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jackfrost17-6A wet circuit coupled with tight chicanes was just the start in what proved to be an unpredictable Jack Frost Stages Rally. Fastest on the opening stage were Mark Jasper & Don Whyatt (Escort MkII) shaming the plethora of 4WD machinery around them. Peter Smith & Graham Wild were 2nd fastest in their Metro 6R4 but a stage maximum on the following stage preceded retirement on stage 4, after sustaining heavy damage to the rear of the car. With the conditions very mixed the later runners actually encountered a slighter drier track but nonetheless Rob Snowden & Tommy Rogers (Escort MkII) was on it to take the lead on stage 2 from Geoff Wright & Chris Sanderson (Fiesta S2000), with Jasper relegated to 3rd overall.

Snowden then extended his lead with another fastest time on stage 3 before suffering with from running in the 20’s as he was baulked on stage 4 losing over 20 seconds of his lead. Graeme Bell & Russ Radford (Millington Satria Neo) was up to 2nd place by the lunch break, just 3 seconds in arrears with Wright a further 10 seconds back in 3rd place.

Stage 5 saw Bell reduce the gap to just one second before a first fastest stage of the event saw him take the rally lead on stage 6. A poor pair of stages from Wright had seen him slip back behind Jasper as the final pair of stages in the dusk and dark beckoned. Bell extended his lead over Snowden on both, going fastest of all on the final stage, to take victory by half a minute. Snowden started the day seeded as no.23 and took a superb 2nd overall and was the first 2WD finisher ahead of Jasper, who completed the podium places in 3rd overall.

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