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Carpetbagger Rally

Road Rally Register

23rd/24th January 2010

Clerk of the Course: Roger Hunt

Route: 190 Miles

Maps: 181, 192 & 193

Starters: 60

Winners: Jamie Turner/Dan Harrison (Rover 200)

Jamie Turner/Dan Harrison paced their rally to perfection as they took the lead to secure victory in the last few miles of the Carpetbagger. The event once again lived up to its reputation as one of the toughest road rallies as fewer than half of the starters made it to the finish, this was despite untypically mild and dry Carpetbagger weather conditions.

Turner/Harrison had a trouble free run in the Enduro spec Rover as their steady approach paid off. Fourth at First Petrol they concentrated on avoiding mistakes and duly took the win as their rivals made errors or hit mechanical problems.

The regular pairing of John Davies/Eurig Davies had vastly different experience of the ‘bagger. The driver had won the event in 2008, while the navigator was making his first visit to the area. This lack of experience on the maps didn’t stop the crew setting the pace and only losing the win after a mix up with a code board cost them a five minute penalty.

Nic Morris/Martin Phasey held a one minute lead at the first fuel halt but then went off the boil during the second leg and fell to fourth. They regained their earlier pace in the last section and managed to pass Reian Jones/Michael Gilbey to finish in third.

Last year’s winners, Owen Turner/Graham Raeburn, had just taken the lead approaching the halfway point of the rally when they decided to withdraw after damaging the exhaust.

Simon Harrison/Paul Bosdet, who won in 2006, could only manage an eighth place finish after their Impreza developed brake problems only five miles into the event.

Both Carl Hawkins/Paul Taylor and Daniel Jones/Llinos Jones ended their night parked in the scenery. While 2005 winners, Mike Biss/Cath Woodman, were forced out by steering problems on their Astra.