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Clerk of the Course: Des Phasey
Route: 120 Miles
Winners: Gary Jones/Dave Pitchford (Toyota Corolla)
Gary Jones/Dave Pitchford emerged as clear winners after an eventful Pacemaker Road Rally.
The Knighton MC event attracted 57 starters to Bishops Castle. They were to tackle an intricate 120 mile route in the Shropshire-Welsh border area. The first half looped around the Long Mynd, before petrol was taken at Craven Arms. The second half route moved toward the Clun/Ceri Forest area.
Two crews failed to make the start: Steve Wynn/Chris Wynn had the lights fail on their Escort at the Start, while the Corolla of Jonathan Harrison/Jonathan Jones broke down on the way from Blackwood.
Jones/Pitchford had been over a minute off the lead at the halfway point but a storming second half performance coupled with problems for other contenders meant that they finished almost four minutes clear of the field. They cleaned the section to ITC 4C near Bishop's Moat, no other one else dropped less than 2m 30s at that control.
Adrian Hodgson/Chris Lightburn took second despite hitting a bank avoiding queued traffic at the last time control in the first half.
Gareth Jones/Iwan Jones broke the rear suspension on their Astra just before the petrol halt but managed to nurse the car home to third place. Mark Price/Owen Dodd might have challenged for second place but lost two minutes when they became stuck in a farmyard, they finished fourth.
Mal Acott/Steve Herbert had a healthy lead at Petrol, but a fuel leak and a broken leaf spring in the second half meant that they struggled to twelfth at the Finish. ‘Deggy’/Phil Clarke had picked up a puncture in the first half, but managed it to change it and still cleaned the section. They had been holding second place behind Acott/Herbert at the halfway point but crashed out, near Black Hall, soon after the restart.
Andy Sheppard/Justin Brookes were an early retirement when the exhaust broke on their Astra after they'd reversed into a bank while negoiating a hairpin. Paul Hughes/Paul Middleton withdrew with brake problems on their Citroen.
Top seeds Anthony Gluyas/Richard Preece finished well down the order. They had had to cope without a working poti for most of the first half and struggled with fuel vapourisation problems on their Peugeot 205 throughout the event.
The leading Semi-Expert crew were Islwyn Watkins/Martin Jones, who brought their Astra into sixteenth place overall, while Martin Ridge/Simon Ridge took the Novice class award.
Paul Davies/Patrick Walsh had a character building night. They had the throttle cable break twice on their Escort in the first half. They then lost time with a puncture, before picking up a fail for a wrong approach on a triangle control near the Kerry Pole. They were classified in 25th place.
|1||Gary Jones||Dave Pitchford||Toyota Corolla||3m 03s|
|2||Adrian Hodgson||Chris Lightburn||Renault 18||6m 50s|
|3||Gareth Jones||Iwan Jones||Vauxhall Astra||7m 45s|
|4||Mark Price||Owen Dodd||Ford Escort||7m 52s|
|5||Ian 'Dude' Roberts||Andy Moss||VW Golf GTi||8m 31s|
|6||Trevor Pritchard||Martyn Allen||MG Maestro||9m 36s|
|7||Howard Price||Roger Evans||Ford Escort||12m 34s|
|8||Baron Glaze||Pete Davies||Ford Escort||15m 05s|
|9||Glyn Price||Huw Jones||Ford Escort||15m 05s|
|10||Simon Rigby||Maurice Leach||Ford Escort||15m 07s|
|11||Chris Painter||Phil Stocking||Peugeot 205 GTi||15m 30s|
|12||Marc James||Anthony Davies||Ford Sierra 4x4||16m 01s|
|13||Mal Acott||Steve Herbert||Ford Escort||18m 53s|
|14||Derwyn Evans||Dave Evison||Vauxhall Nova||19m 46s|
|15||Steven Price||Cyril Jones||Toyota Corolla||21m 48s|
|16||Islwyn Watkins||Martin Jones||Vauxhall Astra||22m 30s|
|17||Kevin Price||Phil Ralphs||Vauxhall Nova||23m 15s|
|18||Ralph Robson||Steven Davies||Peugeot 306 GTi||23m 54s|
|19||Mark 'GT' Roberts||Ian Furniss||VW Golf GTi||24m 36s|
|20||Frank Evans||Ian Jarman||Toyota Corolla||24m 45s|
|21||Martin Ridge||Simon Ridge||Peugeot 205 GTi||28m 24s|
|22||Anthony Gluyas||Richard Preece||Peugeot 205 GTi||28m 28s|
|23||Keith Groom||Carl Darby||Toyota Corolla||35m 32s|
|24||John Morris||Vicki Price||Peugeot 309 GTi||40m 48s|
|25||Dave Bennett||Pete Barnard||Ford Escort||1F 21m 49s|
|26||Paul Davies||Patrick Walsh||Ford Escort||1F 29m 28s|
|27||John Petrie||Mark Ammonds||Citroen||1F 31m 56s|
|28||Adrian Griffiths||Dean Davies||Peugeot 309 GTi||1F 32m 03s|
|29||Darren Lesson||Ian Hewlett||Ford Escort||1F 37m 24s|
|30||Steve Goodwin||Andy Singleton||Peugeot 205 GTi||1F 29m 23s|
|31||Chris Thompson||Justin Tallboys-Cotton||VW Golf||4F 40m 24s|
|32||Simon Bevan||Alex Crowley||Ford Escort XR3i||4F 69m 51s|
|33||Ryan Davies||Gareth Flowers||Lada Riva||5F 41m 12s|
|34||Paul Beddow||Michael Brookes||Peugeot 205 GTi||6F 44m 37s|
|35||Andy Oakes||Chris Oakes||Toyota Corolla||6F 64m 40s|
|36||Nic Morris||Nicky Cadwallader||Ford Escort||7F 42m 33s|
|37||Daniel Williams||John Tomley||Vauxhall Nova||9F 41m 23s|
|38||Cliff Jones||Jason Reynolds||Peugeot 205 GTi||9F 49m 09s|
|39||John Harris||Guy Skewis||Ford Escort||14F 43m 56s|
|40||Dean Williams||Matthew Humphreys||Peugeot 205 XS||17F 31m 19s|
|41||Tony Watkin||Medwyn Evans||Vauxhall Nova||23F 50m 12s|
|42||Alan Bradbury||Geoff Evanson||Ford Escort||24F 45m 32s|