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Rally Director: Philip Young
Clerk of the Course: Ken Owen
Maps: 108, 109, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 124, 125, 126, 127, 129, 130, 135, 136, 137, 140 141, 146, 147, 148, 149, 152, 160, 161, 162, 164, 171 & 174
Start: Kassam Stadium, Oxford
Finish: Llandudno Promenade
Photographs: M&H Photography
Winners: Jamie Turner/Graham Dance (Rover Metro)
Jamie Turner/Graham Dance took a last minute victory on the second running of the Lombard Revival Rally. The battle for the win was in doubt throughout the four day event, with a number of crews taking their turn at the lead.
The 126 starters that left Oxford City FC’s Kassam Stadium on Thursday faced a tough challenge, a 1,200 mile route which included 52 selectifs. As they set out the coldest weather for some years hit Wales, where the meat of the event was to be found.
Leg 1 - The Prologue
Competitive motoring started in the early evening with four short tests in the Didcot area. The main outcome of these tests was to confirm the pre-event prediction that the Turner brothers would be the pace setters. They returned to start venue in the top two places, Owen seven seconds ahead of Jamie. However it was noted that the relatively inexperienced crew of Dale Glover/Sean Ward, on only their fourth rally, were in third, and would have held second but for a cone penalty.
For two crews the rally was already over; John Hall/Simon Brown broke a drive shaft on their Polo, while Neil Lloyd/Robert Lloyd had the engine fail on their Volvo, the latter navigator had been the youngest competitor on the rally.
Leg 2 - Oxford to Chester
There was a close battle for the lead throughout the second day as crews tackled fourteen selectifs. Owen Turner/Andrew Dadwell stayed at the front until the third Silverstone test when Jamie Turner/Graham Dance took charge. The two crews swapped the lead over the next four tests. At the very slippery Morkery Wood it was Carl Hawkins/Iain Tullie who took their turn at leading; they had had a bad start to the day, sliding into a tyre barrier at Finmere. They then made a major effort over the next few tests, finding the longer open tests more to their liking and they held first place through Morkery and Twyford Woods.
Owen Turner then got back in front on the first run thorough Woolaton Park, a position he and Dadswell were to retain until the overnight halt. However things weren’t as rosy as they might have seemed, the Metro’s gearbox had started to make ominous noises and by Chester Glover/Ward were just one second behind.
Andy Rowe/Cat Lund had been within the top five when a rear wheel-bearing problem caused them to miss the Morkery Wood test. Graham Parkinson/Andrew Duerden got their Astra lodged on a bank at Bruntingthorpe, they lost five minutes and held up Garry Preston/Mike Sones and John Cotton/Jill Cotton in the process. The Cottons still managed to hold seventh place at Chester.
James Tyson/Neil Harrison and Iain Freestone/Nick Kennedy were both lying inside the top ten when their cars failed them – Tyson with electrical failure and Freestone with a broken gearbox.
Kevin Wilson/Paul Gaunt had been amongst the pre-event favourites, however they only got as far as Silverstone before a ball joint pulled out on their AX. They fitted a new drive shaft and cut to Chester, but their rally ended with transmission failure early on Saturday morning.
Leg 3 – Chester to Newport
For the first two days crews had run in the order that their entries had been received, for the third leg they were re-seeded according to their positions at lunchtime on Day Two. Due to an erroneous penalty Glover/Ward had been in 70th place on the set of results used for the re-seeding. The mistake was rectified but by that time the starting positions for Day Three had been determined and the pair were to run well down the field.
Wales had been hit by heavy snow on Thursday night and then a hard frost on Friday, this meant that conditions in the Llandegla, Ceri and Radnor Forests were decidedly difficult. Crews were faced with fifteen selectifs during the day, ending with a long run through Caerwent.
The first test of the day, Llandegla, was to be decisive. Later runners obviously had an easier time through the wood, with all top ten times for the selectif coming from crews running in the second half of the field. Glover/Ward, 70th on the road, took full advantage, they secured the fastest time of all, twenty seconds ahead of anyone else and, more importantly, two minutes up on Owen Turner and a minute faster than Jamie Turner.
However the Kings Lynn pairing were unaware of their position and kept up the pace, beating the test bogey at Radnor and Ceri, where once again later runners had the advantage. They had a three minute lead by the lunch halt and maintained that margin for the rest of the day, even though running later on the road was a handicap in the afternoon as the frost returned.
At the front of the field the crews were left guessing as to how Glover/Ward were getting along. However it was immaterial to Owen Turner, the gearbox on his Metro finally failed on Radnor, a broken bearing allowing the oil to drain out. They missed the rest of day while affecting a repair and returned for Day Four.
Hawkins/Tullie had established themselves in second, this was despite the fact that running on 14 inch wheels they didn’t have the option of running on narrow tyres on the icy forests. Matt Fowle/Peter Joy were on 13 inch wheels and changed tyres in time to tackle Ceri, Jamie Turner/Graham Dance did the same for Radnor.
By the end of the day Hawkins/Tullie were three minutes behind Glover/Ward, but a minute ahead of Turner/Dance, who in turn were three in front of Fowle/Joy, the latter being the leaders in the 1300cc class.
There had been in close battle for the lead of the 1000cc class. Jane Edington/Gary Edington and Colin Bound/Shaun O’Gorman had swapped the lead a number of times, before Edington hit a log and broke a shaft in Athelston’s Wood, she had to miss out the Chepstow test before repairs allowed her to tackle Caerwent, but any chance of a class win had been lost.
Caerwent saw John Cotton/Gill Cotton take a maximum after a drive shaft broke, however the Banhams service team were able to replace the item and they survived to tackle Day Four.
Leg 4 – Newport to Llandudno
The final day proved to be the sting in the tail, crews had to contend with an icy return to Caerwent and then frozen snow at Halfway and over Epynt, even some of the road sections were a challenge. To a certain extent the event was more reminiscent of a 1950s Monte rather than the RAC. One corner at the Mid Wales Activity Centre caused particular problems with virtually every crew that tackled the test hitting the Armco; the test was eventually stopped.
As in 2004, there was to be a dramatic final day to the Revival. Due to the problems with the road timing the organisers had been forced to issue amendments to the time schdule throughout the event, a new schedule for Day Four was issued at Newport. Glover/Ward were to fall foul of the change.
Having maintained their comfortable lead through the first four tests of the day, they left the Brecon Time Control at the original planned time, this was in fact 18 minutes early, they thus incurred a 36 minute penalty and dropped out of the top ten. It’s unlikely that this incident actually lost them the win, they drowned out in the ford at Sweet Lamb, losing two minutes. Combined with other times, it seems that they would have finished second.
The battle for the lead was now between Hawkins/Tullie and Turner/Dance. They were separated by a minute at the start of the day and this margin was maintain until the eighth test, when Turner pulled 30 seconds back, on the next test he was in the lead. Hawkins wasn’t beaten yet though and re-took first place on the Sweet Lamb selectif, but it was for only one test, Turner took the top spot back on the very next test. The gap was just 15 seconds when they entered Legends Park, Hawkins was charging, perhaps a little too hard, during the test a hard landing cracked the sump on his Corsa and he was out.
Turner/Dance survived the remaining two tests to take the win, finishing ten minutes ahead of Fowle/Joy. The 2004 winners were fortunate to finish as their 106's head gasket failed on the final test.
Ninety-four crews made it to the Finish, of these only a dozen had managed to complete the whole route without either missing at least one selectif or taking a test maximum.
|1||Jamie Turner||Graham Dance||Rover Metro||5h 21m 10s|
|2||Matt Fowle||Peter Joy||Peugeot 106 Rallye||5h 30m 48s|
|3||Mike Biss||Cath Woodman||Vauxhall Corsa||5h 37m 42s|
|4||Steve Pashley||Richard Pashley||Vauxhall Corsa Sport||5h 40m 57s|
|5||Duncan Williams||Nick Darkin||Peugeot 106 XSi||5h 41m 38s|
|6||Graham Parkinson||Andrew Duerden||Vauxhall Astra||5h 43m 10s|
|7||Dave Smith||Pete Johnson||Vauxhall Astra||5h 45m 24s|
|8||Ray Gravestock||Tim Ball||Vauxhall Nova SRi||5h 46m 10s|
|9||Paul Heal||Mathew Heal||MG ZR||5h 47m 55s|
|10||Keith Farrance||Dick Lines||Peugeot 106 Rallye||5h 49m 29s|
|11||Colin Bound||Shaun O’Gorman||Nissan Micra||5h 50m 04s|
|12||Freddy Camp||Stuart Wood||Ford Puma||5h 50m 55s|
|13||Robert Evett||Paul White||Vauxhall Nova||5h 52m 14s|
|14||Andrew Actman||Paul Draycott||Daihatsu Sirion||5h 53m 49s|
|15||Nigel Green||Emmett O’Duffy||MG ZR||5h 53m 50s|
|16||Nick Pollitt||Andrew Lees||Peugeot 106 XSi||5h 54m 33s|
|17||Andrew Smith||Alan Hill||Peugeot 106 XSi||5h 54m 52s|
|18||Paul Cunningham||Lisa Roberts||MG ZR||5h 56m 57s|
|19||John Cotton||Gill Cotton||Citroen AX GTi||5h 56m 58s|
|20||Stephen Sawley||Rob Johnson||Peugeot 106 Rallye||5h 57m 36s|
|21||Dale Glover||Sean Ward||Vauxhall Nova SR||6h 00m 06s|
|22||Martin Flight||Paul Lewis||VW Polo||6h 00m 23s|
|23||Richard Sandilands||Jon Sandilands||Nissan Micra||6h 01m 54s|
|24||Garry Preston||Mike Sones||Vauxhall Nova||6h 03m 06s|
|25||David Lomax||Nigel Long||Peugeot 106 Rallye||6h 07m 35s|
|26||Nick Payne||Anthony Preston||Ford Fiesta||6h 08m 05s|
|27||Peter Barker||Willy Cave||Rover Mini Cooper||6h 09m 57s|
|28||Karen Young||Nigel Young||Perodua Kelisa||6h 11m 00s|
|29||Andy Rowe||Cat Lund||Peugeot 205 Rallye||6h 12m 25s|
|30||Peter Morgan||James Savage||Suzuki Swift GTi||6h 14m 41s|
|31||Steven Powell||Alan Thomas||VW Polo||6h 16m 22s|
|32||Rob Reynolds||David Coles||Peugeot 106 Rallye||6h 16m 26s|
|33||Martin Kernahan||Bill Hitchcock||MG ZR 105||6h 16m 31s|
|34||Christian Vaughan||Stuart Leach||Peugeot 205 Rallye||6h 16m 31s|
|35||Alan Pettit||Alex Back||Rover Metro GTi||6h 19m 15s|
|36||Alastair Barnes||Simon Ayris||Peugeot 106 XSi||6h 19m 37s|
|37||Alan Wakeman||Ian Perry||Citroen AX||6h 20m 57s|
|38||James Campbell||Thomas Campbell||Proton Satria||6h 21m 03s|
|39||Paul Rowland||John Stanger-Leathes||Citroen AX GT||6h 21m 25s|
|40||Roger Stevens||Michael Stevens||Seat Arosa||6h 22m 41s|
|41||Peter Gregory||Graeme Presswell||Vauxhall Corsa SRi||6h 24m 04s|
|42||Marc Tipping||Tony Jolly||VW Polo||6h 24m 50s|
|43||Michael Byrom||Jason Byrom||Rover Metro||6h 26m 52s|
|44||Alastair Caldwell||Saskia Koning||Peugeot 205 Rallye||6h 29m 29s|
|45||Stephen Hodge||Jonathan Soames-Waring||Vauxhall Corsa||6h 30m 46s|
|46||Mark Banham||Paul Haylock||Suzuki Ignis||6h 30m 47s|
|47||Ian Jones||David Jones||Vauxhall Corsa SRi||6h 32m 19s|
|48||Andy Bown||Michael Knott||Peugeot 106 XSi||6h 39m 40s|
|49||Terry Douce||Philip Douce||Vauxhall Nova||6h 41m 33s|
|50||Matthew Endean||Jon Taylor||Fiat Uno Start||6h 43m 52s|
|51||Jeff Orford||David Muir||Proton Satria||6h 50m 01s|
|52||Stephen Palmer||Malcolm McFall||Nissan Micra||6h 56m 06s|
|53||Rob Navin||Ian Varney||Nissan Micra||6h 57m 13s|
|54||Ted Howles||Mike Gray||MG ZR||6h 58m 24s|
|55||Jeremy Hunter||Peter Moss||Citroen AX||7h 02m 23s|
|56||John Rees||Wyn Jones||Peugeot 106 Rallye||7h 07m 17s|
|57||James Matthews||Matthew Green||Skoda Felicia LXi Plus||7h 08m 31s|
|58||Philip Swain||Oliver Swain||Suzuki Swift GTi||7h 10m 22s|
|59||Mark Ensoll||John Banks||Mazda 323 LXi||7h 10m 54s|
|60||Julian Rhodes||Jonathan Belford||Renault Megane Coupe||7h 14m 12s|
|61||Trevor Skinner||Laura Skinner||Nissan Micra||7h 19m 36s|
|62||John Flynn||Richard Wise||Citroen AX GT||7h 19m 53s|
|63||Ray Johnson-Wood||Tony Brooks||MG ZR||7h 21m 55s|
|64||Owen Turner||Andrew Dadswell||Rover Metro||7h 23m 44s|
|65||Kim Eaton||Clive Martin||Renault Clio||7h 27m 10s|
|66||Charlie Campey||Faye Campey||Peugeot 106 XSi||7h 28m 24s|
|67||Nigel Gray||Christine Gray||Vauxhall Corsa Sport||7h 29m 01s|
|68||Jerry Flint||Paul Flint||Rover 25||7h 30m 11s|
|69||Andrew Beaumont||Roger Waters||Peugeot 205 XS||7h 39m 01s|
|70||Oliver Chappell||Dennis Watts||Peugeot 205 XR||7h 43m 51s|
|71||Robert Stein-Rostaing||Gordon McCree||Peugeot 106 Rallye||7h 45m 04s|
|72||Stuart Cariss||Linda Cariss||Ford Escort Sport||7h 50m 33s|
|73||James Parman||Mark Hamilton||Skoda Favorit||7h 51m 54s|
|74||Andy Glossop||Chris Taylor||Ford Puma||7h 51m 56s|
|75||Richard Dipple||Bob Dipple||Peugeot 106 XSi||7h 59m 27s|
|76||Roger Stanford||Paul Train||Skoda Felicia||8h 03m 28s|
|77||Robert Belcher||Robert Francis||VW Polo||8h 03m 52s|
|78||Steven McIlroy||Stephen Woodward||Peugeot 106 Rallye||8h 08m 42s|
|79||Ann Weir||Brian Weir||Skoda Felicia||8h 13m 39s|
|80||Mike Hall||Andy Hall||Vauxhall Astra||8h 15m 13s|
|81||Geoff Lobb||Chris Holliday||Vauxhall Corsa||8h 18m 51s|
|82||Jeremy Coulter||Angus Watt||Seat Ibiza||8h 19m 10s|
|83||Andy Griffiths||Richard Warren||Peugeot 106 XSi||8h 24m 48s|
|84||Clare Rhodes||Fiona Leggate||MG ZR||8h 25m 16s|
|85||Clive Alcock||Bob Hargreaves||Peugeot 205 Rallye||8h 27m 01s|
|86||Jane Eddington||Gary Eddington||Citroen AX||8h 30m 28s|
|87||Doug Brown||Robert Ellis||Vauxhall Nova SR||8h 31m 15s|
|88||Peter Engel||Emmerson Engel||Vauxhall Nova SR||8h 48m 30s|
|89||Simon Banham||Craig Grist||Citroen AX GTi||8h 50m 30s|
|90||Martyn Baker||Mark Johnson||Citroen AX GTi||8h 55m 18s|
|91||Neil Wilson||Tony Davies||Ford Puma||9h 01m 15s|
|92||Martin Holdsworth||Richard Mellor||Peugeot 205||9h 16m 29s|
|93||Alan Shrimpton||Richard Briddon||Peugeot 106 Rallye||13h 21m 11s|
|94||Nicky Porter||Colin Francis||Mitsubishi Spacestar||15h 39m 34s|