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Clerk of the Course: Mike Wilding + Jane Powell
Route: 130 Miles
Maps: 137 148 & 149
Winners: Phil Turner/Owen Dodd (VW Golf GTi)
Phil Turner entered the Peak Revs as a test for his new car, a Golf GTi, and, partnered by Owen Dodd, promptly won the event. However it was a close run thing with the leading runners being seperated by just a few seconds.
The rally was the penultimate round of the three major road rally championship; the Welsh, West Midlands and North Western. It therefore wasn't surprising that it attracted a capacity 75 car entry to Leominster. Competitors tackled an excellent 130 mile route in southern Shropshire, much of it on farm and forestry tracks. There were six standard sections, with all controls timed to the minute, bar for one which was a tie breaker to the second.
The early pace was set by Alan Walker/Nick Darkin, they were the only crew to clean the first section. Unfortunately their Escort broke a brake disk on a uphill hairpin at the start of the third section and they were out. The same corner claimed the Escort of Kevin Hesketh/Andy Moss, which broke a halfshaft.
By the petrol halt crews had been sorted by the tie breaker section, with Turner/Dodd being fastest by eight seconds. The 1998 winners, Andy Sheppard/Mike Hart, were holding second place in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo3. However they were to drop a minute more than their immediate rivals in the second half and fell to fifth at the Finish. This was still enough to secure the Standard Production Award.
Kevin Ikin/Rob Jones finished second, to strengthen Ikin's lead in the North Western Championship. In the navigator's table Dave Pitchford, despite finishing 13th, still held a narrow lead over Iain Tullie, who was 9th. Thirteenth was enough for Pitchford's partner, Paul Holmberg, to clinch the West Midlands driver's title.
Neil Griffiths/Carl Williamson improved their chances of taking the Welsh Championship by finishing fourth. Their main rivals Toby Adams/Pat Gadsby withdrew after picking up two fails on the tie breaker section. Gareth Jones/Richard Preece finished 7th and this secured them the Standard Production section within the Welsh Championship.
Wayne Morris/Paul Middleton's excellent third place meant that Morris could still challenge Jerry Jones and Paul Rogers for the Welsh Under 1300 category award.
Nick Bloxham/Martyn Allen were clear winners of the Semi-Expert Class, finishing three minutes and ten places clear of their nearest challengers, 'Polly'/Duncan Pinnegar. Chris Rowlands/Paul Edwards were equally emphatic winners in the Novice Class, finishing 21st overall.
|1||Phil Turner||Owen Dodd||VW Golf GTi||7m 13s|
|2||Kevin Ikin||Rob Jones||Ford Escort||7m 26s|
|3||Wayne Morris||Paul Middleton||Ford Escort||7m 27s|
|4||Neil Griffiths||Carl Williamson||Ford Escort||7m 34s|
|5||Andy Sheppard||Mike Hart||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo3||8m 21s|
|6||Graham Evans||Ian Mills||Toyota Corolla||8m 28s|
|7||Gary Jones||Richard Preece||Toyota Corolla||8m 29s|
|8||Paul Webb||Ieuan Thomas||Vauxhall Astra||8m 41s|
|9||Mick Monaghan||Iain Tullie||Ford Escort||9m 28s|
|10||Steven Edwards||Ian Vale||Ford Sierra||9m 28s|
|11||Chris Painter||Steve Quine||Vauxhall Nova||10m 37s|
|12||Pete Cotton||Brian Jenkins||Ford Escort||10m 56s|
|13||Paul Holmberg||Ian Vale||Ford Escort||11m 00s|
|14||Nick Bloxham||Martyn Allen||Peugeot 205 GTi||11m 21s|
|15||Tudor Morris||Gerallt Davies||Ford Escort||12m 14s|
|16||Mark Skellern||Jez Harris||Ford Escort Sport||12m 14s|
|17||John Powell||Marr Barker||VauxhalL Astra||12m 18s|
|18||Neil Arden||Giles Corbett||Ford Escort||12m 41s|
|19||Steven Davies||Ben Innes||Ford Fiesta||12m 44s|
|20||Geraint Davies||Patrick Walsh||Toyota Corolla||12m 55s|
|21||Chris Rowlands||Paul Edwards||Vauxhall Astra GTE||13m 43s|
|22||Keith Daniels||John Gilbey||Vauxhall Nova||13m 58s|
|23||Brian Harrison||Cliff Washbrook||Ford Escort||14m 23s|
|24||Polly||Duncan Pinnegar||Peugeot 205 GTi||14m 56s|
|25||Brandon Smith||Nigel Roberts||Opel Manta||15m 30s|
|26||Nick Broadway||Andy Oakes||Ford Sierra||15m 37s|
|27||Paul Jones||Paul Edwards||Vauxhall Nova||16m 09s|
|28||Mark Price||Roger Evans||Toyota Corolla||16m 30s|
|29||John Worthing||John Cadwallader||Volvo||16m 38s|
|30||John Harmer||Sarah Harmer||MG Maestro||16m 46s|
|31||Andrew Roberts||Leon Jones||Ford Escort||17m 23s|
|32||Jerry Jones||Phil Lewis||Mini Clubman||17m 47s|
|33||Hefin George||Dilwyn Jones||Mazda 323 Turbo||20m 50s|
|34||Delwyn Pryce||Linsey Pryce||Ford Escort||23m 22s|
|35||Nigel Phillips||Baryan Joseph||Toyota Corolla||24m 12s|
|36||Dick Humphreys||John Humphreys||Ford Escort||26m 17s|
|37||John Jones||Alan Thompson||Renault 11 Turbo||27m 32s|
|38||Shane Gamble||Gemma Price||Vauxhall Astra||28m 47s|
|39||Steven Owen||Will Lynes||Ford Escort||34m 47s|
|40||Alan Ridge||Simon Ridge||Ford Escort||1F 13m 48s|
|41||Richard Jones||Heath Griffiths||Ford Escort||1F 18m 27s|
|42||Tony Watkin||Medwyn Evans||Mini 1275 GT||1F 34m 27s|
|43||Duncan Edwards||Matthew Preece||Ford Escort||2F 29m 07s|
|44||Oliver Davies||Chris Jones||Ford Escort||3F 11m 00s|
|45||Martin Perris||Dean Davies||Ford Fiesta||3F 15m 28s|
|46||Martin Bradley||Gordon Bradley||Ford Escort||6F 17m 03s|
|47||Tim Cooper||B A Corbett||Ford Escort||6F 32m 47s|
|48||Stephen Jones||David Jones||Toyota Corolla||15F 29m 22s|
|49||Rob Jeffries||Kevin Taylor||Subaru RXT||16F 17m 00s|
|50||Adrian Coundley||Nick Sugg||Ford Escort||26F 24m 56s|
|51||David Rennocks||David Hydean||Vauxhall Nova||28F 25m 02s|