Ludlow Castle Motor Club’s Phil Clarke cements position at top of Roger Albert Clark Historic Rally Championship (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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Ludlow Castle Motor Club’s Phil Clarke cements position at top of Roger Albert Clark Historic Rally Championship
LUDLOW Castle Motor Club’s Phil Clarke cemented his position at the top of the Roger Albert Clark Historic Rally Championship.
Co-driver Clarke, from Church Stretton, and Martin McCormack triumphed in the latest round - the Neath Valley Stages.
They edged home by just 0.7 seconds after the fifth and final stage, 12.48 miles of Margam Forest, from their closest rivals.
The leaders opened up a sevensecond lead in the first stage of the five-stage rally, which totalled 45 miles through forests of Rheola and Margam.
But the duo, in their MkII Ford Escort, slipped to second spot on the second stage after narrowly avoiding an accident in front of them.
Clarke and Irishman McCormack stormed through stage four and then secured their third successive triumph.
Andrew Clayworth took part in his first rally in 10 years and teamed up with Jez Rogers, finishing 30th overall and sixth in their class.
And, on the road rally front Neil Weaver was second overall, in the Barcud Rally based in Tregaron, West Wales.
Weaver and navigator Russell Williams were seeded ninth in a Renault Clio and raced through the field in unfamiliar territory.