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Preview – Pentraeth Glyn Memorial Stages, Ty Croes, Ynys Mon

Mini Cup Paddock at Trac Mon

The End is Nigh! As the ultimate round of the 2023 Mini Cup Stage Rally Championship heads for its last round.

The weekend of November 25th & 26th brings the two-day rally at Trac Mon where Anglesey and Caernarfon Car Club put on this very well organised and popular event.

Where would the sport be if not for former and current military establishments? Ty Croes was originally the home to a Royal Artillery training facility before becoming an RAF radar establishment and at some point in its history a TA Training base.

After several incarnations not least of which to house Asian refugees fleeing from Idi Armins Uganda it hosted its first motorsport event in 1992 where the Wirral 100 Club started the ball rolling with motorcycle racing.

The venue is now the home of a first-class race circuit, paddock area and associated outer roadways that are used to great effect for rallying.

Our event starts early afternoon on the Saturday and after the scrutineering pre-amble several stages are competed for, the last couple after the hours of darkness bringing a certain magic to the proceedings.

Sunday brings the remainder of the competition and a relatively early finish giving teams the opportunity to head home off the island at a reasonable hour.

After a wet and soggy Vale of York stages Clive King cemented his hold on the drivers’ championship with son Craig recording a rare DNF due to mechanical maladies.

However, the co-driver’s championship is still very much up for grabs with series leader Kari Bates not recording any points at York. Whilst Kari is closely followed by both Anton Bird and Russell Joseph it’s only Anton who is mathematically in a position to take over from Kari due to the “best to count” system.

Whether in contention for points or not the Pentraeth Glyn Memorial Stages is the HRCR Mini Cup Championships traditional end of term bash and always a good weekend of competition and social well-being.

Shane Gamble Making the Most of “The Dry Line” at York


Chris. Phillips – Championship Secretary