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Andy Davies slides his Impreza along the slippery stages (FOKUS photography)

                The weekend of the 16th and 17th of March saw club members once again take the ferry over to the Island or Ireland to compete on the ever-popular Clonakilty Park West Cork rally, a rally which would be making up the second round of the British rally championship as well as second round of the Irish tarmac championship. The rally consisted of 15 stages held over two days giving nearly 140 stage miles.

                Lampeter and district motor club were well represented on this event, with Meirion Evans and Jonathon Jackson competing in the international event once again in their Hyundai I20. They were seeded at 21 and out for points in the British rally championship. Also joining them in the international rally was Andy Davies with regular navigator Michael Gilbey at 71, they were out in Andy’s Subaru Impreza and aiming to add points to their group N bid in the Irish tarmac championship.

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Kevin Davies and Alan James on their way to victory (Gary Jones)

             The weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of March saw Lampeter and district motor club hold their annual event in the road rallying calendar, the Bro Caron. Due to snow conditions effecting the Mike Darowen’s running it was now the first round of the Welsh road rally championship as well as the first round in the club’s own road rally championship. Once again Marc Hughes took care of clerk of the course duties. Together, he and his team held an event of approximately 90 miles using mostly the northern half of OS map 146. This year’s event was held in March to avoid any clashing with the rugby matches that occur at this time of the year to help guarantee maximum marshal numbers that are required to run an event.

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Meirion Evans and Jonathon Jackson setting excellent times on the Cambrian (Black mountains Media)

               2019s stage rallying season kicked off properly with the first round of the Irish tarmac rally championship, the Galway International, taking place on the 10th of February. Being the first round of the championship, it attracted a very strong entry with many star names on the entry list. In amongst them representing Lampeter and district motor club were Meirion Evans and Jonathon Jackson in their R5 specification Hyundai I20, they were seeded at 15 in a sea of R5 cars. At 59 was current road rally champion driver Andy Davies who accompanied by fellow champion navigator Michael Gilbey, together they would be taking on the Irish tarmac rally championship in the hope of winning the group N category. The rally consisted of nine stages with them being at Attymon, Ballyfa and Colmanstown and all would run three times.

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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.