Garry Preston pressed home the big advantage he had over Rupert North on the first round of eight sections to hold onto an important second overall win of the year, and thus maintain his chance of the British championship. Preston had a failing fuel pump towards the end and was sportingly lent a new one by Mark Hoppe. Hoppe benefitted from a miss-route by Dave Oliver during the morning’s dry tight sections, handing him eight points and securing third overall. North finished second having closed to within two of Preston, having handed eight initially to him. Lunchtime saw the small new car class have Henry Kitching with a four point lead of Trevor Moffatt and thirteen point lead over Barrie Parker. Parker had a stunning afternoon dropping eight points to Kitching’s thirty one, making use of the agile nature of his Fiat, netting him the class win and fourth overall. Moffatt beat Kitching on a tiebreak, as did Oliver over Kevin Roberts who shared Hoppe’s championship dominating Dutton Melos, revelling with its easy driving characteristics. John Charles’ little Liege finished a point behind with Ifan Roberts sharing North’s Mini to complete the top ten overall.
- Garry Preston, Fiat 127, 79.5%
- Rupert North, Rover Mini, 83.4%
- Mark Hoppe, Dutton Melos, 87.1%
- Barrie Parker, Fiat Seicento, 96.4%
- Trevor Moffatt, Vauxhall Corsa, 114.6%
- Henry Kitching, Vauxhall Corsa, 114.6%
- Dave Oliver, Hillman Imp, 119.3%
- Kevin Roberts, Dutton Melos, 119.3%
- John Charles, Liege, 123.8%
- Ifan Roberts, Rover Mini, 176.8%
Followers of Clwyd Vale MC’s trial may need to be reminded that the “old site” is being used this year, but as always full details are in the SR’s.
Another scenic site, this one on the Offa’s Dyke long distance footpath. Beware of walkers, rocks and so much more!