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FST: Fisher edges out Meilyr on final event.

Alastair Fisher won the Malton Forest Stages Rally last weekend, but only on the tiebreak.

Fisher and Meilyr Evans finished the sixth and final round of the 2008 VK Fiesta SportingTrophy UK series with the same cumulative time, but as the former was one second quicker on the opening test, it was this criteria that decided the victor on the day.

Fisher set the pace in four of the events eight tests and thus also picked up the Castrol Hard Charger Award. He was delighted with the result, especially as conditions were atrocious, with heavy rain causing flooding in certain parts of the tests.

"The event has been incredibly challenging, the weather was unbelievable and the stages were so slippery," said the 19-year-old. "We had a couple of moments where I don't know how the car stayed on the road but to get to the end and find out that we did win was a great way to end the season.

"It was Barry [McNulty]'s [my co-drivers] first time in the UK and his first win which is great for him. I'm really happy with how the end of my season has turned out."

Meilyr Evans meanwhile while disappointed not to win, did have the consolation of securing third spot in the FSTUK standings.

Second was also his best result to date and didn't go unnoticed with him taking the MIS Insurance Most Improved Driver of the Day gong.

Max Utting took the final spot on the podium and with it also secured the vice champions honours, while Tom Walster was fourth and Liam Regan fifth. Walster incidentally would actually have won the event by eleven seconds, but for an error on the first stage when he booked into the first time control early and picked up a one minute penalty.

Stephen Wright, Mark Donnelly and Richard Archer rounded out the top eight, with John Lloyd ninth.

Of the retirees, Craig Breen, a new competitor for the final round of the season, went out in SS2 after he clipped a bank on a tricky left-hander and ripped off the rear wheel of the car.

Clive Hilton retired on the second loop in SS6, with a broken driveshaft, while Kris Hall was excluded post-event after being towed through the final corner in SS8 - the very last stage, something that was deemed as outside assistance.

For the record, Elfyn Evans, who took the FSTUK title on the previous round in Scotland and who was recently handed a one-year driving ban, did not take part.


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