Rali Ceredigion 2023 Preview
Four intrepid crews have signed up for what will be the biggest hurdle in the West Wales Rally Spares HRCR Stage Masters Challenge so far as two days of closed road asphalt stages in mid Wales await them on the JDS Machinery Rali Ceredigion. The stages, some of which are new, will be a massive challenge as the event is eyeing a place in the European Rally Championship. All stages are in daylight and there are two stages that run on the seafront in Aberystwyth on Saturday, so if you are minded to it is a great opportunity to view the rally at close quarters.
Of our contenders Hywel Davies is seeded first at number 48 but this time without his usual registered co-driver. Hywel will be swapping back to his class D5 Escort for this event and will no doubt feel at home as he has competed in the area many times on road rallies in the past. Challenge leaders Baz Wheeler and John Pickavance are seeded at 50 on their D5 Escort RS1800 and will be confident after a fantastic result on the Manx Rally. Joining them in D5 will be Geoff Roberts who also has a non-registered co-driver, Ian Jones usually sits with Geoff and Hywel but family commitments preclude his participation. Graham Muter and Steve Hallmark will push for further points in the D3 class and will be fresh from seat time on the Mewla Rally which should put them in good stead.
With points on offer on both days there will be opportunity to get back into the event should anything happen on the first day and there is too the lure of the Exol Oil award for any outstanding performances or just pure dedication and tenacity over the weekend. Spectator information can be found at Spectators Information (rbcrally.co.uk)