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Clerk of the Course: Dafydd 'Budgie' Williams & Carwyn Jones
Route: 140 Miles
Winners: Nigel Davies/Karen Davies (Ford Escort)
The Dafydd Richards Memorial Rali Dyffryn Aeron commonly known as the 'Lampeter Sixty Car' broke with tradition for 2002 and raised the maximum entry to 75 starters.
The popularity of the rally was demonstrated by the fact that the entry was full within four days, and this was despite the rally clashing with the Classic Lanes in North Wales.
Crews faced a 140 mile demanding route generally between Aberaeron and Lampeter, although a visit was made to the 90s road across the river from Lampeter. The rally was sponsored by Gareth Jones of Mountwalk Garage, who started at Car 2.
Three crews set a pace well clear of the rest of the field, these were Nigel Davies/Karen Davies, Gareth 'Gog' Jones/Patrick Walsh and Ceri Richards/Aled Jones. After a few near misses in the last few years Davies/Davies eventually managed to win the rally, sealling the victory by being almost thirty seconds quicker than Jones/Walsh at ITC9. They were fortunate however in that they lost over a minute just prior to Petrol when their Escort stalled and wouldn't restart, this would have demoted them to second but for a faulty clock that caused the penalties for the crucial control to be cancelled.
Richards/Jones were the only other crew on the winners' pace but they lost a certain third place when a rotor arm broke on their Escort early in the second half.
There was a close battle for third place albeit four minutes behind the leaders. This was won by Wayne Morris/Paul Middleton who ignored the more local to them Classic Lanes for the truly classic lanes of Map 146 and secured third place as a reward.
Daniel Jones/Daniel Maclachlan were the fastest crew in the second half and they moved up two places in the process taking fourth at the Finish. Jon Stobbs/Gary Robbins continued their good season by taking fifth, only ten seconds off third place. They also won the Under 1400cc Award.
There was a high attrition rate, less than half the field finished. Top seeds, Aled Evans/Eryl Evans, were one of the first retirements, the engine of their Sierra going sick at ITC6. Martyn O'Connor/Peter Collins put their Astra into a ditch just prior to ITC10; they managed to get the car out but, athough the car was driveable, it wasn't up to continued competitive motoring.
Great interest surrounded the return of Eynon Price to road rallying after a lay off of thirteen years, but, partnered by Elgan Davies, he had a short event disappearing on the second section.
The top seed in Class Two after a few years layoff was Gary Davies, with Aled Richards on the maps, he was fancied to take a top result. However their rally came to a sudden end when they crashed their Gareth Lloyd hired Escort in the first half. The accident was a heavy one with the car rolling twice before coming to rest.
Other retirements included:
Alun Davies/Richard Davies - Brakes
Ian Williams/Aled Jones - Head Gasket
Darrell George/Chris Chester - Blown Engine
Geraint Jones/Phil Ralphs - Blown Diff
Wyn 'Spot' Hughes/Paul Jenkins - Crash
Bryan Thomas/Huw Mathias - Crash
Owen Edwards/Dorian Davies - Crash
Rhydian Rees/Joanna Bond - Crash
Karen Morgan/Martin Griffiths - Crash
Alan Hands/Jon Hands - Suspension, only two miles from the finish
Class Two was won by Mark Daniel/Hywel Ifans, who finished ninth, having been just outside the top ten at Petrol. They were just one place in front of second in class Darren Thomas/John Gilbey.
Dorian Davies/Donna Thomas had a minute and a half lead in Class Three at Petrol and seemed to be cruising to a class win and a top fifteen finish when the engine on their Ford Sierra 4x4 went sick in the second half. This left the win to go to Aled Evans/Martin Richards in a Vauxhall Nova.
The Standard Production Award went to Hefin George/Dilwyn John who were competing in the VW Golf they'd used on the Cilwendeg as their Nissan Sunny was still receiving attention to its head gasket. They finished eighth overall.
|1||Nigel Davies||Karen Davies||Ford Escort||1m 19s|
|2||Gareth 'Gog' Jones||Patrick Walsh||Ford Escort XR3i||1m 32s|
|3||Wayne Morris||Paul Middleton||Ford Escort||5m 17s|
|4||Daniel 'Lwni' Jones||Daniel Maclachlan||Ford Escort||5m 21s|
|5||Jon Stobbs||Gary Robbins||Toyota Corolla||5m 27s|
|6||Kevin Jones||Emyr Jones||Ford Escort XR3i||6m 23s|
|7||Adrian Davies||Dorian Davies||Ford Escort||6m 31s|
|8||Hefin George||Dilwyn John||VW Golf GTi||6m 47s|
|9||Mark Daniel||Hywel Ifans||Peugeot 205 GTi||8m 49s|
|10||Darren Thomas||John Gilbey||Vauxhall Astra GTE||9m 17s|
|11||Carwyn Evans||Mark Andrews||Vauxhall Astra GTE||9m 48s|
|12||Andrew Thomas||Hefin Thomas||Peugeot 205 GTi||9m 53s|
|13||Aled Garner||Dylan Garner||Toyota Corolla||10m 34s|
|14||Mario Mangano||Leighton Williams||Fiat Tipo||11m 41s|
|15||Barry Davies||Mark Lloyd||Peugeot 205 GTi||12m 07s|
|16||Robert Mangano||Steve Weston||Ford Escort||12m 33s|
|17||Chris Davies||Ian Cooke||Peugeot 205 GTi||13m 29s|
|18||Bernard Elliott||Andy Oakes||Ford Sierra 4x4||15m 34s|
|19||Aled Evans||Martin Richards||Vauxhall Nova||19m 12s|
|20||Arwel Davies||Afan Thomas||Ford Escort Van||21m 24s|
|21||Rob Price||Lionel Plant||Vauxhall Astra GTE||21m 40s|
|22||Aled James||Philip Griffiths||Vauxhall Nova||30m 40s|
|23||Mark Coleman||Christian Male||Ford Escort||37m 55s|
|24||Roy Thomas||Michelle Thomas||Peugeot 205 GTi||1F 29m 22s|
|25||Sean Crowley||Alex Crowley||Ford Escort||1F 37m 40s|
|26||Mike Roberts||David Roberts||Peugeot 309 GTi||1F 41m 02s|
|27||Arthur Cole||Hywel Lloyd||Vauxhall Astra GTE||1F 86m 53s|
|28||Gethin Lewis||Amanda Maczak||Ford Escort||2F 24m 12s|
|29||Hefin Jones||Llinos Jones||Peugeot 205 GTi||2F 27m 32s|
|30||Gethin Humphries||Delyth Morgan||Ford Escort||2F 45m 49s|
|31||Ceri Jones||Edrian Monk||Peugeot 205 GTi||3F 35m 23s|
|32||Mark Hockin||Gary Brown||Ford Escort||3F 55m 43s|
|33||Fred Davies||Alan James||Peugeot 205 GTi||3F 60m 21s|
|34||Arwel Thomas||Dafydd Jones||Ford Fiesta XR2||6F 33m 10s|