Jones and James beat on­form Saxo duo to Traws win

Gareth Hall Me­mo­rial Rally

Motor Sport News - - Erc: Barum Rally - By Davev Thomas Re­sults

Or­gan­iser: Bala & District MC When: Au­gust 27 Where: Trawsfynydd Ranges, Gwynedd, Wales Cham­pi­onships: ANWCC, Gwynnespeed Chal­lenge, Trawsfynydd Chal­lenge Stages: 12 Starters: 33

In a close fight, Len Jones/don James’ Ford Es­cort nar­rowly fended off the Class B Citroen Saxo of Mathew Roberts/sarah Ed­wards in the Traw­fynydd-based Gareth Hall Me­mo­rial Stages Rally.

Both crews took five stage wins, with the Saxo crew par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive in their front-wheel-drive ma­chine with their best over­all re­sult of the year so far.

Early leader and prepa­ra­tion ex­pert Ge­off Jones – co-driven by Kylie Evans, who won the co-driv­ing seat through a char­ity auc­tion on ebay in aid of the Welsh Air Am­bu­lance – re­cov­ered to third af­ter los­ing 30 sec­onds due to a plug lead com­ing off af­ter a hefty yump. Fastest times on SS7 and SS12 helped the come­back.

Just three sec­onds cov­ered the next four crews. David Pave­ley/andy Bull fin­ished fourth in their Mit­subishi Lancer. Pave­ley re­cently had a short test at the venue but hadn’t com­peted at Traw­fynydd since 1996.

Gary Edg­ing­ton/ifan Roberts (Peu­geot 106) tied with Pave­ley with the lat­ter get­ting the re­sult hav­ing been faster on the first stage.

Just one sec­ond be­hind was an­other 106, this one steered by Chris Phillips/sarah Hughes. Eryl Pritchard/john Ar­wyn Jones were the first Subaru Im­preza crew, two sec­onds be­hind in sev­enth.

Andy Wil­liams/andy Dar­ling­ton (Subaru Im­preza) fin­ished eighth, ahead of the Lancer of Daniel Owen/tim Gill with the Class A-win­ning Peu­geot 106 of Gareth Roberts/mar­tyn Quant in­side the fi­nal top 10. Top seeds Ken Pugh/keith Morris (Mit­subishi Lancer) were in con­tention af­ter the first loop of four stages but suc­cumbed to steer­ing is­sues.

The 1600 class is al­ways a close bat­tle at Trawsfynydd, Roberts/ed­wards gi­antkilling with sec­ond over­all, whilst Ed­ing­ton/ Roberts just pipped Phillips/hughes for the run­ner-up spot.

Jones/james came out on top at Traws

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