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Midlands 09 (3)The Rally of the Midlands was one of attrition. On the opening evening Gary Le Coadou blew his propshaft on the startline of stage 4 at Mallory Park. By lunchtime on the Saturday cars 1-4 had all retired due to various reasons.  This left an interesting battle for the win with Mark Welch & Andy Wynn (Escort Cosworth) eventually victorious after a day long three way battle. Second place went to the Opel Astra kit car of Chris Wood & Stephen Ritchie some 9 seconds behind after taking a 10 second time penalty for a late departure from parc ferme. The podium was completed by Mark Holmes & Tony Lindsay (Metro 6R4) who were 56 seconds behind almost all of which could be accounted for by doing an extra lap at Bramcote in the morning!

Completing the event honours Andy Baker & Jonny Crane were top Peugeot 205 in 4th overall and top BMW went to Andy Davison & Mike Curry who just edged out Toni Carannante and Ella Flynn by 9 seconds. In the Historic section the Porsche 911 of Richard Jackson & Graham Wilde won with Paul Kendrick & Anton Bird taking class B1 in their Mini Cooper whilst Eric Davis & Russell Joseph took class B2 despite a lengthy stop following drowning the engine in the infamous MIRA water splash.

The much belated and quite long compilation video from the Rally of the Midlands –

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