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Clerk of the Course: Steve Durbin
Route: 160 Miles
Maps: 171 & 172
Winners: Gary Jones/Andrew Card (Ford Escort)
Gary Jones/Andrew Card took a clear win on a challenging Twilight Rally to give the driver a hat trick of wins following his success on the Pacemaker and Barcud rallies.
The rally was Ecurie Cymraeg’s first ever event and it proved a tough test for competitors. The majority of route was within the Caerwant RAF base, there were three tests totally 90 miles at the base, although there was also a regularity section on public roads and a final test through the Forest Drive above Risca.
Many crews struggled to get to grips with the format on the opening tests in Caerwent and a number of crews withdrew having dropped a large amount of time, these included Grant Parker/Dave Pitchford, Alyson Acreman/Byron Jones and Alun Evans/Rob Richardson. However those that continued showed vastly improved times on subsequent visits.
For the event Jones had forsaken his familiar Corolla and was competing in an ex-Pete Cotton Escort. It seemed to be a successful move as he and Card romped home ten minutes clear of the field. The only crew to keep within touch of the winners were Chris Bowen/Ian Cooke (Ford Escort) who took second.
Roy Pesticcio/Simon Lannon completed the top three, having survived a misfire and a failing clutch on their Escort. John Davies/Neil Bevan (Vauxhall Nova) had been going well until forced out by navigator illness on the third visit to Caerwent.
The leading Semi-Expert crew were Lee Heywood/Mark Hamilton who took fifth overall in their Peugeot 205, while the leading Novice crew were Dave Webber/Jonathan Morgan (Peugeot 205 GTi) who were seventh.
Roger Holder/Helen Giles (Ford Sierra 4x4) suffered two punctures on their way to eighth place. Len Giles/Andy Oakes (Peugeot 205 GTi) were delayed by a fuel pump problem and finished the rally in 16th and last place.
|1||Gary Jones||Andrew Card||Ford Escort||55m 27s|
|2||Chris Bowen||Ian Cooke||Ford Escort||67m 38s|
|3||Roy Pesticcio||Simon Lannon||Ford Escort||67m 38s|
|4||Andrew Isherwood||Dave Cooper||Mini 1293||91m 08s|
|5||Lee Heywood||Mark Hamilton||Peugeot 205 GTi||103m 27s|
|6||Richard Tuckey||Gordon Bradley||Peugeot 106 Rallye||127m 43s|
|7||Dave Webber||Jonathan Morgan||Peugeot 205 GTi||143m 24s|
|8||Roger Holder||Helen Giles||Ford Sierra 4x4||157m 14s|
|9||Chris Short||Julian Smith||Toyota Corolla||172m 18s|
|10||Timo Rumary||Martin Bristow||Audi 80 Quattro||195m 39s|
|11||Simon McKay||Tim Jones||Ford Escort||200m 11s|
|12||Steve Roderick||Den Golding||Toyota Corolla||213m 18s|
|13||Shane Palmer||Will Arrowsmith||Vauxhall Astra GTE||229m 39s|
|14||Mike Kimber||Jerry Jones||Peugeot 205 GTi||250m 14s|
|15||Clive Baylis||Granville Cottle||Opel Manta||386m 27s|
|16||Len Giles||Andy Oakes||Peugeot 205 GTi||442m 00s|