HORRENDOUS weather and a flat tyre failed to deter Teifi Valley Motor Club member Dan Morris from taking top spot at the Cambrian Road Rally.

With a 38-second winning lead over runners-up Richard Williams and his navigator Daniel Jones, Dan – from Brongest near Newcastle Emlyn – produced a spectacular showing.

Starting from Tregaron Mart with a special test in Bont, the event organised by the Tregaron and District Motor Club, saw 58 starters battling it out over 65 miles of rural roads and whites.

“This was my second shot at the Cambrian and I’m just really chuffed to have won,” said Dan, who had Kieran Price from Epynt Motor Club in the navigator seat.

“I’m shocked, to be honest. I couldn’t believe we’d done so well in such awful weather conditions. The fog was so thick that you could hardly see the front of the bonnet.

“It was also a testing route - two youngsters were clerks of the course this time and they did a terrific job.”

Dan, 24, won the Morswyn Williams Road Rally with Kieran in 2021. He has also triumphed in the Ross Targa in Caerwent in 2023, the Kent Forestry Targa in both 2022 and 2023, the Ventra Silrum in Caerwent in 2022 and the Gilly Wood Targa in 2021 as well as several gymkhanas.

“When we had a puncture on one of the whites, I thought it could have been game over,” revealed Dan. “But we still managed to have the fastest time at the end of that selective and carried on until the end with no problems in really heavy fog,” said Dan, whose faithful green Ford Puma has taken to victories all over the UK.

“Kieran is just class. He can read a map like I don’t know what. He’s amazing and how he did it in all that fog, I’ll never know.

“I’m just so fortunate to have had Kieran by my side in the navigator seat – he was just terrific and didn’t miss a beat all night.”

Dan, who works with his father, Huw, also a TVMC member and keen rally driver, is now looking forward to the Bath Festival Targa Rally on February 28 with Geth Johnson, his regular navigator, in the seat. Dan and Geth will be joined by several other competing TVMC crews.

Dan would like to thank his friends Joseph Thomas and Martin James, as well as his dad, Huw, for all the help prepping for the rally.