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Points Update Following Overseas Events including Clare Stages, Ireland and Escort Rally Special, Belgium
Mains Takes the Drivers Lead.
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Pictured right: Will Mains on Epynt
Rali Bae Ceridgion Preview
Will Mains Score the Hat Trick?
Twenty six entries are confirmed for FMP contenders on the first ever Rally with its stages held completely on Closed Public Roads in Wales.
Currently lying third, reigning Champion Will Mains from Llandysul who is accustomed to giant killing acts in his little 1400 Nova, is chasing a hat trick of Championship wins.
Hereford contender Dan Evans and Hywel Davies from Machynlleth are two drivers poised to seize the lead should Will hit problems. Dan, who again teams up with regular co-driver Jess Hockly in a Suzuki Swift has being doing some seat swopping and has already sealed the Two Seats Trophy Award for his combined scores earned on both sides of the car. Junior Contender Simon Jones again reads the notes for Hywel in the two litre Escort .
At the top of the Co-drivers standings, 19 year old Rhys Stoneman has competed in every single round so far and is closely followed by Arwel Jenkins from Newtown. Rhys competes with Marcus Padgett in the Nissan Kit Car and Arwel teams up with Barry Jordan in a Hillman Avenger. Barry took third place in the 2018 FMP Challenge.
Rhidian Daniels and Tomos Whittle have had varying amounts of luck in the Citreon C1 Max this year but when they have finished the results have been impressive. A trouble free run is likely to net the early season leaders a Top 30 finish.
After this weekend there are two rounds remaining. Both the International and National Wales Rally GB are included, believed to be the first time a Championship has been in both sections.
The season ends with the Fairfield Merlin Stages at Pembrey.
Photos courtesy of Mike Frayne
West Cork Rally – Daniels & Whittle Seize An Early Lead.
Rhidian Daniels and Tomos Whittle
Nantgaredig Driver Rhidian Daniels and Cross Hands Co-driver Tomos Whittle were amongst eight contenders who nominated the West Cork Rally to score optional overseas points on St. Patricks weekend. The pair put in a faultless performance to bring their JJ Aggregates TWC Carpentry Citroen C1 home fourth in Class which takes them to the top of the current leader board. Fellow Ammanford Motor Club member Ian Taylor climbs into the top three and with a late entry in for Round 3, The Marshall and Hicks Ltd. Tour of Caerwent, he could well be challenging for the top spot. For full story click here.
Click on current scores for Challenge results from Round 2 – the Rallynuts Tour of Epynt and the West Cork Rally.
Motor Sports Council National Court Ruling
In a sitting of the above court on Tuesday 5th March 2019, Case No. J2019/02 regarding Mr. Paul Bird, it was ruled that he should be removed from the results of the Rallynuts Stages 2018. This was due to his refusal to provide a sample for a doping test. Mr. Bird was not a registered contender of the FMP Rally Challenge and his removal from the results does not affect any award winning positions in the ‘FMP’. Motorsport UK have been made aware of this fact.
FMP Rally Challenge Co-ordinator.