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Clerk of the Course: Chris Evans
Route: 120 Miles
Maps: 123 & 124
Winners: Haydn Davies/Owen Dodd (Subaru Impreza)
Harlech & MC dropped the title Rali Bro Cader for the 2002 event, the route used for the rally had moved further north in previous years and no longer used the roads around Cader Idris. For the 2002 event the title of Rali Meirion was resurrected and was fully declared as the E Roberts (Festiniog) Memorial Rali Meirion, in memory of a great club patron who died earlier in the year.
The event attracted 68 competitors to the start at the Leisure Centre in Porthmadog. They were to tackle a 120 mile route, which started with a regularity around Rhyd, before zig zagging down Map 124 via Llanwuchllyn, Trawsfynydd and the Dolgellau Maze. Crews then moved back to the North, finishing the rally over the tight stone lined lanes of the Lleyn Peninsula.
The rally turned into a tight battle between the Escort of Steven Roberts/Darren Garrod and the Subaru Impreza of Haydn Davies/Owen Dodd. Entering the last section Roberts/Garrod were just a few seconds ahead, however with less than two miles to go they misjudged a 90 right and crashed heavily into a wall. This allowed Davies/Owen to finish, taking the victory over two minutes ahead of the field.
Howard Price/Carl Williamson took the runner up spot to put themselves in a very strong position in the Welsh Championship with just two rounds remaining. Their campaign being aided by the fact that their main rivals for the title, Huw Evans/Patrick Walsh, failed to complete the rally.
Evans/Walsh had suffered fuel feed problems on their Escort during the opening sections and had stopped in a neutral section to affect repairs. This process had included re-jetting the carbs and had pushed them close to their maximum lateness. They resumed but then slid off the road on a hairpin junction in the Dolgellau maze. By the time they’d recovered the road, they were OTL.
The 1300cc Class of the Welsh Championship was decided on the Meirion, Steve Rogers/Ian Cooke clinching the title by bringing their VW Polo into fifteenth place.
The first regularity section was eventually cancelled after a heavy accident involving the Escort of Iwan Williams/Gwion Pryderi. This had a fortunate affect for two crews who had problems on that section. Gary Jones/Dave Pitchford had lost twelve minutes with a mystery electrical problem, the problem disappeared as suddenly as it appeared and never occurred again. After the opening section was scrubbed they found that they had finished third. Equally lucky were Carl Hawkins/Iain Tullie who had gone off the road and lost two minutes early on, with those penalties removed they were classified fourth.
Stuart Newby/Paul Holmberg finished fifth to maintain their challenge for the North Western title, Newby now lay fourth in the drivers' table, while Holmberg maintained his lead in the navigators' series, although Carl Williamson had closed the gap with his second place finish. The drivers' table was led by Simon Cottrell, who partnered by Marcus Watmough, brought his Subaru Impreza into eighth place on the Meirion.
Elfyn Richards/Carwyn Evans managed to finish sixth despite having to nurse their VW Golf to the finish after an engine mounting broke. Jason Hardy/Alan Jôs missed out on a top placed finish after losing eight minutes at one point when the coil lead came loose on their VW Golf; they eventually finished thirteenth. Mark Whitford/Michael Ogram made the journey from North Yorkshire and finished in twelfth place despite damaging the front of the car when they hit a steel gatepost - the gatepost remained undamaged.
Top seeds Gerallt Davies/Michael Evans made the Finish although the clutch failed on their Escort on the final section, however they were then excluded for baulking after complaints from several of their fellow competitors.
Gerwyn Jones/Ceri Davies entered the Meirion chasing Welsh Championship points but failed to make the Finish after the fuel pump failed on their Escort. Tudor Morris/Gerallt Davies posted yet another retirement, they damaged their Escort's exhaust manifold on a section through a quarry near to the driver's home.
The Semi-Expert class was won by the last minute pairing of Dave Edwards/Cyril Jones, who took their Ford Escort to eighteenth overall. Four places further back were Dafydd Edwards/Clive Bayley, who won the Novice Class.
|1||Haydn Davies||Owen Dodd||Subaru Impreza||4m 41s|
|2||Howard Price||Carl Williamson||Toyota Corolla||7m 16s|
|3||Gary Jones||Dave Pitchford||Toyota Corolla||7m 27s|
|4||Carl Hawkins||Iain Tullie||Vauxhall Nova||8m 14s|
|5||Stuart Newby||Paul Holmberg||Subaru Impreza||8m 25s|
|6||Elfyn Richards||Carwyn Evans||VW Golf GTi||9m 43s|
|7||Dave Jones||Baz Green||Vauxhall Astra||10m 15s|
|8||Simon Cottrell||Marcus Watmough||Subaru Impreza||12m 26s|
|9||Dewi John Williams||Eilir Jones||Peugeot 205 GTi||12m 49s|
|10||Brynli Thomas||Roger Evans||Peugeot 205 GTi||14m 04s|
|11||Gwynfor Roberts||Stephen Kerr||Peugeot 205 GTi||14m 17s|
|12||Mark Whitford||Michael Ogram||Toyota Corolla||15m 20s|
|13||Jason Hardy||Alan Jôs||VW Golf GTi||15m 37s|
|14||Eurig Thomas||Rhun Ellis||Toyota Corolla||16m 11s|
|15||Steve Rogers||Ian Cooke||VW Polo||16m 52s|
|16||Shaun Hardy||Steve Herbert||Toyota Corolla||17m 24s|
|17||Ian Evans||Caren Williams||Vauxhall Cavalier||20m 40s|
|18||Dave Edwards||Cyril Jones||Ford Escort||21m 16s|
|19||Darren Jones||Heddwyn Jones||Vauxhall Nova||22m 38s|
|20||Endaf Wilson||Barry Griffiths||Peugeot 309 GTi||24m 20s|
|21||Noel Hughes||Gwawr Hughes||Ford Escort||26m 53s|
|22||Dafydd Edwards||Clive Bayley||Vauxhall Astra||26m 54s|
|23||Paul Jenkins||Aled Richards||Ford Escort||27m 18s|
|24||Andrew Williams||Wyn Davies||Vauxhall Astra||28m 23s|
|25||Lee Evans||Anthony Williams||Vauxhall Nova||29m 07s|
|26||Dylan Williams||Martin Chidley||Hillman Avenger||29m 49s|
|27||Arwel Williams||Tomos Edwards||Ford Escort XR3||34m 58s|
|28||John Robyns||Alan Parry||Peugeot 205 GTi||36m 27s|
|29||Bleddyn Jones||Daniel Richards||VW Golf||43m 07s|
|30||Ashley Morris||Michael Hardwick||Peugeot 205 GTi||48m 13s|
|31||Huw Parry||Christopher Jones||Mitsubishi Colt||1F 45m 12s|
|32||Rhys Roberts||Dafydd Roberts||Vauxhall Nova||1F 64m 29s|
|33||Rhys Williams||Colin Williams||Ford Escort||3F 29m 00s|
|34||Jim Paterson||David Jones||Subaru RX Coupe||5F 28m 35s|
|35||Mark O'Leary||Paul Dolby||Ford Escort||5F 28m 53s|
|36||Dyfed Morgan||David Johnson||Ford Fiesta XR2||11F 33m 01s|
|37||Chris Owen||Stephen Campbell||Vauxhall Astra||17F 50m 20s|
|38||Tony Watkin||Medwyn Evans||Vauxhall Nova||29F 36m 20s|