Another year and another Bulldog rally and this time we did get to see the BRC crews but not until we had caught the BHRC crews twice. In the headline event Elfyn Evans took his first major victory, co-driven by Andrew Edwards in his Impreza N15. In the Historic’s Nick Elliott & Chris Brooks (Escort MkII) built up a comfortable lead and kept Julian Reynolds in check through the last few stages. Matt Edwards & Sam Collis (MG ZR) were easy winners in the BRC Challenge with last but by no means least Shaun Gardener & Ben Innes (Evo 5.9) won the National rally by just 2.6 seconds.
Covering the podium places field by field the Historics finished first and it was all drama in category 1. Stage 11 saw Simon Wallis & Graham Wride (Lotus Cortina) roll in the flying finish and then Graham Waite & Gill Cotton (Volvo Amazon) retired shortly afterwards with no brakes. This left the Volvo PV544 of Ian Beveridge & Peter Joy to take victory by 30 seconds from Rikki Proffitt & John Stanger-Leathes (911) who were the top registered crew. Dessie Nutt & Geraldine McBride completed the podium after dropping a minute in Gartheiniog.
In the post Historics David Stokes & Guy Weaver won from Stefaan Stouf & Joris Erard with Chris Browne & Liz Jordan third, making it an all Escort MkI podium. In the Classics it was Elliott from Reynolds, co-driven as always by Ian Oakey, with Will Onions & Dave Williams third making it an all Escort MkII podium.
The BRC Challenge crews were next back and Matt Edwards won by over two minutes beating all the Fiesta crews, who have the benefit of larger engines! 2nd and top Fiesta were Phil Scholes & Bradley Johnson with Damien Smith & Ella Flynn 3rd in their Fiesta ST. The National crews were next home and Gardener took victory by 2.6 seconds from David Howells & Julian Wilkinson (Impreza) with Alex Allingham & Mark Glennerster (Impreza) third overall, winning group N by two tenths of a second.
Then finally into the BRC and the 2WD field was all about the Irish, with Ulsterman Mark Donnelly & Irishman Barry McNulty (Clio Maxi) taking the laurels by just under 7 seconds from fellow Ulsterman Martin McCormack & Irishman David Moynihan (Citroen DS3). Completing the Celtic feel were Irishman Craig Breen & Welshman Gareth Roberts (Fiesta R2) over a minute further back.
In the main battle amongst the 4WD crews it was a battle of Britain with Adam Gould taking an early lead for England, co-driven by Seb Marshall but in the end he was grateful to get to the finish as his Impreza limped home in 3rd place. TEG Sport team mates Elfyn Evans & Andrew Edwards then took over in the lead and never looked back, taking victory on home soil. Over the final two stages Scotsman David Bogie (Evo IX) clawed back time from Evans but he took 2nd overall, co-driven by Kevin Rae.
Video eventually – 2012?