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Craig Judd with club navigator Dafydd Evans on their way to fifth overall on the Mike Darowen Bro Dyfi

The Mike Darowen Bro Dyfi rally was to be the first round of the welsh road rally championship of 2018, and once again featured a host of club members who ventured up to Machynlleth. Organised by the Dovey Valley Motor club who had promised a route of some 110 miles in the Dovey valley area made up on OS maps 124, 135 and 136 (which was provided in the route hand out). First club members on the entry list were Andy Davies and Cadog Davies in Andy’s Subaru Impreza IDZ, they were seeded at 3. Navigating in car 9 was Dafydd Evans in a Peugeot 306 gti6. He was navigating for Craig Judd. Another navigator in car 20 was LLion “Tractor” Williams who was navigating for Carwyn Pughe in a Vauxhall Astra GTE. Down in 52 was Daniel Williams in his BMW 318ti, he had Shaun Richards navigating form him. Rounding off club members were Owain Evans and Dion Phillips in a Vauxhall Nova, they were seeded at 63.

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                Saturday the 30th of December saw the first rally take place after the Christmas break, the ever-popular Jaffa Stages, organised by Carmarthen motor club. It is a popular rally that many use a test ready for the up and coming season in the new year to see how their cars are performing, whilst others just enjoy entering for the fun of it. It was also to make up the first round of the club’s tarmac championship, despite having a 2017 date.

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Club chairman Jason Thomas (centre) hands out awards to overall club champion Cadog Davies (left) and chairmans cup to Andy Davies (right)


So the dust has settled on 2017 and the FIA World Motor Sport Council has just confirmed that our 2018 date will be 4 – 7 October.  Three weeks earlier than this year.
It seems that November is a continual merry-go round of debriefs and meetings to dissect the most recent event but already there is a 2018 itinerary in circulation as plans advance for 10 months' time. 

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On the 10th and 11th of November the Manx auto club hold a popular two-day rally on the Isle of Mann, a rally which often sees many members from welsh motor clubs venture over to the Island to get a taste of competition on closed tarmac roads. Amongst the many who travelled over to the Island were members of Lampeter and district motor club, who had a strong representation on the rally, with Tomas Davies seeded at number 9 in his R5 specification Ford fiesta. He was accompanied by Eurig Davies. Changing from Subaru’s over to Fords was Dylan Davies who with regular navigator Llion Williams were seeded at 19 in a 2002 specification Ford focus world rally car. They were hoping for a top placing having done well on the event last year. At 78 were Jonathon Davies who had Elgan Davies navigating, they were out in a Ford escort Mk2. Number 84 went to the Nissan Micra of Owen McConochie and Rhodri Williams who were looking to get some experience of tarmac rallying having had some impressive results on gravel rallies earlier in the year.

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             The weekend of the 23rd/24th of September saw Carmarthen motor club hold their rally, the Autumn, down in Carmarthen mart. It is a rally with a reputation for being a tough but enjoyable challenge, and so came of no surprise that the entry list filled quickly once regulations were made available, with many club members throwing their names into the mix. The rally was made up of some 100 miles on OS maps 146 and 159, giving club members another chance to compete in an area not too far away from home soil. The rally made up the tenth round of the welsh road rally championship which also helped pull in a strong entry.

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It has been another busy weekend for members of Lampeter and district motor club, with two events taking place, the first being the woodpecker stages that took place on the Saturday and the Dyffryn Twymyn targa rally on the Sunday.