The organisers of Wales Rally GB have announced plans to commemorate the late Gareth Roberts by renaming one of the event's trophies in his memory.
Roberts tragically lost his life competing on the Targa Florio-Rally Internazionale Di Sicilia back in June, when the Peugeot 207 S2000 he was sharing with regular partner Craig Breen collided with a barrier on the side of the road. The Carmarthen co-driver was just 24-years-old.
As part of the plan, The Croeso Trophy, which presented to Wales Rally GB by the Welsh Association of Motor Clubs in 1969, will be renamed the 'The Croeso Trophy in memory of Gareth Roberts'. It is awarded to the highest placed all-Welsh crew competing in Wales Rally GB and, in 2008, Roberts won it with Gwyndaf Evans.
Andrew Coe, chief executive of Wales Rally GB, was one of the team behind the decision to rename the Croeso Trophy.
“Gareth was a skilled co-driver and a rapidly rising star in the world of international rallying,” Coe said. “He was always willing to lend a hand and get stuck in, something that was particularly evident from working with him to promote Wales Rally GB over the past few years. There is always a special feeling when competing on home turf and it was obvious how much winning in Wales meant to him.
“It was a very easy decision to rename the trophy that Gareth was so delighted to win back in 2008.”
A statement from Gareth's family added: “We're really honoured to have the award renamed after Gareth.
“He won his world title last year in Wales and was always proud of his Welsh roots! He would have been really proud to be part of any scheme promoting young Welsh rallying talent in the WRC.”