Motorsport Hire and taken a British licence for the occasion. Patrick had hired an Escort from J. Behind this pair McRae and Wilson were having their own troubles, the Chevette without third gear and the Escort driver sensing both pain from his ankles, and a lack of response from the engine. Hill knew the odds now but accepted them and would do all he could for the rest of the day, while the top teams were quite relaxed about the whole affair. The battle up front was quite evident however and, while claims of “testing” could always be heard, there was no doubt how strongly the teams wanted to win. Not everyone was to see the delights of Hafren, however, as both Mike Jackson and Jeff Churchill, two of the championship’s characters, continued their disastrous runs, retiring early. When the decision was made to penalise drivers for a wrong approach to a control it, too, was conducted in a vague manner, all of which contributed to delay results considerably.
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Not since the Granite City rally in April has a National event been able to produce information sheets on the rally’s progress. The regulations were published well in advance, but the private entrants’ definition came in for heavy criticism.
From the start the cars headed east to the Ystwyth and Tarenig forests, before heading north for Hafren, and the first visit to the only service area after some 30 miles of bipl.
After finishing second on the Cambrian, just six seconds adrift of winners Ollie Mellors and Max Freeman Proton Iriz R5who are not registered for the championship, Bird knows the competition will be strong. From Belgium came year-old Patrick Snyers, who has been making headlines in his own country.
It gave the whole show some character, and as the parties continued till daybreak, the championship was over. Bird has won the Cumbrian event on three occasionsand and has come so close to adding a fourth on a number of occasions only to suffer bad luck. Interviews with the drivers as they arrived, and raally quick car wash by Psimat preceeded the halt, held in fairly confined conditions in the Wynnstay Hotel.
Dobie was quick and David Grainger, in another Ford Escort, was well into the top 10 on this section, heading for a very commendable result. Forums, displays, a supplement in The Cambrian News, all help to give the event atmosphere, although perhaps Aberystwyth, situated on the west coast, in October has an “atmosphere” of its dobbie.
Back in Aberystwyth, the winners were eventually heralded into the street at the Bilo Vue Hotel, and a true champagne presentation and interview took place above the crowd.
Returning to the service area, Bryan Harris took Russell into the control 3mins early, so that everyone was effectively promoted three places by the trouble of all the leading crews. The championship was also to be decided between two Chevette drivers, Terry Kaby and George Hill, the pair sandwiching Tim Brise’s diminutive Fiesta in the starting order.
Spice is regularly added by international visitors indulging in some RAC Rally preparations and Castrol work hard promoting the rally. The car stopped close to spectators who willingly replenished the Talbot’s supplies and sent him on, although his progress, often very rapid, was slowed by punctures.
Bill Dobie – rally profile
He continued to suffer both all day, and yet escaped the more common blight of modern rallu rallying, punctures. Patrick had hired an Escort from J. Image courtesy of James Ward Chicane Media www.
Hopefully we can carry the momentum into the next round. Fresh from last weekend’s victory on the Legend Fires North West Stages Rally, the National Champion was back in action in odbie woods for the first time in three months and competing for only the second time on the Chepstow based event.
Email Print Share on Facebook. Post ralpy Comment Name optional. It seemed as though the rally was over, with a simple run into town for the finish; but Ronnie McCartney and Tony McMahon missed a passage control in the Chevette. When the decision was made to penalise drivers for a wrong approach to a control dobis, too, was conducted in a vague manner, all of which contributed to delay results considerably. The organisers had chosen to ban all 1: In fact, on Tarenig 2, Tim Brise got the Fiesta into a top 10 time, making up slightly for the disappointment of having to tackle the two Dyfi stages with no brakes when a pipe was smashed at the start of the first test in the forest.
In contrast to the erratic progress of the Cliffords Talbot one name firmly in the top 10 was that of Phil Collins. It does not seem to matter whether Graham Elsmore is on loose or tarmac, something unscheduled seems to strike his efforts only too regularly.
At the time, Bird said: Over the final stages, all seemed quiet, as gaps appeared between the top runners with so many of the fancied runners now out of contention; it would take a problem for anyone to move a position.
Bird Takes Second On Tricky Wyedean Opener
David is a quality act as his record proves and we had no answer to him today so when we realised we couldn’t beat him, we experimented with some settings on the car including with the tyres, which didn’t really work out.
A similar air was that found at the early lunch halt in Machynlleth, the traditional halt.
Ahead of Sol RB18, he is even more determined: Bill Dobie recorded the first of a number of good times here, and Weatherley was moving up, but the real dramas started once the cars entered Dyfi. Patrick Snyers was quick here, the stage being run in the reverse direction to the morning.