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Night Owl Rally

Sponsored by E&M Motor Factors

Aberystwyth & District Motor Club

25th/26th April 2009

Clerk of the Course: Wayne Edwards & Phil Ralphs

Route: 130 Miles

Maps: 135

Starters: 90

Winners: Dafydd Evans/Carl ‘Slate’ Jones (Ford Escort)

Dafydd Evans/Carl Jones overhauled long time leaders Adrian Jones/Dylan Jenkins on the rally’s very last section to snatch victory by 25 seconds.

Jones/Jenkins had led from the opening test but at the penultimate TC they and the eventual winners found themselves on equal penalties. A last dash through the Goginan mines saw the Machynlleth pairing pull clear.

It was a good night for Dovey Valley MC as Hywel Davies, navigated by Knighton’s Martin Phasey, took third.

Dylan Davies/Dale Furniss might have taken victory but for two minutes lost when on a farm track they followed their memory from last year’s event rather than the arrows from this year’s.

Top seeds Steve Woods/Aled Richards went off the road on the opening section. They continued as the penalties at the next control were scrubbed due to marshal not being at the correct position. They finished the rally with the least time lost on the sections that did count, but then were found to have gone OTL at Petrol. Clive Williams/Shaun O’Gorman also went out after visiting a ditch.

Another Dovey Valley crew to do well was Telor Pugh/Eifion Pughe, who took the Semi-Expert class for the second Welsh Championship round in a row.