UK: Ieaun Rowlands Rallye Sunseeker preview

Winter Champion Rowlands comes in from the Cold. 26 year old Welshman Ieuan Rowlands begins the 2004 Peugeot 206 Super Cup this weekend, and the Llan Ffestiniog man is gunning for success on the Rallye Sunseeker, based in...

Winter Champion Rowlands comes in from the Cold.

26 year old Welshman Ieuan Rowlands begins the 2004 Peugeot 206 Super Cup this weekend, and the Llan Ffestiniog man is gunning for success on the Rallye Sunseeker, based in Bournemouth.

Supported by CAMSport, Rowlands and his Dolgellau based co-driver Kelvin Savage will be aiming to continue a rich vein of form for the Welsh pairing in 2003 and 2004. After dominating the 2003 Kumho Clubman Rally Championship last year, Ieuan beat off all finalists in the ProSpeed Rally Scholarship to win a prize of three rallies in the Peugeot 206 Winter Cup.

Three events later, and Rowlands has continued his domination of the sport. Three faultless performances from the young Welshman netted a further three straight victories, and a clear championship win. In a series normally decided by a handful of seconds, Rowlands beat his rivals by a margin of minutes instead of the usual fraction of a second.

Armed with the ex-Joan Roca Peugeot 206 XS, Rowlands is determined to give a good account of himself in the cut-throat one make championship this season. Stiff opposition will come in the shape of Chris Moore, Stuart Jones, Mike Faulkner, Steven Petch, Alistair Moffatt and a host of other competitive drivers all looking for success in the championship.

Rowlands advantage this season is that the Peugeot 206 Super Cup has moved into the Kumho National Rally Championship, organised by ANCRO. Rowlands is an experienced competitor in the ANCRO organised championship, having finished runner up in the Clubmans series in 2002 and then going one better last season.

Despite his successes at ANCRO level, Rowlands has never contested the Rallye Sunseeker before. The South coast event will be a stern test for Rowlands ahead of his home rally, the Astra Stages, held in Ieuan and Kelvin's native North Wales.

Ieuan however, is keen to give a good account of himself on the South Coast:

"It will certainly be a new experience for me. I'm still getting to grips with driving a 206 at the moment, and that is where I think the other drivers may have an advantage over me this weekend. Their familiarity with the cars will certainly help them on the first event, but I hope my experience for the stages will count for a lot as the series progresses. This is a major step up for me in terms of rallying this year, but I'm determined to give it my best shot and do the best I can."

-jemsport-

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