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Damian Cole & Paul Morris (Fiesta WRC) took a dominant win on the Harry Flatters. Setting fastest times on all 5 stages they took victory by over a minute from the hard charging Tomas Davies & Wyn Thomas (Fiesta R5). Down on power compared to the WRC machinery this was a good effort, plus Davies finished over a minute ahead of Steve Simpson & Patrick Walsh, who were debuting their own Fiesta R5. Huw Reed & Anthony Hackett (Darrian T90 GTR) were the first 2WD crew home and a respectable 4th overall.

There was a fierce battle in the historic field with Jason Pritchard & Phil Clarke (Escort MkII) requiring a good result against Nick Elliott & Dave Price (Escort MkII). A win for Pritchard would keep his title defence on track but the problem could be two very fast asphalt drivers mixing it up with the title contenders. Rob Smith & Alun Cook (Escort MkII) along with Neil Williams & Sion Jones (Escort MkII) were joint 2nd fastest on the opening stage behind Elliott with Pritchard 4th fastest. Pritchard found 37 seconds on the 2nd stage with Smith and Willams close behind, both now edging ahead of Elliott with Pritchard 3 seconds back.

Pritchard then went fastest on the 3rd and 4th stages to take a 14 second lead going in to the final test. Smith did go faster, but by only 3 seconds, so Pritchard took victory with Smith 2nd, Williams 3rd and Elliott 4th, 30 seconds back. The title fight is now fully on and Rally Isle of Man could prove pivotal. In category 2 Andrew Stokes & Adrian McNally (Escort MkI) took victory with Dessie Nutt & Geraldine McBride (911) taking category 1 honours.

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