Llandovery played host to the Quinton Stages, which was the seventh round of the Silkolene 1400 Rally Championship. Having missed the previous round MG XPower driver Nathan Crewe and navigator Mark Ammonds were looking for a top three finish to keep their championship hopes alive.

The first stage that the crews tackled was the famous Esgair-Dafydd forest, consisting of a steep climb to the four counties summit, so called because of the number of counties visible from the high viewpoint. The teams had no time to admire the view however as they headed over into the military ranges of Epynt.

The MG ZR crew got off to a strong start despite struggling with the car jumping out of second gear. On the twisty sections of stage Nathan had to steer one handed while holding it in gear.

Despite an off into the scenery backwards costing the International Radiators Ltd backed pair little more than 10 seconds, the morning saw a faultless drive.

Taking second fastest time on the last stage, the Cottrill Transport backed car claimed 3rd place amongst the 1400 Championship contenders and 3rd in class. The Championship has now been blow wide open, with a possibility of it going five ways; it is bound to go down to the wire.

"The new, more powerful 1400 K-Series engine we had for this rally has been a real success, it's given us a fantastic result and may of the spectators have commented on how glorious it sounds, so it's great to please them as well", said Nathan.

The next round of the Championship is the Woodpecker Rally based in Ludlow on the 4th September 2004.