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With a maximum capacity entry list for the season-opening round of the BTRDA and Pirelli Welsh Rally Championship, Thomas Lloyd stormed to class victory on what was the 40th anniversary edition of the iconic Wyedean Forest Rally.
Partnered by Sherryn Roberts, the duo got their BTRDA title bid off to the best possible start by taking maximum points in Class B10 aboard their Timberworks Wales backed Peugeot 205.
Overnight rain left the stages extremely slippery for the morning loop, however a measured drive from Glyncorrwg-based Lloyd saw them lay in the runner-up position in class by the mid-way halt.
“We set out for the morning loop with the realisation that the championship is not won on the first event, it is a long road to the end of the season and there was no need for unnecessary risks. The level of grip on the morning loop of stages was extremely low.” Said Lloyd.
Unaware of any of their competitors’ times until the finish at Chepstow Racecourse, they mounted an attack on the afternoon tests.
With improved grip levels courtesy of rising temperatures in the afternoon, Lloyd was able to improve his rhythm and eventually go on to win the class by 24 seconds along with claiming 48th overall.
“Our main focus for 2015 is to win our class championship in the BTRDA Rally Series and we could not have got our campaign off to a better start.” Added a jubilant Lloyd at the finish line.
The Timberworks Wales, Glyncorrwg M.O.T Centre rally team will next tackle the Mid Wales Stages (1st March).