ROAD RALLY ROUND-UP
Phil Harris/ Dan Pidgeon in a Subaru Impreza emerged as winners of the Primrose Rally after being involved in a night-long battle for the lead with Tim Owen/jake Ramsden.
On an event timed wholly to the minute, Harris/ Pidgeon were the only crew to clean the opening section through Haldon Forest. Owen/ Ramsden drew level and took the lead as the route headed south to the Teignmouth area. The positions stayed the same between the first and second petrol halts. However the Citroen crew dropped a minute at each of two controls as the rally circled Christow, and the winners took a lead they weren’t to lose.
Roger Holder/ Peter Barnard were third but were 11 minutes behind the runners-up at the end, just one minute ahead of Alan Frame/shaun Layland. James How/ Nic Jones had a problematic night; they were pulled out of a ditch by Harris early on and also missed a PC later. They finished in fifth.
Des Campbell/christine Sanderson went one better than last year to claim provisional victory on the Aquarius Rally. They were pushed hard by Tom Wilson/ Graham Couser, who overcame a recent family bereavement to claim second place.
Organiser: South Hams Motor Club When: February 05/06 Where: Devon Championships: ASWMC Route: 130 miles
Starters: 28. 1 Phil Harris/ Dan Pidgeon (Subaru Impreza) 5m00s; 2 Tim Owen/jake Ramsden (Citroen Saxo) +1m00s; 3 Roger Holder/ Peter Barnard (Impreza); 4 Alan Frame/ Shaun Layland (Vauxhall Corsa Sport); 5 James How/ Nic Jones (MG ZR); 6 Simon Heywood/ Sam Treleavan (Honda Civic); 7 Paul Watts/ Paul Waterton (MG ZR); 8 Steve Conner/ Mark Dunkerley (Ford Puma); 9 Dave Clifford/ Peter Blackett (BMW 318i); 10 Mark Lennox/ Ian Beamond (Ford Escort).
Class winners: Steve Pearce/ Mark Butler (Corsa); Ben Griffin/ Nick Chapman (Peugeot 106); David Roper/ Simon Fuidge (Mitsubishi Pajero).