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2013 Results

Event

Overall Result

Class Result

Mid Wales - 3rd March

5th

Willie Loughman - Ireland - 14th April

9th

4th

London Rally - 20th April (Tarmac)

22nd

1st

Swansea Bay Rally - 4th May

1st

1st

Severn Valley - 15th June DNF
 
Coracle Rally - 21st July 3rd
1st
 
Jim Walsh Cork Forestry Rally - 18th August DNF  
Red Kite Stages - 8th September 1st  

 


Red Kites Stages - 8th September

 

Rising Brecon rally star Sara Williams clinched her second outright win of the season at the weekend with victory on the Red Kite Stages.
The event, organised by Ammanford and District Motor Club, is a special one for Sara because it was the first ever gravel rally that she competed on, in 2009. Then she was seeded last on the road and she and co-driver Patrick Walsh from Aberystwyth finished in 21st place.
Just four years later Sara was seeded at the head of the field in her Subaru Impreza STi. The Llandovery based event saw some of the forest stages completely dry while others ran in torrential rain. Sara, with Dai Roberts from Carmarthen alongside her on this occasion, mastered the difficult conditions on the six stages surrounding the Epynt military ranges to finish 23 seconds ahead of their nearest rivals after setting the fastest time on three of the six stages.
Second place went to the Surrey based duo of Max and Wug Utting in their Impeza while Gloucester’s Jason Morgan and Adie Williams finished third in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI.
After the event a delighted Sara commented, “It was great to win the Swansea Bay Rally earlier in the season but to come back to where my gravel rallying career began and take another win feels really special.”
She believes that experience she picked up earlier in the year has helped her in her rallying, explaining, “I’ve been doing some rallying in Ireland and the events out there, particularly the high speed sections that are common on their events, have really helped me develop my driving style and was I able to make use of that on this event.”
Sara was also quick to share the credit for the victory, however, saying, “Having Dai, with all his experience, co-driving for me was invaluable and I couldn’t do any of it without my sponsors, Millers Oils, Pro-R, Ian Jones Tyres and Geoff Jones Motorsport, Dunlop Tyres, Brecon Motors and Brecon Car Rentals.”
Sara will now continue her build up to the biggest event of her season, Wales Rally GB in November. The Llandudno based event will see her tackling the same stages as the world’s top rally drivers.

 




Jim Walsh Cork Forestry Rally - 18th August

 

Sara Williams was in Ireland last weekend to compete in the Cork Forest Rally at the invitation of the event organisers but after an impressive drive she and co-driver Dai Roberts were denied a strong result on the rally by late mechanical problems.
The event was based in the small town of Buttevant, north of Cork, and her invitation came after she competed on another Irish rally earlier in the season, as Sara explains, “The clerk of the course, Sean Daley, saw me on the Willie Loughman Carrick Rally and he knew that I had won the Swansea Bay Rally. I love competing on new events and I love the Irish rallies so when the invitation came I had no hesitation in accepting it.
The event is a round of the Valvoline Irish Forest Rally Championship and had attracted a strong entry. Despite lacking the local knowledge of many of her rivals, Sara was quickly on the pace as competitors set about tackling eight stages in the Ballyhoura Mountains forest complex. As the cars returned to the service area after the first two stages she was lying ninth overall and second in class in her Subaru Impreza STi.
The next two stages saw Sara plagued with overheating brakes, the probably amplified by the fact that they included a number of challenging downhill sections. The issue was quickly sorted at the next service halt only for something as simple as a loose bolt in the power steering system to trigger a sequence of events that resulted in Sara being robbed of the impressive result that was on the cards.
All that was left for the team was a three hour dash back to Rosslare and the ferry home, despite which Sara was not downhearted. “It was good experience for me to tackle the event and I was pleased with the pace that we were able to set before we had our problems”, she said on her return home, adding, “It was lovely to receive the invitation to compete on the event and I am grateful, as ever, to Millers Oils, Pro-R and Ian Jones Tyres and Geoff Jones Motorsport, Dunlop Tyres, Brecon Motors and Brecon Car Rental's for all their support.”
Sara’s next event will see her in action much closer to home as she competes on the Red Kite Stages, based in Llandovery on Sunday 8th September.



 



Coracle - 21st July

 

Brecon rally driver Sara Williams rounded off a hectic two weeks of motorsport activity with a superb podium placing last Sunday (21st July) on a closely fought Bill Gwynne Rallyschool Coracle Stages Rally.
The event, held at the Sweet Lamb Rally complex near Llangurig, was jointly organised by Epynt and Carmarthen Motor Clubs and competitors were faced with seven challenging stages in hot and dusty conditions.
Sara, and co-driver Dai Roberts from Carmarthen, got off to a strong start but dropped a few seconds with a quick spin on the second stage of the day. Nevertheless, they remained in strong contention, battling in their Subaru Impreza with two Mitsubishi Evo 9s, in the hands of the Ilminster pairing Martyn and Dawn England and Bettws Cedewain based driver Dan Humphreys with co-driver Will Rogers from Cinderford.
After more than 40 miles of thrilling action, just six seconds separated the three cars with England and Humphreys tied on times, England taking the win on count-back, while Sara clinched third place and a class win to add to her recent outright win on the Swansea Bay Rally.
“I am delighted with the result” said Sara afterwards, adding “Although I can’t help thinking about what might have been without our early spin, the weather meant that those were some of the toughest conditions I have ever rallied in, so to be in contention right to the finish and take a top three placing is really pleasing.”
The success came after the previous two weekends had seen Sara at two of the UK’s most prestigious motorsport shows.  Japfest, at Rockingham in Northamptonshire, is Europe’s biggest Japanese car show and Sara was at the event with sponsor Pro R, a leading supplier of performance parts for road and competition Imprezas. A number of Pro R customers were fortunate enough to take a white knuckle ride alongside Sara in her Impreza.
From there it was on to the famous Goodwood Festival of Speed, described as the world’s largest motoring garden party, where Sara’s car was proudly sporting the products of another sponsor, Lazer High Performance Lighting. “I really enjoy going to events like these”, commented Sara, “they give me a chance to talk to other rallying fans about the sport that we love. The weather was terrific at both and the crowds were massive.”
Sara has a short break now before her next event when she heads across the Irish Sea to compete on the Cork Forestry Rally on August 18th.


 





Severn Valley Rally 15th June 2013
 

The rally started in Builth on Saturday 15th June. Part of the Welsh National Forestry championship. We had a great 1st stage setting 3rd fastest time, but the second stage we slid wide into a ditch. Unfortunatly could not get back on the road. Luckly there was only damage to the rear door so could carry on the stages in the afternoon for practise.
Next event is the Nicky Grist Stages on 13th July 

 



Swansea Bay Rally - 4th May 2013


Brecon rally driver Sara Williams, 24, took outright victory on Saturday’s (4th May) Swansea Bay Rally exactly 30 years after the same event produced the first ever female winner on a National rally.
In 1983, Louise Aitken-Walker from Cumbria won the event, organised by Port Talbot Motor Club, in a Ford Escort and on the weekend Sara used her Subaru Impreza N12b to emulate the success of a driver who she says has been an inspiration in her own rallying career. In a curious twist of fate, last year saw Sara presented with the Louise Aitken-Walker Award by the British Women Racing Drivers Club for her achievements in the sport.
At the time, Sara commented, “Louise is a real heroine of mine. She’s an inspiration to my rally driving and proof of what can be achieved by a woman at the top level of the sport.”
With both her regular co-drivers, Dai Roberts and Patrick Walsh, competing on another rally, Sara teamed up with the hugely experienced Aled Davies from Swansea for what would prove to be his fourth outright win on the event.
In was Sara’s third rally in as many weeks after she travelled to Ireland where she and co-driver Dai Roberts came 9th overall in her first Irish event, before tackling the inaugural London Rally for Heroes which raised funds for the Help 4 Heroes charity, where co-driven by her father, Jonathan, she won her class driving a Honda Civic.
Before the start of Saturday’s event, Sara and Aled were anticipating strong opposition from top seeds Wug Utting and Bob Stokes, also in a Subaru Impreza, but the Welsh pair were three seconds quicker in the first of the rally’s five stages situated in the Walters Arena complex above the Neath Valley.
The challenging roads in Walters Arena have been a key feature of Wales Rally of Great Britain in recent year and with conditions in the morning particularly slippery, the Surrey driver went off the road on the second stage of the event, losing over five minutes before he was able to re-join, with Sara once again quickest. Stage three saw Sara and Aled slowed when the intercom that they use to communicate over the noise of the car failed.
With the problem fixed during a service halt, they set the fastest time on both the remaining stages to make it four stage wins from five and complete a dominant victory. Second place went to the Mitsubishi of Gloucester based Jason Morgan and Adrian Williams with the Ford Escort of Richard Lane and Frank Richer third.
After receiving the winner’s laurels Sara commented, “After rallying for six years this is my first outright win. It’s certainly been worth the wait. There are so many people who have made this possible for me, including my family and friends. I also have to say thank for the support I have received from Millers Oils, Pro-R and Ian Jones Tyres and Geoff Jones Motorsport. Dunlop Tyres, Brecon Motors & Brecon Car Rental's.

Swansea Bay Rally


 


 

London Rally For Heroes - 20th April

New Rally held for Help the Hero’s started at Brooklands on 20th April.
A very busy week for Sara, having competed the previous weekend in Ireland Sara gets in gear for a complete new challenge as she changes cars and drives a Honda Civic Type R for this event, with 22 stages to compete around the south of London. With father Jonathan back in the Codrivers seat after four years the father daughter crew were back out on the stages! With a very different driving tequnique from the previous weekend to adapt too changing cars and surface Sara was both excited and apprehensive of what the day would bring. The morning stage were very slippy due to over night frost two spins on the opening first two stages cost the crew valuable time a big push was needed for the rest of the day to get a good result.
Sara: ‘ We had a great day, really enjoyed and a good experience both to be back on tarmac and to be in the Honda with Dad codriving, he did well considering he hasn’t co driven for four years! And we raised money for such a great cause’
The team were pleased with the result – 22nd Overall and 1st in class and hope to plan another tarmac event for 2013.

 



Willie Loughman Rally 14th April
 

Sara Williams the UK leading female rally driver headed to Ireland over the weekend 14th April, to take part in the longest one day rally in the British Isles, Sara commented that is was going to be a real learning curve to adapt to the tough forests roads in Ireland.
This being only the second event for Sara and codriver Dai Roberts for 2013 after finishing 5th overall on the Mid Wales rally in March they were confident with the car and ready for their first overseas event.
Driving her Group N Subaru Impreza Sti N12, the crew started at car 17 out of a full capacity entry of 78 crew taking part, with 9 tough stages and 100 km stage miles around the city of Waterford, Sara made a steady start, but soon adapted and by half way was really showing some pace and had her eyes focused on a top ten result. With the afternoons stages Sara and Dai moved up the leader board and after the last stage the Welsh Crew arrived at the finish to be 9th Overall.
Sara: ‘We went wide after one chicane on the first stage and got dragged into a ditch which cost us a bit of time but luckily no damage. The forestry’s are very different in Ireland to Wales, they are much narrower and quite rough but we got used to them and really enjoyed the event, looking forward to competing in another Irish event soon’
Sara was really happy with her first visit to Ireland, and a big thanks to all that supported the team on their first overseas event:
Millers Oils, Ian Jones Tyres, Brecon Motors, Stenna Ferry, Pro R, Geoff Jones Motorsport.
 

 


 

Mid Wales Rally 3rd March


First event of the year, it was a great event, with not many road miles and using a 16mile stage through Sweet Lamb and Hafren. And the weather was dry! It didnt start off the best though, with a puncture on the 1st stage causing us to loose time. The afternoon stages went well setting 2nd quickest times on the last two stages and finishing the rally 5th overall with some good points for the Welsh Championship.
Looking forward to the next event now - Willie Loughman Forest Rally 14th April.

 

 

 

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