Rali Bro Caron
Sponsored by Windy Corner Coaches
Lampeter & District Motor Club
Winners: Andy Davies/Michael Gilbey (Subaru Impreza)
Photograph: Joseph John Gilbertson
Organiser: Lampeter Motor Club
Date: February 29/March 1
Clerk of Course: Dafydd Evans & Cadog Davies
Route: 95 Miles
The Rali Bro Caron, Round One of the 2020 Welsh Road Rally Championship, received almost 130 entries, however, even with a long reserve list, the event saw only 87 cars take the start, three fewer than the maximum allowed. The causes were a large number of withdrawals and only two of the reserve crews turning up on the night.
The organisers were given an additional headache on the day prior to the event when
an objector caused a major reroute in the second half. This meant time and route
cards having to be reprinted and an emasculation of the intended competition; a tricky
section had to be replaced by a long non-
Competition started just south of Cwmann, with the tricky not-
Davies/James were quickest to SF5, but still trailed Davies/Davies by 23 seconds
and were in third place, behind the Impreza of 2018 Bro Caron winners Andy Davies/Michael
Gilbey, who were just seven seconds off the lead. This was despite their Impreza
breaking a shaft. They were able to lock the axle and changed the damaged part in
the following non-
Welsh Champions, Mark Lennox/Ian Beamond, were already out; they had been struggling with the steering on their Escort and when they picked up a puncture, they decided to throw in the towel. Bagger 20 winners, Matthew Jones/Richard ‘Tyson’ Morris were another crew who failed to make it to the petrol halt; their Astra suffering a broken wheel.
The white track leading down from TC3 to PC10 became increasingly rutted and a number of cars towards the end of the field got stuck in ruts, which in places were half a metre deep. These cars were pulled out by a spectating farmer with his tractor. This meant that most crews dropped no more than two minutes at TC4.
A run over Ffarmers opened the next section. A TC timed to the minute was cleaned
by all but five cars, two of which were penalised for arriving early. There then
followed a tight four minute to-
Chris Hand/Simon Jones had seemed to have the fastest time to SF8, but had failed to get two passage boards signed off and received two fails as a result.
The third section ran from near Hafod-
Petrol was taken at Llandovery, with a regroup to allow crews to get back on to their scheduled time. Davies/Gilbey now led by 27 seconds, with Davies/James in second, six seconds ahead of Davies/Davies. Gavin Edwards/Daniel Jones were in fourth, the only other crew within a minute of the lead. They were already struggling with the loss of some lighting and retired in the second half with electrical problems.
Dafydd Morgan/Kieran Price were the leading Expert crew in ninth place overall. They
were holding an eight second class lead over Gari Evans/Richard Williams, however
they were another crew who failed to make the Finish. Evans/Williams went on to win
the class by two minutes. The Semi-
There was a close battle between Steffen Evans/Connah Urquhart and Llyr Davies/Gareth Jones in the Novice class; they were separated by 11 seconds at Petrol. However, neither were to take the category win at the Finish; Elian Lewis/Ryan Jones were to come through from third at Petrol to first place at the end.
The second half opened with a short four minute section starting at 732½332½ and looping around to the outskirts of Llanwrda. It was to have a dramatic effect on the battle for the lead. Kevin Davies/Alan James picked up a puncture halfway through the section. The wheel came off the rim and, as they battled up a hill, they slipped into a ditch. They eventually got going, but had to cut out much of the remaining route. They took fastest time on the final section, but, from first place last year, they finished in last place and received the Wooden Spoon Award.
Andy Davies/Michael Gilbey saw their rival’s stranded Escort and eased off as the
route headed back north towards Lampeter. Despite this approach they were still fastest
on that section and were the only crew to clean the timed-
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