York Hotellier Andy Elliott only reached the start line as the car stalled and refused to start. Another early casualty was Northallerton's Anthony Eaton whose Sapphire Cosworth expired on SS1.
The battle got underway on the famous Olivers Mount Motorcycle circuit with Widnes Vauxhall Astra pilot Pete Littler throwing down the gauntlet setting a time 8 seconds clear of his nearest rival. Littler continued to dominatethe Formula 2 Gold Star event over the entire 45 stage miles, despite the best efforts of series leader Simon Chapman, who demolished stage furniture in a desparate attempt to catch the more powerful machine.
The overall Silver Star battle saw Warren Philliskirk leading by just 6 seconds from Inverness driver Alastair Tough when Tough's Mitsubishi gearbox broke on the penultimate stage. Whilst Whitby driver Nick Cook was lying 4th in the Gold Star when he rolled his Peugeot 205 in Staindale.
Other top Yorkshire finishers were Charly Lamb (Selby - Escort Cosworth) 10th overall and Jeff McNeil (York - Escort RS) 12th overall.
Northern Ireland's Niall McShea won the Nissan Micra Challenge. Selby's Lionell Firn was fourth. Ninety-two crews survived the seven stage event to return to Hull.
5 April 1997
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