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Clerk of the Course: Dafydd 'Budgie' Williams & Carwyn Jones
Route: 100 Miles
Winners: Gareth 'Gog' Jones/Owen Dodd (Ford Escort XR3i)
Gareth Jones/Owen Dodd (Ford Escort XR3i) took a narrow victory on Lampeter MC's Rali Dyffryn Aeron. This was the driver's first outright win.
The closed to club event attracted a capacity 60 car entry and proved a stern challenge as the autumn weather had left the West Wales lanes in a treachorous state. There were numerous reports of brushes with the scenery. Fog in the second half just added to the problems.
At the Finish Jones/Dodd were only eleven seconds ahead of Aled Evans/Eryl Evans, who made the most of their 4x4 Sierra's grip in the slippery conditions.
The 1998 winners, Wyn Thomas/Jon Hands (Ford Escort), were third; running first car on the road they dropped a minute looking for a tricky slot however the marks they left made it easier for following crews to find the correct route. Valley Services winners, Arwyn Thomas/Andy Bowen (Ford Escort) were fourth, with the Nova of Keith Daniels/Iestyn Leyshon in fifth.
Gary Jones/Andy Oakes (Toyota Corolla) took sixth and the Standard Production Award; they could have been higher but lost a minute after a mix up a regularity time control. Clive Wakeley/Carl Williamson (Ford Escort) dropped to seventh place after picking up a puncture on a crucial section.
Eighth and ninth places were decided on a tie break. Matthew Warner/John Gilbey (Vauxhall Astra) and Richard Briddon/Wyn Lewis (Toyota Starlet) both ended on the same penalty, but Warner/Gilbey had been one second quicker on the first section. Briddon/Lewis did however have the consolation of picking up the top Semi-Expert award. Gwynfor Jones/Aled Richards (Peugeot 205), reversing their usual navigator/driver roles, won the Novice class
There were very few retirements among the top crews although Clive Williams/Patrick Walsh and Hefin George/Dilwyn John failed to take the start. Nigel and Karen Davies were expected to do well but retired in the first half after a halfshaft broke on their Escort.
Gethin Lewis/Aled Jones had an unhappy event - a rear shock broke on their Escort early in the rally and they then picked up large penalties after a time was incorrectly entered on their time card. Martyn O'Connor/Peter Collins were going well but a mistake at a three metre control meant they picked up a fail.
TOP TEN RESULTS
|1||Gareth 'Gog' Jones||Owen Dodd||Ford Escort XR3i||1m 31s|
|2||Aled 'Cacen' Evans||Eyrl Evans||Ford Sierra XR4x4||1m 42s|
|3||Wyn Thomas||Jon Hands||Ford Escort||3m 04s|
|4||Arwyn Thomas||Andy Bowen||Ford Escort||3m 11s|
|5||Keith Daniels||Iestyn Leyshon||Vauxhall Nova||4m 36s|
|6||Gary Jones||Andy Oakes||Toyota Corolla||4m 39s|
|7||Clive Wakeley||Carl Williamson||Ford Escort||4m 56s|
|8||Matthew Warner||John Gilbey||Vauxhall Astra||5m 04s|
|9||Richard Briddon||Edryd Evans||Toyota Starlet||5m 04s|
|10||Chris Painter||Steve Quine||Vauxhall Nova||5m 52s|