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Panaround National Rally 1999

Sponsored by Vauxhall

Caernarvonshire & Anglesey Motor Club

14th March 1999

Clerk of the Course: Jimmy Jones

Stages: 3 (45 Stage Miles)

Venue: Myherin, Sweet Lamb & Hafren

Starters: 55

Winners: Bob Ceen/Alistair Douglas (Ford Escort Cosworth)

Bob Ceen/Alistair Douglas emerged as victors after a close fight with Richard Gough/Tony Beddoes on the Vauxhall Panaround National Rally. The event ran alongside the Sunday run of the Rally of Wales, the national competitors following the international crews through the day's three stages - Myherin, Sweet Lamb and Hafren.

Vauxhall Rally of Wales 1999
Rally of Wales Winners: David Higgins/Chris Patterson (Subaru Impreza)
Photograph: Aled Richards

Vauxhall Rally of Wales

The result of the Vauxhall Rally of Wales, Round One of the British Rally Championship, caused some controversy. The win was taken by David Higgins/Chris Patterson in a Group N Subaru Impreza. However, Higgins didn't score any BRC points as the series was open only to Formula 2 cars in 1999.

In addition, as F2 cars were assured of running at the front of the field, when the event was reseeded for Day 2, Higgins, who was leading, had to restart behind cars that were already 20 minutes slower than him

Top championship points went to second placed Martin Rowe/Derek Ringer, who were competing in a Renault Megane Maxi. They finished 14 seconds behind Higgins. Tapio Laukkanen/Kaj Lindstron, in the second works Megane, finished in third.

Ceen, troubled by brake problems, was thirteen seconds slower than Gough's Mitsubishi on the first stage, but then pulled two seconds back on Sweet Lamb. With a storming drive through Hafren, the Escort pilot emerged three seconds ahead at the finish control - his first rally win in the bag. Gary Smith/Phil Clarke came home third, fifty seconds behind.

Having driven for four miles on a puncture, Phil Squires/Michael Squires went off on the flying finish on SS3. Fortunately they'd passed the timing beam before the crash and survived to finish eighth. Russell Fry/Alan Frame had a trying time in their V8 engined Escort - going off on the first corner of the rally and then picking up two punctures on Sweet Lamb, as a result they were outside the top twenty at the end.

Hugh Hunter/Calvin Cooledge failed to make it to the first stage, having had problems getting their Ford Saphire Cosworth fired up. Edward Roberts/Vernon Brown broke the gearbox on their Escort Cosworth, while the similar car of Mitchell Mountford/Andrew Sankey suffered clutch failure on Myrherin.

On what was only the driver's second forestry event, Nigel Hathway/Paul Waldron took a class win in their 1600cc Nova.

Panaround Formula 1400 Rally

Paul Fox/Voirrey Howland were simply the class of the Formula 1400 field on the Panaround National Rally. By the end of the event's forty-five stage miles the Manx crew were over four minutes clear of their nearest class rival and took eleventh place in the overall placings. This was despite losing their Nova's first gear on Stage One.

As expected Vauxhall Novas dominated the class, Nick Runcie/Jude Wylie were second, with Paul Blackburn/Alexis Harper third. The latter crew would have been closer to Fox if a starter motor problem hadn't caused them to pick up of 30 seconds road penalties.

Andrew Marwood/Chris Chadwick were the first Lada crew home in fourth. While another Nova, that of Jack Ingley/Sophie, Ingley was fifth, this was despite being delayed by a puncture on Stage One and sticking brakes on Stage Two.

Martin Shaw/Ian Prout had spent twelve months building their Lada for the 1999 championship and were delighted with sixth place as the car ran without any probelms. Not all Lada crews were as happy; Ian Glenister's Riva Estate broke a propshaft on the run out from Wrexham, while Phillip Morton's saloon example came to a halt with severe overheating at the end of Stage One.

OVERALL RESULTS (Positions in bold indicate a Formula 1400 contender)

Pos Driver Co-Driver Car Penalty
1 Robert Ceen Alistair Douglas Ford Escort Cosworth 51m 02.5s
2 Richard Gough Tony Beddoes Mitsubishi Carisma GT 51m 05.1s
3 Gary Smith Phil Clarke Ford Escort Cosworth 51m 54.5s
4 Martin Healer Martin White Ford Escort Cosworth 51m 59.9s
5 Malloch Nicholl Roy Campbell Mitsubishi Lancer Evo4 52m 33.6s
6 Gary Adam Gordon Adam Mitsubishi Lancer Evo4 52m 43.9s
7 Robin Bradbury Peter Thomas Ford EScort RS 53m 22.7s
8 Philip Squires Michael Squires Ford Escort RS 54m 53.1s
9 Marko Ramanen Jarmo Lehtinen Honda Civic 55m 00.8s
10 Dennis Parry Huw Lewis Ford Sierra 4x4 55m 03.1s
11 Shaun Fox Voirrey Howland Vauxhall Nova 55m 15.8s
12 Geoff Cottrill Philip Pearce MG Metro 6R4 56m 12.3s
13 Nigel Hathaway Paul Waldron Vauxhall Nova GSi 57m 12.9s
14 Mark Goodwin Wayne Davies Ford Escort 57m 15.1s
15 Paul Thomas John Connor Vauxhall Astra 57m 35.3s
16 Dave Hull Pamela Hull Vauxhall Astra GSi 57m 35.3s
17 Nick Runcie Jude Wylie Vauxhall Nova 59m 19.6s
18 Neil Collins Andy Cobley Ford Ka 59m 23.7s
19 Paul Blackburn Alexis Harper Vauxhall Nova 59m 26.6s
20 Andy Senior Dave Ellis Honda Civic VTi 59m 26.8s
21 Jack Ingleby Sophie Ingleby Vauxhall Nova 61m 27.4s
22 Martin Shaw Ian Prout Lada Riva 61m 28.0s
23 Russell Spry Alan Frame Ford Escort V8 61m 28.3s
24 Jeremy Nolan Paul Nolan Peugeot 106 S16 61m 36.9s
25 Jon Adams James Wardle Ford Escort 62m 02.7s
26 Steve Aram Paul Aram Vauxhall Nova 62m 24.0s
27 Emlyn Wynn Phil Gooch Suzuki Swift GTi 62m 28.2s
28 Robert Williams Kevin Savage Vauxhall Corsa 63m 02.5s
29 Andrew Marwood Chris Chadwick Lada Riva 63m 15.5s
30 Paul Cook Linda Whitmore Vauxhall Nova 63m 44.0s
31 Sean Bannister Terry Bannister Peugeot 205 64m 32.4s
32 John James Adrian Cooper Ford Escort 67m 17.5s
33 John Lloyd Louise Ibbotson Vauxhall Chevette 66m 20.9s
34 Mark Cowell David Swift Skoda Felicia 66m 21.7s
35 Andrew Blower Mike Barker Vauxhall Nova 70m 08.0s
36 Tim Arkinstall Andrew Cookson Opel Corsa 72m 36.0s
37 Simon King Richard Bannister Vauxhall Nova 75m 49.2s
38 Colin Hughes John Youd Skoda Favorit 77m 44.7s