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PK Memorial Rally 2000

Sponsored by Polyroof

Bala & District Motor Club

1st/2nd July 2000

Clerk of the Course: Tudor Morris

Route: 140 Miles

Maps: 116 & 124

Starters: 75

Winners: Kevin Parry/Paul Holmberg (Toyota Corolla)

Despite a 140 mile route using some of the most demanding lanes in the country Kevin Parry and Paul Holmberg came home clear of any penalties on the PK Memorial Rally.

PK Memorial Rally 2000
Winners: Kevin Parry/Paul Holmberg (Toyota Corolla)
Photograph: M&H Photography

The Bala MC road rally was a round of all three major road rally championships and as a result found its 75 car entry vastly over subscribed.

The event opened with a section through Aberhirnant Forest, which was followed by a run over the Trawsfynydd Ranges. Competitors then moved to the lanes around Clocaneog Forest for the meat of the rally.

Parry/Holmberg had a trouble free run and finished the rally as clear winners with a clean sheet, thus making it a double of recent events in the area, having achieved the same feat on the Rali Gogledd seven weeks earlier.

Gary Jones/Dave Pitchford finished second having only dropped time on the rally's single secton timed to the second. This result further extended their lead in the West Midlands Championship and gave them an outside chance of taking the Welsh crown.

With just a mile of the rally left to run it seemed that Paul Hughes/Paul Middleton would take the runner up spot, they'd dropped just nine seconds on the tie-breaker section, however an off on slippery white cost them a minute and they dropped to third at the Finish.

A number of competitors had problems at the three metre control PC22 (101 503ΒΌ app NE), the route instructions required crews to use a steep track to reach the control. After just a few cars had been up it, the track became impassable and crews lost time as they either struggled up the correct route, waited for others to attempt the climb, or simply diverted around it. Worst affected by this were Dennis Quinn/Dave Evison who would have tied with the winners but for the three minutes lost at that point. Gareth 'Gog' Jones/Owen Dodd and Steve Rogers/Paul Jones also fell down the placings as a result of problems at PC22.

Punctures were a major hazard with Howard Price/Gareth Price dropping out of the top five after losing two minutes changing a tyre on the second section. Toby Adam/Pat Gadsby were another crew to be clear of time penalties at the Finish but dropped out of the top fifteen as they picked up a fail after mis-plotting a control.

PK Memorial Rally 2000
Sixth Placed: Steven Roberts/Darren Garrod (Toyota Corolla)
Photograph: M&H Photography

The Semi-Expert class saw a close battle between the Saab 96 of Noel Hughes/Gwawr Hughes and the Peugeot 309 of Mick Bradley/Dean George. The Saab crew came out on top after Bradley/George suffered two time consuming delays. The Novice class went to the Sierra of David Hughes/Geraint Jones.

Alun Evans/Carl Williamson became the first retirement of the night after putting their Escort off the road in spectacular fashion just a mile into Aberhirnant Forest. Also on the retirement list were Bryan Glass/Alan Williams who broke a wheel bearing on their Escort.

In Welsh Championship Dennis Quinn still led the drivers' table but the fact that his regular partner, Andrew Thomson, missed the event through illness, allowed Ian Mills to move to the head of the navigators' table.


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Kev Parry Paul Holmberg Toyota Corolla 0m 00s
2 Gary Jones Dave Pitchford Toyota Corolla 0m 46s
3 Paul Hughes Paul Middleton Vauxhall Astra SRi 1m 09s
4 Graham Evans Ian Mills Toyota Corolla 1m 20s
5 Nicky Yates Simon Yates Ford Escort 1m 39s
6 Steven Roberts Darren Garrod Toyota Corolla 2m 21s
7 Gareth 'Gog' Jones Owen Dodd Ford Escort XR3i 2m 27s
8 Howard Price Gareth Price Ford Escort RS2000 3m 00s
9 Alyson Acreman Byron Jones Peugeot 309 GTi 4m 51s
10 Dennis Quinn Dave Evison Ford Escort 5m 00s
11 Brian Harrison Paul Jones Ford Escort 6m 03s
12 Grant Parker Gwyn Williams Toyota Corolla 6m 13s
13 Richard Preece Sarah Gluyas Ford Escort 6m 25s
14 Pete Cotton Duncan Pinnegar Ford Escort 7m 36s
15 Steve Rogers Paul Jones VW Polo GT 8m 00s
16 Chris Astley Stephen Coombes Ford Escort 10m 31s
17 Noel Hughes Gwawr Hughes Saab 96 V4 12m 12s
18 Michael Bradley Dean George Peugeot 309 GTi 14m 03s
19 Jerry Jones Ian Cooke Mini Clubman 14m 18s
20 Peter Gill Dave Kelly Peugeot 205 GTi 19m 54s
21 David Hughes Geraint Jones Ford Sierra 25m 39s
22 Aled Garner Dylan Garner Toyota Corolla 26m 04s
23 Nick Banks Richard Graddon Citroen ZX Volcane 27m 50s
24 John Harmer Sarah Harmer MG Maestro 39m 54s
25 Toby Adam Pat Gadsby Ford Escort 1F 0m 00s
26 Peter Zjalic Patrick Walsh Toyota Corolla 1F 0m 24s
27 Alan Lewis Huw Davies Nissan Micra K11 1F 11m 05s
28 Andy Oakes Gordon Bradley Toyota Corolla 1F 14m 37s
29 Kevin Price Jane Harris Toyota Corolla 1F 15m 37s
30 Adrian Hodgson Sean Caddick Ford Escort 1F 19m 23s
31 Merfyn Williams Derwyn Roberts Vauxhall Astra 1F 20m 01s
32 Gareth Edwards Rhys Jones Ford Escort 1F 25m 11s
33 John Robyns Alan Parry Ford Escort 1F 25m 37s
34 Jim Patterson Harry Stanley Subaru RX Turbo 1F 27m 00s
35 Peter Jones Shaun Baker Ford Sierra 1F 47m 39s
36 William Evans Elfyn Richards Audi Quattro 2F 7m 02s
37 John Jones Alan Thompson Renault 11 Turbo 2F 14m 13s
38 Paul Edwards Huw Lewis Ford Escort 2F 14m 30s
39 Steve Reed Dave Williams Ford Escort 2F 23m 43s
40 Andrew Roberts Stuart Frost Ford Escort 2F 28m 00s
41 Mark Williams Nathan Parry Peugeot 205 3F 12m 08s
42 Peter Lightfoot Paul Jones Peugeot 205 GTi 3F 26m 39s
43 Dave Rennocks Dave Hyden Vauxhall Nova GTE 4F 29m 33s
44 Dewi James Sion James Honda Civic CRX 6F 22m 00s
45 Peter Feucht Elwyn Pritchard Ford Sierra 4x4 7F 37m 21s
46 Keith Jones Colin Jones Hillman Avenger 7F 42m 52s
47 Paul Saunders Erik West Vauxhall Nova GSi 10F 18m 30s
48 Mark Harris Neil Bevan Ford Escort 13F 3m 38s
49 Tony Watkin Medwyn Evans Vauxhall Nova 15F 47m 30s
50 Rachel Owen Andrew Singleton Mini 16F 51m 00s
51 Robert Evans Andrew Bachilor Toyota Corolla 21F 39m 05s
52 Steven Owens Will Lynes Ford Escort 22F 36m 12s
53 Richard Jones Heath Griffiths Ford Escort 33F 1m 00s
54 Robin Jones Gerallt Jones Ford Escort 37F 6m 00s