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Severn 09 (2)Dust, dust and more dust but it wouldn’t be a Severn Valley without it! In the Nationals there wasn’t much between the top two as Marcus Dodd & Andrew Bargery took their Accent WRC to 0.6s victory over the Impreza WRC of Roger Duckworth & Mark Broomfield, who had led from stage 1 of the event until the start of the last stage. Completing the podium, and heading up the Evo Challenge runners in third place, was the Evo IX of Daniel Barry & Martin Brady with yet another cracking performance.

In the Clubmen event Nigel Griffiths & Jon Scott took a start to finish victory in their Impreza from the Focus WRC of Michael O’Brien & Ian Allsop. It had been a close run thing with less than 10 seconds separating the top two all event and the final victory margin falling to just 3.8s. As the front two pulled away it was the Escort MkII of Henri Grehan & Chris Ridge that took 3rd place, winning their class, and beating a significant amount of 4WD machinery in the process.

In the Historics it was all about the Escort MkII’s once again. Gwyndaf Evans & Phil Pugh took the victory laurels after clinching the top spot with fastest time of the final stage through Radnor. They had led after the opening stage but Julian Reynolds & Ian Oakey took the lead through stage two,  Crychan, only to lose out by 3.5s on the final stage. Completing the podium in the Historics and Classics were Nick Elliott & Dave Price. In the post Historic category Rupert Lomax & David Alcock took their Escort MkI to a comfortable victory. Tim Mason & Graham Wild were 2nd in their 911 with David Stokes & Guy Weaver third as they made their comeback in the re-built Escort MkI which had sustained heavy damage on the Bulldog. In the Historic category it was a superb victory for the Volvo Amazon of Graham Waite & Gill Cotton. Jonathon & Graham Gale took their Sunbeam Tiger to 2nd place with the Imp Sport of Geoff Taylor & Steve Greenhill a fine third.

Video time once more and whilst we didn’t have the variety of some recent events the dust does add something –

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