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Rali Llyn

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Harlech & District Motor Club

21st/22nd March 2009

Clerk of the Course: Aled Owen

Route: 125 Miles

Maps: 123

Starters: 72

Winners: Dewi Williams/Darren Garrod (Peugeot 205)

The Rali Llyn has developed a tradition of tight battles between local crews, who are highly familiar with the territory, so for Dewi Williams/Darren Garrod to lead from the beginning and finish 40 seconds ahead of the field can be classed as a dominant win. The pair established their position by being 9 seconds quicker to the first ITC timed to the second, then dropped time at just two further controls to take victory.

Gerallt Davies, a previous winner of the event, was making a comeback after a lay off and, with Nia Hughes on the maps, took second place.

Recording an incorrect letter from a code board cost crews 10 seconds penalties and this had an effect on the top positions. Top seeds, Arwel Hughes-Jones/Andrew Baines, added 40 seconds to their total via this offence and, as a result dropped from second to fourth, behind Mei Jones/Steve Herbert who were third.

Merfyn Hughes/Dylan John Williams held second place at Petrol but fell to fifth at the Finish, partly due to code board errors.

The Escort of Dewi John/Meical Evans won the Sbardun Trophy for the best presented car at Scrutineering but, unfortunately, was heavily damaged in a roll shortly after the start.