RDMC Members Competing On WRGB National
Posted 25 October 2016
The legendary Welsh forests are ready to welcome a 148-car entry into the 2016 Dayinsure Wales Rally GB (27-30 October), the penultimate round of this year's dramatic FIA World Rally Championship.
Moreover, reflecting the 'Year of Adventure' in Wales, this year's speed tests are the longest and most challenging since the rally moved to its new base in the north of the country in 2013. The international route comprises 22 special stages totalling 206 competitive miles. Adding to the degree of difficulty, many of these are tackled in reverse direction for the first time in a generation and are all run against-the-clock on a challenging mix of traditional gravel forest tracks and parkland roads.
Long standing club member Rikki Proffitt will this weekend be out starting at car 249 in the Datsun 240Z with former club member and friend Dave Alcock on the notes trying their best for class H2 honours. Class rivals to name a few will be former British Champion Jimmy McRae in the Vauxhall Magnum and Gary Smith in the Ford Escort MkII. Rikki will for sure be trying to improve on his previous year result of 22 o/a and second in class.
Another club member who has started to experience stage rallying from the
co-drivers seat and will be competing this weekend, is 21 yrs old Osian Owen. He will have the great pleasure of sitting alongside North Wales Car Club member, Daniel Wyn Owen in the Evo VII at car 257.
Osian started his rallying career last year, cutting his teeth on road rallying. This year has been his first season as a co-driver, experiencing the notes and sitting with various drivers in the forests. Considering his short time in the seat, his qualities are of those that have been doing this for some time.
Rhyl & District Motor Club wish both crews every success this weekend and if you want to keep track of their performance, you can follow the results at