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grizedale16-4Another glorious day up in the Lake District saw Stephen Petch & Michael Wilkinson (Fiesta R5) back up his 2015 victory with another one in 2016. Donagh Kelly & Conor Foley (Fiesta) was leading after two stages but then retired. David Wright & Steve Pugh (Focus WRC) were 14 seconds back and set joint fastest time with Petch on stage 3. With Stage 4 cancelled, Petch then went fastest on stage 5 with Wright fastest on stage 6 but the final victory margin grew to 16 seconds.

Euan Thorburn & Paul Betaon (Fiesta R5) were close behind Wright in third, after two stages, but slipped back and finshed 14 seconds behind. They only just held off Steven Clark & Blair Brown (Evo V) who took 9 seconds out of their fellow Scots on the final stage to finish just 1 second back. The first 2WD crew home were Mark Holmes & Craig Simkiss (Escort MkI) in 14th place overall. They finished only two seconds ahead of Steve Green & Michael Gilmore who were stunning in their Micra.

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