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Rali Bro Caron 2003

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Lampeter & District Motor Club

15th/16th February 2003

Clerk of the Course: Eryl Evans

Route: 121 Miles

Maps: 146

Starters: 75

Winners: Gareth 'Gog' Jones/Carl Williamson (Ford Escort RS2000)

Carl Williamson made it two rally wins in under twelve hours when he followed up his Telford Winter Stages win by navigating Gareth Jones to victory on Lampeter MC’s Rali Bro Caron.

Rali Bro Caron 2003

The 120 mile road rally was Round 2 of the Welsh Road Rally Championship and attracted a capacity 75 car entry. The West Wales lanes were a major challenge to competitors as frosty conditions took hold throughout the night.

The event started from the premises of rally sponsors, Dalton's ATV, at Talsarn. Competitve motoring startedw ithin a mile of the Start, with the route heading towards Llanfair Clydogau, then looping up to Llandewi Brefi, before ending just outside Cwmann. The second section started just north of Llanybyther and used the tricky white in square 5344. A fast run led to Petrol at Derwen Garage.

The second half opened near Petrol and, running via Farmers, to Pumsaint, before finishing at Llanwrda. The last section took in the lanes to the east of Brechfa Forest and ending back at Llanybyther.

Jones/Williamson never looked threatened as they took an immediate lead. Problems at two time controls in the first half meant that their efforts were poorly reflected by a lead of just ten seconds at Petrol. However a fully manned second half saw them storm home with a victory margin of over two minutes.

The Bro Caron result reflected that of the Winter Stages in one further aspect, Patrick Walsh took second place on both events. He and driver Huw Evans found they had no answer to the winners’ turn of speed, but they racked up further Welsh Championship points in the runner up spot. Martyn O’Connor/Peter Collins completed the top three in their Astra.

Tony Davies/Dylan Evans had held third at Petrol however a time consuming wrong slot cost them four minutes in the second half and they finished sixteenth.

Dennis Quinn/Pat Gadsby had another unhappy outing. They picked up a fail at RC4 and then retired at the halfway point when their Escort, due to an electrical problem, refused to fire at the re-start.

Rali Bro Caron 2003
Third Placed: Martyn O’Connor/Peter Collins (Vauxhall Astra GTE)
Photograph: M&H Photography

It was also a frustrating event for Gerwyn Jones/Ceri Davies. They picked up two punctures in the first half and then had to cut to the Finish when their Escort developed gearbox problems. They were classified in 50th place.

Hefin George/Dilwyn John (VW Golf GTi) finished in sixth place after struggling without a handbrake for most of the event and losing a minute with a wrong slot.

Kevin Jones/Wyn Lewis won the Semi-Expert Class, bringing their Sierra XR4x4 into fifteenth place overall, while the leading Novices were Arwel Thomas/Adrian Monk in a Fiesta XR2.

Alan Hands/Melanie Hands came off the reserve list but retired with a broken throttle cable. Doug Bowkett/Raymond Davies were also on the retirement list after their Peugeot 205 broke its gearbox at the second spectator point near Llanfair Clydogau. A slipping clutch on their Mark Three Escort brought the rally to an end for Barry Davies/Aled Richards.


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Gareth Jones Carl Williamson Ford Escort 0m 17s
2 Huw Evans Patrick Walsh Ford Escort 2m 18s
3 Martyn O'Connor Peter Collins Vauxhall Astra GTE 3m 11s
4 Gary Davies Maurice Leach Ford Escort 3m 18s
5 Ceri Richards Aled Jones Ford Escort 3m 37s
6 Hefin George Dilwyn John VW Golf GTi 4m 12s
7 Gary Jones Dave Pitchford Toyota Corolla 4m 31s
8 John Davies Neil Bevan Vauxhall Nova 4m 41s
9 Wayne Morris Paul Middleton Ford Escort 4m 49s
10 Arwel Davies John Hands Ford Escort Van 5m 33s
11 Mark James Anthony Davies Ford Sierra XR4x4 6m 02s
12 Owain Llwyd Edwards Dorian Davies Vauxhall Astra SRi 6m 13s
13 Daniel Jones Daniel Maclachlan Ford Escort 6m 17s
14 Mark Daniel Hywel Ifans Peugeot 205 GTi 6m 20s
15 Kevin Jones Wyn Lewis Ford Sierra XR4x4 6m 27s
16 Tony Davies Dylan Evans Ford Escort 6m 29s
17 Lee Heywood Mark Hamilton Peugeot 205 GTi 6m 53s
18 Paul Williams Dylan Jones Vauxhall Astra 7m 38s
19 Steve Wood Iestyn Leyshon Vauxhall Astra 8m 53s
20 Geraint Jones Phil Ralphs Ford Escort RS2000 9m 20s
21 Manfred Kampshulte Steve Weston Vauxhall Astra 9m 42s
22 Hefin Thomas Paul Morris Vauxhall Astra GTE 9m 43s
23 Jason Hardy Alan Jones VW Golf GTi 10m 50s
24 Ryan Thomas Huw Mathias Ford Fiesta 11m 31s
25 Sean Crowley Alex Crowley Peugeot 205 GTi 12m 12s
26 Roger Harris Beth Evans Vauxhall Astra GTE 12m 58s
27 Mark Jonah Dan Thomas Peugeot 205 GTi 13m 25s
28 Robert Price Lionel Plant Vauxhall Astra GTE 14m 28s
29 Roy Thomas Michelle Thomas Peugeot 205 GTi 15m 28s
30 Arwel Thomas Adrian Monk Ford Fiesta XR2 16m 16s
31 Irfon Richards Glyn Evans Citroen AX 16m 33s
32 Fred Davies Afan Thomas Peugeot 205 GTi 16m 36s
33 Darrel George Chris Chester Vauxhall Nova 18m 40s
34 Richard James Aled Johnson Vauxhall Astra GTE 19m 45s
35 Cliff Jones Eric Tong Peugeot 205 GTi 21m 29s
36 Mair Davies Aneurin James Peugeot 205 GTi 22m 58s
37 Hefin Jones Llinos Jones Ford Escort 23m 39s
38 David Jones Glyn Price Peugeot 205 GTi 26m 00s
39 Robert James Eurig Davies Rover 216 GTi 35m 56s
40 Huw Lloyd Hywel Lloyd Ford Escort 36m 57s
41 John 'Mark One' Thomas Owen Dodd Ford Escort RS2000 1F 05m 58s
42 Paul Ross Andy Oakes Peugeot 205 GTi 1F 10m 08s
43 Alyson Acreman Byron Jones Honda Civic 1F 10m 19s
44 Islwyn Watkins Alun Probert Vauxhall Astra GTE 1F 10m 30s
45 Michael Thomas Elgan Davies Ford Escort XR3i 1F 13m 03s
46 Darren Thomas Wyn Thomas Vauxhall Astra 1F 16m 51s
47 Gareth Harris Dorian Davies Honda Civic 1F 20m 27s
48 Aled Evans Edryd Evans Ford Sierra XR4x4 2F 02m 15s
49 Andrew Thomas Leighton Williams Peugeot 205 GTi 2F 12m 50s
50 Gerwyn Jones Ceri Davies Ford Escort 3F 04m 03s
51 Roger Davies Jon Holder Ford Escort Mk4 3F 20m 02s
52 Geraint Davies Gary Brown Peugeot 205 GTi 3F 36m 00s
53 Owain Morgans Steve Jancziak Ford Fiesta 7F 37m 35s
54 John Williams Jack Fowler Ford Escort 14F 27m 58s