Bad news travels fast and the word began to get round the crowd gathered in the amphitheatre-like bowl early in the stage that now, after so many competitive miles, the destiny of the rally had shifted again in just a few corners. The fan-favourite bright red Porsche 911 of Ryan Chapman and Craig Thornley was now top of the tree, and it was a position that the Tuthill-built machine would not relinquish, arriving in Carmarthen as well-regarded winners and five minutes ahead of second placed Seb Perez and Gary McElhinney in a MK2 Escort, with the RS1800 of Adrian Hetherington and Ronan O’Neill rounding off the podium positions.
Elsewhere, Tony Jardine and Allan Harryman were enjoying a strong end to the rally, although the car was feigning gearbox failure early in the day. It turned out to be nothing more sinister than a bell housing that had shaken loose on the rough stages. With this fixed, the NET-HERO team could take the line in Carmarthen which, on reflection, was some achievement considering the tumultuous path that the rally gods had bestowed upon them. They finished fifth in class and 75th overall, becoming the first fully carbon-neutral team to complete the event,