Jake roars to Welsh trials title in valley
NEATH Motor Club welcomed back the Welsh Motorcycle Federation 2012 Welsh Trials Championship to the mountain-top moorlands of Glyn Gwilym Farm, high above Melyn Court and Pelenna Forest in the Neath Valley, last Sunday.
It also welcomed back the summer, albeit briefly, with the ten-section four-lap course bathed in sunshine all day.
The course was a tough one, with rocky streams, muddy climbs and tortuous descents.
The former St David's trial section above Melyn Court, along with power-sapping loose shale, all combined to test machines and stamina.
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Jake Evans-Luter, the young Welsh rider, took his Beta 250 to another resounding victory, and with it added the WMF 2012 Welsh Trials Championship to his tally.
The trial featured classes for WMF Championship riders, Masters, Clubman, Sportsman-Masters, Youth Masters and Youth Sportsmen Masters, continuing the Welsh Federation policy of encouraging riders to develop through competition, and including a number of option routes within sections on the course set out by NMC's Howell Rogers and his team.
As Evans-Luter was riding at No. 31 it took a while for the results to flag up his domination of the championship class, the Beta 250 rider admitting to a couple of slips that totalled a mere five marks on the opening lap of ten tests.
He was, though, leagues ahead of his nearest rival Alistair Bedford; the Merthyr rider was also on a Beta 250 and trailed Evans-Luter by 15 marks.
PORT Talbot Motor Club has seemingly lost its final chance for the Swansea Bay National Rally to attract new status.
It follows confirmation that both the January 2013 Amman & District MC Red Kite Stages and the Three Counties Car Club Neath Valley Stages, scheduled for August next year, have been included in the new Roger Albert Clark Championship that has just received approval from the MSA, the governing body.
That said, PTMC could elect to change the format of the event and keep the rally running successfully in other ways, although no official announcement has yet been made.
The Swansea Bay National Rally has been a mainstay of the sport for well over 30 years, enjoying a solid relationship with Swansea Council.
FURTHER success for Wales comes with news that Osian Pryce has won the 2012 International Rally Drivers Club driver improvement award, based on how competitors improved over the six-round British Rally Championship season that totalled 429 miles of gravel and 285 miles of asphalt rallying.
At just 19, Pryce has driven his Citroen DS3R3 with co-driver Iestyn Williams, both receiving cash rewards and honorary membership of the IRDC for 2013.
WALTERS Arena hosted the MSA British Cross Country Championship last weekend, the 24 all-wheel-drive specials tackling a demanding 13 runs through the vast forest complex above Glynneath.
The sixth round of the Britpart MSA Championship was won by Richard Kershaw driving his Milner R5 Special, his fourth win of the year.
But that was not enough to take the championship, as rival Ian Rochelle, driving his Millington Phoenix, finished a relatively easy second when Justin Birchall went out with steering failure. The result was enough to take the title.