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A fantastic weekend of rallying saw Jason Pritchard & Phil Clarke (Focus WRC) take their 5th consecutive win on the Manx National Rally, to equal the overall victory record held by Kenny McKinstry. For 2019 the event counted as two rounds of the Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship, with Friday as round 1 and Saturday as round 2. Fastest times of 3 of the opening loop of 4 stages saw Pritchard hold a 55s lead over Jamie Jukes & James Morgan (Mirage). Dan Harper & Chris Campbell had gone fastest on stage 2 and were 2nd but a minute dropped on the 4th stage saw Harper retire for the day, as a precaution. 3rd overall were Andrew Dudgeon & Joe Dooley (Evo 6.5) just over 20 seconds back. John Stone & Jack Morton (Fiesta WRC) were close behind in 4th with Harper in 5th, briefly.

The 2nd loop followed over the same 4 stages and Pritchard took all 4 stages to take day 1 of the rally, doubling the margin over Jukes. Dudgeon was a comfortable 3rd following the departure of Harper and retirement of Stone after stage 6 with turbo failure. Up an impressive 4th overall were Aaron McLaughlin & Darren Curran (i20 R5) with Alan Kirkaldy & Cameron Fair (Fiesta R5) just over 12s back in 5th. Leading 2WD crew were Darren Atkinson & Phil Sandham (Escort MkII), in 10th overall and just under 5 minutes off the overall lead.

On to day 2 and Pritchard was fastest through the opening stage with the repeat run, over the same stage, saw 3 crews beat the bogey time as Harper returned to the rally and Hugh Hunter & Rob Fagg (Focus WRC) looking to claw time back after dropping from 6th to 10th overall on the opening stage of the day. Hunter was fastest on the next two stages to climb his way back up to 7th overall, whilst the top 5 remained as they were overnight.

The final loop of 4 stages saw Pritchard set 3 fastest stage times to take victory by over 3 minutes from Jukes. Dudgeon was a fine 3rd overall and dropped only 13s on the day to Jukes. Hunter had an inspired day and dragged himself up to 4th overall with Kirkaldy holding on to 5th place. McLaughlin was 6th with Damian Cole & Max Freeman (Focus WRC) was 7th overall after a challenging weekend. Atkinson was an excellent 8th overall, taking the top 2WD spot. Wayne Sisson & Neil Shanks (Evo X) were 9th and the top ten was completed by Stu Bainborough & Paula Swinscoe (Evo VI).

The Chris Kelly Memorial Stages side of the rally saw John Devlin & Ashley Trimble (Escort MkII) take victory by over 3 minutes from Ian Chadwick & Kevin Horgan (Impreza) with Ross Tunney & Brian Stubbs (BMW E36 Compact) completing the podium, almost 5 minutes back.

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