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Glyn Memorial Stages

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Caernarvonshire & Anglesey Motor Club

25th-26th November 2023

Glyn Memorial Stages 2023
Winners: Paul Murro/Callum Cross (Ford Fiesta R5)
Photograph: Islwyn's Motorsport Photography

Glyn Memorial Junior Stages 2023
Junior Winners: Rian Walker/Stuart Mcbride (Skoda Citigo)
Photograph: Islwyn's Motorsport Photography

Organiser: Caernarvonshire & Anglesey Motor Club

Date: 25th-26th November 2023

Clerk of the Course: James Robertson

Stages: 14 Stages (65 Miles)

Base: Anglesey Circuit

Starters: 58 + 27 Juniors

Caernarvonshire & Anglesey Motor Club received a capacity 85 car entry for their two-day Glyn Memorial Stages at Anglesey Circuit. Twenty-seven of these entries were in the Junior Rally.

The event consisted of eight stages on Saturday, the later ones being run in the dark, and six on Sunday.

Cloudy weather greeted competitors on Saturday morning, the heavy overnight frost having cleared, although this left the track dry, but cold.

The Inter Club runners ran first on Saturday, completed the first two stages, the second a repeat of the first, before the Juniors tackled them. On Sunday, the roles were swapped and the Junior crews went first.

Top seeds and 2022 winners, Robert Hughes/Sion Cunniff (Ford Fiesta R5), laid out their case early on, they were fastest by three seconds on the opening stage. Paul Murro/Callum Cross (Ford Fiesta R5) were second. They, in turn, were nine seconds in front of Jason Wilson/Lee Wilson (Darrian T90 GTR) and Thomas Cooper/Paul Williams (Ford Fiesta R5), who tied for third fastest time.

Darrell Taylor/Dylan Thomas (Ford Fiesta Rally2) withdrew after SS1, having been baulked twice on the stage; they had been in ninth place.

Hughes/Cunniff continued their dominant style on SS2, finishing six seconds ahead of Murro/Cross, to give themselves a lead of eleven seconds. Unfortunately, their drive came to an end on SS3 when a wheel hub broke, the wheel came off the car and they were stranded.

Murro/Cross took over the mantle of front runner, securing fastest time on SS3 and now leading Wilson/Wilson and Cooper/Williams, who were once again tied, by 18 seconds.

Richard Merriman/Karen Phelps (Darrian T90) retired at the start of SS3 as, after getting their rights and lefts mixed up, hit the tyre barrier at the end of the pit lane. A blown engine stopped the Escort of Dafydd Williams/Andrew Millington on the stage and they, also, were out.

The Skoda Fabia R5 of Roger Moran/Jack Bowen had been in third position after SS3, but as they approached the Flying Finish on SS4 the engine cut out - a fuel issue - and they free wheeled down the hill, but then stopped just before the control. They eventually got the car fired up again, but the incident had delayed the three cars running behind them; this included the leaders.

Murro/Cross, Will Owen/Chloe Louise Thomas (Ford Escort) and Wilson/Wilson were given nominal times, this being the time of Car 4, John Cope/Rob Fagg (Ford Fiesta), who had crossed the line ahead of Moran. This time was probably slower than Murro would have posted and it allowed Cooper/Williams into a 10 second lead.

Mark Gamble/Paula Swinscoe (Ford Fiesta R5) had missed a split on SS1 and received a stage maximum for the offence, but they were now fastest on SS4.

Moran/Bowen made amends for their SS4 troubles by being fastest on SS5, sharing the honours with Wilson/Wilson. Meanwhile, Murro/Cross were one second behind, but, critically 13 seconds ahead of Cooper/Williams; this put them back into the lead.

On SS6, Cooper/Williams were one second quicker than Murro/Cross, meaning that the gap between the two cars was now two seconds.

The Proton Satria of James Davies/Owen Rowcliffe, which had been holding second place in Class B, retired at this point with a blown engine.

Also on SS6, Matthew Edwards/Tommy Edwards rolled their Peugeot 205 GTi as they approached the Flying Finish. Three cars were awarded notional times after stopping to assist the crew, who were unharmed.

Glyn Memorial Stages 2023

Wilson/Wilson shared the fastest time with Murro/Cross on SS7, but, as their Darrian crossed the Flying Finish, its engine blew and they coasted to the stop line and retirement.

Murro/Cross had held a 14 second lead over the failed Darrian, that advantage was now 20 seconds over Cooper/Williams. Josh Payton/Jamie Vaughan (Ford Escort) were in third, 25 seconds off second place.

The leaders shared fastest time on the final stage of day (night) with Moran/Bowen, giving them a lead of 27 seconds at the overnight break.

Cooper/Williams were quickest on the first Sunday stage, grabbing two seconds back on the leaders, however, their event came to an end after the stage as gearbox maladies stopped their Fiesta.

With four stages to go, this left Murro/Cross with a lead of 50 seconds over Payton/Vaughan, while Owen/Thomas were 36 seconds further back.

Murro/Cross took fastest time on the last three stages to secure their maiden rally win, with a victory margin of 1m 05s over Payton/Vaughan. Owen/Thomas were third, while Moran/Bowen recovered from their SS4 problems, to take fourth place.

The well supported Junior Rally saw Rian Walker/Stuart Mcbride (Skoda Citigo) lead from the Start to the Finish, however, they were chased hard throughout by the VW Up of Jack Ryan/Robin Nicholson.

Walker/Mcbride were fastest on seven of the fourteen stages and the two crews shared fastest time on six others; Ryan/Nicholson finally taking a solo quickest time on the last stage.