WHAT WE LEARNED FROM MONTE

WHICH WRC TEAM HAS EARLY EDGE?

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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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