Bob Fowden and Paul Wakely took a dominant victory on the Peter Lloyd Stages Rally held at the Pembrey Motorsports Centre in West Wales on Sunday October 23rd. Their Comline Auto Parts – Kumho Tyre – NGK backed Subaru Impreza WRC machine was fastest over all five special stages at a sunny, but windy, venue on the Welsh coastline. The rally win only went and secured the 2016 Welsh Championship!
The result brought another maximum points score in the JD Tyres Welsh National Tarmacadam Rally Championship , adding to the wins on six previous rounds, namely the Rali Cwm Gwendraeth, the Tour of Epynt, Harlech Stages, Dale Stages, the Harry Flatters Epynt Stages, and the Mewla Stages – again over the notorious Epynt Ranges on Military land near Brecon.
With seven maximum scores Fowden and Wakely can now not be beaten in the premier Welsh series, and will collect the series trophies at the WAMC Presentation Dinner at the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells on January 21st 2017.
The win gives Bob Fowden a remarkable tally of four titles, having taken the top spot in 2011, 2013, and 2015, now on top once again and setting an unequalled record in the process. Co-driver Paul Wakely takes his first victory in the series, in his first year competing with the Fowden Motorsport Team in this championship.