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The con­test for Class C2 also be­came the bat­tle for over­all spoils in Cat­e­gory 2 as sev­eral lead­ing con­tenders fell by the way­side in­clud­ing Stan­ley Orr/stephen Mcau­ley, who went out with rear sus­pen­sion prob­lems.

It was a bat­tle of the Avengers as Eliot Re­tal­lick/tim Tug­well took on Andrew Stokes/adrian Mcnally in a crack­ing con­test. Both crews set an im­pres­sive pace and it was Re­tal­lick who ar­rived back at Llan­dovery with a win­ning mar­gin of 56s. The gap was only 24s go­ing into the fi­nal stage, but Re­tal­lick flew through the fog to take a fur­ther 32s profit.

Run­ning the Avengers close for Cat­e­gory 2 was the Pinto-pow­ered Es­cort Mk1 of Si­mon Pick­er­ing/ Paul Bar­bet and some good af­ter­noon stages put them to within seven sec­onds of Stokes as Bar­bet de­liv­ered notes for the first time. Class C3 vic­tory was their re­ward.

Not far adrift of the Avengers on their way to Class D2 vic­tory were David Hop­kins and Tony Vart in their Sun­beam Tal­bot. “This has been 18 months in the mak­ing,” said Hop­kins af­ter a cat­a­logue of en­gine dra­mas.

In Cat­e­gory 1, Phil Har­ris and Richard Suter (Mini Cooper) had a handy mar­gin over Mike Bar­ratt and Emily Re­tal­lick (Ford Cortina GT) on a rally that was gen­er­ally kind to the older cars.

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