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Clerk of the Course: Jon Madoc-Jones
Route: 140 Miles
Winners: John Leckie/Baz Green (Subaru Impreza)
The previous year John Leckie/Baz Green looked to have the Winter Rally sewn up when a broken coil ended their event, in 2001 there was no such misfortune as they brought their Subaru Impreza to a dominant win. With a combined total of over forty years rallying, this was the crews first overall win.
The North Wales Car Club organised event lived up to its name as a heavy frost took a grip on the Principality's lanes. Despite the tricky conditions 45 of the 67 starters made it to the finish of what was the opening round of the North Western Road Rally Championship.
By the end of the 140 mile event Leckie/Green were over three minutes clear of the BMW M3 of last year's winners Terry Wilson/Phil Harrison. Stuart Newby/Paul Holmberg were just eight seconds shy of the BMW crew to finish third.
Nick Bloxham/Carl Williamson survived a broken clutch cable and a holed water pipe to be holding second place when they were forced to retire at the halfway halt after their Peugeot 205 developed an oil leak. Tudor Morris/Gerallt Davies were among the first retirements when they broke the exhaust on their Escort. Later on, Gary Matthews/Gareth Roberts were delayed when the exhaust on their Skoda Favorit broke. They did complete the route and were classified in 34th place.
Colin Hughes/John Youd (Skoda Felicia) finished in 21st place after they suffered a puncture and the car then fell off the jack as they changed the wheel. Meanwhile Brandon Smith/Paul Edwards retired after the alternator on their Escort failed.
The Semi-Expert Class provided a close battle with Martin Lloyd/Steve Herbert beating Eurig Wyn Thomas/Rhyn Ellis to the class win by just three seconds. Two of the leading class entries were delayed by visits to the ditch, both Cliff Washbrook/Brian Harrison (Ford Escort) and Dewi James/Sion James (Honda CRX) went off the road at different points, the latter thanks to some spectator cars. They finished in 36th and 30th places.
The Novice Class was won by Stephen Dukes/Tim Rice, although Dewi James/Sion James, who finished second, might have taken the award but for a time consuming off in the first half.
Blue Peter presenter, Konnie Huq continued the process of collecting signatures for her license upgrade in preparation for competing on the Swedish Rally. Ben Briant was once again the driver and they had Dovey Valley MC's Keith Davies as a guide. They finished in 40th place.
|1||John Leckie||Baz Green||Subaru Impreza||3m 20s|
|2||Terry Wilson||Phill Harrison||BMW M3||6m 24s|
|3||Stuart Newby||Paul Holmberg||Subaru Impreza||6m 32s|
|4||Steven Roberts||Darren Garrod||Toyota Corolla||7m 47s|
|5||Michael Pedley||David Pedley||Ford Escort G4||8m 28s|
|6||Simon Cottrell||Marcus Watmough||Subaru Legacy||9m 00s|
|7||Kev Parry||Heath Griffiths||Toyota Corolla||9m 18s|
|8||Tony Gush||Brynmor Pierce||Peugeot 205||10m 05s|
|9||Iain Scott||Jez Harris||Toyota Corolla||14m 31s|
|10||Simon Harrison||Paul Mount||Ford Escort||10m 37s|
|11||Brynli Thomas||Roger Evans||Ford Escort RS2000||11m 04s|
|12||Roger Tristram||Stan Appleton||Peugeot 205 GTi||11m 26s|
|13||Howard Price||Steve Griffiths||Toyota Corolla||13m 44s|
|14||Jim Paterson||Harry Stanley||Subaru Turbo Coupe||14m 30s|
|15||Stephen Hughes||Karl Sieben||Ford Sierra||15m 44s|
|16||Martin Lloyd||Steve Herbert||Ford Escort Mexico||16m 05s|
|17||Eurig Wyn Thomas||Rhun Ellis||Toyota Corolla||16m 08s|
|18||Alan Williams||Barry Jones||Vauxhall Nova||18m 28s|
|19||Dewi Williams||Eilir Jones||Vauxhall Nova||19m 10s|
|20||John Galeandro||Steve Merrison||VW Golf GTi||20m 20s|
|21||Colin Hughes||John Youd||Skoda Felicia||20m 43s|
|22||Mark O’Leary||Paul Dolby||Toyota Corolla||22m 46s|
|23||Robert Boliver||Peter Morris||Opel Manta GTE||23m 04s|
|24||Nick Banks||Reg Graddon||Citroen ZX Volcan||23m 36s|
|25||Steve Edwards||Richard Vaugh||Ford Sierra||25m 10s|
|26||Andy Dale||Pete Dale||Vauxhall Nova||25m 55s|
|27||Andrew Mathews||Colin Jones||Ford Fiesta XR2||26m 50s|
|28||Shaun Buckley||Ian Clapham||Ford Escort||36m 59s|
|29||Stephen Dukes||Tim Rice||Ford Escort||39m 35s|
|30||Dewi James||Sion James||Honda CRX||44m 07s|
|31||Chris Rowlands||Dave Evans||Vauxhall Astra GTE||1F 9m 56s|
|32||Andrew Roberts||Stuart Roberts||Ford Escort||1F 10m 52s|
|33||Darren Jones||Heddwyn Jones||Vauxhall Nova Sport||1F 16m 17s|
|34||Gary Matthews||Gareth Roberts||Skoda Favorit||1F 25m 17s|
|35||Neil Bye||Stephen Bye||Peugeot 205||1F 26m 10s|
|36||Cliff Washbrook||Brian Harrison||Ford Escort||2F 38m 01s|
|37||Gwyn Davies||Nigel Williams||Peugeot 106 Rallye||3F 35m 30s|
|38||Steven Owens||Will Lynes||Ford Escort||4F 48m 01s|
|39||Stephen Price||Colin Cresswell||Austin Mini||5F 32m 01s|
|40||Ben Briant||Konnie Huq/Andrew Davies||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6||5F 37m 04s|
|41||Tony Watkin||Medwyn Evans||Vauxhall Nova||7F 47m 57s|
|42||Dave Edwards||Andrew Edwards||Ford Escort||9F 36m 09s|
|43||Martin Eades||Chris Welch||Vauxhall Nova SR||10F 36m 51s|
|44||Mark Jones||Michael Jones||Ford Escort||11F 46m 31s|
|45||D Postlewaithe||N Postlewaithe||Peugeot 205||21F 24m 35s|