On 24th June the 2018 Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championships moved into the second half of the season with the Red Kite Stages. The series has generated a record number of entries and produced a tight battle for the overall title.
Rally Location Map
The return of these classic stages of the South Wales valleys is a welcome prospect for the Championship contenders.
Crews had 45 miles of action on some of the most challenging stages in Wales, used previous on the World Rally Championship, Wales Rally GB.
The two-wheel drive (2WD) contenders in this event, organised by the Amman & District Motor Club started at Resolven at 8.30am and the four wheel drive (4WD) event at 1.00pm.
Also many local motor clubs provided their support – marshalling etc.
It was the usual quiet Sunday morning when the tranquillity of the village was suddenly interrupted by the sounds and sights of rally cars.
Outside Marcia’s/Post Office – Thumbs Up from the driver
The Course covered the mountain north west of Resolven, namely Hirfynydd, the majestic mountain which overlooks the village, and the mountain south east of the Neath Valley Moel yr Hyrddod, and Mynydd Resolfen Mountain.
Dust rising along the rally route on Hirfynydd mountain, North West of Resolven, above Abergarwed
No.49 Tom Coughtrie & Simon Jones in Ford Escort RS 1800 MkII, at the Resolven Square – with Hirfynydd in the background
It was indeed an unexpected and exciting sight for the village, to see the cars at the Square come from both directions, at the same time, as they made their way, at intervals, from one stage to the next
No 45 BMW 325i E30 with Andrew Fox & Lee Jaime Fox + No 20 Ford Escort RS 1800 MKII of B Stevenson-Wheeler & J Pickavance
Max Utting driving past the Square with co-driver Robbie Durant in a Ford Fiesta ST
Spectators were welcomed and directed to selected areas
Passing Tabernacle Chapel
No. 33 Hillman Avenger – Barry Jordan & Paul Wakely
The Service and Maintenance Area for the event was the old TRW/Cam Gears car park and the facilities of the adjacent Resolven Community and Recreational Centre/Resolven RFC (Cam Gears Club) were available.
The MG ZR of James Weaver & Teresa Butler No 78 after the Event
For the spectators on the mountainsides with wonderfully clear visibility the Vale of Neath must have looked impressive with the village and surrounding areas looking the best that it could be.
Due to the dry weather, the road conditions for the competitors turned out to be quite different from some previous years in this area.
Further information is available on the event website, https://www.ewrc-results.com/results/45788-red-kite-stages-national-a-2018/ while you can find out more about the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship at wnrc.wamc.org.uk, on the Championship Facebook page and on Twitter @WnRC