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Classic Lanes Road Rally

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Welsh Border Car Club

4th/5th August 2018

Winners Photo
Winners: Richy Williams/Will Atkins (Ford Sierra)
Photograph: Joseph John Gilbertson

Organiser: Welsh Border Car Club

Date: 4th/5th August 2018

Clerk of the Course: Osian Davies

Route: 65 Miles

Maps: 125, 126 & 136

Starters: 56

The Classic Lanes Road Rally provided Richy Williams/Will Atkins with their maiden rally victory, the pair finishing a clear minute ahead of the field. However, this margin was deceptive as a number of other leading crews hit problems, many of their own making. It was a short but demanding rally, with even the front runners dropping time at all but one control.

Robi Wood/Peredur Davies could have won but for two minutes lost when their Escort drowned out in a ford. They recovered to take the runner up spot, finishing just ten seconds ahead of the top seeds, Kev Bolver/Richard Jerman.

Most dramatically, the organisers threw out seven of the top fifteen crews for give way offences. This was after first-hand experience and reports from numerous marshals and officials on the route of continual breaches of the regulations regarding stopping at specified junctions. Paul Morgan/Michael Gilbey would have won the rally but were amongst those disqualified.