Two-time British Rally Champion and multiple event winner David Llewellin will return to the driver’s seat for an appearance at this year’s North Wales Rally Services – Rally North Wales at the wheel of a Suzuki Swift. Experienced co-driver Carl Williamson will sit alongside the Welshman.
The 1989 and 1991 rally winner will contest the event as a guest driver in the Swift Shining Stars series which is organised by Peter Gwynne Motorsport. Rally North Wales is the opening round of the championship and co-ordinator Peter Gwynne has secured a deal for Llewellin to use one of their cars for the event.
The Dolgeallu based event offers 45 competitive miles in the surrounding forests but back in the early 90`s when Llewellin contested the event, it was known as the Bulldog Rally and formed part of the British Rally Championship.
Some 16 years later, the event forms part of the Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship and the popular Pirelli MSA Welsh Rally Championship. The West Wales Rally Spares HRCR Stage Masters Challenge will also join the event, along with the Jelf Insurance Welsh Clubmans Rally Championship and Brian Dennis Motorsport Welsh Historic Rally Championship.
Having the former champion at Rally North Wales is a delightful prospect for Gwynne.
“A legend like David can’t ever hang up his boots and we are honoured that Dai has agreed to drive one of our Swifts in the Shining Stars Rally Series” he says.
“It seemed only right it was Rally North Wales where he has won the event twice, we don’t want to give him any excuses! We have asked him to drive for his feedback on the car, how it feels and handles and perhaps any modifications we need to make going forward. It’s the same formula we used in Rallycross when Andrew Jordan drove for us. Most important though is we want him to have some fun and I know the other drivers as certainly looking forward to having him join them in the Swift camp”.
The 1st April event is organised by Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire Car Club and Chairman Guy Weaver is looking forward to welcoming the Welsh rallying legend back to the sport. “It’s a real privilege to have David competing on the event and we are greatful for Peter’s (Gwynne) effort to make it happen at Rally North Wales” he says.
“David is a true hero of many rally folk and we probably all have fond memories of him blasting through these very forests some years ago in either the Group B Quattro or Toyota Celica he was most well known for. Fans on the stages will be in for a real treat and it will be great to monitor his progress throughout the rally”.
Starting from Gwyndaf Evans Motors in Dolgeallau at 9am on Saturday 1st April, crews will head out for three stages in the nearby forests before returning to the Livestock Market in the town for the mid event service halt. A further three stages await crews before the prize giving ceremony back at the dealership at around 3.30pm that afternoon.
More information for spectators and competitors is available at the event website http://www.rallynorthwales.co.uk