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The Winter Rally 2000

North Wales Car Club

15th/16th January 2000

Clerk of the Course: Jon Madoc-Jones

Route: 140 Miles

Maps: 116

Starters: 37

Winners: Terry Wilson/Phil Harrison (Ford Sierra)

After an almost twenty year layoff Terry Wilson/Phil Harrison made a triumphant return to road rallying when they took their Ford Sierra to victory on North Wales CC's Winter Rally.

The Winter Rally 2000

The 130 mile event, Round One of the North Western Championship, used a straight forward format on Map 116, this included some of the icy roads in the Clocaenog area. The well received event used a series of standard sections, with one regularity that was the tie breaker test.

Apart from Wilson/Harrison the rally was an unhappy affair for other top crews. Top seeds Kev Parry/Gareth Price booked in early to a control in the second half, while Jason Stone/Daniel Stone and Jason Hardy/Alan Jones both picked up fails at the second passage control. Hardy/Jones retired later with a severe misfire on their VW Golf.

Tudor Morris/Gerrallt Davies went off the road after just two miles, they carried on but clutch failure stopped their Escort at Petrol. Dave Jones/Pete Forrester and Neil Bye/Stephen Bye disappeared from the event early in the second half.

Despite a misfire John Leckie/Baz Green were fastest by almost a minute over the regularity section and looked to be heading for a win when a broken coil on their Sunbeam Lotus ended their rally. Their misfortune allowed Smith/Harrison through for the win, although Malcolm Alcott/Paul Green were only three second behind them in second place.

The only other crew within touch of the leaders were Darren Herring/Paul Holmberg, who brought their Subaru Impreza home in third.

Tony Watkins/Medwyn Evans were the leading Semi-Experts, coming home in eleventh place, the last runners clear of fails. Chris Rowlands/David Evans were the fastest Class 2 crew and would have finished fifth overall, but picked up a fail at a triangle control. Russell Goodwin/Dave Thomas were the leading Novices at nineteenth overall.


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Terry Wilson Phill Harrison Ford Sierra 4x4 4m 45s
2 Mal Acott Paul Green Toyota Corolla 4m 48s
3 Darren Herring Paul Holmberg Subaru Impreza 5m 22s
4 Haydn Davies Michael Evans Toyota Corolla 9m 30s
5 Paul Jones John Davies VauxhalL Nova 10m 26s
6 Simon Cottrell Marcus Watmough Talbot Sunbeam 10m 49s
7 Howard Price Steve Griffiths Peugeot 205 GTi 12m 09s
8 Brynmor Pierce Roger Evans Ford Escort 14m 17s
9 Lee Matthews Endaf Davies MG Maestri EFi 14m 31s
10 Dewi Williams Eilir Jones Vauxhall Nova 27m 42s
11 Tony Watkin Medwyn Evans Vauxhall Nova 51m 03s
12 Jason Stone Daniel Stone Peugeot 205 GTi 1F 7m 58s
13 Chris Rowlands David Evans Vauxhall Astra GTE 1F 9m 31s
14 Iain Scott Jez Harris Toyota Corolla 1F 10m 47s
15 Stew Dale Scott Layton Vauxhall Astra 1F 21m 29s
16 Stephen Edwards Paul Edwards Ford Sierra 2F 8m 15s
17 Brian Harrison Leon Jones Ford Escort 2F 17m 00s
18 John Jones Rhun Ellis Peugeot 205 GTi 2F 17m 03s
19 Russell Godwin Dave Thomas Peugeot 309 GTi 2F 19m 19s
20 Keith Jones Colin Jones Hillman Avenger 4F 42m 28s
21 Iain Baxter Bryan Flint Skoda Rapide 5F 36m 44s
22 Jonathan Jones Steve Roberts Ford Escort 10F 20m 04s
23 Jimmy Patterson Martin Jones Subaru RX Turbo 15F 19m 42s
24 Shaun Buckley Ian Calpham Vauxhall Astra GTE 15F 40m 35s
25 Keith Gush Jenny Gush Alfa Romeo 33 22F 27m 28s