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Rali Bro Teifi 1999

Sponsored by Corbett Williams & Sons Ltd + Rees Bros, Pantgwyn Quarry

Teifi Valley Motor Club

10th/11th April 1999

Clerk of the Course: Mark Jukes & Aled Jones

Route: 110 Miles

Maps: 145

Starters: 60

Winners: Arwyn Thomas/Andy Bowen (Ford Escort)

Rali Bro Teifi 1999

Arwyn Thomas/Andy Bowen took a close fought victory on the Bro Teifi Rally, beating early leaders Eilir Morris/Phil Clarke by just nine seconds after 110 miles of competition.

The Cardigan based event, was a round of the West Midlands Road Rally Championship and attracted a maximum entry of sixty cars.

The use of the event sponsor's premises at Pantgwyn Quarry as a start venue allowed competitive motoring to commence immediately. A tight route in classic 'Cilwendeg country' followed.

Top seeds Tony Davies/Dyfan Davies were amongst the early retirements when the gearbox on their Golf failed. Car 2, Elgan Jones/Byron Jones, fared little better as they were forced to withdraw just prior to Petrol when the clutch cable broke on their Astra.

Alun Gaunt/Marc Jones were expected to do well, but wrong slot lost them the lead and then a missed code board cost them third place.

Sarah Harmer/Cath Woodman made the long journey from East Anglia for the event and finished tenth despite dropping time dealling with a broken exhaust.

For a comparatively short event there were a number of lead changes. John Evans/Andrew Thomson looked in a strong position until drive shaft failure put them out early in the second half. Hefin George/Dilwyn John then took the lead but lost it on the very final section as they dropped over two minutes to the quickest crews - they finished third.

Rali Bro Teifi 1999
Third Placed: Hefin George/Dilwyn John (Mazda 323 Turbo)
Photograph: Aled Richards

Eilir Morris/Phil Clarke should have benefitted from this but fastest time by 17 seconds at the very last control gave Thomas/Bowen their narrow win.

The leading Semi-Experts were Nick Abbot/Mark Andrew, who clinched ninth overall in their Escort.

The intricate route, which utilised numerous farm tracks, proved a tough test for the novices, however six were classified as finishers, with Mike James/Richard Evans (Ford Escort) taking class honours.


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Arwyn Thomas Andy Bowen Ford Escort 8m 00s
2 Eilir Morris Phil Clarke Ford Escort 8m 09s
3 Hefin George Dilwyn John Mazda 323 Turbo 9m 16s
4 Meirion Evans Patrick Walsh Ford Escort 9m 43s
5 Gary James Ieuan Thomas Talbot Avenger 11m 53s
6 Paul Holmberg Dave Pitchford Ford Escort 12m 20s
7 Darren Jones Carl Williamson Ford Escort 14m 47s
8 Steve Griffiths Ian Cooke Ford Escort 16m 16s
9 Nick Abbot Mark Andrew Ford Escort 22m 11s
10 Sarah Harmer Cath Woodman MG Maestro 24m 12s