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Clerk of the Course: Phil Pugh
Route: 145 Miles
Maps: 124 & 135
Winners: Alan Gaunt/Marc Jones (Peugeot 205 GTi)
Alan Gaunt/Marc Jones started their road rally season with a convincing win on the Rali Bro Dyfi. The Dovey Valley MC event proved to be a tough test as only twenty-two of the sixty starters were classified as finishers
The rally used 145 miles of the tight lanes and tracks in the Machynlleth/Dogellau area, including some stretches in both the Coed-yr-Brenin and Dyfi Forests.
Gaunt/Jones, in their immaculately prepared Peugeot 205, romped away to win, this gave them an ideal start to their Welsh Championship challenge. Richie Lewis/Richard Preece had led after the first of the rally's six sections but had dropped to second and then picked up a fail for a missed signature by the petrol halt. They eventually finished in tenth place
Dennis Quinn/Andrew Thomson had a bad start to their title defence when they lost seventeen minutes as their Escort RS2000 became stuck after a wrong slot; then in the confusion of recovering they failed to pick up four signatures and trailed home in fifteenth place.
The 1997 winner, Clive Williams, partnered by Owen Dodd, had been expected to be among the leading runners in their road standard Ford Fiesta, however after having to drive for four miles on a punctured front tyre on the first section, he picked up a fail in Coed-yr-Brenin
For Huw Evans/Patrick Walsh it was a happier event, as, despite a intermittent misfire, they brought their Escort RS2000 home in the runner up spot, two minutes behind the winners.
Most of the leading Welsh Championship contenders did well. A duo of Mark 1 Escorts filled third and fourth places, as Toby Adam/Pat Gatsby led home Neil Griffiths/Carl Williamson. Geraint Davies/Sarah Gluyas were fifth after surviving clutch problems on their Toyota Corolla, while Wayne Morris/Steve Price scooped the Under 1300 category in their Escort
There were only five non-Expert finishers as the going proved tough for the lower runners. Steve Rogers/Paul Jones had been the Semi-Expert pacesetters, but then retired their Mini with gearbox failure.
The class win then went to Nicholas Yates/Simon Yates, with John Whitehurst/Phil Ralphs in second. The only finishers in the Novice class were Martin Bradley/Gordon Bradley and Jerry Jones/Phil Lewis.
|1||Alan Gaunt||Marc Jones||Peugeot 205 GTi||11m 37s|
|2||Huw Evans||Patrick Walsh||Ford Escort||13m 54s|
|3||Toby Adam||Pat Gadsby||Ford Escort||17m 10s|
|4||Neil Griffiths||Carl Williamson||Ford Escort||18m 46s|
|5||Geraint Davies||Sarah Gluyas||Toyota Corolla||19m 19s|
|6||Wayne Morris||Steve Price||Ford Escort||20m 38s|
|7||Gerallt Davies||Michael Evans||Toyota Corolla||24m 41s|
|8||Tudor Morris||Gerallt Davies||Ford Escort||29m 51s|
|9||Aled 'Cacen' Evans||Eryl Evans||Ford Sierra||34m 05s|
|10||Richie Lewis||Richard Preece||Toyota Corolla||1F 10m 45s|
|11||Paul Holmberg||Dave Pitchford||Ford Escort||1F 19m 14s|
|12||Richard 'Tyson' Morris||Iestyn Leyshon||Talbot Samba||1F 42m 27s|
|13||Gary Jones||Ian Cooke||Toyota Corolla||2F 27m 25s|
|14||Keith Parry||Perry Roe||Opel Manta||3F 33m 17s|
|15||Jason Hardy||Steven Roberts||VW Golf GTi||3F 54m 37s|
|16||Dennis Quinn||Andrew Thomson||Ford Escort||4F 29m 20s|
|17||Nicholas Yates||Simon Yates||Ford Escort||6F 47m 19s|
|18||Keith Daniels||Aneurin James||Vauxhall Nova||10F 32m 54s|
|19||Martin Bardley||Gordon Bradley||Ford Escort||14F 45m 27s|
|20||John Whitehurst||Phil Ralphs||Ford Escort||16F 48m 18s|
|21||Jimmy Paterson||Adrian Smart||Subaru RX Turbo||20F 45m 05s|
|22||Jerry Jones||Phil Lewis||BL Mini||22F 80m 51s|
|23||Clive Williams||Patrick Walsh||Ford Fiesta||27F 19m 18s|
|24||Tony Watkin||Medwyn Evans||Mini 1275GT||35F 63m 06s|
|25||Greg McGuire||Dave Edwards||Ford Escort||43F 62m 12s|