ANWCCAssociation of North Western Car Clubs (UK)
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Pitting drivers and their cars against pre-determined staked courses on steep grassy slopes, the trial is one of the oldest forms of motor sport and this event is a qualifying round of the MSA British Trials Championship, the BTRDA Trials Championship and the ANWCC Trials Championship.
Sponsored by Field Fare Catering, the Mewla is a qualifying round of the National Tarmacadam, Welsh Tarmac, ANWCC, Get Connected, Ford Ka and South Western Championships and has attracted a top-class entry.
Regulations are now available for what is the final round of the BTRDA National Rally Championship, Welsh Association National Championship, Clubmans, the Old Stager Historic, Welsh Historic, and the ANWCC Championships.
Following in the footsteps of his father Mark and grandfather Bob, Luke is aiming to become one of the top clubman rally drivers and his results over the last year show his progress is soaring, the youngster taking the Pirelli Welsh Rally Championship under-25 driver's title, the Junior ANWCC Championship and the British Trial & Rally Drivers Association Production Cup (best driver).
Instead, drivers relied on crucial tyre pressures and tread patterns, along with skill, to negotiate a forest of pre-placed marker poles defining this tricky and challenging course, well worthy of inclusion as a round of top flight championships such as the MSA British Trials Championship, the BTRDA Trials Championship and the ANWCC Trials Championship.
Arwel Lloyd Jones of Llanrwst, co-driven by Arwyn Harold Jones of Bala in their Ford Escort MK2, finished sixth in class H3, 72nd overall and consolidated their lead at the top of the Rear Wheel Drive ANWCC Forest Rally Championship.
2012 ANWCC Junior Champion and NWCC member, 23-year-old Luke Francis of Rhuddlan co-driven by John Roberts of Colwyn Bay in the Bob Francis Crane Hire, Giles Phillips Motorsport, Pirelli and Voot Communications backed Group N Mitsubishi EVO IX, a near standard production car modified slightly for rallying were seeded in 11th place, the top seeded Group N car.
Phillips and Hughes, members of Bala and District Motor Club, took the Driver and Co-driver ANWCC Trawsfynydd Rally Challenge titles in 2011.
The rally is very well supported as it qualifies for the 2013 ANWCC Stage Rally Championship and All-rounders and Ladies Championships, as well as the Fuchs Titan Race Oil ANCC Stage Rally Championship 2013, SD34 MSG Stage Rally, Individual & League Championships, Formula 1000, 1000S & Kick Energy Junior Formula 1000 Rally Challenge.
Edwards and Collis also collected the Association of North Western Car Clubs (ANWCC) Best Driver Matt and Co-driver Award, the result giving the North Wales Car Club member a huge 56-point lead in the ANWCC Forest Rally Championship.
The event was a round of the ANWCC Forest Rally Championship, taking in five stages of the County Durham Forest.
Bala Motor Club also flooded the entry lists on the ANWCC Production Car Trials Championship rounds this year with club chairman Kevin Roberts finishing third overall in the main Championship.