Former British Rally Champion Llewellin gets RX150 for Pembrey

MSA British Rallycross Round 6, Pembrey 19th July 2015. (c) MATT BRISTOW

The two-time British Rally Champion, David Llewellin is set to race in the third and fourth rounds of the MSA British Rallycross Championship in a RX150 at Pembrey on the weekend of the 1-2 of May.

Llewellin will be competing in the Odyssey Battery RX150 Celebrity buggy at the double-header event at the Welshman’s home circuit, having tested it out there last week.

The former rally driver told the official British Rallycross championship website, “Rallycross appeals to me because you’ve got the mixed surfaces and plenty of miles with the qualifying races, semis and finals. The buggy was awesome. It makes you smile, it’s bloody quick and that’s what gives you adrenalin. You’ve got the sweat on your forehead and the smile on your face – that basically says it all. I wasn’t sure whether to do it or not, so I wanted to try it first, but I am sure now.”

Llewellin is widely regarded as one of Wales’ best ever rally drivers, winning the British rally title in 1989 and 1990. Thanks to his experience, Llewellin said that he doesn’t mind the change in surfaces “…because I’m very confident going onto the gravel and coming onto the tar”. The biggest challenge the Welshman believes that he is going to face is competitors around him.

“In rallying, we’re on our own (in a stage), so the racing will be the most difficult part for me. I think it’s just the race craft I’ll have to work on.” he added.

The RX15O promoter Ollie O’Donovan believes that Llewellin can run at the front at Pembrey. O’Donovan commented, “To rally people like me, Dai is one of the top boys. As everybody knows, if things had been different for him in his career I’m sure he would have made it to the very top of world rallying,” said O’Donovan. “It’s an honour to have him in an RX150. At the test he was immediately on top of the buggy, and he was giving good feedback on how he felt it was. I’m excited to see what he can do at Pembrey.”