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Rali Mike Darowen Bro Ddyfi

Sponsored by D.M.S.

Dovey Valley Motor Club

30th/31st January 2016

Winners Photo
Winners: Ian ‘Dude’ Roberts/Gwawr Hughes (VW Golf GTi)
Photograph: Duncan Littler

Organiser: Dovey Valley Motor Club

Date: 30th/31st January 2016

Clerk of the Course: Richard 'Tyson' Morris

Route: 125 Miles

Maps: 124, 125, 135 & 136

Starters: 53

Ian ‘Dude’ Roberts/Gwawr Hughes made a perfect start to their campaign to claim a hat trick of Welsh Championship titles by taking outright victory on the Rali Mike Darowen Bro Ddyfi, the first round of this year’ series.

It was a tough event, just 24 of the 53 starters made it to the Finish. The winners dropped almost 16 minutes but were still two minutes ahead of the runners up, Stefan ‘DR’ Davies/Michael Gilbey. An 11 miles/22 minute section in the traditional Bro Ddyfi area around Aberhosen caused particular difficulties; the fastest crews picked up three minutes of penalties, whilst others dropped ten times that.

Robert Pugh/Justin Davies and Mark ‘GT’ Roberts/Dylan Jenkins went out with broken shafts, while top seeds Dale Furniss/Nick Bloxham withdrew after damaging their Golf. A broken gearbox caused Steven John Williams/Carl ‘Slate’ Jones out on the second section, while engine problems stopped Meilyr Evans/Andrew Edwards.