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Organiser: Carmarthen MC When: December 30, 2018 Where: Welsh Motorsports Centre, Pembrey Stages: 5 Starters: 68
On a day of mixed weather conditions, Phil Turner/simon Anthony adapted best of the full entry to win the Jaffa Stages in their Mitsubishi Lancer E9 for the second year running.
After making a steady start, the pair upped their pace as the day wore on – getting used to a new paddleshift gearbox – and won the event by 32 seconds.
Forest regulars Gavin Edwards and Caron Tomlinson pushed Turner hard on a rare Tarmac outing before settling for the runners-up spot in their Ford Escort Mk2. William Mains/arfon Griffiths put in the drive of the day to finish third in their Vauxhall Nova.
Fastest on the first stage were Jamie Jukes/james Morgan, who were quickest by 21 seconds in their Mitsubishi Mirage, but their joy was short-lived as a stage two puncture dropped them out of contention. Jukes carried on, before gearbox issues curtailed his day on SS4.
Mains/griffiths jumped to third after a host of retirements on stage four, including gearbox failure for Roger Thomas/james Williams.
Tom Barber/ioan Lloyd lost time with a stage three spin and went off on SS4 in their BMW Compact but took fourth, ahead of Peter Barrett/robert Thomas in their Escort Mk2 after a long lay-off. Rounding out the top six was first-time pairing of road rally class winners Rhodri Evans/ian Taylor.
1 Phil Turner/ Simon Anthony (Mitsubishi Lancer E9) 51m 45s; 2 Gavin Edwards/ Caron Tomlinson (Ford Escort Mk2) +32s; 3 William Mains/arfon Griffiths (Vauxhall Nova); 4 Tom Barber/ Ioan Lloyd (BMW Compact); 5 Peter Barrett/ Robert Thomas (Escort Mk2); 6 Rhodri Evans/ Ian Taylor (Escort Mk2); 7 Mike Roberts/ Hefin Jenkins (Escort Mk2); 8 Jim Munden/ Danny Hutchins (Subaru Impreza); 9 Ellis Belton/ Michael Jones (Escort Mk2); 10 Josh Jones/ Craig Jones (Peugeot 205). Class winners: Mains/ Griffiths; Sean Jones/ Elliott Roberts (Mazda MX-5); Roberts/jenkins; Edwards/tomlinson; Barber/ Lloyd; Munden/ Hutchins; Evans/taylor.