HEREFORD'S Scott Partridge had a mixed weekend in the WRC Wales Rally GB after his gloves were allegedly stolen.

Partridge was taking part in his first event world rally event when the incident happened near Chester.

"I had the windows down and some kids leaned by the car," explained Partridge.

"One of them then took my gloves from the dashboard.

"Luckily the guy behind us was carrying a spare set so I borrowed his, otherwise I would have been out of the rally because the FIA are really hot on making sure you have fire proof overalls, gloves and a balaclava.

"It was a long weekend but very satisfying and it something I will definitely consider doing again.

"Hopefully the car will now be ok for the Wyedean Rally on November 11."

Partridge finished 54th overall and fourth in class, with Elfyn Evans taking the win to become the first Welshman to ever win a World Rally Championship event and 17 years since a British driver took a victory.

However, Frenchman Sebastien Ogier claimed the championship title following his third place finish.

There was better news for Hereford veterans Ken Davies and Alan Jones, who claimed a class victory in the national event.

The duo finished 60th overall and first in class H1 in a KGD backed Volvo Amazon.

The Volvo brought back memories of the great Tom Trana who used Volvos on the RAC rallies in the early 1960s.

After a good start on the first three tests, Davies and Jones were holding 47th overall.

But retirement beckoned in Gartheiniog, which saw the pair having to use the super rally rules having to miss the final stage in Dyfi.

They restarted Sunday for the final loop of three stages in the North Wales forests in 71st place, but despite only 15 competitive miles, they set about climbing the leaderboard to arrive back in Llandudno 60th and winning category one historic class.