Organiser: Welsh Border Car Club Date: April 25/26 Where: Northern Powys Championships:
ANWCC & AWMMC Route: 120 Miles Starters: 66.
The Border 100 turned out to be a Golf bonanza as Dale Furniss/Debbie Furniss led
home a quartet of VWs in the first four places.
As ever the event was a battle between the fast local crews, with a close fight for
the lead continuing over the full length of the rally as almost all sections turned
out to be droppers for every crew. However it transpired that the opening four mile
timed-to-the-minute section was the decider. The Furniss siblings arrived at its
end with just three seconds to spare and cleaned the section; Mark ‘GT’ Roberts/Steve
Price and Ian ‘Dude’ Roberts/Gwawr Hughes both arrived seconds after their time and
dropped a minute, they then spent the rest of the night in a titanic struggle, trying
to make up the deficit. They failed. They narrowed the gap but were unable to make
up the 60 seconds. Thus Furniss/Furniss completed the rally 36 seconds clear, giving
the navigator her maiden victory.
Peter Roberts/Richard Jackson held off a late charge over the final sections from
John ‘Mk1’ Thomas/Max Freeman to claim fourth place and the Expert Class win by just
three seconds. Despite the pace of this battle these crews were six minutes behind
the top three cars at the front of the field.
Iwan Jones/Stewart Merry had been the only crew to get amongst the fastest three
Golfs but a broken driveshaft meant that they had to cut the four final controls
and limp to the Finish with one wheel drive.
The Border was the Inter Association Challenge of the year. The WAMC trio triumphed
as the team consisted of the top three finishers. Their total penalties were over
an hour ahead of the second placed South-Western team; the latter doing well on unfamiliar