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Rali Bro Teifi 2004

Sponsored by John Roberts (Ffestiniog) Ltd + Cware, Pantgwyn Quarry

Teifi Valley Motor Club

27th/28th March 2004

Clerk of the Course: Martyn O'Connor & Peter Collins

Route: 115 Miles

Maps: 145 & 157

Starters: 75

Winners: Ceri Richards/Aled Jones (Ford Escort)

Kevin Jones/Dilwyn John (Ford Sierra 4x4) took a narrow win on the Rali Bro Teifi. They finished the event just two seconds ahead of Hefin George/Daniel Thomas (Nissan Sunny). The two crews had exchanged the lead several times before Jones/John hit the front on the penultimate section and retained it to the end.

From the start at Cardigan the 75 starters moved to the lanes between the coast and main Fishguard road for the two opening sections. Jones/John immediately made their mark by being fastest over Regularity 1 by 22 seconds. George/Thomas were only seven seconds behind them at the first ITCs, but then wrong slotted and dropped a minute at ITC3, where all other leading crews were clean. They were quickest to the finish control, but were in fourth place 36 seconds off the lead.

Rali Bro Teifi 2004

Second at this point were Daniel 'Lwni' Jones/Dorian Davies, however their Escort was misfiring badly. They had tried changing the plugs, but eventually found that a valve guide was leaking and fouling the plugs. They retired.

Jon Stobbs/Gary Robbins (Mazda 323) were holding third place, but this was the highest position they were to gain over the night and they slid back to finish in seventh.

Two of the fancied runners failed to complete the first section. Toby Adam/Byron Jones had the diff fail on their Sierra, while Arwyn Thomas/Patrick Walsh holed the sump on their Escort.

The second section included a run through Pantgwyn Quarry, sponsor of the event. George/Thomas were quickest over the test and moved up to second place, however Jones/John were only two seconds slower and so still held a solid lead.

The event was using Liege Timers for the first time. This led the top seeds, Ceri Richards/Aled Jones, into a disasterous error. They arrived at the finish control on the second section early, the marshal chipped their card when they arrived, but wrote the time that they requested, their due time, on their time card. Jones, thinking that he was on time, actually booked in three minutes early at the start of the third section and picked up three fails. Up until the restart after Petrol, where crews went back onto their scheduled time, he kept accepted times that were early. The results was that they were classified in 45th place with many fails and huge time penalties.

The long third section started near Dinas Cross and finished at Tufton. George/Thomas blasted through the lanes and tracks and took the lead by the finish control. Jones/John had a major problem as the central diff in their Sierra 4x4 had failed, leaving them with just rear-wheel drive for the remainder of the event. George/Thomas led them by 51 seconds as the started the fourth section.

Two short sections led crews to the petrol halt at Eglwyswrw. Getting used to their car's new set up, Jones/John closed the gap to the leaders down to three seconds by the mid-point break. Welsh Champions, Gerwyn Jones/Ceri Davies, held third, a position they weren't to lose.

The sixth section took crews towards Crymych. George/Thomas and Jones/John were evenly matched; the gap between them was narrowed, but only to two seconds. The penultimate test was to prove decisive; the key part being in the lanes to the south of Llechryd. Jones/John emerged back in the lead, two seconds ahead and, with a cleanable final section, that was to be the final result.

Tony Davies/Darren Garrod (VW Golf) had been struggling with a faulty fuel pump throughout most of the event, but then got stuck on a white on Section 7 and lost four minutes. They eventually finished in 19th place.

At Petrol Paul Jenkins/Brian Thomas had led the Semi-Expert Class, but a slipping clutch slowed them in the second half; they finished third in class. The category was won by Wayne James/Jenny James (Peugeot 205), while Richard Evans/Dai Evans (VW Golf) won the Novice Class.


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Kevin 'KJ' Jones Dilwyn John Ford Sierra 5m 33s
2 Hefin George Daniel Thomas Nissan Sunny 5m 35s
3 Gerwyn Jones Ceri Davies Ford Escort 6m 53s
4 Steve Wood Aled Richards Vauxhall Astra 7m 06s
5 Delfryn Owens Jeff James Renault Clio 7m 25s
6 John Davies Neil Bevan Vauxhall Astra 7m 51s
7 Jon Stobbs Gary Robbins Mazda 323 8m 06s
8 Ian Carter Dylan Evans Subaru Impreza 8m 07s
9 Nick Evans Gwynfor Jones Ford Escort 8m 40s
10 Marc Jones Chris Wheeler Ford Sierra 4x4 10m 05s
11 Gary Jones Andy Oakes Toyota Corolla 10m 10s
12 Anthony Gluyas Richard Preece Peugeot 205 10m 59s
13 Alyson Acreman Matthew Maidment Honda Civic 11m 07s
14 Marc James Anthony Davies Subaru Impreza 11m 16s
15 Dai John Paul Bevan Toyota Corolla 12m 00s
16 Hywel Greves Rob Duke VW Polo 12m 43s
17 Lee Heywood Mark Hamilton Peugeot 205 GTi 12m 46s
18 Mike Evans Richard Evans Vauxhall Astra 12m 53s
19 Tony Davies Darren Garrod VW Golf 12m 58s
20 Mark Daniel Hywel Ifans Ford Escort 13m 53s
21 Dennis Quinn Paul Holmberg Ford Sierra 4x4 14m 14s
22 Wayne James Jenny James Peugeot 205 14m 14s
23 Ceri Jones Edrian Monk Peugeot 205 15m 06s
24 Nigel Nelson Rob Richardson Vauxhall Astra 15m 35s
25 Roy Thomas Michelle Thomas Peugeot 205 16m 45s
26 Steve Head Mick Valentine Vauxhall Nova 17m 17s
27 Tom Barber Gwion Pryderi Peugeot 309 19m 34s
28 Paul Jenkins Brian Thomas Ford Escort 21m 40s
29 Ian Orford Peter Barnard Mazda 323 4x4 24m 12s
30 Richard Evans Dai Evans VW Golf 32m 59s
31 Gethin Morgan Martin Richards Ford Escort 1F 11m 35s
32 Andrew Thomas Huw Mathias Peugeot 205 GTi 1F 16m 10s
33 Huw Evans Garyl Evans Toyota Corolla 1F 19m 11s
34 Dorian Davies Beth Evans Ford Sierra 4x4 1F 21m 13s
35 David Howells James Morgan Peugeot 309 1F 40m 11s
36 Huw James Dylan Jones Nissan Sunny 1F 1h 11m 02s
37 Tim Evans Alun Probert Nissan Micra 2F 25m 27s
38 Dylan Jones Terry Jones Ford Escort 2F 34m 31s
39 Richard Briddon Katie-Ann Briddon Toyota Starlet 3F 33m 17s
40 Geoff Williams Stuart Oulton Vauxhall Nova 3F 43m 50s
41 Neil Mathias Andrew Phillips Vauxhall Nova 3F 55m 23s
42 Euros Evans Alan Davies Ford Escort 4F 16m 47s
43 Eiros Edwards Clive Phillips Ford Mondeo 4F 43m 12s
44 Huw Jeffreys Avarina Connor Ford Escort 6F 35m 29s
45 Ceri Richards Aled Jones Toyota Corolla 6F 51m 57s
46 Geraint Davies Andrew Rees VW Golf 7F 45m 42s
47 Gareth Wyn Williams Owen Jones Peugeot 205 9F 30m 41s
48 Jonathan Harrison Jonathan Jones Ford Sierra 17F 46m 11s