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The BRC and BTRDA kicked off their 2020 seasons at the Cambrian and it was local ace Matt Edwards, co-driven by Darren Garrod, who took his Fiesta R5 MkII to another win. It didn’t start out plain sailing though as Edwards was 4th, just over 3 seconds off early leaders Tom Cave & Dale Furniss (i20 R5). Edwards then went fastest on the 2nd stage to climb to 2nd place and this was followed up with another fastest time in Penmachno which would change the face of the rally. Cave dropped three and a half minutes, one of a number of crews to hit issues in the challenging stage. Edwards then continued setting fastest times on all but the final stage to take victory by just under 40s.

Osian Pryce & Noel O’Sullivan (i20 R5) made a fine return to R5 ranks taking 2nd place after bedding in to a new car and partnership. Rhys Yates & James Morgan (Fiesta R5 MkII) completed the podium places, half a minute back. The top 5 were rounded out by a pair of Iriz R5’s with Ollie Mellors & Ian Windress in 4th whilst James Williams & Dai Roberts took 5th place. In the Junior BRC it was William Creighton & Liam Regan (Fiesta R2T) who toom the top spot, in 9th place on the National rally. They finished just over 20s ahead of Finlay Retson & Rhys Stoneman (Fiesta R2T).

In the BTRDA section of the rally, Stephen Petch & Michael Wilkinson (Fiesta WRC) took victory by over a minute but it had not been without incident. Petch was fastest through the 1st stage with George Lepley & Tom Woodburn (Evo X) 0.1s behind and Dylan Davies & Llion Williams (Fabia R5) just another 0.2s back. Petch went fastest again on stage 2 and extended his lead as Lepley dropped over 20s, slipping to 5th place. Petch then dropped time in Penmachno, 40s or so but Davies dropped the best part of 10 minutes, so it Ian Joel & Graeme Wood (Escort Cosworth) who now led from Russ Thompson & Andy Murphy (Evo IX)

The Great Orme saw the next dramas as Petch regained the lead, Joel dropped over a minute and Lepley went fastest after dropping several minutes through Penmachno. With the rally returning to Crafnant the fastest trio on stage 1 set the top 3 times again but it was only Petch who figured in the overall top 5 now. Thompson was still in 2nd overall with Conor McCourt & Caolan McKenna (Fiesta R5) up to 3rd overall. Stage 6 saw no changes and it would all come own to Elsi.

Lepley was fastest, eventually climbing back up to 6th overall. 2nd fastest was enough to see Petch take the win but it Ian Bainbridge & Dale Bowen (Fabia R5) who jumped up from 4th to 2nd, less than a second ahead of McCourt. Thompson plunged down to 7th overall, losing almost two minutes on the final stage. A chaotic rally saw Martyn & Dawn England (Fiesta R5) take 4th place with Pat Naylor & Ian Lawrence (Evo IX) 5th and 1st group N crew home. Tom Llewellin & Peredur Davies (Escort MkII) were the 1st 2WD crew home in 9th place with the 1400 class victors being Chris Powell & Jim Lewis (Sunbeam).

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