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Motor Sport News - - Rally Reports - Ian Mills

Vic­tory on the Powys Lanes gave Kevin Davies/ Dale Bowen two wins in suc­ces­sive week­ends in the Welsh Road Rally Cham­pi­onship, how­ever un­like last week’s Cil­wen­deg win, this wasn’t a clear-cut tri­umph.

At the halfway point it ap­peared that the night would go the way of many pre­vi­ous events with Davies/ Bowen hav­ing built up a healthy lead of 27 sec­onds. How­ever, in the sec­ond half, they just failed to make their time at a con­trol timed to the minute, in con­trast two of their near­est ri­vals reached the con­trol on sched­ule; the one minute dif­fer­ence in penalty was crit­i­cal.

Reian Jones/cadog Davies took the lead at this point and ap­peared ini­tially to have won the rally. Un­for­tu­nately they had failed to get a code board counter signed, the fail for this of­fence dropped them down the or­der.

Kevin ‘Pen­claw’ Jones/alan James also cleaned the vi­tal sec­tion and fin­ished the rally just three sec­onds be­hind the win­ners. Andy Davies/ Michael Gil­bey took third, which was enough to se­cure the Welsh Driv­ers’ ti­tle for Davies in his Subaru Im­preza; the first time a four-wheel-drive car has won the Welsh Road Rally Cham­pi­onship. Gil­bey had wrapped up the co-driver’s ti­tle on the Cil­wen­deg.

Re­sults

Or­gan­iser: Epynt Mo­tor Club When: No­vem­ber 3/4 Where: Mid-wales Cham­pi­onships: WAMC, ANWCC & ASWMC Route: 120 Miles Starters: 75. 1 Kevin Davies/ Dale Bowen (Ford Es­cort) 6m26s; 2 Kevin ‘Pen­claw’ Jones/alan James (Toy­ota Corolla) +3s; 3 Andy Davies/ Michael Gil­bey (Subaru Im­preza); 4 Dewi ‘Dai’ Davies/ Nathan Davies (Vaux­hall As­tra); 5 Mark Len­nox/ Ian Bea­mond (Es­cort); 6 Steve Knibbs/ Ger­wyn Barry (Pro­ton Sa­tria); 7 Paul Morgan/jamie Mills (Honda Civic); 8 Chris Hand/aled Richards (Ford Cortina); 9 Steve Davies/ Matthew Maid­ment (Es­cort); 10 Daniel Wil­liams/ Shaun Richards (BMW 318Ti).

Class win­ners: Jones/james; Wil­liams/ Richards; Owain Lly­we­lyn Mor­gans/ Daniel Reid (Ford Fi­esta ST).

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