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Moonbeam Rally 2004

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Telford Auto Club

20th/21st March 2004

Clerk of the Course: Maurice Leach

Route: 90 Miles

Maps: 126 127 & 137

Starters: 67

Winners: Wayne Morris/Paul Middleton (Ford Escort Mexico)

Wayne Morris/Paul Middleton made it a hat trick of wins on Telford AC’s Moonbeam Road Rally by clinching victory on the 2004 event. Competing in a newly built Mark One Escort they finished over two minutes clear of the field.

Moonbeam Rally 2004
Winners: Wayne Morris/Paul Middleton (Ford Escort)

The route was just 90 miles in length, but it proved to be a tough test using the usual Moonbeam territory and tracks. Competitive motoring started near Yockleton and then moved south, going as far as Wistanstow, before heading back to the rally's Finish at Allscott. The most significant section turned out to be at the base of the Long Mynd.

Almost all of the top fifteen crews wrong slotted on the extreme right of square 3889; having entered the square from the west, they took the bridleway going south just prior to the correct route which was the white that looped to the south of Myndtown.

Morris/Middleton were the first to make the error, they recovered without loss of time. Kevin Ikin/Martin Saunders, who had been in the lead, followed their tracks and dropped two minutes before getting back on to the correct road. Howard Price/Carl Williamson, who were running third on the road, went down the track and, as the previous two cars had churned up the clay, they got well and truly stuck and took over an hour to get out.

They were joined by Kevin Hesketh/Nigel Roberts and Adrian Higman/Brynmor Pierce, who also went OTL before recovering the road. Adrian Hodgson/Chris Lightburn and Glyn Price/Huw Jones lost a large amount of time at the same spot.

Moonbeam Rally 2004

The top two crews completed the route without further mishap and took first and second places, separated by two and a half minutes.

Tony Gush/Gareth Price were lying in third place at Petrol but then hit a rock which deranged the rear suspension of their Peugeot 205 and broke the exhaust, forcing their retirement. Martin Lloyd/Baz Green had struggled with a slipping clutch, but were put out of the rally when their Escort's rear strut was broken on the climb up the Long Mynd. Delwyn Price/Steve Price went out at the same point when their Escort suffered a broken rear suspension.

Car 40, the Ford Sierra 4x4 of Jon Ross/Dave Stocking, finished in third place and won the Semi-Expert Class.

Ian 'Dude' Roberts/Steve Herbert (VW Golf GTi) finished in 8th, they'd lost time after misplotting the location of a passage control. Mark 'GT' Roberts/Denny Harris (VW Golf GTi) finished in 22nd place having taken 12 minutes to fix a wiring problem just after the start of the second half.

The Novice Class was won by Edryd Evans/Richard Briddon (VW Golf GTi), the pair swapping seats for the Moonbeam. They had suffered a puncture in the first half that had cost them seven minutes.


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Wayne Morris Paul Middleton Ford Escort 10m 47s
2 Kevin Ikin Martin Saunders Ford Escort RS2000 13m 12s
3 Jon Ross Dave Stocking Ford Sierra 4x4 14m 28s
4 Owen Turner Graham Raeburn Rover Metro GTi 15m 16s
5 Duncan Williams Nick Darkin Ford Escort 15m 29s
6 Michael Pedley David Pedley Ford Escort DB4 16m 33s
7 Deggy Phil Clarke VW Golf GTi 17m 00s
8 Ian 'Dude' Roberts Steve Herbert VW Golf GTi 17m 11s
9 Trevor Pritchard Paul Hughes MG Maestro 17m 35s
10 Iain Scott Jez Harris Peugeot 309 17m 56s
11 Ben Innes Richard Preece Peugeot 205 20m 00s
12 Derwyn Evans Dave Evison Vauxhall Nova 20m 06s
13 Glyn Price Huw Jones Ford Escort 25m 01s
14 Neal Arden Giles Corbett Vauxhall Astra 29m 12s
15 Steve Southall Chris Webber Toyota Corolla 30m 30s
16 Cliff Washbrook Brian Harrison Peugeot 205 GTi 30m 44s
17 Tom Edwards Lee Evans Toyota Corolla GT 30m 50s
18 Edryd Evans Richard Briddon VW Golf GTi 31m 16s
19 Ian Furniss Iwan Jones Peugeot 205 GTi 35m 00s
20 Colin Cresswell Steven Prince Fiat Cinquicento 35m 28s
21 Garry Jenkins Eric Tong Peugeot 205 GTi 37m 34s
22 Mark 'GT' Roberts Denny Harris VW Golf GTi 37m 52s
23 Keith Groom Carl Darby Peugeot 205 GTi 40m 21s
24 Bob Ward Ian Jarman Ford Escort 41m 25s
25 Gareth Edwards Carl Jones Vauxhall Chevette 44m 41s
26 Alan Green Dave Cox Vauxhall Astra 46m 50s
27 Jon Richardson David Barnes Alfa Romeo Alfasud 49m 53s
28 Martin Ridge Simon Ridge Peugeot 205 XS 1F 23m 22s
29 Adrian Hodgson Chris Lightburn Renault 18 1F 36m 04s
30 Steve Bishop Andrew Davies Ford Escort 1F 43m 44s
31 Richard Tuckey Chris Oakes Peugeot 106 Rallye 2F 46m 34s
32 Allan Roberts Simon Cartwright Ford Escort 2F 46m 42s
33 Richard Weaver Chris Ridge TBA 2F 49m 37s
34 Robert O'Dowd David O'Dowd Vauxhall Nova SR 3F 37m 09s
35 Jonathan Harrison Jonathan Jones Ford Sierra XR4x4 5F 45m 57s
36 Tony Watkins Medwyn Evans Vauxhall Nova 8F 39m 56s
37 Tim Daltry Paul Fillis Ford Escort RS2000 17F 51m 08s