West Wales rally driver Dorian Rees came away from the last round of the Kwik Fit Pirelli British Rally Championship in jubilant mood having triumphed in the Prodrive Subaru Cup with 100 per cent score. Rees also secured the Production Cup on the Tempest Rally.

Starting on Friday evening the Llanybydder driver and his Aberystwyth co-driver Patrick Walsh in their Subaru Impreza WRX felt they were not running on all cylinders.

"The first three stages we just just seemed to take it a little too easy, we had planned to push hard on Friday, but it just didn't happen. We managed seventh fastest time on stage three and ended the first leg in tenth place and fourth Production."

The Welshmen started the second day in a better frame of mind which reflected in their times, settinga string of top ten times throughout the day.

Rees maintained a level head, moving up the leaderboard and passing third placed production man Robert Swann on stage eight. The pair also moved up another place on stage nine as they passed their championship rival Sebastian Ling, who retired with broken steering. Rees was now in a comfortable position to take the Production honours.

"We were in a very good place after passing Rob, we were just behind Seb, which was enough to secure the title and that was where we were happy to stay. It is frustrating when your locked in a battle like we have been all season with Seb, to have one of you retire when it was just getting interesting."

The pair finally came through to finish the Tempest in seventh place and take second Production, enough to fulfil their pre-season plans and claim the Kwik Fit Pirelli British Production Rally Championship.

The pair have had a tremendous year full of mixed fortune in what was their first attempt at the British premier series.

"We have had our fair share of ups and downs this year. We have only had two rallies where we haven't had mechanical problems in the BRC. Pirelli and the Tempest have been our best rallies mechanically. Our best win had to be on home soil during the Rally of Wales. Having never competed on tarmac prior to this series, we had a differential problem on the first tarmac event and had two retirements with gearbox the others. A driveshaft broke on the last event and now we are the British Champions in the Production Cup."

While the pair reflect on the season gone, Rees has no confirmed plans for 2005. The team are trying to source a suitable budget to continue into next season.


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