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Clerk of the Course: Maurice Leach
Route: 90 Miles
Maps: 126 127 & 137
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.
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.
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.
|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|