A reminder that there is an Auto Test being held on Sunday 13th September at Graig Goch Farm, Newbridge on Wye. Signing on is 9.30 for a 10.30 am start. For any more information please contact Brian on 01591610232/07974948193
The 2nd Autotest of 2015 was held at the Ceri Davies' farm near Llanwrtyd Wells on the 9th of August. There was a good entry of 13 drivers to start the day in damp slippy conditions. Leading after the 1st 2 Tests was Cameron Davies in his Nissan Micra, Ceri Davies was just 1 second behind in his Nissan Micra. Nick Powell was just 5 seconds behind them in his Citroen Saxo.
Cameron Davies carried on to win the day by 27 seconds in his Micra; Ceri Davies came home with 2nd in his Micra the gap would have been closer had it not been for a cone penalty on the 7th test. Seems home advantage didn't play to him and handbrake working better on 1 side than the other lost some time....apparently!
Nick Powell managed 3rd despite a cone penalty but generally had a good day, his times picked up towards the latter part of the event and just 5 seconds behind Ceri at the end it could have been very different.
Ryan Davies had a slow start to the day lying 7th after the first 2 tests however with his drastic weight loss program (with the help of the odd barn door) he put on some impressive times near the end of the event, despite picking up a wrong test on test 5 and 2 punctures on test 7 (on the same side!) he came back to 4th overall and 1st in the Standard Production Class.
5th Went to Morian Peters who struggled with the conditions to get the Civic to handle right and put down the power, A wrong test on test 5 and a slow time on 6 scuppered his chances for a repeating a previous win at the venue but had a clean run never the less.
Bradley Davies shared Camerons winning car and had a cracking day up until the last test where a wrong test dropped him from 4th to 6th however he still picked up a very good 1st in the Novice Class and good consistency showed throughout the day.
7th was Ben Gwillym who showed pace however a few cone penalties and a wrong test hampered his efforts, 8th was Luke Heath again using the winning Micra and built up has pace throughout the day, a slow start however and a couple of wrong tests cost time. Anthony Deans didn't quite have the same luck as he had at Powell's farm and his Puma was not 100% by the end of the day, Handbrake cables were a bit loose and with no handbrake he dropped a lot of time on the long test 7 this costing any chance of a good position for him, see what happens when you get a test without the stops in buildings! Haha.
10th was the great sounding BMW of David Evans, usually a drift car he took his car out for a spin and many spins he had, size may have been an issue for the big BMW in comparison with the Micras and a few more dents were added, a general lack of grip hampering the car in the small yard.
11th was an impressive debut to motorsport for Jak Canham and despite a slow start to the event he gained pace throughout the day and more importantly kept Ceri's Micra in one piece!
2 Retirements in the day the 1st of which was Ben Davies who dropped out in the lunch break after test 4 whilst lying 4th O/A quite an achievement considering the size of the BMW! The other was Geoff Harper who retired after 6 tests using the car to enjoy the event and do some testing ahead of more rallying.
Thanks to the organisers for putting on the event and the Ceri Davies for the use of the farm a great venue.
1st – Cameron Davies – Nissan Micra - 666
2nd - Ceri Davies - Nissan Micra - 693
3rd – Nick Powell – Citroen Saxo - 698
4th – Ryan Davies – Honda Civic - 782
5th – Morian Peters – Honda Civic - 798
6th – Bradley Davies – Nissan Micra - 807
7th - Ben Gwillym - Peugeot 206 - 876
8th – Luke Heath – Nissan Micra - 890
9th – Anthony Deans – Ford Puma - 904
10th – David Evans – BMW 328 - 914
11th – Jak Canham – Nissan Micra - 938
12th – Geoff Harper – MG ZR - DNF
13th – Ben Davies – BMW - DNF
1st O/A – Cameron Davies
1st Standard Production – Ryan Davies
1st Novice – Bradley Davies
1st RWD – David Evans
After a long break Autotests are back once again, the 1st event of 2015 was held at the Powell's farm near Newbridge on Wye on the 7th of June. There was a good entry of 14 drivers to start the day in a very dusty yard. Joint leaders after the 1st test were Ceri Davies in his Nissan Micra and Craig Golder in his Peugeot 205; many crews struggled with the 1st test and 7 crews picked up a costly wrong test and 2 others picking up cone penalties.
Gary Powell won the day by 17 seconds in his Citroen Saxo despite picking up a 10 second cone penalty midway through the day; Ceri Davies came home with 2nd in his Micra with a clean run all day.
Craig Golder managed 3rd despite a cone penalty and dust issues hampering his morning and then much of the afternoon was spent trying to fix the handbrake in his 205!; with all this 1st in the Standard Production class was good going.
Anthony Deans had a slow start with a wrong test on the 1st test however he set good times throughout the day to finish 4th in his Puma. Jamie Pickup had initially wanted to use his Peugeot 306 but after arriving he changed to Ceri's Micra fearing the 6 speed 306 would run out of lock too often; this proved to be a wise decision, a wrong test on test 1 along with a puncture slowed his start but made gains through the day however he was consistently around 5 seconds behind Ceri's times on each test, thank god Ceri doesn't drive the navscatters any more eh Jamie?!
Rosie Stephens had an excellent drive in Craig's 205 despite issues with the handbrake and the occasional engine gremlins she still put in some great times - good enough to put Craig off driving?? She finished 6th and won 1st Novice driver.
Ben Gwillym had 2 Wrong Tests and despite good time in the 206 finished 7th, John Hopkins finished 8th again another to fall foul of a wrong 1st test. Phil Gadsby in the Clio did a good effort to try and dent every panel during the day and picked up a puncture with some enthusiastic driving and finished 9th.
Jamie “Dipstick” Humphreys was another to put on a good show in his Fiesta, Another to pick up a wrong test on test 1 although I think the 10.30am start was still a bit too early for him! 10th was his result.
Jamie Arnold was the entertainer of the day in a BMW that shouldn't have made the startline let alone the finishline! The head gasket had gone before the start and the engine was cooking with no working fan, yet still it was revving flat out all day, okay it needed bump starting sometimes and ran rough if it wasn't flat out and probably drank half the farms water supply during the day but he finished 11th O/A and 1st Rwd without a dent on the car and a lot of gravel and dust thrown around!
Ian Morgan in his Ford Ka drove very well and was quick enough but was perhaps pushing too hard as he picked up 40 seconds of cone penalties AND 2 wrong tests, this dropped him down to 12th.
Jon Hawkins swapped from his usual co-drivers seat to try his hand at driving, although he considering double driving with someone he instead decided to use his daily drive BMW 523 estate! Certainly the largest car of the day and both BMW crews kicked up a lot of gravel and dust with enthusiastic driving, he didn't dent the car (thankfully!) but did get stuck on the last test, putting on a show with a few moments including reversing over the stop line after a spin! He rounded off the finishers in 13th Place
Morian Peters in his high revving Civic was trying from the word go but perhaps too much power and grip caused dust issues in the morning and then he hit a gatepost in the afternoon, badly denting the rear quarter and putting a rear wheel out of line. That was his day over whilst running 3rd O/A.
Thanks to Brian Jones for putting on the event and the Powell's for the use of the farm a great venue.
1st - Gary Powell - Citroen Saxo - 772
2nd - Ceri Davies - Nissan Micra - 789
3rd - Craig Golder - Peugeot 205 - 820
4th - Anthony Deans - Ford Puma - 872
5th - Jamie Pickup - Nissan Micra - 892
6th - Rosie Stephens - Peugeot 205 - 919
7th - Ben Gwillym - Peugeot 206 - 920
8th - John Hopkins - Volkswagen Polo - 928
9th - Phil Gadsby - Renault Clio - 939
10th - Jamie Humphries - Ford Fiesta - 962
11th - Jamie Arnold - BMW 328ish - 1013
12th - Ian Morgan - Ford Ka - 1020
13th - Jon Hawkins - BMW 523i- 1080
14th - Morian Peters - Honda Civic - DNF
1st O/A - Gary Powell
1st Standard Production - Craig Golder
1st Novice - Rosie Stephens
1st RWD - Jamie Arnold
The fourth round of the navscatter championship took place last thursday at The Fountain, Builth Wells using map 147.
Great to seen 8 crews start with 2 crews from Cwmbran & Abergavenny areas.
Crews were faced with a run out to a lay by at Cwmbach were the route was handed out at 8.45 , first to leave in a cloud of exhaust smoke was Chris and Kate, they went a different way to what we set out, but its a scatter so be it, unbeknown to us they had not discovered the first page of references and clues and only plotted out the second page, they got back to Builth and were talking about how quick and easy the route was when oh my god they discovered page 1, it was stapled to page 2, so off they roared to do the clues on page one.
The experts Jon Hawkins and Ceri Davies had old maps which are 4 years out of date, not showing the new road to Newbridge, should have known better.
First on the road was Ryan & Jordon and the reason they did not hand in the time cards was because Jordon left his tea all over the card and maps, we have all been there at some time.
Other than that at the Fountain finish everybody returned to report a great nights sport with good well seen clues and a good thrash. Tables turned this time, Father beat Daughter. and a newcomer beat the so called Epynt experts on their own patch.
1st overall & 1st novices Driver Jake Evans - Luter + Navigator Ross Truszkowski + BMW compact 1 fail 1 point
2nd overall & 1st experts Driver Brian Jones + navigator Alun Probert + Subaru + 1 Fail 17 points
3rd Twm Prossor & Ceri Davies (Experts) +Izuzu + 2 fails 6 points
4th Huw Jones & Jack Hintz (Novices) +Micra + 3 fails 7 points
5th Jamie Pickup & Jon Hawkins + (Experts) Peugeot 306 + 3 Fails 10 points
6th Jordan Gullick & Jordan Dziaduzewicz (Novices) + Micra + 7 fails 0 points
7th Christian Prynne (Novice) & Kate Jones (Expert) + Focus + 7 fails 8 points
8th Ryan Davies & Jordon Humphries (Novices) + Corsa + DNF
Event organisers Graham and Eric Tong