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2010 News

There can be few people with more experience in rally driving and car preparation, especially Subarus, than Geoff Jones so we are delighted to be bringing Geoff Jones Motorsport on board to support and help maintain the car. We are confident that Geoff's undoubted expertise will bring a very positive contribution to our long-term effort.

I am really happy to welcome Millers Oils on board as a new partner along with continued support from Speedline Wheels and Pirelli who will be supplying tyres for the ANCRO events.

2010 Overview

After an enjoyable and successful season in 2009, being my first on both gravel and in the Subaru Impreza 4WD, I have decided to stay on the loose stuff but will migrate to the ANCRO forest championship. There are six rounds, three of which will be new to me. A few other events which I enjoyed last year will most likely be added to the programme. I have also registered for the Welsh Championship.

I will be using the same Subaru competing in class B13 although it will undergo a new look to its
livery ..... more PINK!! Later in the year, I switched to a Geoff Jones Motorsport prepared Subaru N12b and running in class N4.

I hope to see you all out in the forests, cheering me on!! Keep checking back here for the latest news and some super photos on the Gallery page.

Rally Reports

Wales Rally GB National - 13th/14th November

Brecon based Sara Williams proved once and for all that she is more than capable of taking the fight to her male counterparts in the high speed world of rallying when the 21 year old finished fourth overall in the Rally GB National rally last weekend. Sara was co-driven by Patrick Walsh in a Brecon Car Rentals, Brecon Motors and Millers Oil supported Subaru Impreza N12b.

Sara began the six stage national rally with a slow speed spin on the opening test through Radnor Forest where she dropped 25 seconds to her rivals. She then redeemed herself with a string of top four stage times over the duration of the opening day and then set about consolidating her position on the final day of action. Second fastest through the world famous Margam Stage was the highlight of a very successful weekend.

"This weekend was one of the best weekends of rallying all year. Everything went so well, apart from the spin on the first stage, and I had so much fun over Epynt. At the end of the first day we were amazed to be fourth overall and Patrick and I agreed to just hold position on the final day and not risk doing anything silly. Before the event I would have been happy with a top ten finish but to end the weekend fourth overall is a dream come true. Now I am really looking forward to 2011!

I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout the year. Your support has been a great inspiration to me!"

Sara recently won the John Easson award for up and coming rally drivers and will contest the full BTRDA and Welsh National Championship next year. The 21 year old is also contemplating tackling a selection of British Rally Championship events if the additional budget can be found.

(Rally report courtesy of Geoff Mayes Media)

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                                            GMF Rally Time Trial - Sunday 31st October GMF Rally Time Trial

We decided to travel to a damp, foggy and very slippery Sweet Lamb for the GMF Rally Time Trial despite the very early 0630 start to the day (it was still dark!) for scrutineering.
It would make a good test for my forthcoming drive on the Wales Rally GB National event and more "seat" time is always a good thing. Bill Godfrey, of the Klarius Group which
owns the GMF event sponsor, co-drove for me. But there were no notes allowed - all 
we had was a map and a convoy pre-run - so it was pretty much drive on sight. The fog
didn't help on the first runs in the morning but we got gradually faster as the fog cleared
in the afternoon when the stage direction was reversed. A few minor tweaks to the car,
with Geoff Jones hovering with his magic tweaks, also helped me to finish 3rd overall
and 1st in class - a very pleasing result. The new car is now more than proving its worth
and I'm now really looking forward to my biggest ever event - Rally GB!

You can see a YouTube video of the event here... - thanks to Geoff Mayes Media!

Cambrian Rally - 16th October 2010

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The Cambrian was the final event of all the Championships for this year and I was looking for a good run to get used
to the new car. This was the second event in the car and we were hoping for a clean run without any mechanical problems.To participate at all was a very last minute decision and so I was pleased that Andrew Sankey was available
to co-drive.

From the Llandudno seafront start, there was a run out to Clocaenog Forest for the first stage - a long one at 11 miles
so it was important to make a good, clean start. With no dramas, we felt we had performed well and were on our way to
a good result. But SS2 was to cost us a little time - it was very slippery and two minor spins cost us about 20 seconds. So we had to play catch-up for the rest of the day.Those four stages were clean and tidy and we were pleased to finish 8th overall and 4th in class! The car handled very well and I'm becoming used to its very different characteristics compared to the older car. More seat time is needed and so I shall be participating in the Sweet Lamb rallysprint on October 31st. I, like many others, am also waitng anxiously to find out whether I have an entry on the Wales Rally GB National event. Watch this space!!

Woodpecker Stages Rally - 4th September 2010

After all our problems this year with the N10, we have finally moved up to an ex-Neville Jones Subaru N12b, a fantastic car with proven pedigree! Prepared from new by Geoff Jones Motorsport, we now look forward to uping our game and begin to look forward to 2011. In the meantime, the N12 is a very different car so plenty of seat time is called for to get the set-up sorted to suit my style of driving. A winning style, hopefully!! The new car's livery remains the same - loads of PINK!!

With the ANCRO Championship being poorly supported, we entered the main BTRDA field as the rally also counted for the Welsh Championship. Patrick Walsh was back in the co-driver's seat for this event.

I only managed very little testing time in the new car and there was a lot to get used to it. Launch control, for one, was AWESOME off the start line! On the day of the rally, all was going well as I began to get more experience of it's characteristics, requiring a different driving style.

And then....on the 5th stage, Ednol Hill, we were going very quickly, possibly a little too quickly on the approach to a chicane. I clipped a log in the chicane which pitched the car across the road and into a hedgerow. We got out of the hedge, no problem, but the car's steering was deranged and we had to drive carefully out of the stage, dropping around 25 seconds altogether. Luckily, service was next and the GJM boys did a great job changing the bent TCA in the short time available.

The final two stages went very well and we finished the event 19th overall and 3rd Welsh Championship contender. I was very pleased with this result, especially being first time out in the new car. Bring on the next event - I'm ready for it!!

Neath Valley Stages - 14th August 2010

neath 2010Just when you think your fortunes are back on track, fate comes along again and kicks you in the teeth. I was looking forward to another giant-killing act on this rally but after being 2nd fastest on
the opening stage, the turbo failed again and we were forced to
retire after SS 2. Absolutely gutting - we have been right on the
pace lately which is very gratifying but mechanical gremlins are something you just cannot come to terms with so often.

Hopefully, things will take a turn for the better on the next rally,
the Woodpecker Stages Rally on 4th September, when we will
debut a new car with a proven success pedigree from the
Geoff Jones Motorsport stable.

Coracle Stages - 25th July 2010
(Press Release from Geoff Mayes Media)

21 year old Brecon based rally driver Sara Williams showed the boys how it was done when she powered her Brecon Motors backed Subaru Impreza to an outstanding second overall on the recent Bill Gwynne Rallyschool Coracle Stages which was held at the Sweet Lamb Motorsport Complex.

Sara, a former championon tarmac, has often showed promise since making the change to gravel but finally everything clicked this weekend and with the Brecon Car Rental supported Subaru running perfectly, courtesy of a visit to Geoff Jones Motorsport, Sara and co-driver Dai Roberts ran inside the top three all day long and at the endof the seven stage event the pair were overjoyed to not only win their class but to finish a career best of second overall!

"I don’t particularly like Sweet Lamb as it’s not as flowing as a typical forest rally but today’s result is my best ever and I really enjoyed myself in the car! I must say a massive thank you to Geoff Jones for solving the mechanical issues we’ve had recently, and to Dai, awesome as always on the notes! I am also really pleased to repay the faith that my family and supporters have shown in me!"

Click here to view a short YouTube video....

Sara is planning to contest Wales Rally GB, the final round of the World Rally Championship, in
November and will spend the next few weeks looking for funding for this big event.

Mid Wales Stages - 20th June 2010

Although this event was not originally on our calendar, we decided to enter the Mid Wales as an extended test after the difficulties of recent rallies. Patrick Walsh was co-driving again. The car was amazingly good on the
first two stages and I felt very comfortable with the car's handling and response. In fact, we were lying 2nd overall to Matt Edwards, dropping only 25 seconds on the first test and 16 seconds on the next one!

So it was a huge disappointment when the turbo went on SS3 and our rally was over. Whilst the turbo issue is deeply troubling, I feel confident that we will get to the bottom of the issue with the help of Geoff Jones and we can prove our pace again when we head to south Wales for the next event, the Swansea Bay Rally in July.

Severn Valley Stages - 5th June 2010
Mini Epynt - 6th June 2010
Two days, two rallies, two seats!

On Saturday, I entered the Severn Valley Stages with Dai Roberts co-driving. This was the next round of the ANCRO and Hankook Welsh National Rally Championships. There had been a few dry days so there was a lot
of dust hanging. The first two stages went well although the back end of the car felt a bit "loose" although this
did not prevent us being in 8th place overall in the National section! At the emergency service at the end of SS2 the guys made some changes to the suspension settings and we headed off into Halfway, SS3.

We came into a 90 right and the back of the car stepped out, slid wide and got beached on the edge of a bank. Despite the best efforts of some spectators - thanks guys! - we could not budge the car and eventually had to be towed out. Thankfully there was no damage to the car so we carried on to Radnor, the next stage to get a bit more seat time and experience. Sadly, the turbo stopped working halfway through and, although we made it to the end of the satge, our rally was finished.

Sunday was an altogether different day! I swapped seats and went back to my co-driving roots on the Mini Epynt tarmac rally with Wayne Palmer in his Peugeot 106. I really enjoyed this experience, especially as it was my first time reading descriptive notes. 11th overall and 2nd in class was an excellent result over the fearsome Epynt ranges roads - a great day's fun. Thanks, Wayne!

Plains Rally - 15th May 2010
At last, we have got the parts for the gearbox and the car is back on the road and we are raring to go!
Patrick Walsh is co-driving for me again. After the disappointments on the first two events, we were really
looking forward to a good result. And we certainly got that!

The Subaru went very well with no problems all day apart from a down on boost turbo after Stage 4 which resulted in a small loss of power. The stages were great although the second run through Gartheiniog had
cut up considerably and was quite rough.

Looking back, we had an excellent rally and I am so happy to have my season back on track. 16th Overall
and 3rd in Class in the face of such strong opposition is a very pleasing result. And some Welsh
Championship points are always welcome...!

Rallye Sunseeker - 27th February
With a big rush to get the car ready in time, we had a new rear diff fitted.As we drove the car off the trailer in Bournemouth, the car still wasn't driving properly and so we changed the rear diff - again! That helped but the centre diff was seized and this meant we could not use the hand brake. This made the corners and hairpins tough and lost us a lot of time. Considering the difficulties, we were pleased to find ourselves in 17th place overall. But 5 miles from the end of the last stage, the centre diff packed in altogether. We had to retire - meaning no points for the ANCRO Championship. Let's hope for better luck for the remainder of the season!

Wyedean Rally - 13th February
My first rally of the year and we were treating this as a warm-up before Rallye Sunseeker. Two stages in and
the car was handling really well and we were in 15th place overal.l Then, halfway through the third stage the
rear diff broke - causing us to retire for the day.

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