Organiser: Tavern Motor Club Date: October 03 Where: North Devon Championships: HRCRPremier Route: 10 Tests Starters: 44.
Jamie Jukes took his second rally win within a week when Ross Whittock guided him
to a dominant victory on the Exmoor Targa Rally on Saturday.
The event consisted of ten tests; the first two being a run up the Porlock Toll Road.
Crews then embarked on three forestry tests at Knowle, Whits Wood and Croydon. The
latter was a mammoth 8 mile test. After a lunch break the five tests were tackled
Top seeds Paul Sharp/Gruff Parry held the lead after the first Porlock test. Lucas
Redwood/Rob Newell had been fastest up the hill but three cone penalties added 30
seconds to their total and that dropped them to 11th overall. Jukes/Whittock hit
the front after the second run; it was a lead they weren’t to relinquish. By lunch
they were 34 seconds ahead of Sharp/Parry, who in turn had a 14 second advantage
over Ben Smith/Simon Harris. These three crews were over two minutes in front of
the rest of the field.
After the five afternoon tests Jukes/Whittock extended their lead to almost two minutes,
while the focus moved to the fight for second. Sharp/Parry held on but by just six
seconds at the Finish.