The weekend of the 4th and 5th of June saw Newtown and District Automobile club host the 45th running of the Eagle road rally, the sixth round of the welsh road rally championship. A route of some 110 miles, made up of a mixture of surfaces was put on for competitors, starting and finishing in Newtown, and using the surrounding lanes that feature on map 136.


Once again Lampeter and District motor club were well represented with many club members amongst the 75 entrants, which included Cadog Davies once again navigating for Reian Jones in the seat Ibiza at 4, at 6 were Justin Jones and Dafydd Evans in Justin’s regular mk2 escort. Car 7 was Justin Davies accompanied by Dafydd Sion Lloyd on the maps out in a Peugeot 206 GTI. Llion Williams occupied the navigators seat of car 27, with Arwel Griffiths driving, in a Peugeot 205 GTI. Wayne Jones and Andrew Gaunt were at 34 in another 206 GTI.

Having a good first half despite losing some time at TC10 were Reian and Cadog, who were 4th overall at the halfway halt. Only 2 places behind were the escort crew of Justin and Dafydd, whilst the other Justin and Dafydd pair in the 206 GTI held 13th. Llion Williams managed to guide Arwel Griffiths around to 16th at halfway. Unfortunately, Wayne Jones and Andrew Gaunt retired sometime in the first half.

The second half continued in much the same way as the first half, with plenty of tight sections along the route to keep concentration levels high as they battled from time control to time control. Reian and Cadog continued to post fantastic times, eventually finishing an excellent 3rd overall, giving Cadog some much needed points for his welsh championship bid and hopefully ending his run of poor luck in recent events.

Also going well were Justin Jones and Dafydd Evans, who also managed to climb from their halfway position, finishing an excellent sixth overall. Not so Lucky were the other Justin and Dafydd pair, their 206 GTI picking up more punctures than they had spare tyres, which sadly forced them into retirement. Another crew to gaining a place at the end were Arwel Griffiths and Llion Williams, climbing one spot to finish in a very respectable fifteenth overall.

Many thanks to Joseph John Gilbertson for the use of the image in this article.