ROAD RALLY ROUND-UP
Event sponsor Dale Furniss took his second successive win on the Border 100 Rally, when he and navigator Nick Bloxham led for most of the event over a tough and intricate route.
They tied for the lead with Iwan Jones/stewart Merry after the 22-mile opening section, which included seven intermediate time controls. The latter crew slipped up on the second section and allowed Furniss/bloxham to open up a lead they weren’t to lose.
The chase was taken up by Mark ‘GT’ Roberts/steve Price, but they were already 30 seconds down and finished over a minute behind the winners at the end. Jones/merry took third; these three crews being well clear of the rest of the field.
There was a high attrition rate, with just 38 of the 88 starters making the Finish. Ian ‘Dude’ Roberts/gwawr Hughes developed electrical problems on the opening test. They stopped and changed the alternator but the issues reoccurred almost immediately. The source of the problem was traced to a faulty wire but by then they had lost a huge amount of time and retired.
Will Arrowsmith/ceri Davies had held a top 10 position until a broken fan belt cost them precious time. Meanwhile John ‘Mk1’ Thomas/ Neil Spiers retired after becoming stuck on a triangle.
Caernarvonshire and Anglesey Motor Club ran the Tour of Anglesey to celebrate the club’s 80th anniversary. The event was a mix of tests and plot ‘n’ bash road sections. It was won by Martin Lloyd/rob Lloyd after long-time leaders Mark Lennox/ Ian Beaumont retired their Ford Anglia with battery failure.
Results Border 100 Rally
Organiser: Welsh Border Car Club When: May 7/8 Where: Llanfyllin Championships: WAMC, ANWCC and AWMMC Route: 100 miles Starters: 88. 1 Dale Furniss/ Nick Bloxham (VW Golf GTI) 11m13s; 2 Mark ‘GT’ Roberts/ Steve Price (Golf GTI) +1m11s; 3 Iwan Jones/ Stewart Merry (Ford Escort); 4 Phil Turner/ Dafydd Evans (Peugeot 205 GTI); 5 Kevin Davies/aled Richards (Escort); 6 Stefan ‘DR’ Davies/ Michael Gilbey (Escort); 7 Guy Woodcock/andy Pullan (Escort); 8 Peter Roberts/ Roger Evans (Golf GTI); 9 Tomos Lewis/ Dafydd Sion Lloyd (Escort); 10 Wyn Owens/jenny Evans (Escort).
Class winners Experts: Lewis/ Lloyd; Semi-experts: Eifion Thomas/ Rob Stephens (Proton Satria GTI); Novices: Dion Bee/ Osian Jones (BMW Compact).