The list of entries and a copy of the results are available below. Click on the arrows above for other photos; more can be seen in the Gallery - Photo Gallery.
Thanks to Lee Matthews, event Clerk of the Course, for this report.
Fifteen cars assembled at Rhuddlan Bach Farm in the middle of the Isle of Anglesey for an evening’s Car Trial. Most of the cars were dual-driven, many being shared by first time competitors, girlfriends, partners and even a 14-year-old daughter, making a total of 24 drivers.
It was a glorious sunny evening, and cars were split into groups, starting all five Tests simultaneously at 7pm. There were two timed tests on relatively level ground (more like all forwards Autotests), and three conventional untimed, but very steep in places, test hills.
Test 1 was timed as it was on the flat field which had a small embankment at the midpoint which doubled up as a yump for those “Dukes of Hazard” heroes. Sion Matthews / Winnie Chen where the first to “lift off” and on landing dug a very big divot with the front edge of the sump-guard, but the resultant air-bag deployment in the Nissan Micra caused a maximum time as he couldn’t steer it. Sion went on to set fastest times on the other timed tests to finish 7th overall, whilst Winnie finished 12th on her first event and collect the “First lady driver” award.
Paul Owen was next to attack the Test 1 yump, but his Peugeot 207 didn’t have a sum-guard and both he and Lesley Tutt had to retire when something in the clutch mechanism broke.
At the sharp end the dual-driven Mazda MX5s of Kevin Roberts, Aled Charles, Nigal Jones and Sion Rhisiart where cleaning or getting very near to the tops of the three regular car trial hills in the extremely dry conditions. Sion dropped out of contention when he went the wrong way on a timed test, but the other three would battle right up to the very last hill where Kevin won the event by just 5 marks from Aled, who was just one point ahead of Nigal.
Garry Preston finished best of the front wheel drive cars, putting in a fine performance in his 998cc Mini where his consistent drive netted 4th overall and a class award.
Of the local “Clubbies” Will Hughes put in an amazing effort to be awarded 1st Novice driving his road rally Fiesta Mk5 with his step-father Huw Gwyn Jones along for the ride. They swapped cars and seats after each test where Huw drove his own MG ZR to 8th
overall; Will was 6th.
Matthew Henry dropped a place when he collected maximums on the last two tests after the alternator failed on the Mini, one he was sharing with his girlfriend Jessica James. They finished 9th and 14th respectively.
Rounding out the top 10 was Elis Matthews in a Fiesta Mk6 1250cc, a car he shared with Iwan Evans and where just two marks separated the pair at the end.
Entertainer of the day was Phillip Roberts in the very sideways MX5, whilst inspirational driver of the day was 14-year-old Ela Campbell who had never even driven a car before. Her first go in the driver’s seat was on the “practice hill” just before the start, where her dad Mark gave her instructions.
Congratulations to Kevin Roberts of Bala & District Motor Club on the win, and to all the other award winners. Well done to every competitor and thanks for supporting the event - the first car trial we have run since the MAS Trial of May 2018. A big shout out to the marshals, venue owner and Sion for the butty van. Smiles all round. What else would you do on a Wednesday evening? Last test finished just after 9pm.
Sincere thanks to Lee for organising the event.
Photos by Dafydd Edwards.
Final Instructions now available below.
Information and Entries
This Clubman permit Car Trial will be held on the evening of Wednesday 21st June 2023 on land at Rhuddlan Bach, Brynteg, Isle of Anglesey LL78 7JJ. What three words: ///weekend.performs.crackles. Same entrance as the Quarry on the B5110.
Clerk of the Course Lee Matthews advises that the Trial fields are relatively smooth and are suitable for standard cars and offer great opportunity for Clubman competition. Tests will be laid out to be non-damaging with low bumpers in mind. The venue has good access even for trailers, and we hope to create some challenging tests for both rally cars and modern low-slung cars. With some thought and planning this event promises to be an enjoyable evening’s motorsport no matter the weather, or what car you drive.
Once a driver has completed scrutineering and signing-on, cars may attempt the designated “Practice Test” under marshal’s supervision.
Public road sections will not be used to link sections, as the whole event takes place on private property.
You will require membership of C&A Motor Club and you may renew your membership or make a new application here: Become A Member
Please note that you will also require a Motorsport UK competition licence of minimum RS Clubman grade, which is available free of charge.
Applications for a Motorsport UK RS Clubman Licence should be made here: Licence application.
If required, the parental consent form for under 18 year old is available here: Parental Consent Form
Supplementary Regulations are available below and entries will open soon.
Entries open at 18.00 hours on Sunday, 21st May and access to the entry form is here: Clubman Trial Entry Form