BILL DOBIE RALLY DRIVER
The order was similar over the second test, and approaching Hafren for the first time, Russell had a slender 8secs lead over Tony. Forums, displays, a supplement in The Cambrian News, all help to give the event atmosphere, although perhaps Aberystwyth, situated on the west coast, in October has an “atmosphere” of its own. After the Cambrian, he said: It had all the makings of being a repeat performance: As problems often come in the form of punctures, the leaders must have now been wary of the roads, especially as the tracks were being used for the second time in the day. It was a fine effort, the Toleman driver finishing ahead of many international drivers.
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The order was similar over the second test, and approaching Hafren for the first time, Russell had a slender 8secs lead over Tony. It seemed as though the tally was over, with a simple run into town for the finish; but Ronnie McCartney and Tony McMahon missed a passage control in the Chevette.
The battle up front was quite evident however and, while claims of “testing” could always be heard, there was no doubt how strongly the teams wanted to win. One more would put him level with the record fellow Cumbrian Bill Dobie set over 30 years ago so with the added incentive of maximum BTRDA points on offer, it could provide the dobi needed. Both Ian Cathcart, heading for a top finish in his first British rally, and Bill Dobie, were eventually penalised for approaching the control from the wrong direction.
Back in Aberystwyth, the winners were eventually heralded into the street at the Belle Bilo Hotel, and a true champagne presentation and interview took place above the crowd. At gally three o’clock on Saturday afternoon in he middle of the windswept Dylife service area, Jimmy McRae was not a particularly happy man.
Returning to the service area, Bryan Harris took Russell into the control 3mins early, so that everyone was effectively promoted three places by the trouble of all the leading crews. Motorsport Hire and taken a British licence for the occasion. The rally saw a number of co-driver errors, apart from that involving Brookes, and penalties imposed wrecked a number of good drives, including those of Irishmen Ronnie McCartney and Ian Cathcart.
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This despite there being considerable inaccuracies in the road book both in connection with mileages and the description of the route.
A further puncture meant real problems for the Triumph crew as, in Tony’s words: Malcolm Patrick passed gally Chevette but then suffered a similar problem near the end of the test. Not everyone was to see the delights of Hafren, however, as both Mike Jackson and Jeff Churchill, two of the championship’s characters, continued their disastrous runs, retiring early.
The car stopped close to spectators who willingly doboe the Talbot’s supplies and sent him on, although his progress, often very rapid, was slowed by punctures. After the Cambrian, he said: The jack broke mid-way through the operation, and spectators had to be enlisted, further delaying the Martin Chevette. He continued to suffer both all day, and yet escaped the more common blight of modern forest rallying, punctures.
Brookes immediately pushed the Talbot through Ystwyth 13secs quicker than Pond. Comments Post has no comments. The presentation was well attended, and it was good to see Jim McRae taking a second win on the trot, and Terry Kaby winning the championship in the car Jim used to such effect last season.
Bird Takes Second On Tricky Wyedean Opener
When the decision was made to penalise drivers for a wrong approach to a control it, too, was conducted in a vague manner, all of which contributed to delay results considerably. At the time, Bird said: Lunch at Machynlleth, followed by stages further north in Dovey, a return to the rather bleak service area at Dylife and re-runs through bilk opening stages was the recipe.
Spice is regularly added by international visitors indulging in some RAC Rally preparations and Castrol work hard promoting the rally. After finishing second on the Cambrian, just six seconds dobid of winners Ollie Mellors and Max Freeman Proton Iriz R5who are not registered for the championship, Bird knows the competition raly be strong.
With over 30 miles of stages completed, the runners headed for first service; McRae changed the gearbox, most teams played with suspension tuning, and British Leyland changed tyres for the first time of the day.
Blue Sky Design Studio. In contrast to the erratic progress of the Cliffords Talbot one name firmly in the top 10 was that of Phil Collins. Then Pond’s TR7 had a puncture, changed it and finished the stage. As problems often come in the form of punctures, the leaders must have now been wary of the roads, especially as the tracks were being used for the second time in the day.
It had all the makings of being a repeat performance: The server encountered an error. The championship was also to be decided between two Chevette drivers, Terry Kaby and George Hill, the pair sandwiching Tim Brise’s diminutive Fiesta in the vobie order. Considering he had watched the mechanics torque up the wheels immediately before the test the failure came as a bjll puzzle and a real disappointment.
Bird has won the Cumbrian event on three occasionsand and has come so close to adding a fourth on a number of occasions only to suffer bad luck.