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It was great to see the Wyedean running again and it was Matthew Hirst & Declan Dear (Evo IX) who took victory on the slick stages. Heavy rain in the lead up and on the day meant treacherous conditions for the 85 starters with a 10 crews going out on the opening stage. Nick Elliott & Dave Price (Escort MkII) were fastest by a second from Hirst, but Hirst hit back on stage 2 to take the lead by 1s. Elliott slipped back on stage 3 with Alex Allingham & Ross Weir (Escort MkII) moving up in to 2nd place at the service interval.

Hirst dominated the 2nd run through the stages, going fastest on all of them to extend his margin of victory to over a minute. Allingham was a superb 2nd overall and finished just over half a minute ahead of Tom Llewellin & Peredur Wyn Davies (Escort MkII) who had dropped a minute in Mailcot (SS3) and then pushed after service going 2nd fastest on all of them. They had been 6th at service with Ben Friend & Cliff Simmons (Escort MkII), 5th a second ahead and ending up 5th overall. Mark Griffiths & Matt Rogers (Escort MkII) were 4th at service and finished in that position after Elliott retired from 3rd place and Llewellin moved ahead.

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