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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).

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