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Saw and Weld Novice Road Rally

Sponsored by Saw and Weld Ltd

Telford Auto Club

27th/28th September 1997

Clerk of the Course: Kevin Hutchings

Route: 115 Miles

Maps: 126 & 127

Starters: 41

Winners: Paul Davies/Dave Cartwright (Ford Escort)

Saw & Weld Novice Road Rally 1997

The Oswestry pairing of Paul Davies/Dave Cartwright (Ford Escort) took victory on the second running of Telford AC's Saw & Weld Road Rally. They finished over a minute and a half ahead of the nearest opposition.

Although the entry was limted to just Novice and Beginners, no Experts nor Semi-Experts were allowed, the event attarcted a healthy entry of 41 starters. Of these 25 made it to the Finish.

The 115 mile pre-plot route took crews to the north and then east of the rally's base at Telford, into the Newport/Shifnal area. All penalties for the leading runners were dropped in the tighter first half.

Tim Cooper/Marcus Watmough (Ford Escort) claimed second overall and the Novice award; they were the only crew within striking distance of the winners. After a break from rallying of 15 years Frank Morgan paired up with Richard Patton, in a Vauxhall Astra, to take the Beginner's class and fourth overall.

Top seeds, Michael Bishop/Steven Bishop (Ford Escort), finished in seventh after picking up a fail at the third PC of the night.


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Paul Davies Jon Simcox-Bird Ford Escort 2m 15s
2 Tim Cooper Marcus Watmough Ford Escort 3m 52s
3 Stewart Hemmings Mark Freeman Vauxhall Astra GTE 14m 43s
4 Frank Morgan Richard Patton Vauxhall Astra GTE 11m 41s
5 Kate Withers Steve Warton Vauxhall Nova 22m 50s
6 Connie Kiehl Carl Bailey Ford Escort 35m 25s
7 Michael Bishop Steven Bishop Ford Escort 1F 10m 47s
8 Ian Ross Dean George Ford Escort 1F 10m 58s
9 Paul Bunch Richard Edwards Ford Escort RS2000 1F 20m 45s
10 Gary Moult Gareth Davies Ford Escort 1F 30m 51s