Night Owl Rally
Sponsored by E&M Motor Factors
Aberystwyth & District Motor Club
23rd/24th April 2011
Clerk of the Course: Wayne Edwards
Route: 120 Miles
Maps: 135 & 136
Winners: Daniel Jones/Dale Furniss (Ford Escort)
Daniel Jones took his second Welsh Championship victory of the year when he and reigning Champion Dale Furniss won the Night Owl.
This year’s series has developed into a three way battle between the drivers of a set of mega-Escorts. The Night Owl confirmed this with Jones, Meirion Evans and Gethin Morgan taking the top three positions. Their pace being such that even the local crew of Clive Williams/Patrick Walsh on top form couldn’t keep in touch.
Jones/Furniss shared the lead with 26 other crews after they all dropped a minute on the opening section, but the pair then pulled out a lead of 17 seconds over Meirion Evans/Dale Bowen by Petrol. This was extended to 33 seconds at the Finish.
Bro Teifi winners Gethin Morgan/Steve Herbert were in fifth at the halfway point but took third at the close just 11 seconds behind Evans/Bowen.
Richard Rees/Rob Walters were fourth at Petrol from a start number of 47, however they were unable to maintain the pace and dropped to 13th at the Finish.
Reian Jones/Michael Gilbey and Aled Humphreys/Richard Morris were having good runs but both ended on the retirement list, the latter crew breaking a shaft just four miles from the Finish.