Motor Sport News - - Rally Reports - Ian Mills

Ar­wel Hughes-jones/ Dafydd Evans made it a hat-trick of wins on the Rali Meirion as they took vic­tory once again on the Har­lech event last week­end.

They fin­ished the test­ing route just un­der a minute ahead of Welsh Cham­pi­onship fron­trun­ners Dale Fur­niss/ Nick Blox­ham.

How­ever the main talk­ing point at the Fin­ish was the po­lice ob­ser­va­tions of the event. The con­stab­u­lary ob­served the rally and were un­happy with the driv­ing stan­dards of many com­peti­tors. In an at­tempt to im­prove the sit­u­a­tion of­fend­ing crews were re­ported to the or­gan­is­ers for penal­ties to be ap­plied. The driv­ers could ac­cept these penal­ties or face pros­e­cu­tion. As a re­sult four crews, the most se­ri­ous of­fend­ers, were ex­cluded, while 14 oth­ers were given fails. This po­lice pol­icy will con­tinue in forth­com­ing North Wales ral­lies.

These un­usual cir­cum­stances shook up the fi­nal re­sults, giv­ing three novice crews top 10 fin­ishes, thus im­me­di­ately pro­mot­ing them to Ex­perts.

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