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North the winner in Bala MC hill climb; RALLYING.

BALA and District Motor Club ran their inaugural Production Car Trial at Disgarth Farm, Ty Nant, last weekend, attracting 21 entries from as far afield as Ilkley in Yorkshire.

This form of motor sport is effectively a hill climb on steep, grass-covered hills with the winner being the car that has managed to get past the most checkpoints on each hill during the day.

Events such as these can be entered in a standard roadgoing car and as such offer a cheap form of motor sport for competitors.

The event was a round of the popular Association of North Western Car Clubs Championship and was sponsored by AL & RO Jones Family Butchers of Llanrwst.

Competitors attempted 32 tests over a tough day of competition held in superb weather conditions.

The overall winner of the main National B Event was Rupert North from Ilkley with Peter Houghton, Mark Halls, Jeff Buchanan and Nigel Griffith taking the main overall class awards.

Winning the Clubman event, which was closed to club members, was Brian Roberts from Llangwm in his Dutton Phaeton and he also had a high enough score that would have seen him win the main Trial on only his second event.

The previous weekend saw several motor club members take part in the Plains Rally in Welshpool.

The highest finishers were Ieuan Rowlands and Emyr Hall in their Volvo-powered Mk2 Escort, finishing 12th overall, winning their class and the rally for two wheel drive cars. In 25th position and winning the B11 class was Ieuan's brother John Rowlands in his Mk2 Escort.

Consolidating his lead in the Association of North Western Car Club's Historic Rally Championship, Arwel Lloyd Jones and Arwyn Jones were 72nd in their Mk2 Escort.

Trawsfynydd's Ken Pugh finished 29th in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo3. Steven Jones finished 94th overall on his first forestry rally navigating Richard Jones in a Peugeot 205.

Unlucky not to finish the event was Hefin Lloyd Davies, who completed all the stages but was ruled as being over the time limit due to a roll on the opening stage of the event in Gartheiniog Forest.


Ieuan Rowlands and Emyr Hall driving the Plains Rally
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 6, 2012
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