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Or­gan­iser: Bournemouth and District Mo­tor Club When: March 5/6 Where: Bov­ing­ton Camp, Dorset Cham­pi­onships: ASWMC Sealed Sur­face; ACSMC Tar­mac; RAC His­toric As­phalt Starters: 84 Stages: 12

Be­ing quick­est out of the blocks proved a win­ning for­mula for Steve and Yvonne Furze­land. The Subaru Im­preza WRC pair­ing set fastest time on the open­ing three stages and dom­i­nated day one of the two-day event.

With a gap es­tab­lished they were able to with­stand in­creas­ing pres­sure from their ri­vals on the se­cond day to beat Gary Le Coadou/carl Soren­son (Toy­ota Corolla WRC) by 1m03s. Kevin Tap­pin/jamie Vaughan (Ford Es­cort Mk2) fin­ished third.

The Dorset venue tra­di­tion­ally re­wards brave but tidy driv­ing and, from stage one, Furze­land com­bined th­ese as­sets with his WRC ma­chine’s prodi­gious power ef­fec­tively. By mid-af­ter­noon he had a 19s lead which he ex­tended to 48s by the end of day one.

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