Promising Rallycross star Tom Llewellin seized the current Challenge lead when he took third place in the National B section of the recent Red Kite Stages in the forests above the Neath Valley and Margam. Nineteen year old Tom who is the son of ex World Championship contender and twice British Champion David Llewellyn has made the transition to rallying in the Braces Bread sponsored Mk. 2 Escort and was the top two wheel drive finisher at the weekend. With an entry in already for the Nicky Grist Stages based in Builth Wells it will be an interesting fight between him and rising star George Lepley who has scored maximum points on all previous three rounds he has competed on using the Avenger supplied by fellow contender Baz Jordan.
The Midlands crew of Steve Deeley and Alan Proudman continue to support the Championship in their Peugeot 205 with Steve moving up to second place and Alan sharing first with Arwel Jenkins who took victory with George on Round 1, the Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally.
Former FMP Junior Champion Aaron Jones is only doing selected rounds this year with the help of former Champion Jason Hodge who has given him use of his four wheel drive Toyota Celica. He suffered mixed fortunes with a puncture then damage to a fuel line but pressed on to bring the car home with second in his Class.
The rule allowing Contenders to select one overseas event on which to score points has seen them travel many places including the USA this year but none have been to an exotic location like Barbados. The Rally Sol Barbados attracts a big British following and this year Damian Pratts / Jonny Tad Evans made the long trek to compete in an Escort Mk.2. The pair were doing well until on the third day of competition when fuel issues saw them retire when third in Class and just outside the Top 20.
Photo left courtesy of Gerrard Wilson Photography
Pictured below other rally contenders
Martyn Andrews & Steve Greenhill
Peter Littler & Andy Marchbank
Photos courtesy of Mike Frayne unless otherwise indicated.
Neath youngster Rhys Stoneman continues his busy rally programme, leaving today for Belgium and the Ypres Rally. He missed out on going to the Wervik Rally last year as competitors have to be 18 years old to take part.
The date for entries to be accepted for the Rali Bae Ceredigion has been announced. There is expected to be a ‘Glastonbury’ style rush for spaces on July 3rd. We will endeavour to announce the time they are available to contenders by e mail. If you have not received any e mails so far this year then please get in touch to ensure that your contact details are correct.
The focus moves to West Wales for the Bob Shaw Memorial Brawdy Stages in early July and a chance for regular Tarmac crews to climb the leader board. Unfortunately there is no spectator access.