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FMP Rally Challenge 2016 Round Up

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 A Convincing Wynne!

FMP Rally Challenge Champion Driver 2016 - Wynne Watkins

FMP Rally Challenge Champion Driver 2016 – Wynne Watkins

Swansea driver Wynne Watkins has had his most successful year to date and has emerged as FMP Champion after a close end of year battle with Maesteg and District Motor Club’s Aaron Jones. Wynne took the lead mid-season in his Subaru Impreza, helped by choosing the Manx Trophy Rally as his optional overseas round where he also claimed points for his successful bid to take the MSA Asphalt Group N title. Aaron held a one point lead going into the final round, the Patriot Stages. Staffordshire businessman Nev Jones takes the final podium position after competing on gravel and tarmac this year in both a Subaru and Escort Mk. 2 with Junior contender Chris Davies who finished 5th. Winning the FMP Gravel Cup for a second year is Cardigan driver Dylan Davies. Challenge rules allow Juniors to be eligible for more than one prize meaning Aaron is Junior Champion for a second time, is 2nd overall and winner of the FMP Tarmac Cup.

FMP Rally Challenge Overall and Junior Champion co-driver Siobahn Pugh.

FMP Rally Challenge Overall and Junior Champion co-driver Siobahn Pugh.

Siobahn Pugh has managed to emulate our inaugural 2013 champion Claire Williams by taking both the Overall and Junior Co-driver titles. In recognition of her achievement the 22 year old from Newtown has been selected for the prestigious MSA Academy, an initiative run by the governing body, the Motor Sports Association. Scotland’s Richard Crozier who has supported the Championship on 7 of the 10 rounds takes second place. Third and fourth place go to two co-drivers competing under Maesteg DMC.

Junior Champion Aaron Jones with 3rd placed Owen Evans.

Junior Champion Aaron Jones with 3rd placed Owen Evans.

Junior Contender Owen Evans has competed with Aaron Jones all year and Paul Wakely has competed on both gravel and tarmac events to clinch fourth. 2015 Champion Chris Williams from Llandysuls success as a driver and co-driver this year has earned him the FMP Two Seats Trophy.

On FMP Rounds that coincided with the British Championship, support for Wales Air Ambulance was gained from Rally Stars Elfyn Evans, Osian Pryce and budding youngster Meirion Evans as well as Honouary Maesteg Motor Club member Max Vatanen. The 2016 ‚ÄėFMP‚Äô has again succeeded in raising over ¬£1000 for the charity due to the generosity of competitors and spectators.

Award winning Positions


WYNNE WATKINS                                 SIOBAHN PUGH


AARON JONES                                                                   SIOBAHN PUGH


AARON JONES                                                                   RICHARD CROZIER


NEV JONES                                                                            OWEN EVANS


DYLAN DAVIES                                                                 AARON JONES




air-ambulance-photo-shoot-083FMP Company Directors Colin Thomas and Neil Melmoth joined  Maesteg and District Motor Club members as guests of  Wales Air Ambulance Fundraising Manager Mark Stevens recently in recognition of their continued support of the charity. 

air-ambulance-photo-shoot-075The summer of 2016 saw the opening of their purpose built office and hangar facilities at Dafen near Llanelli. Junior¬†Challenge contenders¬†Aaron Jones and Owen Evans brought their Honda Civic Type R along for the photo shoot. Mark commented,¬†‘I am¬†delighted at the announcement that we are to continue our association into 2017 and will be helping Challenge organisers with publicity material artwork as thanks to FMP and to the Club.’


Photo credits: Mike Frayne

FMP Back Rally Challenge for 5th Year

New_Sticker_FMP_sponsorshipFMP Motor Factors have continued to pledge their support for rallying and for Wales Air Ambulance in 2017 with a new deal struck with promoters Maesteg and District Motor Club. Directors Colin Thomas and Neil Melmoth have been in discussions with the Club and are pleased with the publicity being generated by the sport which is helping to raise the profile of the company among competitors and fans.

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 FMP Challenge 2016 Final  Results


Wynne Watkins 144 inc. 26 (Manx Trophy) Aaron Jones J 138 Nev Jones 102 Dylan Davies 96 Andy Davies 94 Robert Tout 93 Martyn England 92  Neil Williams 90 Terry Brown 87 Rob Vardy J 84 Sacha Kakad 81 Jason Hodge 75 George Lepley J 68 David Perkins 66 Emily Retallick 63 Dave Brick 60 Elfyn Evans 60 Carl Davies 59 Sion Ellis 59 Matthew Jackson J 59 Thomas Bayliss J 56 Christopher Jones 56 Roland Llewellin 56 Meirion Evans 55 Barry John 54 Sean Jones* (76) J 54 Chris Johns (83) 53 David Jones 53 Jake Mc Kenna J 52 Rhys Yates J 49 Toni Carranante 45 Matthew Curzon 40 Paul Bonas 37 Andy Davison 37 Tim Cains 36 Chris Lewis* (57) 35 inc. 30 (Wexford Rally) Chris Williams* (86) 33 Osian Pryce 30 Garry Wilson 29 Sean Crowley 28 Richard Evans 28 Morgan Handford 28 Mike Pugsley 28 Tim Cains 26 Mike Jewell 26 Phil Clarke 23 Max Vatanen 16 Freddy Brick J 15 James Williams 15 Claire Rix 10 Craig Cameron* (42) 5 Dale Clatworthy 5 Neil Griffiths 5 Lee James 5


Siobahn Pugh J 164 (Best 6) Richard Crozier 153 (Best 6) Owen Evans J 13 Paul Wakely 124 (Best 6) Chris Davies J 102 Den Golding 102 Peter James 95 Seyyan John 95 inc. 23(Ravens Rock) Ryan Jones J 95 Max Freeman J 94 Llion Williams 94 Dawn England 92 Ian Taylor 82 inc. 28 (Manx Trophy) Arwel Jenkins 78 Elgan Davies 75 Alan Hinton 75 Kath Curzon 66 Eliot Retallick 63
Richard Jones J 59 Osian Owen J 59 Claire Williams 59 Chris Spilsted 56 Keaton Williams J 54 Glyn Price 53 Chris Williams*(86) 53 Chris Davies J 52 Cal McElhinney 52 Heather Merrison J 52 Tom Woodburn J 49 Daniel Nieroda 45 Toby Brick 40 Craig Cameron*(42) 37 Tom Murphy 37
Richard May 36 Ian Davis 33 Emma Jones 33 Chris Johns* (83) 30 (scored on Wexford Rally) Martin Hagget 29 Cellan Evans J 28 Sean Jones*(76) J 22 Chris Lewis* (57) 22 Gareth Davies 15 Rob Cook 10 Matthew James 10 Marc Clatworthy 5 Neil Daycock 5

Two Seats Trophy Leader (For competing as both Driver and Co-driver)
* = Two Seats Trophy Points scorer
Equal points listed alphabetically. J ‚Äď Juniors (under 25)

Ist Overall – 30 1st in Class ‚Äď 30 2nd ‚Äď 28 3rd ‚Äď 26 4th – 24 5th – 23
6th ‚Äď 22 7th ‚Äď 21 8th ‚Äď 20 9th ‚Äď 19 10th – 18 11th ‚Äď 17 12th ‚Äď 16 13th ‚Äď 15
14th ‚Äď 14 15th ‚Äď 13 16th ‚Äď 12 17th ‚Äď 11 18th ‚Äď 10 19th ‚Äď 9 20th ‚Äď 8. Non finish -5

May I thank competitors and rally fans for their part in helping the FMP Rally Challenge to continue to raise the profile and funds of Wales Air Ambulance.

Queries regarding results will be accepted until noon on Saturday 22nd October and results will be made final at noon on Saturday 29th October.

The Maesteg Motor Club and Challenge Awards Night is on Saturday February 11th at the Grove Golf Club near Porthcawl.

Total after Round 9, The Woodpecker

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 Total after Round 8, The Red Dragon Rally

Overall victors, FMP Contenders Martyn and Dawn England.

Overall victors, FMP Contenders Martyn and Dawn England.

Martyn and Dawn England headed a trio of FMP crews who took the top three places in the Modern section of the Red Dragon Rally. PTMC did well to run the event in atrocious weather.  Battle of the day was between second placed Dylan Davies/Dale Bowen who tied on times with Andy Davies/Max Freeman on the penultimate stage, beating the third placed men by just 2 seconds.

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Current Standings after Round 7. Red Dragon Preview

Wynne Watkins

Brecon Motor Club hosted Round 7 of the Challenge on the Epynt Military Ranges. The Harry Flatters Rally saw the Top 4 drivers all achieve first in their class and maximum championship points. Wynne Watkins from Swansea still holds a narrow lead.

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Points after Round 6, the Nicky Grist Stages

Rhys Yates & Tom Woodburn

Rhys Yates & Tom Woodburn

Builth Wells was the host town for the latest round of the FMP Rally Challenge, The Nicky Grist Stages. 44 FMP contenders took part in the event including Elfyn Evans who again took the win.

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Points After Round 5, The Midsummer Stages, Caerwent

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The Champ Returns

Matthew Jackson and Claire WilliamsFormer FMP Champion Co-driver Claire Williams is to compete on the next round, the Nicky Grist Stages. Claire, who also took the Junior title on the inaugural running of the Challenge in 2013, signed up earlier in the year though other rallying commitments mean she won’t make a full assault on this years championship.

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Keeping Up with the Jones’s

full_rally_banner_final(second car)Motor sport is a family affair for Chris, Caroline and Sean Jones from Burry Port. The boys currently share use of their Escort Mk2 on FMP rounds whilst garage proprietor Chris’s immaculate Chevette HSR which is featured on the FMP banner awaits parts for an engine rebuild.

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Round 4 Report, the Lawrence Landfill Stages

Neil Williams takes the challenge lead

Junior contender Siobahn Pugh tops co-driver standings

2015 Champion co-driver Paul Wakely takes Rally Victory

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Mid Wales Stages Report and Current points

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Click here for full report and points update

FMP Awards 2015

Click here to find out the results of the FMP Rally Challenge 2015 Awar

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