Revamped rally aims to give value for money
PORT Talbot Motor Club will return the long-established Swansea Bay Rally to competitive running for 2013.
A new format, on May 4, is aimed at providing a top value-for-money stage rally, with the emphasis on the competitor, particularly clubmen and first-time stage entrants.
Competitive mileage in some forests is limited by Forestry Commission restrictions during the building of the wind farm in the Resolven/Rhondda complex, leaving only Rheola and Margam available.
And with aim of avoiding road mileage, the PTMC event will this year be based entirely at the Walters Arena forest complex above Glynneath and have a competitive route of 35 miles, and an entry fee of £335.
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The event gets under way at 11am, ensuring that the whole rally can be tackled in just one day. That achievement is due to the invaluable help of the Walters Group and Cliff Mainwaring, to whom PTMC are grateful.
With costs in mind, the format ensures that rally cars can be trailered in, and thus avoid the need for road tax. The event will also be suitable for first-time competitors on a forest stage rally.
Entries and regulations are now available at www.ptmconline.com
Welsh rally star Gwyndaf Evans says that 2013 will be the most important in the rally career of his son Elfyn.
The 24-year-old dominated last year's WRC Academy competition in his M-Sport Ford Fiesta, and looks now to put the power down in the World Rally Championship on the Rally of Portugal in May.
Elfyn is working full-time at the M-Sport WRC Team, driving a Fiesta RRC in Portugal but upgrading to the latest specification Ford Fiesta R5 World Rally Cars later this year.
It is a golden opportunity for the young Welsh driver, thanks to the support of former works driver, and now M-Sport boss, Malcolm Wilson
Meanwhile, this weekend provides a fantastic opportunity to see a huge display of classic and vintage motorcycles from every era and manufacturer with the South Wales Sunbeam Motorcycle Club organising its 21st local show at Llanishen High School in Cardiff (CF14 5YL).
The event takes place from 10am to 5pm today and tomorrow.
The local club also hosts a huge 'autojumble' at the show, adding to the spectacle. Admission is £5 per adult, accompanied under-14s free. More details from www.southwalessunbeammmc.co.uk