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Clerk of the Course: Tudor Morris
Route: 140 Miles
Maps: 116 & 124
Winners: Nick Broadway/Andy Oakes (Ford Sierra)
Nick Broadway/Andy Oakes secured victory by just five seconds on Bala MC's PK Memorial Rally. The 1998 winning driver, Peter Zjalic, with Patrick Walsh on the maps, finished second.
The event, a round of both the West Midlands and North Western Championships, used a 130 mile route in North Wales. This included a run through Aberhirnant Forest and the tarmac of the Trawsfynydd Ranges.
Many crews were in trouble within two miles of the start as the first white of the event proved to be a tough challenge. First to hit problems were Kevin Parry/Gareth Price, they wrong slotted and then became stuck. They extracted the car but had to cut the route to keep within the time limit, picking up six fails in the process. This was unfortunate as they were the quickest crew in the second half.
Paul Holmberg/Dave Pitchford also came to grief on the white, wedging their Escort on a rock that flattened the car's exhaust - they retired. Despite this result they still held a substantial lead in the West Midlands Championship. This incident delayed both Paul Hughes/Owen Dodd and Mick Monaghan/Iain Tullie, however these crews survived to post top ten places at the Finish.
Monaghan's result placed him in a strong position in the North Western Rally Championship, although Kevin Ikin still led the title race. Ikin and navigator Rob Jones were yet another victim of the infamous white, but came home in ninth.
There were seven crews still free of penalties at the petrol halt, however the eight mile timed to the second section immediately after the halt was to split the cars up. Broadway/Oakes emerged as the leaders after the section, being five seconds in front of top seeds Peter Zjalic/Patrick Walsh. They then held on to this lead to win the rally, despite having to ease off towards the end as the Sierra's oil light flickered on and off.
Wayne Morris/Paul Middleton were third at the Finish, but could easily have won, they were nine seconds faster than Broadway on the tie decider, but they'd dropped a minute in the first half after being held up by a non-competing car.
Adrian Higman/Cyril Jones (MG Maestro), benefitting from some suspension tweeks, were one of the crews clean at Petrol, but an off, down a grassy 10 foot bank, lost them time on the tie-breaker section. With the help of spectators, they regained the road and went on to finish in 11th place.
Geraint Davies/Sarah Gluyas failed to make the Finish after they picked up more punctures than they had spare wheels for their Corolla.
The Semi-Expert award went to the Harlech crew of Gwylym Davies/Vern Japheth - Neal Arden/Giles Corbett and Alan Williams/Gwion Pryderi were quicker on outright pace, but both crews picked up fails. The Novice award was won by Richard Preece/Tim Gluyas, who survived having to re-route due to a car blocking the road, and also their Escort's oil pressure plunging to zero.
|1||Nick Broadway||Andy Oakes||Ford Sierra||1m 18s|
|2||Peter Zjalic||Patrick Walsh||Toyota Corolla||1m 23s|
|3||Wayne Morris||Paul Middleton||Ford Escort||2m 07s|
|4||Kev Nunns||Dave Evison||Toyota Corolla||2m 13s|
|5||Paul Hughes||Owen Dodd||Vauxhall Astra SRi||2m 38s|
|6||Ian Elias||Phil Roach||Audi Coupe Quattro||3m 00s|
|7||Mick Monaghan||Iain Tullie||Ford Escort||3m 23s|
|8||Kevin Ikin||Rob Jones||Ford Escort||3m 31s|
|9||Paul Webb||Justin Brooks||Vauxhall Astra GTE||3m 41s|
|10||Dave Taylor||Pat Gadsby||Subaru Legacy||4m 29s|
|11||Adrian Higman||Cyril Jones||MG Maestro||6m 16s|
|12||John Harmer||Sarah Harmer||MG Maestro||7m 07s|
|13||Mark Skellern||Jez Harris||Ford Escort||7m 48s|
|14||Jayne Hill||Andrew Hughes||Vauxhall Nova GSi||7m 49s|
|15||Dave Jones||Ian Vale||Ford Sierra||9m 26s|
|16||Gwylym Davies||Mona Japheth||Vauxhall Astra||12m 53s|
|17||Gerallt Davies||Michael Evans||Toyota Corolla||13m 14s|
|18||Steven Roberts||Richard Roberts||Ford Escort||17m 47s|
|19||Kath Rumney||Gary Matthews||MG Maestro EFi||38m 27s|
|20||Neal Arden||Giles Corbett||Ford Ecort Mexico||1F 5m 26s|
|21||Alan Williams||Gwion Pryderi||Vauxhall Nova||1F 7m 09s|
|22||Richard Jones||Heath Griffiths||Ford Escort||1F 16m 29s|
|23||Paul Edwards||Huw Jones||Ford Escort||1F 18m 19s|
|24||Richard Preece||Tim Gluyas||Ford Escort||2F 5m 00s|
|25||Noel Hughes||Gwawr Hughes||Saab 96 V4||2F 9m 22s|
|26||Kevin Price||Phil Ralphs||Vauxhall Astra GTE||2F 39m 00s|
|27||Paul Jones||Paul Edwards||Vauxhall Nova||2F 42m 17s|
|28||Martin Self||Alan Ogden||Toyota Corolla||3F 7m 49s|
|29||Phil Brown||Mark Watkins||Ford Escort||3F 15m 27s|
|30||Brian Harrison||Brynmor Pierce||Ford Escort||3F 22m 05s|
|31||Peter Jones||Shaun Baker||Ford Sierra||3F 27m 00s|
|32||Dewi Williams||Eilir Jones||Vauxhall Nova||3F 40m 00s|
|33||Shane Richards||Jon Madoc-Jones||Ford Sierra||4F 16m 00s|
|34||Rob Jefferies||Ken Taylor||Subaru RX Turbo||4F 20m 00s|
|35||Geraint Jones||Gareth Davies||Toyota Corolla||4F 22m 32s|
|36||David Jones||Trystan Bevan||Peugeot 205||4F 24m 00s|
|37||Jamie Kendrick||Roger Evans||Toyota Corolla||5F 1m 32s|
|38||Pete Gabbatiss||Gavin Ford||Toyota Corolla||5F 18m 00s|
|39||Bryn Jones||Darren Garrod||Ford Escort||5F 33m 23s|
|40||Kev Parry||Gareth Price||Toyota Corolla||6F 0m 55s|
|41||Eryl Pritchard||John Arwyn Jones||Vauxhall Astra||6F 5m 00s|
|42||Tony Watkin||Medwyn Evans||Vauxhall Nova||8F 48m 00s|
|43||Geoff Whiston||Arfon Jones||Ford Escort||11F 23m 00s|
|44||Simon Cottrell||Steve Wood||Toyota Corolla||15F 8m 46s|
|45||John Jones||Alan Thompson||Renault 11 Turbo||15F 18m 02s|
|46||Gareth Edwards||Rhun Ellis||Ford Escort||18F 9m 00s|
|47||Tim Mannings||Paul Matthewman||Ford Fiesta||20F 4m 00s|