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Tom’s On Top

With impressive finishes in the Mitsubishi Mirage on gravel on the Rallynuts Stages and on the winding roads of the Tour of Epynt in a Mk.2 Escort, Tom Llewellin holds a slim lead over Huw Jeffreys.  See full report from the Tour of  Epynt here and you can see current scores here.

 

 

Supplementary Regulations for Pembrokeshire Motor Club’s  JD COMPETITION TYRES BOB SHAW MEMORIAL STAGES to be held on Sunday July 3rd at Brawdy are to be released in Mid May. Entries are expected to be in high demand so please keep an eye on their website.

The next gravel round, the Builth Wells based Nicky Grist Stages organised by Quinton Motor Club takes place on Saturday July 9th and entries open on May 23rd.

 

 

Double Take

With IPS crews using their optional overseas event before Round One of the Rally Challenge takes place, it is by coincidence that two drivers compete in Rothmans replica Mk.2 Escorts a thousand miles apart. After giving his newly built car a shakedown on the Lloret de Mar Rally in February, contenders Tom Coughtrie and Ian Fraser took to the startline on the recent Mallorca Classico. Once up above Puerto Portals the crew faced slippery conditions with rain and fog on the mountain roads and clinched a respectable 8th overall and 3rd in class.

St. Patricks weekend saw the pilgrimage to the small town of Clonakilty in Southern Ireland for the West Cork Rally, and amongst those competing is newly joined Maesteg and District Motor Club member Berian Richards. Although competing mainly in Ireland and not making a serious bid for the Rally Challenge title, Berrian has signed up to help raise the profile of our charity, Wales Air Ambulance.

See Current Scores here for points awarded on both these Rallies.

The Rally Challenge lends its support to the Lions Cup

The Committee of Maesteg DMC have decided to give the new Peugeot Championship a kickstart by allowing it to mirror the Rally Challenge Calendar. The Championship, which started mid Summer in 2021 was dogged by inevitable event cancellations and with no firm plans yet in place for this year, was hopeful of resuming in 2023. The Lions Cup 2022 will be promoted by Swansea Motor Club. Read more here.

Hertfordshire Crew are First to Sign Up for 2022

With full Rally Challenge details due to be announced by the new Year, Martyn Andrews and Steve Greenhill have already registered for IPS Paint Rally Challenge with the aim of taking the title. For their story, please click here.

Photos by Chicane Media

Claire’s Rallying Masterpieces

For the first time since the inception of the Rally Challenge back in 2013, we have the pleasure of welcoming a Guest Writer. We invited Ammanford Co-driver Claire Williams who was our inaugural Rally Challenge Champion to give us a detailed insight into the background of her extraordinary artistic talent which she combines with her passion for the sport.

Read Claire’s full article here.

Newton Duo Shake Off The Cobwebs

The uncle and niece crew of Malcolm Bayliss and Siobhan Pugh continue their rallying comeback with a trek to Ludlow for the Woodpecker Stages. They are hoping for better luck, as their first post- pandemic event, the Builth Wells based Nicky Grist Stages, didn’t go as planned when their immaculate Mk. 1 Escort developed clutch problems.

Siobhan took both the Overall and Junior Rally Challenge Champion titles back in 2016, and realising that the Challenge now has a new title, Malcolm approached Challenge Organisers with an offer. The car and Siobhan’s portrait picture appeared on two of the now redundant publicity banners and as a surprise gift for Siobhan and to adorn his garage, he asked if he could obtain them for her in exchange for a generous donation to our chosen Charity, Wales Air Ambulance. The Maesteg DMC Committee were only too happy to oblige.

Siobhan’s partner Arwel Jenkins had success in 2019, clinching the Maesteg and District Motor Club Champion Co-drivers title for which his prize included cash and a Club Rally Jacket. Arwel, who has competed with many teams, kindly asked that Siobhan could take the prize, (as pictured).

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Busy Times for our Rally Challenge Charity

Wales Air Ambulance is the main benefactor of Maesteg and District Motor Club’s money raising efforts. The Charity is now able to provide Consultants and Critical Care Staff on its missions. Rally Challenge Co-ordinator Terry Frayne caught up with Head of Communications Steve Stokes to find out WAA’s current role and how the current crisis is affecting the Charity. Click here to find out more.

Will’s Historic Third Win

Three times Rally Challenge Champion Will Mains marked the end of an era when he accepted his Awards at The Maesteg and District Motor Club Annual Presentation Night.

With Independent Paint Supplies now pledging its continued backing to the Club, Will was presented with the Perpetual Cup which he will now keep to mark his achievement.

For more on the Presentation Night please click here

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Previous Champions

 xxxxxxxxxDriver                                           Co-Driver

2013             Thomas  ‘TC’ Lloyd                     Claire Williams

2014             Jason Hodge                                Mark Crisp

2015             Morgan Handford                      Chris Williams

2016             Wynne Watkins                          Siobhan Pugh

2017             William Mains                             Dawn England

2018             William Mains                             Paul Wakely

2019             William Mains                             Rhys Stoneman

2020             Tom Coughtrie*                          Ian Fraser* Leaders at time of cancellation*

Click here for Qualifying Rounds 2020