Mains Powers Ahead
Carmarthen Motor Club again hosted the Peter Lloyd Rallying Stages on a day when a drying circuit and the treacherous Beach Road section made tyre choice critical and caught out the unwary.¬†¬† Overall honours were taken by FMP contender, 19 year old Thomas Cooper, taking his second victory at the venue. Grandad Phil Turner had his progress hampered by a slower car but nevertheless took second overall, making it a TCS Team 1¬† /¬† 2.
With a slim lead and no plans to take to the woods for the final round, the Wyedean Stages, Llandysul driver Will Mains needed a convincing result on the penultimate round at the Welsh Motorsport Centre, Pembrey.
Things got off to a fraught start when an issue with the throttle pedal linkage fouling the brake bias equipment made progress hard work on Stage One. However, even with this problem he held on to second in class only to then limp in from Stage Two with a broken driveshaft and a trail of gearbox oil. The camaraderie amongst rally goers showed through with WWRS proprietor Gareth Lloyd pitching in from another service crew to help with the repair.
With two titles on the line Will was the focus of attention for camera‚Äôs from S4C‚Äôs Ralio programme which will be aired in November. Will has now increased his lead from Taunton‚Äôs Martyn England and was coaxed to indulge in a bit of ‚Äėcautious‚Äô* champagne spraying in anticipation of taking the FMP Title.
The rally was the beginning of an enforced break for our current Junior Champion Aaron Jones who with fellow Maesteg Motor Club member Owen Evans took an impressive Class win, coming in 11th overall behind Will and Aled Edwards. With an engine failure earlier this year in his Honda Civic Type R draining the funds, this young talent has been sidelined for the foreseeable future after truly admirable support from his family.
Two more titles secured* were for Nissan Micra crew Kalvin Green and Dale Clatworthy. Kalvin is now uncatchable for the Junior Drivers title helped by the experience of Dale who has claimed points from driving in Belguim this year. His points tally has secured the FMP Two Seats Trophy for the highest total score as driver and co-driver.
*Queries from competitors regarding scores are permitted until 12 noon on Saturday November 19th.
Photos courtesy of Mike Frayne
Total after Round Nine – The Peter Lloyd Rallying Stages.
William Mains 146*****. Martyn England 113. Kalvin Green J 100. Richard Merriman 77. Andy Davies 76. Richard Barrow 74.¬† Ron Morgan 73. Aaron Jones J 65. Thomas Cooper J 61. Sacha Kakad 59. Paul Gunter 58. Terry Brown 54.¬†¬† Jason Gardner 50. Paul Robins 49. Peter Stephenson 49. ¬†David Williams 32. Mal Bayliss 31. Silah Hijazi 31. Chris Jones 31. Ian Godney 30.¬† Jason Hodge 30. Sean Jones J 30#(56). Chris Ransley 30.¬† ¬†Dale Clatworthy#*** 28 (78). Mike Pugsley 28. Michael Jones J 26. Phill Lloyd 26.¬† Garry Mannion 24. Ian Taylor #24 (76).¬† Richard James 15. Sara Williams** 13. Wynne Watkins* 5.
Dawn England 113. Chris Sharpe-Simkiss* J 108. Arwel Jenkins 97**** Tudor Jenkins 95. Andrew Richards 94. Marc Clatworthy*** 80. Den Golding 77. Owen Evans J 65. Siobhan Pugh J 62. Lee Taylor 59. Simon Jones J 55. Ian Taylor#**** 52 (76). Dale Clatworthy 50# (78).¬† ¬†Graham Cox 48. Paul Wakely 40. Ashley Trimble 34*. Huw Evans 32. Alan Hinton 30. Sean Jones J 26#(56).¬† ¬†Gavin Haycock 17.¬† Annalize James J 15. Mark Glennester** 13.
J ‚Äď Juniors
Points which include overseas scores:
*Manx National Rally ** Rallye Antibes *** ORC Canal Rally
****ALMC Stages ***** Wexford Rally
# Two Seats Trophy points scorer. ( ) Combined score.
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