WHAT WE LEARNED FROM MONTE
WHICH WRC TEAM HAS EARLY EDGE?
Don’t judge a book by its cover. Or a World Rally Championship season by Monte Carlo. Round one’s unique blend of conditions makes it entirely unrepresentative of the majority of rallies to come. But, after all that waiting, it’s impossible not to try to read something into what we found out on the first run in the French Alps.
Kevin Davies achieved the rare success of winning three Welsh Championship events in a row.
Having won the final two rounds of the 2016 series, he and navigator Michael Gilbey took a dominant win on the opening counter of this year’s title race, the Rali Mike Darowen Bro Ddyfi.
They led from start to finish in sometimes treacherously icy conditions to win by over two and a half minutes.
The runner-up spot was taken by Steven John Williams/ Dafydd Sion Lloyd, who were almost a minute and a half ahead of third placed Gary Roberts/ Darren Ikin.
Mark ‘GT’ Roberts/ Dylan Jenkins finished fourth after a troubled run. They lost time with a fan problem early on, then, running down the order, were held up for two minutes when a car rolled in front of them.
Patches of black ice caught out a number of cars including top seeds Robert Pugh/ Peredur Davies. Results Organiser: Dovey Valley Motor
Club When: January 28/29 Where: Mid-wales Championships: WAMC, ANWCC & AWMMC Route: 135 miles Starters: 76. 1 Kevin Davies/ Michael Gilbey (Ford Escort) 5m44s; 2 Steven John Williams/ Dafydd Sion Lloyd (Escort) +2m33s; 3 Gary Roberts/ Darren Ikin (Peugeot 205); 4 Mark ‘GT’ Roberts/ Dylan Jenkins (VW Golf); 5 Einion Williams/ Richard Hughes (Escort); 6 Mark Lennox/ Ian Beamond (Escort); 7 Carwyn Evans/ Huw Rhys Manion (Escort); 8 Matt Barker/john Connor (Peugeot 206 GTI); 9 Craig Judd/ Gerwyn Barry (Peugeot 306 GTI); 10 George Williams/ Llion Williams (Escort).
Class winners Tim Box/ Jamie Wilson (Subaru Impreza); Beau Thomas/ Sean Crowley (Nissan Micra).
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