Rali Bro Caron
Sponsored by Will Evans & Sons Plant Hire and Darren Thomas Gwaith Saer
Lampeter & District Motor Club
20th/21st February 2010
Clerk of the Course: Keith Daniels & Aneurin James
Route: 100 Miles
Maps: 145 & 146
Winners: Dylan Davies/Dale Furniss (Ford Escort)
Dylan Davies/Dale Furniss won the Rali Bro Caron after the event was stopped at the halfway point as a snow storm gripped West Wales.
Before the rally started the planned short opening section to the south of Lampeter had to be cancelled as the partially melted snow, which had fallen the previous night, had frozen. Although slippery, the rest of the first half was drivable, but before crews arrived at the Petrol halt in Aberaeron the snow began to fall again. The course cars quickly found the opening sections of the second half around Synod Inn to be impassable and the rally was halted.
For the reigning Welsh Champions this was their second successive triumph on the driver’s home event. It was a narrow win as they only took the lead at the last time control before the rally was halted. Dylan’s father Gary, a previous four time winner of the Bro Caron, had led for most of the event but a slip up by a “rusty” Dorian Evans on the maps saw the pair fall to fourth in the final standings.
The Dovey Valley MC crew of Hywel Davies/Richard Morris got their Welsh Championship challenge off to a flying start by taking the runner up spot. They felt they might have been able to take the win but for having been baulked by slower competitors on a couple of occasions.
Daniel Jones/Graham Dance rounded off the top three and confessed to having found it difficult to judge the pace between speed and caution in the treacherous conditions.
The slippery going did catch out two leading runners. Both John Davies/Eurig Davies and Arwel Hughes-Jones/ Dylan Williams ended their rallies in the ditch.
Kevin Davies/Aled Jones led after the first section but finished in eleventh place after problems later on.
Of course for the later runners in the 90 car field the snow hit as they tackled the first half and many struggled to get through. However Stefan Davies/Mark Rodway demonstrated that the conditions could be overcome as they completed the whole route and took a clear win in the Novice class.