Allen Ford Escort 64m 50s
70 Paul Benton Robin Stanton Ford Escort 64m 53s
71 John Edwards Steve Roberts Talbot Sunbeam 64m 56s
72 Michael Roddell Nigel Banks Peugeot 65m 05s
73 Mike Hawthorn David Foster Lada 65m 20s
74 Adrian Mayall R Hayden Alfa Romeo 66m 13s
75 Neil Prior John Reddington Ford Escort 66m 20s
76 Piers Hodge Steve Hayward Ford Escort 66m 28s
77 Stephen Belcher Richard May Mini 67m 21s
78 Ellya Gold Ian Harden Peugeot 68m 20s
79 Chris Gittins Gary Williams Ford Escort 69m 18s


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Paul Pesticcio Lee Vincent Lotus Cortina 56m 57s
2 Paul Merryweather Sandra Deacon Ford Cortina 57m 11s
3 Graham Samuel Clare Samuel Volvo 122S 57m 29s
4 Eric Davies Rob Baldwin Mini Clubman GT 58m 07s
5 Mike Cakebread Steve Fletcher Ford Cortina GT 62m 55s
6 Brian Dennis Fran Davies Mini Cooper S 58m 34s
7 Chris Green Hilary Green Ford Cortina GT 61m 12s
8 Gordon Cameron Sheila Grimshaw Mini Cooper S 62m 23s
9 Peter O'Neill Peter White Ford Escort 62m 37s
10 Martin Taylor Mike Wright Ford Cortina 63m 20s
11 Bob Hart David Bromley Volvo 122S 63m 26s