The picturesque coastal resort of Llandudno will play host to this weekend’s Cambrian Rally, and the opening round of the prestigious Motorsport UK Pirelli Welsh Rally Championship in association with Ravenol UK.
This year’s Pirelli Welsh championship already looks like it’s going to be a fascinating battle throughout each of the classes, the series consists of 8 high quality rallies throughout Wales and the Borders, offering competitors a variety of top quality gravel roads from the tight and twisty, to the fast, flowing, sweeping roads which makes it so appealing to competitors nationwide.
This weekend’s Cambrian Rally offers championship contenders not only the chance to compete against their counterparts from both the British Rally Championship and BTRDA, but to sample the classic North Wales forests, as well as the notorious tarmac of the Great Orme, from its Llandudno base, with the service area based in the college at Rhos on Sea.
Over 100 cars will leave the promenade start at 9am on Saturday morning for 7 tests making up some 45 miles of competition before returning to the promenade finish on Saturday afternoon. It will be up and coming youngsters George Lepley and Tom Woodburn leading the championship contenders away in their WD 40 backed Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 10 seeded at car 10, with a host of Skoda Fabia R5’s in the hands of Dylan Davies and Llion Williams, Iain Bainbridge with new co driver Dale Bowen and Karl Simmons with Mark Glennerster, hot on his heels. The Ford marque is represented by Sacha Kakad & James Aldridge and husband and wife duo Martyn & Dawn England in a pair of Fiesta R5’s. Reigning champions Matt Hirst and Declan Dear (Pictured) won't give up their title easily in the Delta backed Evo 9 and start from 23. One place ahead is another Lancer Evo 9 of the rapid Northerner Russ Thompson with Andy Murphy calling the notes. (Pictured)
There is a potential tremendous battle developing in the 2wd category and H3 class with British Historic championship regulars Nick Elliott & Dave Price, Ben Friend & Cliffy Simmons, the impressive young gun Tom Llewellin with Peredur Davies calling the notes, will battle with the rapid Sunbeam of Andy Davison & Tom Murphy, Damian Pratts & Jonny "Tad" Evans bring the Tsalta Motorsport Escort RS and lead B12 cars away.
Further down the entry local crews registered for Welsh championship points include the Lancer Evo 6 of Fraser Martin co-driven by Abergele based Ian Jones.
Steven Ormond - Smith brings his Lancer Evo7 with North Walian Simon Jones calling the notes
In the R2 class Ludlow’s Perry Gardner will be guided by the experienced Andrew Sankey in the TNT Tyres Fiesta R2 and will do battle with the similar Castrol backed car of Welshpool’s Zac Hughes & Will Atkins.
The H3 Escort RS1800 of Steve Ward and Mike Crawford starts at 60.
Mike Wolff & Mark Twiname will battle with Kev Metcalfe & Ian Jones in the B12 class both are BMW mounted
In the 1400 and H1/2 Category running at the head of the field, the Sunbeam of Chris Powell with Jim Lewis in the hot seat, will be embroiled in a battle with fellow 1400 crews Steve Black and Paul Morris in 586 Sports Suzuki Swift, the quick Nova of Dave Brick, with locals boys Hefin Lloyd Davies & Rich Jones in the PEC Tyres Corsa, in the H1/2 Historic section the impressive Rory McCann with the veteran co-driver Tim Tugwell in a Hillman Avenger will be hard to catch but local crew David Lloyd Roberts will benefit from Emyr Hall’s knowledge in the Escort RS will battle with Robert and Iestyn Williams in a similar car for local bragging rights. James Dunkley & Colin Jenkins Vauxhall Corsa will battle it out with Gethin Price and Matt Baddeley in there Nissan Micra for class honours.
Spectator information about the event, organised by North Wales Car Club, can be found on the official event web site, More information on the Motorsport UK Pirelli Welsh Forest Rally Championship can be found at , on the Championship Facebook page and on Twitter @WnRC.
The Championship secretary is please to announce that the Road to Wales gives the championship winner a free entry on Wales Rally GB National Event. Terms and Conditions can be viewed Here.
The organisers of the Motorsport UK Pirelli Welsh Stage Rally Championship have confirmed that they will continue to enjoy the support of the market leading tyre manufacturers as title sponsors while also unveiling a raft of new initiatives for the 2020 series.
The Championship calendar will start off with the Llandudno based Cambrian Rally on February 8th. The North Wales event will include classic stages in the Conwy area which, like the majority of the stages throughout the Championship, have benefitted from the maintenance programme carried out by Rally4Wales.
Round two is Rally North Wales on 28h March based in Dolgellau the event features some of the most iconic stages in the Dyfi forest complex.
Mid Wales is the base for third round of the Championship, Rallynuts Stages Rally, on April 18th, as last year the event organisers are promising some exciting changes to the route.
Round 4, on May 16th is the Plains Rally, another event with major changes planned, reduced road mileage and a central servicing.
As the Championship moves into the second half of its season it’s down to South Wales with competitors getting a rare chance to tackle the challenging stages in and around the Neath Valley on the Red Kite Stages, taking place on June 14th.
Round 6 takes competitors to Builth Wells for the popular Nicky Grist Stages on 11th July while the penultimate round takes them over the border to England. While the start of the Woodpecker Stages on 5th September may be in Ludlow, however, the bulk of the stages will be in Wales, specifically Radnor Forest.
The Championship concludes in the Forest of Dean with the Wyedean Stage Rally on 17th October.
Confirming the calendar and the series sponsorship, Dave Evison, Championship Secretary commented, “As an organising team we are delighted to be able to once again offer our competitors the opportunity to tackle some of the best rally stages in the country on events with a minimum of four weeks between each, easing budget and repair concerns. We are, of course, hugely grateful to Pirelli along with all our other sponsors, including the continued support of RAVENOLUK. We believe that the continued backing of such prestigious companies is a tribute to the superb events that the organisers put on and the competitive nature of our Championship. Meanwhile we have exciting plans for our Under 25 competitors with fantastic prizes, on offer in conjunction with OnThePaceNote.co.uk, for the winning Juniors.
Dave confirmed that the team, who welcomes Will Rogers, have been working hard to build on last year’s success with its focus firmly to offer contenders a professional yet friendly championship with great competition and outstanding media coverage, expect an announcement soon.
Also new for this year is an online championship registration form which can be found in the competitor’s section of the championship website together with the championship regulations. Competitors who are urged to register online can do so at https://bit.ly/2FJC0MW
For more information on the championship please visit www.wnrc.wamc.org.uk
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