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Storm Dennis was battering the rest of the country but East Anglia avoided most fo the rain and only got the winds. It was not enough to halt Frank Bird & Jack Morton (Focus WRC) from their 5th consecutive win and a clean sweep of fastest stage times too. They took victory by almost two and a half minutes from Barry Morris & Tom Hutchings (Darrian T90 GTR+). Morris had briefly come under pressure for 2nd place but they held off Paul Smith & Dale Bowen (Fiesta R5) who were 47s behind in 3rd overall, including a 10s penalty incurred on stage 3. Read More »

The BRC and BTRDA kicked off their 2020 seasons at the Cambrian and it was local ace Matt Edwards, co-driven by Darren Garrod, who took his Fiesta R5 MkII to another win. It didn’t start out plain sailing though as Edwards was 4th, just over 3 seconds off early leaders Tom Cave & Dale Furniss (i20 R5). Edwards then went fastest on the 2nd stage to climb to 2nd place and this was followed up with another fastest time in Penmachno which would change the face of the rally. Cave dropped three and a half minutes, one of a number of crews to hit issues in the challenging stage. Edwards then continued setting fastest times on all but the final stage to take victory by just under 40s. Read More »

Two months earlier than usual the Alan Healy could have been struck by much worse weather but overnight rain was as bad as it got. Frank Bird & Jack Morton (Focus WRC) maintained the recent run of fine performances, taking victory by over a minute. It did not start well as stalls on the tight hairpins meant that Mark Kelly & Neil Colman (Escort MkII) held the lead after two stages. Bird then set fastest time on all of the remaining 7 stages to pull away. Kelly held on to 2nd place by 8s from Paul Smith & Dale Bowen (Fiesta R5), which was all the more remarkable as the stage conditions all day suited 4WD cars better than his rear wheel drive. Read More »

Reigning Northern Ireland Champion Stephen Wright has secured his second consecutive victory at the Pacenotes Rally Magazine Stages, round one of the McGrady Insurance Motorsport UK NI Rally Championship.

Navigated by Gary McKenna, Wright mastered the treacherously wet and windy conditions to secure the win at the North Armagh Motor Club event by 5.2 seconds from Derek and Mark McGeehan, with former champions Derek McGarrity and Paddy Robinson third. Read More »

Trinidad & Tobago’s David Coelho is the first regional entry confirmed for Sol Rally Barbados 2020, bringing to 10 the number of four-wheel-drive entries so far posted on-line, with huge growth anticipated in those classes, particularly with Sol RB20’s inclusion in the 2020 FIA NACAM Championship. The 31st running of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) premier event is scheduled for Friday to Sunday, May 29 to 31, with The Rally Show and Flow King of the Hill the previous weekend.

Coelho and his Subway/Zanzibar/Kaizan Sushi Ford Fiesta R5 are the longest-established partnership in the FIA R5 class in the island, following the car’s arrival late in 2018, having contested eight across both the two organising Clubs. He finished seventh overall in the BRC’s 2019 Champion Driver title chase and third in 4wd, also winning the FIA R5 title, albeit against limited competition, a situation which is about to change. Read More »

Talented 18-year-old rally driver Tom Llewellin will make the switch to the Fuchs Lubricants British Historic Rally Championship (BHRC) in 2020 and is aiming “for the top” on his maiden season in the series.

Llewellin, son of two-time British Rally Champion David, successfully campaigned his Ford Escort MK2 in the Welsh Rally Championship in 2019, securing the two-wheel-drive and Under 23 titles on his debut year in the historic specification machine. Read More »

The iconic Castletown stage on the Isle of Man, famous the world over for its harbour hugging street-side action will make its return to the Manx Rally in 2020 as organisers release outline details of the 15th/16th May event.

The sound of rally cars will once again echo around the streets of Castletown, as crews in the Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship, Manx Rally Championship, Brian Dennis Motorsport and Marsh Commercial Welsh Historic Championship, ANWCC Stage Rally Championship and the SD34 MSG Stage Rally Championship tackle the twisty test through the town under the cover of darkness on Friday 15th May. Read More »

Reigning British Rally Championship Cadet Cup champion Rupert Flynn upheld EDSL Sport honours at the opening round of the British Rally Championship and BTRDA Rally series last weekend, the Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally (8th February).

Making his Junior BRC debut, Flynn co-driver Richard Crozier stayed out of trouble to secure a confidence-boosting fifth spot in the series in the EDSL Sport hire car. Sadly neither team-mate Brian Brady or BTRDA contender Elliot Payne would make it to the Llandudno promenade to cross the ramp on Saturday evening. Read More »

• Service Park and Rally Headquarters relocate to former base in north east Wales
• Minimising weather effects of later date on World Championship calendar
• Free admission for fans to see the extreme cars and meet the sport’s top stars
• Full four-day competitive route to be announced in the spring

Wales Rally GB, the UK’s round of the globe-trotting FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), will return to its former base in Deeside, Flintshire in autumn 2020 (29 October – 1 November). Read More »

The McGrady Insurance Motorsport UK Northern Ireland Rally Championship gets into gear this Saturday (15 February) with round one of the new-look series at Kirkistown Race Circuit!

Organised by North Armagh Motor Club, the Pacenotes Rally Magazine Stages hosts the opening event of the new five-round championship and will feature almost 80 rally cars battling for supremacy around the County Down venue. Read More »

Last weekend kick-started the 2020 BTRDA rally championship as over 100 crews headed to Llandudno for the Cambrian Rally. Scott and the team at SF Rallying returned to the forests in a bid to retain the Production Cup – secured back in September when the team took the narrowest of victories over rivals Pat Naylor and Ian Lawrence on the final round of the year, the Trackrod Rally in Yorkshire. Read More »

Making its return to the British Rally Championship for the first time since 2016, Ollie Mellors and Ian Windress gave the Proton Iriz R5 a successful series debut, narrowly missing out on a podium to take fourth overall at the season-opening Cambrian Rally (8th February).

Mellors secured a solid points haul for the Thornbridge Brewery, Reliable Vehicle Logistics and Michelin backed Iriz R5 to kick start their maiden championship assault in the newly homologated example. Read More »