Teifi Valley Motor Club Limited - TVMC

Dafydd-Sion Lloyd

Friday 16 Aug 2013 [19:22]

He eats it and breathes it and it's without a doubt, most definitely in the family. Preseli pupil Dafydd-Sion Lloyd, 14 from Newchapel is rally mad, and no wonder with dad, Mark Lloyd a well- known local rally driver and winner of the Bro Preseli in 2003 and fastest Bro Preseli driver in its 10 year anniversary year in 2012, and mum Angharad, a novice rally driver and keen supporter of her boys' sport.

' Dafydd-Sion has attended rallies since he was a bun in the oven and he has been in rally cars before he was in a pram really' laughed mum Angharad. ' We have been in the rallying world for twenty or so years and he has been brought up in it firstly marshalling at every opportunity with the family and now navigating, and while we can support him, we will at this young age.'

Teifi Valley Motor Club member Dafydd -Sion and his supportive sisters Heledd Mai and Caryl Haf, has had great success to date as a navigator. With rallying in the blood, it would be hard not to. When Dafydd-Sion was 18 months old, his mamgu bought him an electronic Renault Megane car, so rallying has always been close to his heart.

In 2013 he was sixth in the Bro Preseli with Gary 'Cwm Mawr' Davies of Ffosyffin at the wheel; in the Bro Caron he was 32nd overall and sixth in class, this time with the veteran driver, Gary Robbins; the Night Owl saw him finishing 11th overall and first in class with an 18th overall and third in class plus winning the best junior competitor award at the Border 100 Rally. At the Dale Stages, he was awarded 32nd overall and eighth in class.

Prior to Dafydd-Sion taking to the hot seat, he has been marshalling for his family and friends, and this paid off as at the Annual Teifi Valley Motor Club Awards Dinner held at the Gwesty Emlyn Hotel, Newcastle Emlyn beginning of the year, he was awarded third prize for this important role.

' I'd love to rally professionally,' explained Dafydd-Sion. He added with a grin: ' When I turn 17, I would like to drive like dad, but I would try and be better than him! I'd really like to win the Cilwendeg rally too and then Rally GB.

' I like the challenge and the buzz I get the night of the rally. I do get nervous as I don't want to let the driver down. I want to make sure I can read the notes and I don't want to pick up any fails. I just want to try my best.'

This talented young navigator is really making his mark and both Mark and Angharad are excited about the future.

' It would be great if he went professional. I could follow him in the bus for the weekend at away rallies and Mark can stick to doing the local ones,' added Angharad. ' On a serious note though, we want him to enjoy it, and as long as he does, that's the most important thing.'

Dafydd-Sion would like to thank his mum and dad, Gary Cwm Mawr and Gary Robbins, and the Teifi Valley Motor Club for being so supportive over the years. He now looks forward to this month, when he will compete in the Pace Maker at Ludlow, the Barcud in Tregaron and the Breidden in Welshpool. A TVMC rally round up of these results will follow.


teifivalleymotorclub.co.uk - Sat 20 Jan 2018 10:46:44