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A fantastic weekend of rallying saw Jason Pritchard & Phil Clarke (Focus WRC) take their 5th consecutive win on the Manx National Rally, to equal the overall victory record held by Kenny McKinstry. For 2019 the event counted as two rounds of the Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship, with Friday as round 1 and Saturday as round 2. Fastest times of 3 of the opening loop of 4 stages saw Pritchard hold a 55s lead over Jamie Jukes & James Morgan (Mirage). Dan Harper & Chris Campbell had gone fastest on stage 2 and were 2nd but a minute dropped on the 4th stage saw Harper retire for the day, as a precaution. 3rd overall were Andrew Dudgeon & Joe Dooley (Evo 6.5) just over 20 seconds back. John Stone & Jack Morton (Fiesta WRC) were close behind in 4th with Harper in 5th, briefly. Read More »

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A total of 86 crews started from Jambes for the 36th running of the Rallye de Wallonie and with 22 R5’s, an S2000, 4 Porsche 997 GT3’s and a whole host of group N and modified cars, there was plenty of quality. Sébastien Bedoret & Thomas Walbrecq (Fabia R5) took the first stage before Cédric Cherain & Xavier Portier (Polo R5) took the 2nd run through the Citadel to take an early lead. Adrian Fernémont & Samuel Maillen (Fabia R5) were fastest through SS4, following the cancellation of SS3 and another fastest time on SS6 was enough to see them take the lead. With another 8 stages to go on Saturday, 4 more stage wins saw Fernémont hold a 17s going in to the final day. Read More »

The Rallynuts Stages Rally made the move to Hafren for the 2019 running of the event. The change of location to the classic but underused stages seemed a popular one with a number of crews entering the event purely because of the route. Euan Thorburn & Paul Beaton (Focus WRC) set out trying to make it 3 out of 3 and fastest times on each stage in the opening loop left them with a good lead. A clean sweep followed on the last two stages and victory was Thorburn’s by 59s. Behind though 2nd place was decided on the final stage. Late entries Mark Donnelly & Dai Roberts (Fiesta R5) came out on top after going 8s quicker than Stephen Petch & Michael Wilkinson (Fiesta WRC) on the final stage, taking 2nd by 5s. Read More »

A record entry of 95 crews will contest Sunday’s (May 26) Flow King of the Hill, the final shakedown ahead of Sol Rally Barbados 2019 (May 31 to June 2), the 30th running of the Barbados Rally Club’s premier event. A classic showdown between local, regional and international drivers is on the cards, to be played out in front of huge crowds as the event makes a popular return to Stewart’s Hill, an iconic venue in island motor sport.

Dane Skeete steps up to lead the ‘home team’, driving the Subaru Impreza WRC S12B in which his father Roger won KotH three times, a score equalled last year by Jamaica’s Jeff Panton (Ford Focus WRC06). With Britain’s Rob Swann (Impreza S12B) and Kevin Procter (Ford Fiesta) also in the mix – their best finishes are, respectively, second in 2017 and third in 2008 – the result of Sunday’s event is not a foregone conclusion, but the outcome will fuel some lively discussions among fans in the coming days. Read More »

The fourth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy, the Dayinsure World RX of Great Britain, is the centrepiece of the SpeedMachine Festival at Silverstone this weekend. Read More »

This year’s Nicky Grist Stages (Saturday 13 July) is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of title sponsorship support from Nicky Grist Motorsports – and the man himself has been a vital component in the event’s success over the years, both in terms of backing and his invaluable guidance on planning the route and timetable from a competitor’s point of view.

And Nicky says that this year’s Quinton MC-organised event, which contains eight stages (four repeated) totalling 43 stage miles in the classic Mid-Wales forest stages in the Carmarthenshire-Powys border area, will be one of the best – as the stages are in super-smooth condition. Read More »

Since the first European competitors arrived in the island earlier this week to be reunited with rally cars they last saw at the UK port of Dover in early May, the final countdown to Sol Rally Barbados 2019 is in full swing. With the Rally Show this Saturday (May 25) launching 10 days of intense activity, the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) preparations have changed into high gear; Flow King of the Hill follows on Sunday at its new home at Stewart’s Hill, St Philip, with the 30th running of the BRC’s blue riband event, Sol RB19, from Friday to Sunday, May 31 to June 2.

The arrivals hall at the Grantley Adams International Airport is a blaze of colour each afternoon, as overseas crews, their families and friends alight from British Airways and Virgin Atlantic flights from London Gatwick or Manchester airports, already wearing their team T-shirts. Read More »

a.. Full 2019 competitive route revealed for world championship event
b.. Ceremonial Start moves to Liverpool city centre
c.. Oulton Park to host opening Thursday evening speed test
d.. Friday concludes with welcome return of spectacular rallying in darkness
e.. Early bird tickets on sale offering savings for those buying now

This autumn’s Wales Rally GB (3-6 October) will be more accessible, more challenging and more exciting than ever before with major innovations adding yet more to one of the UK’s premier sporting events, round 12 of the prestigious 14-round 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Read More »

Scottish Rally Championship (SRC) front-runner Garry Pearson ensured his title aspirations remain firmly on track with an impressive third place at last weekend’s RSAC Scottish Rally (18th May) in Moffat, round three of the closely fought series.

Pearson and co-driver Dale Bowen secured a stage win and a string of top times on their way to a podium position in their Ford Fiesta R5 to head into the turning point of the championship with one eye on securing Pearson’s maiden SRC title. Read More »

North Road Garage, a company synonymous with both the motor industry in Mid-Wales and with national rallying, will provide state-of-the-art scrutineering facilities for this year’s Nicky Grist Stages – which takes place on Saturday 13 July.

The Toyota dealership, which is situated in a prime position on the A470/A483 roundabout on the outskirts of Builth Wells, has very kindly offered its pristine workshop for the event’s technical and safety checks, which will be carried out on the eve of the rally (on the afternoon of Friday 12 July). Read More »

Eugene Donnelly, three times winner of the Donegal International Rally, is the latest of the former winners who will be in Donegal at the end of August for Déjà vu Donegal, the rally reunion that is surpassing all expectations. Eugene will be accompanied by Paul Kiely who co-drove when he won in a Toyota Corolla WRC in 2004 and 2005.

Paddy Toner was alongside ‘The Genie’ in 2008 in a Skoda Fabia WEC when the County Derry driver had his third Donegal win. “We knew the response in Donegal would be massive but we had no conception of how big. With three months still to go, we already received 135 entries, giving us no option but to start a reserve list. It is not just the numbers, the quality is outstanding. Seven former winners have now signed up and five more have indicated their intention to join us.”

Dumfries rally driver David Bogie made his mark on the history books of the RSAC Scottish Rally, by claiming his third event victory in a row on Saturday (18th May), taking his tally to six on the Moffat based event.

Bogie, co-driven by Irishman John Rowan, steered his Skoda Fabia R5 to an almost picture-postcard victory, winning four out of the events six stages, to equal the record held by legendary British driver Roger Clark. The Borders town of Duns was able to claim the remaining two places on the podium, with Euan Thorburn and Garry Pearson rounding out the top three. Read More »

There will be something for everyone at The Rally Show, when it returns to the Banks Playing Field at Wildey for the second year next Saturday (May 25); once again, the Show will run from 1.00pm to 6.00pm. Building on the success of last year’s switch of venue, the organisers have attracted a wide range of exhibitors, large and small, to keep the whole family engaged, while the ‘petrol-heads’ enjoy unrivalled access to approaching 100 local, regional and international cars and their crews.

While major sponsors will already have showcased their own teams at pre-event limes, the Rally Show offers the only chance for local fans to see all the cars entered for Flow King of the Hill (May 26) and Sol Rally Barbados 2019 (May 31-June 2) in one location. Read More »