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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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Andy and Max get air on their way to second in class (FOKUS Photographic)

              On the 15th to the 17th of June Ireland sees possibly one of its largest and most eagerly awaited rallies on the calendar take place, the Donegal International rally, organised by Donegal Motor club. It’s a hotly contested rally that often attracts the biggest names from all over Ireland and further afield to Letterkenny to compete on the event. The rally launch took place on the Friday evening before competition began on Saturday and carried on through Sunday giving competitors twenty stages totalling some 180 miles of competition.

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Andy and Cadog get air in IDZ on their way to victory (Neil Constable)

Sunday the 3rd of June once again saw club members out in action on a targa rally. This one being the Ystwyth targa, and organised by Aberystwyth and district motor club. The event took place at the Sweet Lamb rally complex near Llangurig and gave competitors some 40 miles of competitive tests. The weather was warm and sunny which was excellent for specators but meant that dust was present and hung in the air between cars given an extra challenge for the competitors.