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Mid Wales Stages

Sponsored by Viking Motorsport & Links Electrical Supplies

Newtown & District Automobile Club

2nd March 2014

Clerk of the Course: Chris Tomley

Stages (Historic & 55 Stages): 5 Stages (55 Stage Miles)

Stages (45 Stages): 4 Stages (45 Stage Miles)

Location: Hafren, Sweet Lamb, Tarenig & Myherin

Starters (55 Stages): 67

Starters (Historic): 33

Starters (45 Stages): 30




For the second year in succession Alex Allingham/Chris Williams took victory on the Mid Wales Stages. However unlike last year, when they benefited from the retirement of others, this year they led from Start to Finish, taking fastest time on all the event’s four stages.

The rally saw for the first time this century a change of sponsors, introducing Viking Motorsport and Links Electrical Supplies to replace Rally Marketing. The format however remained the same as recent years, with the ‘Modern’ crews following the Historic competitors through the first four stages of their event and missing out on the 10 mile run through Pikes Peak and Myrherin.

Allingham/Williams threw down the gauntlet to their rivals by being fastest on the opening stage by 12 seconds; they then extended the their advantage to almost 30 seconds at the Finish.

Local heroes Dan Humphreys/Ian Pryce secured the runner up spot. They were left ruing a slow start that saw them in third place, 24 seconds behind Allingham. They improved their pace and on the last stage of the day were within half a second of the winners. Humphreys did survive a big scare on SS3 when he clipped a gate post on the high speed run down towards the spectator area at Sweet Lamb; he survived with no more than a smash rear light.

Paul Davy/Roger Allen and Roland Llewellin/Neil Shanks had been in contention for the runner up spot, with the former holding the position initially, however both crew suffered problems on SS4 and fell to third and seventh positions respectively.

Gary Thomas/Will Parry were the only two wheel drive car to finish in the top 12 positions; they put their Escort into eighth place overall and were the clear winners of Class 4.

Jamie Jukes/James Morgan were the early leaders in Class 3, setting fourth fastest time on SS1. However their Suzuki Swift was forced out when, on the third stage, a alternator bracket broke. This allowed Paul Walker/Vern Brown to take a comfortable category win.

Chris Wigmore/Stephen Lyons put in a giant killing act by getting their 1300 Escort into thirteenth place.