List of starters - Rali Môn 2019 starters.
Positions at Petrol Halt - Rali Môn 2019 first half.
Final positions - Rali Môn 2019 final positions.
Time penalties - Rali Môn 2019 time chart.
Passage Control and Route Check penalties - Rali Môn 2019 checks.
Award winners - Rali Môn 2019 awards.
Having laid the groundwork and applied for route authorisation and a Motorsport UK Permit, the organisers were ready to publish the Supplementary Regulations and open the online entry system at 18.00 hours on Friday, 2nd August 2019. Within seven hours, forty entries had been received and by the end of Tuesday the list had reached the maximum of 75. This presented a bit of a headache because the regulations of the Welsh Road Rally Championship required organisers to reserve 35 places for registered contenders until four weeks before the date of the event and fewer than twenty had entered at this point. The outcome was that it was decided to apply for an increase in the maximum permitted starters to 90 cars. Permission was granted and this eased the pressure a little but required some careful checking of timings and some minor changes to the route on map 114 to ensure that all competitors finished the event before daylight. It also raised concerns about accommodating all the cars at the start venue and extending the window for the Noise Test and Scrutineering.
There were a few PR problems to be overcome before the route was finalised and it was the usual last-minute rush to get the route instructions and time cards printed and competitors’ packs assembled in readiness.
The event was based at Cartio Môn, with scrutineering at Kingsland Garage, Holyhead, by kind permission of Mr Eric Roberts. Crews had been asked to report in sequence from Novices to Masters in order to facilitate parking in something resembling the start order within the confines of the karting track. With the formalities of noise test, scrutineering and signing-on of marshals and competitors completed, the route instructions were issued at one-minute intervals from 22.16 hours and crews set about plotting the near 100-mile route. The assembled cars under the lights on the track presented a great atmosphere and expectations were high for a close battle between the leading crews with supporting contests in the respective classes.
There had been a few last-minute withdrawals for various reasons and the final list showed 83 starters, comprising of 13 Masters, 31 Experts, 18 Semi-Experts and 21 Novices. First car away at 23.51 hours was the Ford Escort of Iwan Pritchard navigated by Daniel Jones, followed by the Escorts of Arwel Hughes-Jones/Daniel Williams, George Williams/Cadog Davies, Kevin Kerr/Huw Manion and Steven John Williams/Iwan Jones. The full start list can be accessed above.
The first competitive section was north-west of Gwalchmai, heading towards Trefor with a target time of six minutes, followed by a lengthy 26 minute section ending near Carreglefn. With the route continuing towards the north of Anglesey, section three was a challenging one to the east of Cemaes with very few crews completing it within the 11 minutes target. Likewise, the short five-minute fourth section around Mynydd Eilian saw nearly all crews drop time. Another short test, this time only four minutes over Mynydd Bodafon kept up the pressure then section six to the north of Llangefni took competitors south before heading east for the seventh section from Llanddona towards Llandegfan with a target of 14 minutes.
The petrol halt was at Britannia Garage, Menai Bridge, and the leader board showed that the crews of Hughes-Jones/Williams and Kerr/Manion were tied for the lead having kept clean sheets all the way so far and were four seconds ahead of Iwan Pritchard/Daniel Jones in third. In the Experts class Matthew Jones/Ryan Griffiths in their Vauxhall Astra were ahead by nine seconds from the Escort of AndrewBaines/Deio Hughes. Will Hughes with last minute replacement navigator Gavin Rees in a Ford Fiesta led the Semi-Experts by 29 seconds from the Citroen Saxo of Robert Owen/Ifan Devine. Phillip Roberts/Andrew Campbell in a Toyota Yaris were also comfortably leading the Novice class from Phil and Lewis Rock (Escort).
The shorter second part of the event took crews to the west of the island with section eight being one with a target of thirteen minutes heading south-west from Gaerwen towards Newborough. For the first time the leaders were separated with both crews dropping time and Kerr/Manion taking a lead of six seconds over Hughes-Jones/Williams. The penultimate timed stage was relatively straightforward from Bethel towards Ty Croes but then the tenth and final section from near Rhosneigr via Engedi to Llanfihangel yn Nhowyn proved to be the biggest test of the night and a complete change as Hughes-Jones/Williams bettered the time of Kerr/Manion to win the rally by 13 seconds with Mark Roberts/Dylan Jenkins in a VW Golf another 19 seconds back in third.
Crews returned to Cartio Môn for a hearty breakfast whilst all time and route cards were checked. There were a few queries to iron out but once the results were announced and declared final, the awards were presented to the various recipients (see full list above). Conditions had been fine and dry throughout the night and the event was well received by the competitors. There are too many to mention by name, but the organising team had done a great job and can be well proud of their achievement.
Congratulations to all the award winners and well done to all who finished the rally. Our thanks to Rob Jones for permission to use his photos of some of the award winners.
Photos can be seen in the slideshow at the top of the page and those in the Gallery (see below) include some from the awards presentation.
The organisers of the Celtic Auto Parts Rali Môn have received reports of driving in a manner that may be perceived as practising by prospective competitors on certain roads on Anglesey. This kind of behaviour creates serious PR problems and is endangering the future of road rallies.
We wish to make it clear that anyone identified as driving in such a manner will not be allowed to start the event and will not be refunded their entry fee.
Regulations and entries.
We are grateful to Celtic Auto Parts Ltd of Penygroes and Porthmadog for their continued support.
We also thank Dyfed Pritchard Welding for their contribution of the 'Spirit of the Rally' award and some goodies for the marshals; Anglesey AggregatesLtd for sponsoring the award for 'Best Presented Car'; and to Juratek for the boxes of marshals' refreshments - see JURATEK.
The event is a qualifying round of the Welsh Association of Motor Clubs (WAMC) Road Rally Championship; the Association of North Western Car Clubs (ANWCC) Road Rally Championship and the North Wales Road Rally Challenge. The route will be approximately 110 miles around the lanes of Anglesey on O.S. Map 114.
The Supplementary Regulations will be published and online entries open at 18.00 hours on Friday, 2nd August.
FORMS & DOCUMENTS
You may require one or more of the following in order to compete on the event. Please read the Supplementary Regulations in order to establish what you need.
Jelf Driver Declaration form to apply for a Letter of Acceptance: 2019 Road Section Driver Declaration Form.
C&A Motor Club membership application form - Become A Member
Motorsport UK Competition Licence application form - 2019 Competition Licence Application Form.
If you have a competition licence that has expired, you may renew it online here: Licence renewal.
A competitor under 18 years old whose parent, guardian or carer is unable to attend at signing-on, will need a person authorised to sign on behalf of the parent, guardian or carer and produce this completed consent form - 2019 Parental Consent Authorisation.
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