TONY Pond and Fred Gallagher won the Manx Rally on September 13th by nearly four minutes from second place crew, Ari Vatanen and Dave Richards (Ford RS). The Triumph TR7 V8 was pressed hard during the event by the 2.3-litre Vauxhall Chevette of Jimmy McRae and Mike Nicholson. Pond was fastest on twenty of the stages. Vatanen and McRae on nine each, but McRae would have been fastest on aggregate if a problem with the distributor had not cost him seven minutes ten stages from the finish.