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    A dominant performance by Matt Edwards saw the North Wales driver take outright victory on Saturday’s Rallynuts Stages Rally and, with it, maximum points in the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship. It was Llanon driver Dylan Davies, however, who left the third round of the nine-round series leading the Championship.

     

    Machynlleth driver Osian Pryce, who led the series after two rounds, sat out Saturday’s Builth Wells based event while top points scorer on round two, Nick Elliott was sidelined on the opening stage with engine problems on his Ford Escort. Edwards took the early lead as he had done on the season opener, the Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally. While he had crashed out of the lead on the second stage of the earlier event, this time Edwards and co-driver Darren Garrod would head the field in their Ford Fiesta all the way to the finish ramp at the Royal Welsh Showground.

     

    It was another former Welsh Champion, Luke Francis of Rhuddlan and co-driver John H Roberts from Colwyn Bay who followed Edwards home in their WRC specification Fiesta to take second place. Make it a Fiesta 1-2-3, all running on Pirelli tyres, as far as the Championship was concerned was Ruthin driver Hugh Hunter partnered by Rob Fagg.

     

     

     

     

    Another consistent performance, however, by Dylan Davies and Llion Williams of Caernarfon in their Subaru Impreza was enough to ensure that they moved to the top of the Series standings.

    The Group N category, for less modified machinery, produced a close battle between the Mitsubishi Evo IX of Tom Naughton and Will Rogers, and Paul Davy and Roger Allan in their Subaru Impreza. When a tyre failure put the Worcester duo’s Impreza off the road it was Naughton, from Bury, and Cinderford’s Rogers who claimed top points.

     

    While Roger Allan retains the lead in the Group N co-drivers category, Fiesta ST driver Kalvin Green tops the drivers’ points table, demoting Paul Davy. The Treorchy driver also heads the junior drivers’ category after closest rivals Matthew Hirst and Zak Hughes both crashed out of the event. While Gareth Parry of Aberystwyth took maximum junior co-drivers’ points, Ludlow’s Keaton Williams, who partnered Bob Vardy in their R2 specification Fiesta, heads the category.

     

    In the two-wheel drive category, top driver honours went to Max Utting, the Oxfordshire driver bringing his front wheel drive Fiesta home ahead of the ranks of rear wheel drive cars for the first time. Second place went to Swindon duo Rob Dennis and Andrew Boswell in their Mark II Escort with the similar car of Co Tyrone driver Owen McMackin, partnered by Lee Taylor from Llanddarog, finishing third.

     

    Worcestershire’s Colin Griffiths tops the driver standings in the two-wheel drive category and the BMW pilot also heads the RAVENOL Welsh Challenge for drivers how have not finished in the top 10 of a National B status event. With Keaton Williams leading the two-wheel drive co-drivers, top of the RAVENOL Welsh Challenge co-drivers is Declan Dear, the Woking based competitor retaining the lead despite crashing out of the event alongside driver Matthew Hirst.

     

    The next round of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship is the Plains Rally. The Welshpool based event, organised by Knutsford and District Motor Club takes place on Saturday 12th May. More information about the Plains Rally can be found on the event web site, www.plainsrally.co.uk and about the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship at wnrc.wamc.org.uk, on the Championship Facebook page and on Twitter @WnRC.

     

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    Issued 08th April 2018

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    Issued by Peter Hughes Media on behalf of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship


     



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    Matt Edwards and Darren Garrod overcame late dramas on Saturday’s (1st Sept)Eventsigns Woodpecker Stages Rally to take their fourth victory of the year in the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship. That win also secured for them a free entry on Wales Rally GB, part of the Road to Wales initiative of IMS, promoters of the British round of the World Rally Championship.

    The Llysfaen driver and his co-driver, from Pwllheli, opened up a 14 second lead on the first of the rally’s seven stages and maintained their advantage all the way to the finish of the event at Ludlow Racecourse. It could have been a different story however, with their Ford Fiesta picking up a puncture on the penultimate stage of the event. They were forced to drive five miles on the deflated tyre with the flailing rubber inflicting significant damage on the car’s bodywork. Despite that they managed to get the Fiesta across the finishing line to take the victory.

    Second place went to former champions Luke Francis, from Rhuddlan and his Colwyn Bay co-driver John H Roberts. They were denied the chance to make a late challenge for victory when they too picked up a puncture on their Fiesta World Rally Car.

    Third place went to West Country husband and wife team Martyn and Dawn England in their R5+ specification Fiesta while Dylan Davies, from Llanon and Caernarvon’s Llion Williams took fourth place in their Subaru Impreza, ensuring that they take a narrow lead into the final round of the Championship.

    Fifth place for Matthew Hirst and co-driver Declan Dear was enough to ensure that the young Mitsubishi Evo IX driver, from Doncaster, takes the 2018 Junior Welsh title for drivers under 23. Group N honours meanwhile went to the similar, but less modified Mitsubishi of Scott Faulkner and Gareth Parry meaning that their Group N title fight with Wug Utting and Bob Stokoe also goes down to the final round.

     

    Another crew to suffer late drama on the event were Max Utting and Mike Ainsworth. A track control arm on their Ford Fiesta ST snapped on the very last corner of the final stage. The duo managed to effect a makeshift repair and got back to the Ludlow Racecourse finish with just a few seconds to spare. That means that the Surrey driver has clinched this year’s two-wheel drive title although co-driver Mike Ainsworth will have to wait until the season finale to see if he can secure a title of his own.





    Other title fghts to have been settled include the RAVENOL Freelander class which goes to Alex Howard and George Fleming. Perry Gardner, from Ludlow takes the driver’s title in class W2 with Class W3 driver honours go to Stanton Lacy’s Dave Brick. In Class W4 Steve Deeley from Stourbridge and Alan Proudman of Newport in Shropshire take the driver and co-driver titles respectively and the W5 co-driver’s award goes to Hereford’s Alan Jones. Finally, Treorchy’s Kalvin Green takes the Class N3 driver’s title.

    Along with the overall title, Group N title and many of the class awards, the destination of the RAVENOL Welsh Challenge for both drivers and co-drivers will not be settled until the final round of the season, the Winner Garage Wyedean Stages Rally which takes place on November 10th.

    The battle for driver honours features Max Utting, Matthew Hirst and Worcester driver Colin Griffiths while Declan Dear, Mike Ainsworth and Geraint Thomas will fight it out among the co-drivers.

    Victory on the Woodpecker secured the BTRDA Gold Star title for Matt Edwards, He currently leads the British Rally Championship and is just five points behind Dylan Davies in the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship.

    All eyes are now on the Llysfaen driver to see if he can complete an unprecedented Triple Crown.

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    Issued 4th September 2018

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    Issued by Peter Hughes Media on behalf of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship

     


     



  • Saturday’s Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally turned out to be a day of firsts. The first round of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship, maximum overall driver’s points went to Osian Pryce as he contested his first ever stage rally behind the wheel of a right-hand drive car.

    Maximum co-driver’s points, meanwhile, went to Max Freeman as he claimed his first outright win on a stage rally. The 2016 champion junior co-drive and 2017 champion Group N co-driver teamed up with Derbyshire driver Ollie Mellors in his Proton Iriz with a last-minute entry to the event. It was the duo’s first rally together.

    Although the snow and ice that cause the abandonment of last year’s event were absent, competitors reported that the special stages in the North Wales forests were extremely slippery.

    One of the first competitors to fall victim to the conditions was Simon Rogers who rolled his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI heavily on the opening stage in Penmachno Forest. Simon was taking to hospital for precautionary checks but was able to attend the finish of the event on Llandudno seafront where he was full of praise for the event’s rescue and medical teams.

    Matt Edwards took the lead on the opening stage ahead of fellow championship contender Hugh Hunter with Mellors third. North Wales driver Edwards effectively went out of the event, on the next stage, however, when he hit a tree stump. Although he returned to the event later in the event in his Ford Fiesta setting further fastest stage times, two maximum stage times left him out of contention for overall honours.

    Mellors and Freeman took the lead on stage 2 and would retain it all the way to the finish. Meanwhile Osian Pryce and Dale Furniss began their move up the leaderboard in their Mitsubishi Mirage enabling Osian to take maximum driver’s points with Dale second among the co-driver. Second place driver’s points went to Julian Reynolds in his R5 specification Ford Fiesta with Hugh Hunter third in his WRC version of the same car.

    Former champions Luke Francis and John H Roberts were forced to retire their Ford Fiesta World Rally Car after ripping a wheel off on stage 5. Also out on the same stage, with mechanical problems on their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, were Group N leaders Tom Naughton and Will Rogers. That promoted former Group N champions Paul Davy and Roger Allen in their Subaru Impreza. They finished ahead of Dan Moss and Sam Allen in their Evo IX with Zak Hughes and Tom Wood taking third place in the Ford Fiesta ST.

    The two wheel drive category provided an inter-family battle with John Rowlands and Glen Latham taking the honours in their Ford Escort after Ieuan Rowlands and Emyr Hall suffered a late puncture on their Hillman Avenger.

    New to the Championship for this year is the RAVENOL Welsh Challenge for competitors who haven’t finished in the top 10 on a previous Championship round. Topping the driver and co-driver standings respectively are Evo IX crew Matthew Hirst and Declan Dear with Ford Escort pairing Rob Dennis and Andrew Boswell second, and Zak Hughes and Tom Wood third.

    Competitors have just a fortnight to round two of the Championship, the Newtown based Grooms Garage Mid Wales Stages on Sunday March 4th.

    You can find out more about that rally at http://www.newtown-mc.co.uk/mid-wales-stages.html and about the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship at wnrc.wamc.org.uk, on the Championship Facebook page and on Twitter @WnRC.

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    ISSUED 19TH FEBRUARY 2018

     

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    Issued by Peter Hughes Media on behalf of Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship


     

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    With the second round of the 2018 Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship, the Grooms Garage Mid Wales Stages, postponed due to weather conditions, this weekend’s North Wales Rally Services Rally North Wales (24th March) offers competitors their second chance to score points in the series.

    The opening round, the Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally, saw Osian Pryce and co-driver Dale Furniss pick up maximum points in the overall championship. Behind the wheel of a four-wheel drive Mitsubishi Mirage for that season opener, this weekend they have opted to take on the massed ranks of two-wheel drive machinery in a Mark 2 Ford Escort.

    Dylan Davies is currently six points behind Pryce and he and co-driver Llion Williams, both from Lampeter, will be looking to close the gap to the top of the table in their Subaru Impreza.

    Driving another four wheel-drive Impreza, Andy Davies, who missed the Cambrian will be keen to get his Championship challenge underway. The Bryncrug driver will be teamed up with co-driver Max Freeman in a Subaru Impreza.

    Freeman, from Stafford, was 2016 Champion junior co-driver and 2017 Group N Champion co-driver. He took outright victory on the Cambrian Rally alongside Derbyshire driver Ollie Mellors, but the team were ineligible for Championship points.

    Former Group N Champions Paul Davy and Roger Allen took the honours among the less modified cars in round 1. Their challengers this weekend will include Wug Utting and Bob Stokoe who were absent from the Cambrian. Like Andy Davies, Surrey driver Utting led the overall Championship standings for part of last season.

    Interest in the two-wheel drive category of the Championship continues to grow with nearly forty Championship contenders scheduled to cross the start ramp on Saturday morning. John Rowlands leads the two-wheel drive standings. He and co-driver Glenn Latham took top honours on the Cambrian in their Escort following a late puncture for the Hillman Avenger of John’s brother Ieuan, partnered by Emyr Hall. With Osian Pryce in contention for two-wheel drive points other Escort mounted crews include Rudi Lancaster and Guy Weaver and Norfolk pairing David and James Young.

    Others to watch out for include the distinctive Fiat 131 of Barry Jordan and Paul Wakely while Brynmor Pierce and Alan Jones opt for front wheel-drive in their Ford Fiesta ST. 2017 two-wheel drive champions Andrew and Jamie-Lee Fox will be continuing the defence of their title in their venerable BMW 325i while Worcester’s Colin Griffiths will be out in his BMW Compact.

    The RAVENOL Welsh Challenge is a new addition to the Championship this season and is open to competitors who have not previously finished in the top 10 overall on a Championship round. Matthew Hirst and co-driver Declan Dear currently top the standings in their Mitsubishi Evo IX

    With an array of classic North Wales stages ahead of them for a second time this season, a strong line up of Championship contenders face a challenge worthy of Wales’s premier Rally Championship as they head away from the Dolgellau start.

    With two-wheel drive cars leaving the start-line at Gwyndaf Evans Motors from 7.30am and four-wheel drive heading out from the town’s Farmers’ Market from 1.20pm, spectators will have the chance to view the action in both the Geoff Jones Motorsport Big Ray stage and in “Tim Hobbs” Gartheiniog.

    Full spectator information is available on the event web site, www.rallynorthwales.co.uk and more about the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship at wnrc.wamc.org.uk, on the Championship’s Facebook page and on Twitter @WnRC.

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    Issued 20th March 2018

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    Issued by Peter Hughes Media on behalf of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship


     

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    The 2018 Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship gets underway this weekend with the Llandudno based Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally. The 2017 season ended on November’s Wyedean Rally with the overall title, two-wheel drive honours and many of the class awards going right down to the wire. All the indications are that the 2018 series will produce similarly close battles.

    Reigning title holder Callum Black will be absent this weekend as he is in South Korea for the Winter Olympics so there will be plenty of other crews looking to take an early advantage in the Championship standings. 2016 Champions Luke Francis and John H Roberts will be present, however, in their Ford Fiesta World Rally Car.

    One of the more interesting registered contenders in action will be Pembrokeshire driver Julian Reynolds and co-driver Patrick Walsh in their Ford Fiesta R5. Hugh Hunter and Rob Fagg, meanwhile, will be out in their Word Rally Car version of the same model.
    Among the ranks of Subaru Imprezas will be Keith Parry and Eryl Evans along with Harry Gardner and Elliot Graham while Mitsubishi Evo mounted crews include Simon Rogers and Steven Clark as well as Dan Moss and Sam Allen.

    In Group N, for less modified cars, reigning champions Andy Davies and Max Freeman will face opposition from former champions Paul Davy and Roger Allen, also in an Impreza. Others contesting the class include the two litre Ford Fiesta of Brynmor Pierce and Alan Jones and Mitsubishi Evo IX mounted Dan Moss and Sam Allen.

    The two-wheel drive category was one of the most fiercely contested awards in 2017 and the class battle looks set for more of the same this year. Among those returning to series are John Rowlands and Glen Latham in their Mark 2 Ford Escort as well as the similar cars of Rob Dennis and Andrew Boswell and Steve Ward and Mike Crawford.

    New to the Championship for 2018 is the Challenger title for both drivers and co-drivers. This is open competitors who have not finished within the top 10 overall on any round of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship or any equivalent status championship on more than one occasion between 1st January 2007 and 31st December 2017. Marking their fourth season supporting the Championship, advanced lubricant technology company RAVENOL will sponsor the Challenger category providing a prize fund valued at more than £3000.

    The first car will cross the start ramp in St Georges Place in Llandudno at 8am on Saturday morning, tackling the opening stage in Penmachno Forest at 9am. Spectators can also see the cars in action on the Llyn Elsi stage from 9:43am. The cars will re-visit those stages at 1:30pm and 2:25pm respectively.

    With the world class rally stages of North Wales ahead of them, the Cambrian Rally promises the perfect start to what looks set to be another classic season for the Pirelli MSA Welsh Championship.
    You can find out more about the Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally at Cambrianrally.co.uk and about the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship at wnrc.wamc.org.uk, on the Championship Facebook page and on Twitter @WnRC.
     
    Issued by Peter Hughes Media on behalf of Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship