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Valentine Trophy Rally

Sponsored by Dyfed Pritchard Welding

Caernarvonshire & Anglesey Motor Club

15th/16th February 2014

Clerk of the Course: Huw Gwyn Jones

Route: 80 Miles

Maps: 114

Starters: 39

Winners: Ken Jones/Ianto ‘Fon’ Jones (Ford Escort)

Ken Jones/Ianto ‘Fon’ Jones cleaned the second half of the Valentine Trophy Rally to take a clear win on the novice oriented event.

The rally opened with two tests at its base, the Anglesey Racing Circuit. This saw a majority of crews, including the winners, being penalised for failing to adhere to the stop astride rule at the finish control. Dewi Hughes/Gareth Rhys Jones led after these tests. They maintained this position until the final section of the night, where they dropped over a minute while Jones/Jones were clean. Thus Jones/Jones took first place with Hughes/Jones 12 seconds behind.

The premier award of the night went to Steffan Llywelyn/Daniel Jones; they finished in third place but were the first novice crew home, this secured for them the Valentine Trophy. They had been in thirteenth position after the opening tests but moved up to second at the petrol halt before being demoted one place by the flying Jones/Jones Escort in the second half.

The leading Beginners – crews that had fewer than four rallies under their belts – were Sion Wyn Higham/Tony Jones, who finished in eighth.