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A tremendous battle between Jimmy McRae and Julian Reynolds was the highlight of the Rally Marketing Mid Wales Historic Stages, round four of the 2007 Dunlop/Gambia MSA British Historic Rally Championship last weekend.

While McRae and Andy Richardson took overall victory, David Stokes and Guy Weaver retained their overall series lead with a measured drive.

Escort Mk 2s dominated the contest for overall victory and it was Gareth Lloyd/Ryland James who led overnight after a mighty start. "We've carried some confidence forward and we're attacking better," said Lloyd after the first three stages, having gone 10 seconds clear of Reynolds and McRae overnight.

Unfortunately, their fine run ended on the first stage on Sunday morning in Hafren South when the car clipped a bank and rolled. Damage was not too bad, and they later drove the Escort out of the forest.

Then it was a straight fight between McRae and Reynolds, with both drivers pushing to the limit on the superb flowing stages. Eventually, it was McRae's slightly better pace on the longest stage through the Sweet Lamb complex that decided the result.

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