CP takes maiden victory


     Chris Palmer's victory on the Holrus Novice rally was the highlight of August's road rallying for LDMC members. The rally, held on the roads of map 148 saw Palmer and navigator Fiona Balchin take a convincing win and bring the trophies back to West Wales.

     August got under way with the Barcud Road Rally based in Tregaron. Another of the local events saw a few LDMC members entering the event hoping for a good result.  Another impressive performance by youngster Stefan Davies would see him finish the highest placed LDMC member with an excellent 2nd overall missing out by the narrowest of margins for the overall victory by just two seconds. After a string of runner up finishes this still leaves Davies in search of that elusive maiden victory.Dale Furniss was the next LDMC member finishing 5th overall and third in class navigating for Steven John Williams. Suprise package of the night for many and proving his doubters wrong was Dorian Evans in a brillaint sixth overall. After weeks of banter in the build up to the event, Evans finished his first event as a driver well inside the top 10 exceeding the expectations of many crews and spectator alike. Justin Jones and Rhodri Morgan took the final top 10 spot in 10th, and with that the best LDMC crew.Chris Palmer finished 11th overall on the event just three seconds adrift of Jones/Morgan. James Davies and Abi Carrington finished 22nd overall and second in class 2 missing out on the class win by a tie-braker whilst Dafydd "Daffy" Hughes and George Eadon finished just behind in 23rd. Jason Thomas and Andrew Ling took the class 3 victory on the event when they finished 32nd overall with Dafydd Evans finishing 43rd overall navigating for Rhys Roberts in an MG ZR.

     Newtown and District Motor Club held the first of the two novice rallies held in August with 85 miles of navigational rallying. Edryd Evans and son Dafydd were the highest seeded LDMC members starting off at car two with Chris Palmer and navigator Fiona Balchin seeded car three. Palmer and Balchin would go on and take their maiden victories on the rally with a convincing winning margin of just under two minutes. Edryd and son Dafydd would finish the event fourth overall and with that the award for third in class. Phill Jenkins and Abi Carrington were also competing on the event in their Escort Mk2 and finished 28th O/a.

     The Piston Broke rally, the second Novice event of the month, saw a few members heading down to Cross Hands for the event. Phill Jenkins and Abi Carrington would be competing once more and would finish an excellent fourth overall on the rally winning their class and finishing the highest placed mixed crew in their Mk2 Escort. Anthony Litchfield's rally would end within sight of the finish whilst navigating for Dai Roberts in a Mk2 Escort. A rear diff failure on the final selective start line of the event would see victory escape their grasps. The pair had been leading up untill their point of retirement but unfortunatly it just wasn't meant to be. Dafydd Evans was also competing navigating for Marc Davies in yet another Escort Mk2. Unfortunatly for the crew they got stuck on a triangle and would go OTL on the event after several minutes were lost trying to get on their way once more.