Round 1. RALI CWM GWENDRAETH
The 2017 FMP Challenge kicked off on February 5th with the Rali Cwm Gwendraeth in Pembrey and produced some giant killing performances. Godspeed Brakes proprietor Ian Godney has his Subaru WRC up for sale so wheeled out his Renault Clio. The rain stayed away allowing him to challenge¬† the more powerful 4 wheel drive cars and finish a remarkable 3rd overall.
With their best result ever, Junior Contenders Aaron Jones and Owen Evans also claimed maximum points coming 6th overall and 1st in their class in their Honda Civic Type R.
The father and some team of Marc And Dale Clatworthy fell victim to the tightened spectator area restrictions when they clipped a tyre and got bogged down. With not enough manpower to help them regain the track they took a maximum time on the first stage putting them out of contention for the Top 10.
Ian and Lee Taylor, also father and son were disappointed with the debut of their Vauxhall Corsa, suffering from handling problems but still gaining valuable points.
The Top 20 was rounded off by regular contender Mike Pugsley in his immaculate Mk. 1 Escort RS2000.
Michael Jones, partnered by Sean Jones, had a fraught time before the event with a number of problems in testing including a broken driveshaft on his Nissan Micra. They would have been content just to finish but picked up a creditable 3rd in their class in the process.
Also with driveshaft issues were Richard Merriman and Kath Curzon in their Darrian who retired on the first stage with no spare and promising youngster Thomas Cooper who suffered the same fate in his Evo 8 but continued with a 30 minute time penalty after changing it.
Reigning Champion Wynne Watkins whose Subaru is in for a comprehensive rebuild is planning to do only selected rounds this year with a programme including the Isle of Man and possibly Ireland on the cards.
Photos courtesy of Mike Frayne
Points after Round One -Rali Cwm Gwendraeth, Pembrey
Ian Godney 30 – Aaron Jones 30 – William Mains 30 – Mike Pugsley 28 – Thomas Cooper 26 – ¬† Chris Jones 26 – Phill Lloyd 26- Michael Jones 26 – Ian Taylor 24 – Dale Clatworthy 23 – Richard Merriman 5.
Owen Evans 30 – Sean Jones 26 – ¬†Lee Taylor 24 – Marc Clatworthy 23 -Den Golding 23.
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