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Ian ‘Dude’ Roberts/gwawr Hughes made a perfect start to their bid to claim a hat-trick of Welsh championship titles by taking outright victory on the Rali Mike Darowen Bro Ddyfi, the first round of this year’s series.
It was a tough event, just 24 of the 53 starters made it to the Finish. The winners dropped almost 16 minutes but were still two minutes ahead of the runners up, Stefan ‘DR’ Davies/ Michael Gilbey. An 11 miles, 22-minute section in the traditional Bro Ddyfi area around Aberhosen caused particular difficulties; the fastest crews picked up three minutes of penalties, while others dropped 10 times that.
Robert Pugh/justin Davies and Mark ‘GT’ Roberts/ Dylan Jenkins went out with broken shafts, while top seeds Dale Furniss/ Nick Bloxham withdrew after damaging their VW Golf.
A broken gearbox caused Steven John Williams/carl ‘Slate’ Jones out on the second section, while engine problems stopped Meilyr Evans/ Andrew Edwards.
Ian Mills Rali Mike Darowen Bro Ddyfi
Organiser: Dovey Valley Motor Club Date: January 30/31 Where: Mid-wales Championships: WAMC, ANWCC & AWMMC Route: 125 miles Starters: 53.
Results 1 Ian ‘Dude’ Roberts/ Gwawr Hughes (VW Golf GTI) 15m52s; 2 Stefan ‘DR’ Davies/ Michael Gilbey (Ford Escort) +2m00s; 3 Carwyn Pughe/ Llion ‘Tractor’ Williams (Vauxhall Astra); 4 Steven Thomas/ Gareth Thomas (Peugeot 205); 5 Telor Pugh/ Dave Thomas (Proton Compact); 6 Justin Jones/ Dafydd Evans (Escort); 7 George Williams/ Richard Crozier (Escort); 8 Jamie Jones/jonathan Kennedy (Subaru Impreza); 9 Steve King/ Dilwyn John (BMW Compact); 10 Ieuan Owen Thomas/ Declan Mason (Citroen Saxo). Class Winners: Semi-experts: Thomas/ Mason; Novices: Deion Atkinson/aron Jones (Honda Civic).