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Andy Davies and Michael Gilbey on their way to winning the welsh road rally championship on the Powys Lanes rally (photo credit Joseph John Gilbertson)

Andy Davies has just been crowned the welsh road rally champion of 2018, a title he has wanted since he took up rallying some years ago. The idea to have a real attempt of it came from last October when he and Michael Gilbey who became his navigator for the majority of the championship discussed the idea over a coffee, and it was decided there that they should try and get their names down on the list of winners of this much sought-after title.

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Daniel Williams with Shaun Richards on their way to another class win on the Cilwendeg (credit Joseph John Gilbertson)

Its been another busy couple of weeks for club members with events taking place down in Pembrey and in the lanes of west Wales. The first event to be taken on by club members was the Carmarthen motor club organised Fairfield Merlin stages which took place on the 21st of October, an event that was previously known and the Peter Lloyd stages. It was to be a five stages event around the motorsport venue giving competitors some 45 competitive miles of motoring. Lampeter and district motor club were well represented on the entry list. First club members on the entry list were Emyr Morgan and Paul Jones in Emyr’s immaculately prepared Mk2 Ford escort. They were seeded at 19. Right behind them at 20 was Rhys Jones who was navigating for Malcolm “tar” Jones in Malcolm’s Peugeot 207. At 27 were Jonathon Davies and Wayne “tar” Jones in Jonathon’s Peugeot 206. At 40 were Gari Evans and Owen Rowcliffe in Gari’s Mk2 ford escort. Rounding off club members were Kevin Davies and Hugh Jones who were at 49 in another Peugeot 206.

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Dylan Davies and Llion Williams on their way to winning the Welsh Forest rally championship, image: RallySport Media

Llanon driver Dylan Davies has won the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship but in one of the most closely fought seasons that the series have ever witnessed it took a tie-breaker to determine the destination of the crown.

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Andy Davies and Michael Gilbey after winning a challanging Autumn

On the 22nd and 23rd of September Carmarthen motor club held their event in the road rally calendar, the Autumn, a rally that would count as a qualifying round of the welsh road rally championship. Starting in the Cattle market Llanllwch, Carmarthen and would be made up of some 100 miles on OS maps 145 and 159.

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Meirion Evans and Jonathon Jackson on their way to an impressive second overall on the Wexford Stages Rally (Sheals Photography)

Its been another busy couple of weeks for club members, with action taking place in the forests and on the tarmac road of Ireland, with the Sixty and Worcestershire organised Event signs Woodpecker stages taking place from Ludlow Racecourse in Ludlow on the first of September.

                Lampeter and district were represented by Dylan Davies and Llion “tractor” Williams who were seeded at seven in their regular Subaru Impreza. Navigating in car eleven was Eryl Evans who was once again navigating for Keith Parry in Keith’s Subaru Impreza. Both of which were B13 specification cars.

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Melvyn Evans and Mark Glennerster testing their new car on the Mewla (RallySport Meida)

The 26th of August saw club members head over to the famous Epynt military ranges to compete on the Epynt motor club organised Mewla rally, which this year was celebrating its fortieth anniversary was a 75-mile event made up over thirteen stages of the ranges. The rally would make up the eighth round of the welsh tarmac rally championship and naturally featured club members on the entry list. At number four and first club members were Melvyn Evans and Mark Glennerster who were trying out their new car for this event, an R5 specification Hyundai i20. At 22 were Malcolm “tar” Jones and Rhys Jones in Malcolm’s R2 specification Peugeot 207, they were both out for Welsh tarmac championship points as well as King of Epynt points. At 46 were Jonathon Davies and Justin Davies who were another pair going for Welsh tarmac and King of Epynt points, they were another crew piloting a Peugeot, this one being a road rally specification 206 model. Making a very brave stage rallying debut was Rob Fox who had partnered up with Gareth Price for this rally, they were in Rob’s BMW 316i, choosing Epynt as a first stage rally was quite something and credit should be given purely for that!

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Dylan and LLion on their way to victory, AutoAvia Photographic

The weekend of the 23rd and 24th of June was another busy one in the rallying calendar, with two events taking place, the first of which being the PK memorial road rally, organised by Bala and District motor club. Amongst the 70 starters were Andy Davies who was once again out in his Subaru impreza IDZ with Michael Gilbey on map duties, they were seeded at car 2. Dafydd Evans was also out on the event, navigating for Kevin “Penclaw” Jones in Kevin’s Toyota corolla, they were seeded at 11.

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