1st March 2015
This years edition of the Mid Wales Stages proved to be as tough, demanding and cold as any other and proved a big challenge for the Brecon Motor Club members competing. Jason Pritchard was hoping to emulate his Red Kite victory but grip proved to be hard to find in the morning in his full house Escort and despite a fastest time on the final stage fourth place was the result. Nevertheless a useful haul of points was taken which may well be crucial later in the season.
In the B3 battle of the Category One Fords Bob & Dale Gibbons (Cortina Mk2) took an early advantage on the first stage, Pikes Peak, but class rival Malcolm Rich with Jon Hawkins struck back on stage 2 to lead going into Hafren by 1 second. All was looking good for a big showdown when the Rich Anglia broke a shaft in the spectator area at Sweetlamb. With no class pressure Gibbons should have stroked home gently but in an effort to win the category overall overcooked it on the last special stage and spent 6 minutes parked in the scenery. Luckily he was able to eventually extricate the car and continued to at least claim full class points.
The modern event saw Dai 'Block' Jones and Glyn Price put in another polished performance on their way to second in class only beaten by much more modern machinery and more importantly heading their friend and rival Andrew Fox in a BMW similar to theirs.
Yan Griffiths was remarkably chipper at the finish after a day in a vastly underpowered Nissan Micra and the thought of a trip to Scotland in the early hours for work!
Below: Some images from the Mid Wales Stages, apologies for the lack of 'modern' images.