Roberts steps back from the Welsh se­ries

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Ian ‘Dude’ Roberts won’t com­pete in the Welsh Road Rally Cham­pi­onship full-time next year af­ter 12 years of com­pe­ti­tion.

The 47-year-old feels the time has come for a new chal­lenge af­ter win­ning the cham­pi­onship for three years in a row with nav­i­ga­tor Gwawr Hughes.

“I’m re­tir­ing from the Welsh cham­pi­onship, but I’ll still be out com­pet­ing next year,” said Roberts. “It just won’t be for points. I’ve done it for 12 years so it’s time for a bit of a change.”

Roberts will still com­pete on events next year, and his next chal­lenge is to com­pete on the Isle of Man.

“My burn­ing goal now is to go to the Isle of Man and do a road rally out there. To do a road rally in the day­time on closed roads would be bril­liant. Some of the older lads tell me that’s where to go. I’ve got to do that at least once.”

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