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Snetterton hasn’t been used for rallying since 2003, but returned this year for the Tamdown Stages.    Eight stages were held using various configurations of the 300 layout, including using it in the opposite way to how it is run for circuit racing.

The day was clouded in fog which meant that photography was going to be extremely challenging.   The start was delayed by two hours before the Clerk of the Course decided to start the event.  Visibility was very poor!

The rally was won by the Ford Focus WRC of Nigel Mummery / Fiona Scarrett with an overall time of 49:47, but just one second behind was Pete Rayner and Richard Bonner in their Mark II Escort.    Third place was taken by Martin and Andrea Hodgson in another Escort.

The first casualty was the Aston Martin V8 Vantage (pictured) of Alan Thistlewaite and Mick Klien who slid off the circuit at Murrays into the armco barrier.    Whilst many may consider an Aston Martin an unusual rally car, for tarmac events these sort of cars have precedent as Ferrari rallied the 308 and Porsche the 911, and going back further, cars such as the Austin Healey have performed well on tarmac.

Hopefully rally will return to Snetterton in 2012, and with it some clearer weather.

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