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Clerk of the Course: John Pickavance
Route: 180 Miles
Maps: 129 140 & 141
Winners: Guy Robinson/Charlie Wheeldon (Vauxhall Nova)
Despite drowning out in a ford, Guy Robinson/Charlie Wheeldon managed to win the Morning Mist Road Rally on a tie break.
The Loughborought MC organised rally, an East Midlands Championship round, started from the event's sponsor Archie Moss' Vauxhall dealership at Coalville and finished at Shearsby.
Robinson/Wheeldon had opened up a lead of a minute when their Nova ingested water into its air intake at a ford towards the end of the rally. The car recovered but the time lost meant that they finished on equal penalties with the Impreza of John Haden/Steve Coupland. The matter was resolved by reference to the tie decider clock which were timed to the second. Robinson/Wheeldon had cleaned the critical sections, while Haden/Coupland had dropped 35 seconds.
Top seeds Andy Baker/Lee Burgess were a minute behind in third, while Jamie Turner/Graham Raeburn were a further minute back in fourth.
Ben Williams/Richard Booth were fifth and took the standard production award in their Renault Clio. The leading novices were Adam Gardner/Andy Lewin who were sixth overall and were also the first Loughborough MC crew home. Peter Noad/Peter Cox once again took a Historic category win in their Audi 80.
Three leading crews, Tim Tordoff/Ian Frazer, Stephen Webster/Robert Duck and Owen Turner/Andrew Dadswell were all excluded for give way infringements. Jason Birks/Christopher White managed to invert their Cavalier, an incident that put them out of the event.
TOP TEN RESULTS
|1||Guy Robinson||Charlie Wheeldon||Vauxhall Nova||3m 00s|
|2||John Haden||Steve Coupland||Subaru Impreza||3m 00s|
|3||Andy Baker||Lee Burgess||Peugeot 205 GTi||4m 00s|
|4||Jamie Turner||Graham Raeburn||Rover Metro||5m 00s|
|5||Ben Williams||Richard Booth||Renault Clio||14m 00s|
|6||Adam Gardener||Andy Lewin||Austin Mini||14m 00s|
|7||Will Malkin||Rich Mills||VW Passat||14m 00s|
|8||Keith Astley||Jez Pole||Vauxhall Astra||18m 00s|
|9||Graham Nunn||Daniel Bint||Peugeot 205 GTi||18m 00s|
|10||Steve Herbert||Alex Hoult||Ford Escort||21m 00s|