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nickygrist14 (12)A return to UK rallying for us after 6 weeks away and we witnessed a superb battle between Paul Bird & Aled Davies (Focus WRC) and Dave Weston jnr & Kirsty Riddick (Impreza WRC). Steve Perez & Paul Spooner (Focus WRC) and Weston were joint fastest through stage 1 before Weston took the lead on stage 2 despite Bird going fastest. Weston took stage 3 before Perez & Bird tied on stage 4 leaving Weston ahead by 5 seconds from Bird and a further 6 to Perez. Bird & Perez tied once more on stage 5 before a fastest time for Bird on stage 6 saw him take the lead by two seconds ahead of Weston. Weston took stage 7 by a single second before Bird sealed the win with fastest time on the final stage by 3 seconds. Perez ended up 3rd a further 16 seconds behind Weston. Read More »

Tour de France Day 1 (13)You will see many superlatives about the greatest bike race in the World and its Grand Depart from Leeds and our gallery focuses on our visit to the first 3 stages of the event as it visited the UK. We can say it was unprecedented and absolutely amazing to expereince on the roads of Yorkshire with the million plus crowds each day. The Monday Cambridge to London was good too but it will be remembered for what happened up in Yorkshire. For the record as the Tour left the UK Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) led the race by just 2 seconds as the teams headed back over to France. Read More »

SONY DSCWhen I left the Critérium du Dauphiné on Friday with the days stage to complete little did I know that the reign at the top of Chris Froome, of Team Sky, was soon to end. Team Sky seemed to be heading for a 4th straight win on the 2nd largest race in France after Froom took the yellow jersey on the opening stage, an indiviual time trial. The race was building to the final 2 stages but on the 6th stage Froome crashed, injurying his wrist, which left him vulnerable for the final two days. Alberto Contador (Saxo Tinkoff) took the lead on the penultimate stage as Froome suffered but on the final stage it was Andrew Talansky (Garmin) who shocked Contador to take victory by 28s. Read More »

robertsonvassalloodonnellAlex Vassallo (16 from Corbridge, Northumberland) stood on the top of the podium at the end of the third round of the Brick & Steel Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge. The Albar Kames Junior Rally took place at Kames in East Ayrshire on Sunday 13th July and 10 Junior crews had entered to tackle the twisty and very technical stages. The day started damp – which in Scotland means light rain – but started to clear later in the morning and ended in sunshine. In the transition the midgies came out for a feed!! Such is the micro climate of the region. Read More »

MSA Academy member Sam Bilham took a convincing Rally First 1.0litre win this weekend at the Nicky Grist Stages Rally which was held across the forests of the Epynt Military Ranges in Wales. As if his runaway victory of over four minutes in the class was not enough for the youngster, the 17 year old was overwhelmed to be awarded the Andreas Mikkelsen “Star of the Day” for Rally First competitors who showed raw talent and speed throughout the day, named after the World Rally Championship driver for the Volkswagen team.

The sixth round of the BTRDA National Rally championship was based in the Welsh town of Builth Wells and like all the other rounds of the series, was Bilham’s first visit to the gravel stages on the event. Having built a solid lead in the RF1.0 class and Junior series, Bilham would be forgiven for approaching the event with a goal of a simple finish in mind to add to his already healthy points tally.  But by his own admission, that’s not his style and Bilham with co-driver Graham Wild alongside, immediately set the pace for the others to follow from the opening stage of the day. Read More »

Perez Nicky Grist14Hot on the heels of his father’s battling third place on the Nicky Grist Stages Rally yesterday, today it was the turn of 14-year old Seb Perez to claim the Kick Energy Rally Team’s second podium of the weekend when he claimed a third place in the Kick Energy Junior 1000 Rally Championship on the Brawdy Stages Rally in South Wales. Read More »

Connor_woodpecker_2013One of the most popular events in the BTRDA National gravel rally championship, The Eventsigns Woodpecker Stages Rally has released its event regulations this week and is anticipating one of the best events ever in its 31 year history.  Based once again at the Ludlow Racecourse in Shropshire, the all gravel rally offers over 43 stage miles across some of the best forest stages in the country and will welcome competitors from all corners of the UK and beyond to contest the event organised by the Sixty and Worcester Motor Club on Saturday 30th August. Read More »

Newby Brawdy14Continuing his impressive credentials, Carnforth teenager Arron Newby was again in action as he added the Brawdy Stages Rally to his increasing reputation by taking victory in South Wales.

Taking time out from the defence of his Eurocars Motorsport Manx Rally Championship which he comfortably leads, Newby and co driver Tom Woodburn headed for the Haverfordwest venue in Pembrokeshire with a top quality 65 car field assembled. Read More »

Bird Nicky Grist14aCumbrian rally driver Paul Bird returned to his fantastic start of season form by winning today’s Nicky Grist Stages Rally and in doing so, thrust himself back into contention in the 2014 REIS BTRDA Rally Series.

After a second place on the opening Wyedean Rally followed by a win on his local Malcolm Wilson Rally for a record-equalling fourth time, the British Superbike and MotoGP team boss from Langwathby near Penrith was hoping to bounce back after a run of bad luck had put paid to his chances on recent events. Read More »

World RX pre-Belgium14The FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy will conclude its busiest stretch of the season in Belgium this weekend as the Championship prepares for its third World RX event in a row. With a newly-built rallycross circuit plus guest drives from former WRC star Francois Duval and GT Racer Edward Sandstrom, the Belgian RX round will be a welcome addition to the calendar as the FIA’s newest World Championship approaches its half-way point. Read More »

Olympic Gold Medallist Nicola Adams indulged her passion for fast cars when she took to the co-driver’s seat in the Hyundai i20 WRC. The i20 WRC was driven by Hyundai Shell World Rally Team ace, Thierry Neuville, who took Nicola for a spin on Goodwood’s Forest Rally Stage.

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Stone ALMC14aBlackburn driver John Stone thrust himself firmly into contention for the 2014 REIS Get Connected MSA Asphalt Rally Championship with a brilliant performance on the County Meath-based ALMC Stages Rally in Ireland this weekend.

Driving the Legend Fires Skoda Fabia WRC, Stone followed up his two fourth and one fifth place finish out of the three rounds held so far with his best result of second place to move into the lead of the championship at the half way point of the season. Read More »

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