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Dafydd Richards Memorial Rali Dyffryn Aeron

Sponsored by Brodyr James Coaches

Lampeter & District Motor Club

11th/12th October 1997

Clerk of the Course: Dafydd 'Budgie' Williams

Route: 140 Miles

Maps: 146

Starters: 60

Winners: Melvyn Evans/Dorian Evans (Ford Escort)

Rali Dyffryn Aeron 1997

Melvyn Evans/Dorian Evans took a dominant victory in their two-litre Escort on Lampeter MC's first running of the Rali Dyffryn Aeron.

The 100 mile route used the maze of lanes between Aberaeron and Lampeter to fully tests the entry of 60 crews.

Evans had a 30 second lead at Petrol, but a clean run through the second half saw them stretch their victory margin to almost two minutes by the Finish.

The runners up were the husband and wife team of Nigel Davies/Karen Davies, who shamed many more powerful cars in their 1300cc Escort. Gethin Lewis/Aled Jones finished in third, making it an Escort 1-2-3.

Clive Williams/Patrick Walsh were in the running in their standard 1300cc Fiesta but had to withdraw after picking up more punctures than they had spares. Glyn Evans/Dilwyn John were the second fastest crew around the route with Huw James/Deian Rees third, unfortunately both missed the same code board, the resulting fail demoting them to 15th and 16th respectively at the end.

The Semi-Expert award went to Adrian Davies/Mark Jones who were 11th overall, while the Novice class was won by Jeremy Davies/Meredith Davies in 19th place. There were only 32 finishers.


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Melvyn Evans Dorian Evans Ford Escort 1m 16s
2 Nigel Davies Karen Davies Ford Escort 3m 09s
3 Gethin Lewis Aled Jones Ford EScort 4m 59s
4 Andy Sheppard Mike Hart Toyota Corolla 5m 11s
5 Dave Boucher Jon Stobbs Ford Escort RS2000 5m 27s
6 Martyn O'Connor Peter Collins Vauxhall Astra 5m 32s
7 Arwyn Thomas Emyr Jones Ford Escort 5m 44s
8 John Edwards Owen Dodd Ford Escort 5m 49s
9 Chris Painter Steve Quine Vauxhall Nova 6m 34s
10 Alan Hands John Hands Ford Escort 7m 18s