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Rali Llyn 2000

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Harlech & District Motor Club

25th/26th March 2000

Clerk of the Course: Ian Williams

Route: 140 Miles

Maps: 123

Starters: 70

Winners: Ian Jones/Alan Williams (Peugeot 205 GTi)

Having lost victory on the 1999 Rali Llyn on a tie break, Ian Jones/Alan Williams took sweet revenge by taking a clear win on the 2000 event. The Harlech & District MC rally, a round of the North Western Championship, developed into a battle between three local crews.

Rali Llyn 2000

Jones/Williams dropped only a second over the opening regularity section and this was enough for them to withstand a strong challenge over the rest of the rally from Carwyn Evans/Iestyn Williams. Evans/Williams dropped 24 seconds on the regularity but were only six seconds behind at the Finish.

Steven Roberts/Alan Jôs had won the event for the previous two years but weren't quite able to keep on the pace of the two leaders and could only managed third. They did however have the consolation of being the first North Western Championship crew home.

Perhaps the drive of the rally came from Howard Price/Gareth Price, they finished fourth, the first non-local crew and they might have been higher but for booking into a control early. Another local crew, Haydn Davies/Paul Roberts, completed the top five.

Bryan Glass, teaming up with Welsh Champion Navigator Carl Williamson for the first time, was on the pace all night, but unfortunately their Escort ground to a halt near the end with engine problems. Gerallt Davies/Michael Evans were the only other leading retirement, an engine mounting breaking on their hired Corolla as they tackled Rhiw Mountain.

Dave Jones/Paul Holmberg could only finish ninth after being delayed with a flat spotted tyre on their Sierra, the incident costing them five minutes. Tudor Morris/Gerallt Davies could have been higher than their eventual 12th place but dropped time when Davies had to get out and push start their Escort and when he got strapped back in, he couldn't find the cards. It took five minutes before the cards were found.

Rali Llyn 2000
Fourth: Howard Price/Gareth Price (Peugeot 205 GTi)
Photograph: Aled Richards

The win in the Semi-Expert class was also a battle between local crews with Gwylym Davies/Mona Japheth narrowly beating Elfed Williams/Ian Evans; Davies/Japheth took tenth place overall in the process.

There was a large entry in the Novice class with 31 crews starting, a majority of these being from the Harlech club. The class was eventually won by the two litre Ford Capri of Dylan Evans/Darren Garrod.

A full entry of 70 cars had started the rally, of these 55 made it to the Finish. The event was well received with crews relishing the challenging 140 mile route. The route, thanks to the maze of lanes on the Lleyn Peninsula, never strayed further than 15 miles from the start venue.


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Ian Jones Alan Williams Peugeot 205 GTi 2m 18s
2 Carwyn Evans Iestyn Williams Toyota Corolla 2m 24s
3 Steven Roberts Alan Jôs Ford Escort 2m 37s
4 Howard Price Gareth Price Peugeot 205 GTi 4m 47s
5 Haydn Davies Paul Roberts Toyota Corolla 4m 55s
6 Steve Edwards Baz Green Ford Sierra 7m 36s
7 John Baines Heddwyn Jones Ford Escort 8m 22s
8 Andrew Cavender Stephen Kerr Peugeot 205 GTi 10m 18s
9 Dave Jones Paul Holmberg Ford Sierra 10m 27s
10 Gwylym Davies Mona Japheth Vauxhall Astra 10m 28s
11 Elfed Williams Ian Evans Toyota Corolla 10m 54s
12 Tudor Morris Gerallt Davies Ford Escort 11m 55s
13 Trystan Bevan Dylan Jones Peugeot 205 GTi 14m 50s
14 Paul Ross Andy Oakes Toyota Corolla 14m 55s
15 Tony Gush Arfon Jones Peugeot 205 GTi 15m 36s
16 Dylan Evans Darren Garrod Ford Capri 15m 49s
17 Robin Jones Gerallt Jones Ford Escort XR3 17m 04s
18 Noel Hughes Gwawr Hughes Saab 96 V4 19m 42s
19 Jim Paterson Martin Jones Subaru XT 4x4 23m 17s
20 Alwyn Jones Paul Owen Ford Escort 23m 31s
21 Brynmor Pierce Roger Evans Ford Escort 25m 17s
22 Robin Williams Darren Jones Ford Ecort 28m 50s
23 Dewi Williams Bryn Jones Vauxhall Nova 33m 43s
24 Tony Watkin Medwyn Evans Vauxhall Nova 48m 22s
25 Michael Jones Colin Jones Chrysler Avenger 55m 23s
26 Geraint Bowness Arwel Jones Peugeot 205 GTi 1F 16m 24s
27 Andy Rain Eifion Thomas Toyota Corolla 1F 27m 08s
28 Bleddyn Jones Iwan ap Llyfnwy VW Scirocco 1F 27m 18s
29 Dewi Williams Eilir Jones Vauxhall Nova 1F 27m 49s
30 Andrew Dale Pete Dale Vauxhall Nova 1F 31m 45s
31 Stew Dale Scot Layton Vauxhall Astra GTE 1F 35m 42s
32 Jason Hardy Elfyn Richards VW Golf 2F 12m 52s
33 Medwyn Ellis Keith Jones Peugeot 309 GTi 2F 46m 04s
34 John Arfon Jones Lee Clark Peugeot 205 GTi 3F 24m 30s
35 John Robyns Alan Parry Ford Escort 3F 28m 42s
36 Dyfed Owen Caren Williams Ford Escort 4F 16m 55s
37 Arwel Jones Alan Adams Vauxhall Nova 4F 31m 12s
38 Robert Midwood Dewi Jones Mazda 323 5F 25m 58s
39 Gareth Jones Rob Hopewell Peugeot 205 GTi 5F 65m 17s
40 Richard Suff Denny Harris Peugeot 205 GTi 6F 12m 06s
41 David Jones Michael Roberts Peugeot 205 6F 43m 32s
42 Dylan Williams Richard Roberts Vauxhall Astra SRi 9F 48m 35s
43 Gareth Williams Martin Chidley Audi 80 Sport 10F 30m 37s
44 Keith Gush Jennifer Gush Alfa Romeo 33 13F 72m 15s
45 William Roberts Eifion Jones Ford Fiesta XR2 15F 44m 02s
46 Robert Evans Adrian Batchelor Toyota Corolla 22F 63m 37s
47 Bryan Glass Carl Williamson Ford Escort 34F 5m 42s
48 Robat Edwards Derek Jones Vauxhall Nova 36F 52m 46s