HARLECH STAGES PREVIEW


The second round of the Formula 1000 Rally championship heads to the wide open, fast Harlech stages in the Snowdonia area of Wales on Sunday 30th April.  This will be the first time that club have taken part in this event with a huge grid of 16 Juniors are set to take on the 8 stages over 46 miles.

 

Championship leader, Ewan Tindall is once again top seed going into the event after winning the opening round at Anglesey.  Ewan has also had success in the Scottish championship since round 1, taking a win and 2nd place in both rallies he entered.

 

 

Tom Rawlings and James Hall will be looking to continue their excellent starts to the season after a strong 2nd & 3rd place respectively in the first encounter.  However, a returning Tom Llewellin, will be looking to kick start his 2017 campaign with a strong result after missing round 1.  The young Welshman has already set his sights on the championship title this year and will need a good start to put pressure on the his title rivals.

 

Eddie Lewis will continue to develop his new Fiesta which will certainly suit the Harlech stage layout. George Sheard showed top running pace at Anglesey after a difficult opening stage and will be heading to Wales with hopes of a podium.

 

Welsh TV Star (Click Here), Ioan Lloyd will also be hoping for a repeat of his double win in both the Pre ’03 Trophy and Rookie Cup on Sunday.  With Alex Holliday missing due to exams and Jack Hartleys Mini Cooper also out of the equation, Dylan Fowler-Bishop, Steven Jones and Rob Wilson will be challengers for Pre ’03 Trophy honors.

 

The Rookie Cup also looks like its going to be very close at the top after Elliot Payne showed fantastic pace after an issue on the opening stage in round 1.  If Elliott can avoid a similar issue, he could even find himself up at the top of the overall leaderboard.  In total there are 6 rookie drivers at the event, including a first start for Billy Walden in his Micra.

 

Making their debut in the senior Formula 1000 category is Paul Hughes, who’ll have his son and former Junior Rally driver Zak Hughes as co-driver in their rapid C1.  They’ll be fighting it out with Robert Kennedy and Catrin Jones for the bragging rights.

 

Here is the Junior seeded entry list:

 

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