Rikki Proffitt and Graham Wild dominated the 60th running of the Tour of Flanders by winning the majority of stages in their 1965 Porsche 911 and finishing 38th overall out of a mixed field of 100 modern and historic crews.
Organisers had laid on a tough route for competitors with more than 100 miles of competitive stages on offer over the 36 hours the rally would run.
It was not plain sailing for any of the 20 crews as the first stage got under way the heavens opened, for the first time in 3-weeks this part of Belgium had any wet weather, and that meant the asphalt covered roads were slippier than usual added with the high amounts of gravel, caution would be needed to survive the conditions.
One of the first to run into difficulties was Trevor Hancock in his TR7 V8, who would unfortunately retire due to an alternator fault. Steven Powell in his Hillman Avenger also ran into difficulties but were still going despite raking up more than 4 minutes in road penalties.
In the Mini section Clive King and Anton Bird was also dominate their section getting to grips quickly with the stages run at night and the rain he would finish the first five stages with a minutes advantage over Andrew O’Hanlon and Kevin Hogan.
Leg 1 – Round 5 Tour of Flanders results.
Proffitt – Wild Porsche 911 28 mins 29 secs
King – Bird Mini 30 mins 33 secs
Lythell – Cotton Porsche 911 30 mins 39 secs
Kendrick – Green Ford Escort Mk 1 30 mins 57 secs
O’Hanlon – Hogan Mini 30 mins 34 secs
Gamble – Ward Mini 30 mins 53 secs
King – Lloyd Mini 33 mins 04 secs
Ellerby – Price Mini 33 mins 47 secs
Davis – Jospeh Mini 33 mins 56 secs
Powell – Hakins Hillman Avenger 36 mins 03 secs
Barrett – Scarrett Ford Cortina 36 mins 41 secs
Hancock – Watson TR7 V8