1000 Lanes Road Rally
Sponsored by Judd Brothers
Heads of the Valleys Auto Club
Winners: Mark Lennox/Ian Beamond (Ford Escort)
Photograph: Black Mountains Media
Organiser: Heads of the Valleys Auto Club
Date: October 12/13
Clerk of Course: Paul Tod & Matthew Maidment
Route: 110 Miles
Mark Lennox/Ian Beamond put themselves into pole position to take the Welsh Championship title by winning the 1000 Lanes Rally.
The 110 mile route started with a long loop to the north of the start, which was
at the Clytha Arms near Raglan. There was ten miles between SS1 and the first intermediate
time control, a straight run up the Vale of Ewyas. The route tighten in the lanes
to the south of Hay-
The first non-
The third section was a sharp three mile affair through Groeslwyd, finishing within a mile of SS1. Jones/Bowen dropped one second, but a number of other leading crews were clean. An easy four mile section took competitors to Petrol in Abergavenny. All but one of the top forty cars cleaned this fourth test.
At this point Jones/Bowen and Williams/Davies were tied on one second; the matter being decided in favour of Jones/Bowen as they had gone furthest before picking up their penalty. The second half was to prove more demanding.
After a holding control near Govilon the route ran around The Tumble before a tricky maze of lanes to the west of Llanover. It was a decisive section. Jones/Bowen retried as their earlier electrical gremlins reappeared and stopped their car for good. Meanwhile Williams/Davies became stuck at one point and lost over a minute; they continued but, with less enthusiasm, trailed in for a sixth place finish.
Fastest on the section were Lennox/Beamond, who now took a lead they weren’t to lose. Steve Knibbs/Robbie Pugh were in second, 20 seconds behind, with Mark ‘GT’ Roberts/Dylan Jenkins in third, a further seven seconds back.
The sixth section was just two miles long. It ran parallel to the A40 dual carriageway and caused no difficulty with almost every crew cleaning it. Section 7, with two intermediate time controls and two farmyards was a different proposition. Roberts/Jenkins, running first car on the road, dropped a vital minute at TC7A, dropping them to sixth; they were only able to recover to fifth place by the Finish. By the end of the section Lennox/Beamond led by 48 seconds from Matthew Jones/Ryan Griffiths, who were just 2 seconds in front of Knibbs/Pugh, with Paul Morgan/Jamie Mills 8 seconds further adrift.
Morgan/Mills took fastest time on the eighth and last section of the night, a loop
around lanes to the south-
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