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Clerk of the Course: Chris Evans
Route: 148 Miles
Winners: Gerallt Davies/Michael Evans (Toyota Corolla)
Gerallt Davies/Michael Evans took their first career victory on their local event, the Rali Bro Cader.
It was a good night for Harlech MC Toyota Corolla crews, not only did Davies/Evans take the win, but they were followed home by the similarly mounted Carwyn Evans/Elfyn Richards; the two crews being just eleven seconds apart but over a minute and a half in front of the nearest opposition.
To add to the home club's success Elfed Williams/Ian Evans took seventh overall and the Semi-Expert Class win, while Eifion Thomas/Keith Jones were the leading Novices - again both crews were in Corollas.
The Bro Cader had originally been scheduled to run in September but was postponed due to the fuel crisis caused by protesters blocking oil terminals. This was the second time in three years that Harlech MC had had to postpone the event; in 1997 it had originally clashed with Princess Diana's funeral. Despite this delay, its proximity to Christmas and, due to the date change, the loss of Welsh Championship status, the rally attracted a full entry
The event was run in torrential rain and this combined with the Autumn's wet weather made the going very tough; of the 74 starters only 28 made it to the Finish.
Among the long list of retirements were Michael Pedley/David Pedley (head gasket), Richard Lewis/Richard Preece (off), Geraint Davies/Patrick Walsh (fuel and lighting problems), Howard Price/Gareth Price (dropped valve) and Haydn Davies/Paul Roberts (collision with rock).
Most significantly, Jason Hardy/Alan Jôs broke their Golf's suspension after hitting a kerb near the end, at that point they had a lead of more than a minute.
The winners had been hampered, in the the heavy rain, by a broken connection which stopped the wiper motor on the first section. However they recovered to finish and take their maiden victory.
Carwyn Evans/Elfyn Richards lost second gear just before the petrol halt, but still managed to take the runner up spot, 11 seconds behind Davies/Evans.
The Bro Cader was the final round of the West Midlands Championship, Gary Jones/Dave Pitchford had already been crowned champions prior to the event, but came home fifth to round off a highly successful year.
Gareth 'Gog' Jones/Owen Dodd finished third, having lost three minutes after getting stuck on a hairpin in the Dolgellau Maze. The result secured the runner up spot in the West Midlands drivers' series for Jones.
Carl Williamson, navigating for Bryan Glass, finished sixth, which was enough for him to jump to second place in the final table. They had been stuck for almost seven minutes on the opening section.
The rally was also the final round of the North Western series, the championship had already been decided; winners Dave Jones and Paul Holmberg elected not to start the Bro Cader. However Elfed Williams' class win meant that he won the Novice Category for the series.
Due to an alternator problem on their Escort, Tudor Morris/Gerallt Davies had to contend with a severe misfire throughout the night. They ended up in 16th place.
The 1999 winners, Ian Jones/Alan Williams, should have started at Car 1, but Jones hurt his back on the Thursday before the Bro Cader and Williams had to draft in David Jones, on only his second rally, to do driving duties. They finished in fourth place.
|1||Gerallt Davies||Michael Evans||Toyota Corolla||6m 23s|
|2||Carwyn Evans||Elfyn Richards||Toyota Corolla||6m 34s|
|3||Gareth 'Gog' Jones||Owen Dodd||Subaru Legacy||8m 07s|
|4||David Jones||Alan Williams||Peugeot 205 GTi||9m 02s|
|5||Gary Jones||Dave Pitchford||Toyota Corolla||12m 59s|
|6||Bryan Glass||Carl Williamson||Ford Escort||15m 04s|
|7||Elfed Williams||Ian Evans||Toyota Corolla||15m 53s|
|8||Trystan Bevan||Dylan Jones||Peugeot 205||22m 46s|
|9||John Griffiths||Alan Jordan||Vauxhall Nova GTE||26m 54s|
|10||Adrian Higman||Dave Evison||MG Maestro||1F 10m 25s|
|11||Elfyn Davies||Gwyndaf Evans||Toyota Corolla||1F 13m 06s|
|12||Iain Scott||Jez harris||Toyota Corolla||1F 18m 35s|
|13||Richard 'Tyson' Morris||Huw Lewis||Toyota Corolla||1F 21m 24s|
|14||Dewi Williams||Eilir Jones||Vauxhall Nova||1F 21m 29s|
|15||Eifion Thomas||Keith Jones||Toyota Corolla||1F 22m 33s|
|16||Tudor Morris||Gerallt Davies||Ford Escort||1F 26m 33s|
|17||Ian Jones||Peter Tomlinson||VW Golf||1F 34m 29s|
|18||Jim Paterson||Harry Stanley||Subaru RX Turbo||1F 35m 27s|
|19||Dalis Ifans||Aled Richards||Vauxhall Astra||1F 39m 57s|
|20||Brian Jones||Steve Herbert||Peugeot 309 GTi||1F 24m 03s|
|21||Richard Hughes||Stephen Kerr||Peugeot 205 GTi||2F 19m 00s|
|22||Stephen Wynn||Chris Wynn||Peugeot 309 GTi||2F 35m 36s|
|23||Mike Ransley||Neil Postlethwaite||Vauxhall Astra||3F 35m 50s|
|24||Wyn Williams||Nigel Jones||Peugeot 205 GTi||5F 43m 21s|
|25||Stephen Dukes||Tim Rice||Ford Escort||7F 41m 47s|
|26||Andrew Dale||Peter Dale||Vauxhall Nova||9F 41m 44s|
|27||Tony Watkin||Medwyn Evans||Vauxhall Nova||11F 50m 42s|
|28||Merfyn Williams||Derwyn Roberts||Vauxhall Astra||22F 12m 47s|
|29||Malcolm Jones||Ian Fellows||Peugeot 205 GTi||32F 43m 36s|