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Rali Bro Cader 1999

Sponsored by John Roberts (Ffestiniog) Ltd

Harlech & District Motor Club

18th/19th September 1999

Clerk of the Course: Chris Evans

Route: 148 Miles

Maps: 124

Starters: 70

Winners: Carl Hawkins/David Campbell (Vauxhall Nova)

Harlech and District MC's Rali Bro Cader was won by the Derbyshire crew Carl Hawkins/Dave Campbell, they survived a night of torrential rain to win by just six seconds from the Escort of Michael Pedley/David Pedley.

Rali Bro Cader 1999

The event was a round of all three major road rally championships, the Welsh, West Midlands and North Western, and attracted an entry of 70 cars. The route consisted of a clockwise loop of Map 124 starting with a regularity section, which was followed by a series of standard sections, including a run through the Dolgellau Maze.

Hawkins/Campbell held a 20 second lead at the halfway halt and, despite at one point almost floating away crossing a swollen ford, they held on take the narrow win. The Pedley brothers, following up their third place on the previous week's Classic Lanes, had been 37 seconds off the lead at Petrol, but charged through the second half to almost snatch the win.

Huw Evans/Patrick Walsh (Ford Escort) came third, but they might have won had they not been held up in an incident when a spectator car rolled and blocked the road. Tudor Morris/Gerallt Davies (Ford Escort) and Mick Monaghan/Iain Tullie (Ford Escort) also lost time at this point.

Monaghan's North Western Championship hopes took a further knock as his Escort ran out of petrol. He was forced to cut route, picking up five fails, and finished in 31st place. The advantage in the title race now swung in favour of Shropshire Rally School instructor Kevin Ikin, who, partnered by Rob Jones, finished fourth.

Paul Holmberg and Dave Pitchford could have wrapped up the West Midlands Championship on the Bro Cader; they were going well when a failed clutch put an end to their rally with only three sections left of the event. This also lost them any chance of taking the North Western Championship, which Holmberg had won for the previous four years.

Other leading retirements were the top seeds, Gerallt Davies/Alan Jôs, who broke their Peugeot 205's exhaust in the Dolgellau Maze. Meanwhile Geraint Davies/Sarah Gluyas had the steering rack fail on their Corolla and Bryan Glass/Alan Williams went out when their Corolla suffered an engine failure.

The battle for the Welsh Championship was a tale of misfortune. Neil Griffiths/Carl Williamson (Ford Escort) took the lead of the title race after finishing sixth, they could have been higher but lost time when they found the correct route blocked by a closed gate.

Their main rivals suffered even worse fortune as both Dennis Quinn/Andrew Thomson (Ford Escort) and Toby Adams/Pat Gadsby (Ford Escort) fell foul of the very first passage control, picking up fails for wrong approaches as the control's entrance was partially blocked by parked cars.

The Standard Production Award went to the Corolla of Gary Jones/Richard Preece, who were fifth overall, two places ahead of the Under 1300cc award winners, the Mini of Steve Rodgers/Paul Jones. The class awards were the preserve of Harlech & District MC crews, with Gwylym Davies/Mona Japheth (Vauxhall Astra) taking the Semi-Expert award, with Neil Thomas/Elwyn Morgan (Peugeot 205 GTi) being the leading Novices.


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Carl Hawkins David Campbell Vauxhall Nova 6m 34s
2 Michael Pedley David Pedley Ford Escort 6m 40s
3 Huw Evans Patrick Walsh Ford Escort 6m 58s
4 Kevin Ikin Rob Jones Ford Escort 8m 45s
5 Gary Jones Richard Preece Toyota Corolla 10m 44s
6 Neil Griffiths Carl Williamson Ford Escort 11m 19s
7 Steve Rogers Paul Jones Mini 1275GT 13m 52s
8 Dave Jones Baz Green Ford Sierra 14m 43s
9 Tudor Morris Gerallt Davies Ford Escort 15m 24s
10 Mark Price Roger Evans Toyota Corolla 17m 29s
11 Gwylym Davies Mona Japheth Vauxhall Astra 18m 50s
12 Jayne Hill Andrew Hughes Vauxhall Nova GSi 21m 22s
13 Neil Thomas Elwyn Morgan Peugeot 205 GTi 22m 08s
14 Polly Duncan Pinnegar Peugeot 205 GTi 24m 25s
15 Nick Bloxham Martyn Allen Peugeot 205 GTi 25m 07s
16 Carwyn Ellis Rhun Ellis Ford Escort 25m 21s
17 Elfed Williams Ian Evans Toyota Corolla 29m 06s
18 Dennis Quinn Andrew Thomson Ford Escort 1F 8m 55s
19 Paul Jones Paul Edwards Vauxhall Nova 1F 13m 47s
20 Nick Yates Simon Yates Ford Escort 1F 24m 03s
21 Noel Hughes Arfon Jones Saab 96 V4 1F 29m 52s
22 Mal Acott Gareth Price Toyota Corolla 1F 30m 35s
23 Robert Rees Bill Robertson Ford Escort 1F 45m 40s
24 Elfyn Davies Elfyn Richards Toyota Corolla 2F 7m 15s
25 Toby Adams Pat Gadsby Ford Escort 2F 13m 30s
26 Bryn Jones Darren Garrod Ford Escort 2F 27m 50s
27 Richard Jones Heath Griffiths Ford Escort 2F 28m 05s
28 Gareth Edwards Trystan Bevan Ford Escort 2F 38m 11s
29 Kevin Price Jane Harris Vauxhall Astra GTE 2F 41m 34s
30 Mark Skellern Jez Harris Ford Escort Sport 3F 14m 50s
31 Mick Monaghan Iain Tullie Ford Escort 5F 26m 45s
32 Dewi Williams Eilir Jones Vauxhall Nova Club 14F 44m 45s
33 Nigel Phillips Baryan Joseph Toyota Corolla 27F 33m 45s
34 Iwan Williams Gwion Pryderi Ford Escort 34F 22m 20s
35 Tony Watkin Medwyn Evans Vauxhall Nova 39F 41m 34s