BULLDOG & CAERWENT
WILL'S FIRST WIN - RALI ELLI 2010
TOUR OF EPYNT 2010
GREMLIN RALLY 2010
SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER HAPPENINGS
BULLDOG & CAERWENT
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Brecon Motor Club crews were flying the flag at two different events last weekend, on the Saturday Jason Pritchard was debuting his new Subaru and did what he set out to do, finish. Not only did he finish but he finished well, coming home in seventh overall. It appears to have been a trouble free run and he can now look forward to the delights of Keilder where Sara Williams will also be later in April.
Meanwhile, at Caerwent mixed fortunes abounded and Mike Jones ,guided by Robin Moses in the usual Peugeot were back with reliability and finished best of the bunch in 38th overall. Phil Jones and Ian Jury had the Audi Quattro back out but electrical failure ruled out a finish. Mark and Alan Hatton were hoping for great things in the revitalised Clio but driveshaft failure on stage one was a bitter pill to swallow. Jamie Vaughan sat in with Andy Murphy in a Pug and came home a few places behind Mike and Robin in 41st overall.
WILL'S FIRST WIN - RALI ELLI 2010
Monday, 22 March 2010
Will Arrowsmith claimed his first rally win at the weekend on Llanelli Motor Clubs Rali Elli. With a day section at Pembrey and a 60 mile night section, it was a real challenge of man and machine. With the excellent services of Dylan Jenkins in the navigators seat, lots of seat time including a good run on the Tour of Epynt last weekend and a well bolted together car the result was always coming. Congratulations from Brecon Motor Club.
TOUR OF EPYNT 2010
Sunday, 14 March 2010
The 2010 Tour of Epynt proved to be a happy hunting ground for the sole BMC representative on the event, Will Arrowsmith applied himself well to win the road rally class and come in 25th overall. His Ford Escort didn't miss a beat all day and was a credit to his preparation.
Away from the stages BMC were hard at work manning service 'in' and 'out' controls. Morale was kept high by the culinary skills of Nigel who excelled himself yet again as the official motor club chef! Additional help was also had from 'Roger', who can be seen in the dayglo coat in the bottom picture, he tested a few of Nigel's creations and gave top marks each time before disappearing into the sunset on his faithful steed................................
GREMLIN RALLY 2010
Tuesday, 9 March 2010
This years Gremlin Rally was a somewhat fraught affair as Denis struggled with less helpers than usual, 2011 looks as if it might be a different kettle of fish as a number of members have expressed a desire to take it on.
On the night two BMC crews were looking for a glory, Mike Jones & Robin Moses scented a podium place and had their Peugeot right up there in fourth at the Llandovery petrol halt. Unfortunately Robin gave Mike a sniff of something else later in the rally, the resultant stop dropping them to eleventh place at the finish. Phil Jones & Ian Jury gave their Nissan Micra an airing and came in a respectable second in the novice class.
Sunday, 28 February 2010
Sara Williams' ANCRO attack started badly on Saturday on the Sunseeker Rally when her Subaru lost all drive once again. Before this however Sara and Dai Roberts had hauled themselves well into the top twenty despite problems from the start with the centre differential. A decision will be made now as to whether to go to the Pirelli Rally in Cumbria. The event would give good experience and possibly line up another assault on the ANCRO series. With the following 3 events relatively local it would be good to take the gamble.
Despite coming home empty handed from Poole, Sara was a winner at the Brecon Motor Club annual awards dinner and will receive a cheque and an award for her efforts in 2009.
The Brecon Motor Club annual dinner went off very well again in 2010 and with Tony Mason telling some really good tales from the past, making it an enjoyable evening. The Usk Inn catered very well for the numbers and the food was very good. Award winners on the night were: Best Driver - Sara Williams. Second Driver - Will Arrowsmith. Third Driver - Mike Jones. Best Co-Driver - Jamie Vaughan. Second Co-Driver - Stuart Cardell. Third Co-Driver - Robin Moses. Best Marshal - Jamie Vaughan Runner Up - Nigel Chappelle. The Autosolo Championship was won by Phil Jones and class winners were, Mark Bufton, Iuean Roberts and Mark Hatton.
Sunday, 14 February 2010
A number of BMC members made an appearance on this years Wyedean Rally, a rare occurrence as club members are more tar orientated but good to see. Sara Williams was out for a warm up before the Sunseeker which is part of the ANCRO series that she will be contesting this year and was up to 14th overall when the diff gave up the ghost in stage 4, Chepstow Park. With new co-driver, Dai Roberts form Carmarthen, they were not too many seconds off the top ten as well.
Martin Jones took a last minute ride with Sean Edwards in a very nice Mk2 1600 BDA Escort and duly finished a good second in the class. Wayne Palmer made his first forest foray with Martin Leonard in the Peugeot 106 Cup car but it refused to pull cleanly all day and was prone to cutting out for no reason. Eventually it refused to start at Speech House and that was the sports over. Rob Jenkins chose the Wyedean as his very first rally ever and finished, ably assisted by Epynt MC member Cliff Jones
in his 1600cc Peugeot 205 GTI. They managed to get through scrutineering after a couple of minor problems and despite a cracked exhaust manifold early on they enjoyed their day and Rob probably learnt lots!
Wednesday, 30 December 2009
Left, Jamie Vaughan enjoying his first RWD experience!
A variety of club members had a go at Carmarthen Motor Clubs WWRS Christmas Stages but few returned home with that warm glowing feeling!
The only club member to uphold the honour was Will Arrowsmith who finished a tremendous 12th overall.
Craig, left, ventilated the engine block........................
Disaster struck for everyone else, Mike Jones & Robin Moses broke the clutch on the 205, Mark Hatton &
Alan Hatton broke the diff
erential on the Clio which means more time off from the wife for Robin! Wayne Palmer and Stuart Richards ended up stuck in 2nd gear in the newly acquired Peugeot 106 and Craig Jones blew the motor up in his 205. Jamie Vaughan had a spin out in an Escort and they finished despite a few problems along the way.
Mark and Alan (left) in the flying Clio.
Mike and Robin heading for an early bath.
Will was the only one to find reliability this time.
Wayne, plenty of idea, no gear!
SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER HAPPENINGS
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Yet again apologies for the late news, the next twelve months is going to be a bit like this as another book project is going to take over! That being the case I would appreciate any news you have sending to me or any photos as well, I need the information to be able to write this up and it does take quite a bit of time.
Brecon Motor Club members have been very active over the last couple of months, Jason Pritchard has gone all international on us and after the Trackrod in Yorkshire where he finished 15th despite problems he went on to compete in Flanders, Le Touquet and right down in the South of France at Antibes. (Where he is as I write). Things have not swung Jason's way completely and Martin McCormack has had the edge but the experience gained competing against the foreign Citroen crews has been invaluable.
Sara Williams has had a good season but the last 2 events could have been better, the Subaru was not right for the Woodpecker but some fettling in between meant it was A1 for the Cambrian. The times reflected the improvement in the car but an excursion which lasted 5 minutes ruined a good result. Martin Jones partnered Sara on these 2 rallies and the pair have struck up a good working relationship. On the plus side Sara has won her class in the Welsh National Championship, is 1st under 25 in the national and the clubmans and also finished 4th in each series. Looks like it will be BTRDA for 2010, watch this space.
The Peter Lloyd Rallying Pembrey Stages is always popular with BMC crews and this year was no exception, Jonathon Williams and Wayne Palmer dusted the Honda Civic off and finished 12th overall, the loss of 2 gears losing them a top ten finish. Mike Jones and Robin Moses had a good day and finished a very good 24th overall, Robin tells me it could have been better as they were heavily baulked. Nevertheless a great result for the ever reliable Peugeot, a credit to Robin's prepping skills! He just needs to spend more time on Mark Hatton's Clio now as his bad luck continued with early head gasket failure. Also in the dumps were Phil Jones and Ian Jury who debuted the new Audi Quattro only for the engine to let loose in a big way. Jamie Vaughan was out co-driving but also took an early bath! Dai Block and Glyn Price are on the finishers list but there must have been a problem with the BMW as they are well down the order. James Chappelle and Lisa Price wheeled out the 205 Rallye for James' first stage event in some time and were award winners in 40th place.
The autosolo season has come to an end and Phil Jones has performed consistently all season to bring his Peugeot into the top spot. Well done and also well done to everyone else who has been out there this year. At the moment there are no concrete plans to run a series next year as the evenue is too expensive, Mark Bufton has approached the showground in Builth with a view to running some but organisers are needed to get them off the ground. If anyone has a good alternative then please have a go at organising.
Monday, 31 August 2009
A late. late news update, as you can imagine the last couple of months have been a whirl with the 2 hillclimbs and the Flatters to get organised. Thanks first to the sponsors of the events, Dennis Motorsport and SGC Printing. The hillclimbs both went without too many hitches but sadly the Harry Flatters Rally was marred by an extremely unfortunate accident which resulted in a fatality involving a spectator. The inquest is due to take place within the next couple of months.
As for competing members, there have been lots and I am bound to miss someone out! Championship contenders Jason Pritchard and Sara Williams have been busy respectively, Jason was fighting for the Citroen C2 Cup with Martin McCormack on the Manx and Ulster Rallies but a brush with an Irish bank handed the title to his rival. We will report on plans for next year when we have them. Sara has continued her march in the Welsh Championship and is currently 5th overall and 1st lady and 1st under 25 year old. There was a hiccup on the recent Neath Valley Stages when she rolled on the final stage. After complaining of handling difficulties at the previous stage finish where BMC were marshalling she went on to flip it over, luckily without too much damage.
The Epynt events have seen a host of BMC crews out with Iean Pritchard and Martin Jones retiring from a certain 3rd place on the Flatters in their Subaru. Will Arrowsmith and Craig Jones did well to get in the awards for the road rally class while Dai Block and Glyn Price suffered yet again with the BMW. Mike Jones and Robin Moses recorded another finish in their Peugeot while the similar car of Phil Jones and Ian Jury met with carb problems. The Mewla saw the usual suspects lurking and this time Dai & Glyn delivered with the Beemer with 2nd in the road rally class. Mike & Robin persevered to another finish while Wayne Palmer and Martin Jones debuted the latest Escort but succumbed to gearbox failure. It's also worth mentioning that Dai & Glyn did the Neath Valley Stages between the 2 Epynts!!
The club has also been busy marshalling, we did a finish on the Neath Valley, Gerry, Jamie and James got qiute wet and the two others had dry jobs in the cars!!! The Mewla saw us spectator marshalling, not a nice job but one that has to be done, the club responded well and there was a great turnout fuelled by a Nigel Chappelle BBQ!!!!