THERE was disappointment for Matt Edwards during the latest round of the British Rally Championship.

Tom Cave produced a faultless drive to win the third round of the championship - the Pirelli International Rally.

Along with co-driver Dale Bowen, the Welsh pairing marched to a 17.6-second victory in their Michelin-shod Hyundai i20 R5 on the third round of the series and for Cave he made it two wins on the bounce in Britain’s premier rallying series.

Reigning champion Matt Edwards, from Rhos-on-Sea, and co-driver Patrick Walsh started at car one after Edwards’ 2018 success.

The Welsh pair struggled with road sweeping duties early on, but despite that, they diced for the overall win.

However, disaster struck, as on stage three the M-Sport driver suffered two punctures on the rough, demanding stages.

Struggling on, the duo attempted to nurse the car on the road section back to service, but in the process they were in breach of the regulations and thus were struck from the overall results.

“It’s a nice feeling to get two on the bounce,” said Cave.

“We had a good morning loop and that set the tone for the rest of the day and I managed the gap this afternoon.

"Thank you to everybody who got the car here, the tyres worked really well, and I am really pleased to give Dale [Bowen] his first rally win.

"Heading to Ypres, we are really in the championship fight and I really want to take this momentum into the next round and push on for another win.”