Competitors in the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship were eligible for points in the Challenge based on the number of rounds that they competed on and their performance within their class, with the end of season prize fund valued at more than £3000.
The Subaru Impreza driver from Llanon claimed the award by just two points from Ellesmere Ford Escort pilot John Baker. Third place went to Welsh born Bob Ceen. The Malvern based driver, who had already clinched the Welsh Championship title, finished two points ahead of Worcester’s Paul Davy.
Speaking after clinching the Challenge, Dylan described it as an honour to be the first winner and praised Ravenol’s initiative, adding, “This is a great incentive because anyone could have won it whether they were driving a Nissan Micra or a World Rally Car and it helps to bring the championship together because you are battling with everyone to win it.”
Dylan has already been using Ravenol products in his car this season and says that winning the Challenge means his lubricant bills for 2016 are already covered.
Meanwhile John Baker clinched his runner up spot on his 60th birthday, saying afterwards, “I’m over the moon and it was a great birthday present. Many thanks to Ravenol oils and the WAMC for a fantastic challenge, which is fair to all competitors regardless of car or class. It made for a close and exciting end to the season.”
Newly elected Welsh Champion Bob Ceen said of his third place, “We are pleased to win this award and will make good use of the Ravenol product but I do feel sorry for Paul Davy who would have won it but for car issues on the last couple of rounds.”
Championship co-ordinator David Evison enthused, “The Ravenol Challenge has achieved its objectives, encouraging and rewarding regular competition and resulting in increased Championship registrations and entries on events.”
The Challenge was the brainchild of Ravenol UK Managing Director Brian Chase and he commented, “We are delighted with our first season’s involvement with the Welsh Championship and the warm welcome we have received from the organisers and teams. We are grateful for all the hard work that Dave Evison, Gwyn Reynolds-Jones and the rest of the Championship organising team have put in to make the Challenge such a success and we look forward to being back in 2016 when we will be offering even more incentives to Championship contenders.”