James Watkins and his co-driver Geoff Mayes overcame clutch issues to stage a giant killing act on the recent West Wales Pembrey Christmas Stages where the pair brought their little one litre Nissan Micra to the finish third in the 1400cc class.

The pair were contesting the Carmarthen Motor Club organised rally, the final MSA sanctioned event of the year, in a Geoff Jones Motorsport run Nissan Micra with support from Makefast of Newtown and Rally Marketing of Welshpool.

The pair dropped time to their class rivals with a slipping clutch on the opening two stages but a total clutch replacement was completed in time for the pair to return to action on the third test without incurring any time loss.

Despite the extremely icy nature of the venue, Watkins survived a couple of lurid slides to bring the Micra, the least powerful car in the field, home third in class and a respectable 42nd overall out of nearly 70 starters.

"What a fantastic day!" Watkins said. "Many thanks to Carmarthen Motor Club and all their marshals for a well organised day out and many, many thanks to Geoff Jones Motorsport for the rapid clutch change on the Micra! It has been an amazing year with two class podiums in the last two rallies and none of that would have been possible without the support from Makefast or Rally Marketing."