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harryflatters15 (5)Wet and windy conditions dominated the day on this years Harry Flatters which saw Damian Cole & Jack Morton take their Fiesta WRC to a maiden victory. At the lunch break they were second overall after an understandably tentative start in the new car which saw an inspired Mark Jones & Terry Martin (BMW M3) take the lead by 18 seconds. A string of 3 further fastest stage times saw Cole win by 49 seconds with Jones a superb 2nd overall. A broken windscreen wiper saw Eian Pritchard & Steve McPhee (Focus WRC) drop a whole heap of time on the opening stage but with that fault fixed they came back through the field to finish 3rd overall.

There was the small matter of the Historic event too which saw Jason Pritchard & Phil Clarke (Escort MkII) in a battle with the formidable pairing of Melvyn Evans & Patrick Walsh (Escort MkII). Evans was fastest through the opening stage in a time which was only beaten by 3 of the modern competitors. Jason Pritchard was only 3 seconds slower and gained one of those back on the 2nd stage. Now in to his stride he continued with 3 fastest stage times to beat Evans by 27 seconds. Neil Williams & Peter James (Escort MkII) had a fine run back in 3rd overall, just over half a minute further back.

The top three were all running in the FIA specification class so 4th overall was enough for Richard Hill & Iwan Jones (Escort MkII) to secure category 3 from Nick Elliott & Dave Price (Escort MkII). Category 2  saw a controlled drive from Jimmy McRae & Pauline Gullick (Firenza Can-Am) take top honours in a car with far too much power to put down in the slippery conditions. Ernie & Will Graham (Escort MkI) were 2nd whilst in category 1 only 2 of the 6 starters finished the event with Malcolm Rich & Jonathan Hawkins (Anglia) taking victory after a final stage retirement robbed Bob & Dale Gibbons (Cortina GT) of the win, whilst holding a lead of well over a minute. Meanwhile in the open class Philip Burton & Mal Capstick (Escort MkII) were comfortable winners.

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