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The Festival Rally

Supported by Elkins Ford

Bath Motor Club

4th/5th February 2012

Clerk of the Course: Dave Whittock

Tests: 130 Miles + 3 Tests

Maps: 172 & 183

Starters: 31

Winners: Chris Elkins/George Mullins (Citroen AX GTi)

The Semi-Expert crew of Chris Elkins/George Mullins overcame difficult conditions to take their Citroen AX to a win the Bath Festival Rally.

This was the first running of the rally in 24 years but just an hour before the intended start time it appeared that, due to the weather, the event might have to be abandoned. However the organisers held their nerve and as the snow turned to rain the roads, which looked like they would be impassable, became simply treacherous.

Dhiren Solanki/Wayne Lander led after the opening two tests, but a missed code board and an off saw them fall to 22nd at the Finish. Elkins/Mullins had been in second after the tests, they then cleaned the first third of the night rally to take lead they weren’t to lose.

For Michael Pedley/David Pedley it was an achievement to make it from their Manchester home to the start of rally having had to contend with the snow affected motorways. Their rally got off to a bad start as they missed the first code board of the event, this added five minutes to their total. They came back strongly, dropping least time on the night leg and finishing in second place.