After three days of rallying in glorious North Wales sunshine the 2016 Welsh Classic Trial was decided, as ever, on the final day, and by a tiny margin.
Overnight Welsh Classic Trial leaders and multiple previous winners, Mark and Sue Godfrey (MGB) had just one penalty mark in hand and were under severe pressure, for second placed Bodfan & Bev Jenkins (pictured here arriving at the finish) were battling every step of the way in their distinctive and rare Jensen GT.
Right behind those two were Dermot Carnegie and Paul Bosdet (Ford Escort RS2000), back after a year's absence and also determined to win, with last year's winning crew Paul Crosby and Andy Pullan (Porsche 911) a little further behind them.
The stage was set for a mighty shoot out and so it proved, but it was the Welsh crew who held their nerve best and triumphed in the end. Their winning margin over the Godfreys was just two penalty points after 500 miles and over 20 driving tests, with Carnegie/Bosdet just four marks further back.
Bodfan and Bev do just one rally a year and have been contesting the Three Castles since 2006. Theirs was no lucky victory; it was keenly fought every step of the way against some of the most experienced and competitive crews in the sport and we salute them!
In addition to their second and third place awards Sue Godfrey took home the Timekeepers' Trophy for the best performance on Regularities and Dermot Carnegie the Steering Wheel Trophy for the best performance on Tests, while Crosby/Pullan finished Best Masters, so no leading crew left empty handed.
The Welsh Classic Trial returns in 2018, when our dates are 6th-9th June.
Complete 2016 Results for all events HERE
Full Classic Trial Results HERE
Award Winners HERE.
Test Penalties HERE.
Best Performances on each Regularity HERE.
Best Performances on each Test HERE.