The championship positions after round 3 have been uploaded to the site and can be downloaded from here
The championship positions after round 2 have been uploaded to the site and can be downloaded from here
It’s been a busy start for competitors in the J D Tyres Welsh National
Tarmacadam Championship as they faced their third event in a month
when they attempted Port Talbot Motor Club Ltd.’s Tour of Epynt Rally.
Held over the daunting Epynt Range, they faced seven special stages
totalling around seventy miles, and thankfully dry conditions prevailed
during the day.
As had been the case on the previous round, the SMC Stages, the battle for
leading Welsh contender was between multiple Welsh champion Bob
Fowden and Wayne Jones.
Things didn’t start well for Fowden and co-driver Aled Davies, with the pair
suffering with a faulty intercom, leaving Fowden unable to hear the pace
notes over the opening stages, preventing them from going as fast as they
would have liked. Not helping either was an intermittent handbrake issue,
but things did get better when they altered their Subaru Impreza WRC
S11’s anti-lag settings and they finished the event as first contestants home.
Up until the end of 2021, Wayne Jones was competing in a Peugeot 206 GTi,
but is now using a far more powerful Darrian T90 GTR, and he has adapted
extremely well to his new car, providing the experienced Fowden with a
With Rhys Jones navigating on this occasion, Jones and Fowden were never
separated by more than a handful of seconds up until the penultimate
stage, when Fowden increased his lead to 11 seconds. Despite putting in a
big effort on the final test of the day, Jones could only claw back seven
seconds from his rival, and had to be content with second contender for the
second event running and now lays four points behind leader Fowden in
the Championship standings.
Following their retirement on the last round, Dave Willett/John Davies
didn’t make quite the start they wanted, finding the suspension settings on
their Ford Escort Mk 2 to be a bit soft for the conditions. With the settings
altered, things went better for the rest of the day as the pair ended the day
second in class behind Jones and third Welsh Championship contender.
Making a welcome return to the Championship, Rob Tout had a good run in
his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, as he and Terry Martin finished second in class
and fourth Welsh crew.Fifth driver to finish was Daniel Jones, who took maximum class 3 points
and was first of the under 25 drivers to finish in a Renault Clio ahead of last
year's Champions Neil Jones/Alan Thomas in their usual Vauxhall Astra.
Once early brake problems had been rectified, Will Mains/Claire Williams
had a good run to take their customary 1400cc class win in their Vauxhall
Nova, whilst Mike Pugsley/Marc Clatworthy were first of the class 4
finishers in their Ford Escort Mk 1 RS 2000.
For the second round of the J D Competition Tyres Welsh National Tarmacadam Championship, crews made the trip North to Anglesey Racing Circuit for the SMC Stages Rally.
Following eight special stages at the coastal track, it was former Rallycross Champion Andy Scott who would take victory in his Ford Fiesta S2000 Turbo, this being his first rally win.
After taking maximum Welsh Championship points on the first round at Caerwent, things didn’t go so well on this occasion for Dave Willett/John Davies, who failed to complete the event after breaking a steering arm on the Ford Escort early in the day.
As a result, the battle for leading Welsh contenders was between Bob Fowden/Jason Sugden in their Subaru Impreza and Wayne Jones/Jonathan Davies in a Darrian T90 GTR.
On the first stage multiple Champion Fowden opened up a healthy lead over his Welsh rival, before Jones fought back with quicker times on the next three special stages, overhauling the Subaru driver who suffered a punctured tyre on the third stage.
With the pair setting the same time on the fifth test, Jones went quicker on the following two stages and started the final one of the day with a nineteen second advantage. Unfortunately, the engine on Jones’ Darrian suffered a misfire, slowing him sufficiently for Fowden to overtake him for position on the event and also to move ahead of Jones into the Welsh championship lead.
Another former Champion, Richard Merriman, who was navigated as usual by Kath Curzon finished one place behind Jones, taking the class 4 win in his Darrian T90 in the process.
Not having such a good day were Chris Simmons/Andy Moss, who dropped down the order when their Darrian T90GTR suffered a broken driveshaft on the fifth stage, though they remain second in class in the Welsh series. Meanwhile, reigning Champions Neil Jones/Alan Thomas dropped from 20th to 53rd position after problems on the last two stages in their Vauxhall Astra.
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