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Steve Ormond-Smith and Dafydd Evans getting air on their way to a strong result on the Argyll (Solin Smith)


Once again it's been a busy weekend for club members with events running all over the country. The first event was the Dunoon Presents Argyll Rally, organised by Mull car club. This 12 stage event gave competitors around 60 miles of competitive motoring. The event attracted a couple of club members, with the first being Chairman Dafydd Evans would be navigating for Steve Ormond-Smith in his Mitsubishi Lancer evolution 9. This was a last minute spin for Dafydd and they together had not managed to complete a recce of the event so would be on a steep learning curve of the rallies stages. They were given number 33. Also out were Jonathan Davies and Wayne Jones, they were out in a Vauxhall Astra GTE and were seeded at number 117. 

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Meirion Evans and Jonathan Jackson with their new livery on their way to another strong result on the Jim Clark (GF Rally Images)

It had been another very busy weekend for club members over the 27th, 28th and 29th of May, with two tarmac rallies taking place. The first of which would be the second round of the British rally Championship, the Beatson’s Building Supplies Jim Clark Rally, that took place on the Scottish borders. The rally would contain 9 stages and include some 77 miles of competitive motoring. The rally would consist of two stages on the Friday evening, followed by another seven the following Saturday. Meirion Evans and Jonathan Jackson were seeded at car 3, and would once again be using their faithful VW polo GTI R5, now in its striking Castrol livery that they had revealed a few days before the event Everyone agreed it was great to see the Castrol colours back in the British rally championship. 

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Meirion Evans and Jonathan Jackson on their way to another strong result on the Killarney Rally of the Lakes (Rnc Rally-pics)

The weekend of the 24th or April and 1st of May saw the fourth round of the Irish tarmac rally championship take place with the Killarney and district motor club rally of the lakes. The rally would include fourteen stages over the course of the two days giving 240 kilometres of competitive mileage. Once again Meirion Evans and Jonathan Jackson would be competing in an attempt to score a good haul of points for their Irish tarmac championship bid, and would again be using their R5 specification VW polo GTI. They were seeded at car 4 on the 127 car entry.

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Marc Hughes guides Lewis Morgan around to a top 10 on the NIght owl (Joseph John Gilbertson)

Once again it had been a very busy weekend for club members over the 23rd and 24th of April, with action taking place in the welsh lanes on the Aberystwyth motor club organised Tomos Lewis Body Repairs Night Owl Road Rally. This ever popular event starting from Aberystwyth would include some 80 miles of competition over OS maps 135 and 146. The event attracted a full entry of 75 cars and included several names from Lampter and district motor club. First on the entry was Marc Hughes who was navigating for Lewis Morgan in a Mk2 ford escort. Lewis is a former winner of the event and with Marc Hughes their local knowledge would put them among the favorites on the entry. They were seeded at number 2. Next was Cadog Davies who once again was navigating for George Williams in George’s familiar Mk2 ford escort, this pairing have enjoyed great success with each other and would no doubt be one of the favorites here too. They would start at number 5. Another navigator followed at 10, this was Dorian Evans who for this rally would be sat with Steven John Williams, they are both very successful competitors with a number of wins to each of their names and would also be in contention of victory here. They were also using the ever popular Mk2 Ford escort. At 23 was Alan Gaunt in a Peugeot 206 GTI, he had Kieran Price navigating for him. Huw Rowcliffe and Edryd Evans were at 29 in Huw’s Toyota corolla, and at 32 was Andrew Davies who would be navigating for Ben Ruff in Ben’s Vauxhall corsa. Rounding off club members was Arthur Jones at 69 in his Ford fiesta. He had Tudur Williams navigating for him. 

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Gareth Bevan and Dafydd Evans on their way to another excellent result (Nicohistoricrally.be)

The weekend of the 23rd and 24th of April saw competition on the closed roads of Britain and further afield in Belgium with club members active on each. Starting on home soil the Chelmsford motor club organised Corbeau seats Tendring and Clacton stages took place as the opening round of the British rally championship. Held over two days and including fourteen stages totaling some 85 kilometres of competitive mileage for competitors.

Included in the 107 car entry was regular navigator Mark Glennerster, who for this event would be navigating for Michael O’Brien in a WRC specification Ford Focus ‘05. They were seeded at number 12. At 15 was Andy Davies, he would be teamed up with Robert Fagg for the British rally championship and they would be out in Andy’s recently acquired R5 specification Ford fiesta.

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Wayne "Tar" Jones and Rhys Jones on their way to an excellent class win on the Tour of Epynt (Aneurin James)

The weekend of the 15th and 16th of April saw the third round of the Irish tarmac rally championship take place, the Wastewater Solutions Circuit of Ireland. This very famous event, organised by the Ulster Automobile club would once again see the top club competitors from the UK, Ireland and further afield take on some of the most exciting stages on the rallying calendar. 

Among the 75 car entry were Meirion Evans and Jonathan Jackson who would once again be using their R5 specification Volkswagen Polo GTI. They were seeded at car 4 and once again hoping for a good result to secure points for their championship bid. The rally would be made up of two days of competition with the first leg consisting of six stages totalling some 93 kilometres of competitive motoring followed by 5 more stages and another 98 kilometres of stages on the following leg. The opening leg would be made up of two stages, Orra Lodge and Lisles Hill, repeated 3 times.

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Dylan and Mark on their way to another podium finish (Aneurin James)

Another busy weekend of competition took place on the weekend of the 9th and 10th of April, with the first event up on the 9th was the Midland manor motor club organised Rallynuts stages rally. This 44 stage mile event would be based in the town of Builth Wells and would take place in the Myherin, Sweet lamb, Hafren and Sarnau forests. This rally would be the second round of the welsh forestry rally championship as well as the second round of the BTRDA rally championship. Once again there were a couple of Lampeter and district members scattered in the entry list, with the first being Dylan Davies and Mark Glennerster, they once again were out in their R5 specification Skoda Fabia. They were seeded at 8. Also entered was club chairman Dafydd Evans, who again would be navigating for Craig Cameron, in Craig’s B13 specification Subaru Impreza. They would be starting at number 25.