Fresh from a class win on the Bulldog Rally at the end of October MG ZR rally driver Nathan Crewe and navigator John Connor were confident of a good result on the Llandudno based Cambrian Rally.

The competition would be tough as the event was the final round of the Silkolene 1400 Championship.

Heavy rain in the week leading up to the rally had soaked the stages of Penmachno and Clocanog forest making them extremely slippery and muddy. The pace was extremely difficult to gauge due to the treacherous conditions, despite this the pair made a good start although they did suffer several high-speed moments.

The tricky conditions continued, claming a high proportion of the 150 car strong field. After 45 miles of fast challenging forest roads the MGZR returned to the finish ramp on Llandudno Promenade to claim 5th overall and 3rd in class.

'The progressive handling of the MGZR has been superb; it has tackled some of the toughest conditions on some of the most unpredictable roads I've seen. To get to the finish was a challenge, collecting a trophy was a bonus', remarked Nathan.

Finishing third on the season closer provided a good end to a difficult year for the West Midland crew. The end of season awards dinner will see them scoop trophies for 1st in Class navigator, 3rd in Class driver and 1st overall in the Holpak Team Challenge for the third consecutive year. 2nd place was also secured in the Welsh Clubmans 1400 Championship during the North Wales event.

The pair now looks forward to Wyedean Rally on the 14th February, which commences the competition and challenges in 2004.