A Jones Bros director swapped contracts for the Cambrian Rally as he got behind the wheel at the historic motorsport event.
Hefin Lloyd-Davies and navigator Rich Jones finished second in the 1400s class and 20th overall in the 65th staging of the event in Conwy.
Hefin’s Vauxhall Corsa, sporting the Jones Bros logo on the bonnet as a mark of support from the civil engineering contractor, secured an improved finish on their i2018 fairing, when they retired early in the day.
Organised by the North Wales Car Club, the Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally is the first round of the season, forming part of the MSA British Rally Championship, BTRDA Rally Series, Pirelli Welsh Rally Championship, Independent Paint Supplies Rally Challenge and the ANWCC Championship.
The historic event dates back to 1955 and has previously featured legendary drivers such as Roger Clark, Colin McRae, and Richard Burns.
This year’s event carried special significance for Hefin as it marked 25 years since he first got behind the wheel at the Cambrian Rally, and has competed in 12 to date.
Reflecting on the pair’s performance, Hefin – who is project manager on the joint venture project with Balfour Beatty to construct the A487 Caernarfon and Bontnewydd bypass – said: “We had a very good day and to finish second in class and 20th overall, we were very happy.
“We retired last year on the first stage, so to get a finish was great – despite a puncture on the second stage.
“Thanks go to the North Wales Car Club for organising an excellent event and Jones Bros, StenaLine Ports and PEC Tyres for their continued support.”
Hefin’s next event will be the Rally North Wales on 28 March in Dolgellau.
Established in the 1950s, Jones Bros’ leadership team consists of members of the second and third generations of the founding family. It employs more than 400 people.
The company runs an award-winning apprenticeship scheme, which has produced more than 40 per cent of its current workforce, with many of its senior managers having started out as apprentices or in a trainee role.
It has recruited more than 100 apprentices during the past three years.