Challenging conditions await Tour of Epynt crews

Whilst there are only one or two minor patches of snow on the Port Talbot MC-organised Melvyn Evans Motorsport Tour of Epynt route, recent rain has also made conditions very tricky – and Howard Davies predicts the opening two stages tomorrow morning in particular will be especially difficult.

The opening round of the 2018 Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship takes place tomorrow, with the first of seven stages beginning at 09.03. The weather forecast is for dry conditions throughout – it stopped raining in the rally host town of Llandovery just after midday today and it isn’t due to rain in the area again until Sunday evening, after the rally is over – but the recent rain and snow have left the road surface very slippery.

“Rain earlier today has made the road surface extremely slippery, whilst the recent snow has pulled a lot of muck onto the road, adding to the difficult conditions,” says Howard Davies, who’ll be fronting Special Stage’s live web streaming broadcast tomorrow. “However, with a little bit of wind overnight, the Tarmac will dry substantially. This is when the pockets of damp patches could catch out the unwary and Epynt experience will be of paramount importance on the opening two stages tomorrow. The forecast for tomorrow is for dry weather, so after 10am everything should be clean – but before 10am, anything could happen!”

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