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WRGB Gareth Roberts Fund13– Croeso Trophy in memory of Carmarthenshire co-driver
– Trophy for best-placed all-Welsh crew
– Proudly helping to raise awareness for The Gareth Roberts Fund

This year’s Wales Rally GB (14-17 November) is proud to be supporting The Gareth Roberts Fund as the charity continues to grow and assist drivers and co-drivers who have been hurt in rally accidents.

The ‘Croeso Trophy in memory of Gareth Roberts’ once again will be awarded to the highest placed all-Welsh crew competing on the UK’s round of the 2013 FIA World Rally Championship. The special award is a fitting tribute to the Carmarthenshire co-driver who so tragically lost his life in an accident while competing in Sicily in June 2012.

At 24 years of age, Gareth – or ‘Jaffa’ as he was known to his many friends – was one of British rallying’s most talented up-and-coming young co-drivers.

An electrician by trade from the west Wales village of Nebo, between Bronwydd Arms and Llanpumsaint, Gareth enjoyed great success in the Fiesta Sport Trophy (with Elfyn Evans) and in the WRC Academy (with Craig Breen).

The dedicated co-driver was about to embark on the next step of his international rally career with Breen when a freak accident on the Targa Florio Rally took the life of the very popular Welshman.

Gareth actually won the Croeso Trophy on the 2008 Wales Rally GB, co-driving for former British Rally Champion Gwyndaf Evans (Dinas Mawddwy).

Soon after Jaffa’s untimely death, Wales Rally GB re-named the award the ‘Croeso Trophy in memory of Gareth Roberts’ in recognition of the respect that Gareth held within the motor sport community.

“We were all deeply saddened by Gareth’s death and thus we are wholeheartedly behind any initiative that honours his achievements and unfulfilled potential,” said Andrew Coe, Chief Executive of International Motor Sports, organiser of Wales Rally GB. “That he was such a passionate supporter of his home round of the World Rally Championship and, moreover, was a previous winner of the Croeso Trophy, makes this renamed annual award all the more poignant.”

Gareth’s brother Dai, together with fellow co-driver Phil Pugh (Tywyn, Gwynedd) established The Gareth Roberts Fund with the aim of raising donations to help drivers and co-drivers who have been forced to miss work because of rally-related injuries.

Andrew Edwards, Kevin Power and John MacCrone already have all been helped by the generous donations made by rally fans.

“Our aim is to keep the memory of Gareth alive, and we can do this through the Gareth Roberts Fund and help others in a way of which he would have approved,” explained Dai. “Phil [Pugh] and I will be working hard with the help of many others to continue the good work that has been done so far in his memory,” said Dai Roberts.

A new website (www.garethrobertsfund.com) is being developed, while donations are welcome via these bank account details:

Branch sort code: 40-16-23
Account number: 21626590

Sara Williams (Brecon) and her co-driver Patrick Walsh (Aberystwyth) won the Croeso Trophy in memory of Gareth Roberts on Wales Rally GB last year, after a great run in their Subaru Impreza.

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