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grizedale15 (9)An excellent rally, in superb wintry conditions, saw a close result in what was a memorable Grizedale Stages. The first pair of stages saw David Wright & Steve Pugh (Focus WRC) set the fastest times to lead 5 seconds from Steve Petch & Michael Wilkinson (Fiesta R5) with Ollie Mellors & Ian Windress (Satria Neo) a further second back. Petch dropped back through Grizedale South 1 as Mellors went fastest to close in on Wright by 2 seconds. Stage 4 saw the lead change when Wright spun dropping 22 seconds to Mellors.

The final pair of stages saw an almighty push from Wright but even with two fastest times he ended up just shy, as Mellors took victory by a single second. Petch completed the podium 11 seconds further back, who came under pressure from Peter Taylor & Andrew Roughead (Focus WRC) who ended up just 3 seconds behind at the end of the event. The first 2WD crew home were Phil Burton & Mal Capstick (Escort MkII), in eighth overall.

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