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Dylan Davies on his way to victory (Joseph John Gilbertson)

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James Davies and Cadog Davies winning expert class (Joseph John Gilbertson)

               The rallying year of 2019 kicked off with the return of the Tregaron motor cub organised Cambrian road rally. A rally that hadn’t featured on the calendar since 2012 but made a welcome return this year. The rally this year included a test before some 70 miles of road sections on OS 135, starting in Pontrhydfendigaid Pavilion.

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2018 champions and cub members Dylan Davies and LLion "tractor" Williams

The organisers of the Pirelli MotorsportUK Welsh Forest Rally Championship have confirmed that they will continue to enjoy the support of the market leading tyre manufacturers as title sponsors while also unveiling their calendar for the 2019 series.

The Championship will kick off with the Cambrian Rally on February 16th. The Llandudno based event will include some of the classic North Wales stages in the Conwy area which, like the majority of the stages throughout the Championship, have benefitted from the maintenance programme carried out by Rally4Wales.

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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.