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fodmctrial15 (23)A glorious early autumn day greeted the crews for the FODMC rally time trial. After a year off the event was a great success and saw excellent battles throughout. Bob & Rob Morgan (Fabia) set the early pace but were pegged back by Andy Davies & Dale Bowen (Impreza) on run 2. Davies then took the lead by 2 seconds on the 3rd run, just before the lunch break. Morgan hit back to halve the deficit on run 4, which saw the crews running in the opposite direction, but Davies hit back with a time 9 seconds faster on run 5 and secured victory with another fastest time on run 6. Geoff Jones & Steve Pugh (Escort MkII) completed the podium and were the first 2WD crew home. Read More »

trackrod15 (6)Glorious conditions once again bathed the North Yorkshire Moors for the Trackrod Forest Stages. With two separate events there was plenty of action to catch and in the BTRDA championship Charlie Payne & Carl Williamson (Fiesta) took a comfortable victory of almost two minutes from Damian Cole & Jack Morton (Fiesta WRC). By no means was that the whole story as Stephen Petch & Ian Windress (Fiesta R5+) had gone fastest on the opening stage and the fourth stage to lie half a minute behind Payne, before the final pair of stages. Sadly Staindale would prove the undoing as a throttle stuck wide open forcing Petch in to retirement. With Cole up to a comfortable 2nd overall, the final stage saw a shoot out for 3rd overall. Phil & Simon Pickard (Impreza) held it by just a single second from Pat Naylor & Ian Lawrence (Evo IX) but it was Naylor who came out in 3rd overall as Pickard lost 15 seconds, dropping to 6th overall. Read More »

isleofman15 (59)After many years of doing the Manx National we finally got round to the big brother, Rally Isle of Man, and it proved to be a worthy epic. The overall top 3 took their positions after stage 7 and did not change thereafter, but by no means was this a boring rally as there was plenty going on and battles throughout. The opening two tests saw the German crew of Ron Schumann & Stefan Weigel (Evo VII) break the previous all-time stage records to lie an impressive 1st overall but it all came to nothing on the tricky Rhenab stage when the crew left the stage and retired from the event. Steve & Andrew Colley (Evo IX) took over the lead with a total of 11 fastest stage times on their way to victory by a minute and three quarters. Read More »

– Another great result for Welsh sport as Evans finishes second in Corsica
– Best-ever result for Welsh driver in a FIA World Championship event
– Huge confidence boost ahead of home round: Wales Rally GB
– Evans to attend exclusive Wales Rally GB Media Preview later this week

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WorldRX15 TurkeyTimmy Hansen has continued his run of good form in the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy after winning this weekend’s Intercity World RX of Turkey.  It is the seventh consecutive event that Team Peugeot-Hansen has finished on the podium.  Ford Olsbergs MSE driver Andreas Bakkerud took the runner-up spot and third place was taken by Team Volkswagen Sweden driver Johan Kristoffersson. Read More »

Arwel_Jenkins_PR3_15_HeadshotNewtown based co-driver Arwel Jenkins has joined forces with Cornish rally driver Matt Cotton to contest the final round of the FIA World Rally Championship, Wales Rally GB.  The experienced Welshman will contest his first ever WRC outing with Cotton and the newly formed duo will tackle the 12-15 November event in a Ford Fiesta R2.

Thirty year old Jenkins has been co-driving since his 16th birthday where he accompanied his father on a single venue event in Pembrokeshire.  Since then, he has followed the perfect co-driving path, contesting local road rallies which led to several seats alongside up and coming Junior drivers and his inaugural overall win alongside Chris Griffiths in a Darrian T90 GTR on the 2006 Welsh rally. Read More »

Round nine of the 10-round series of the 2015 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup sees seven MINI ALL4 Racing line up to compete at the Rallye du Maroc, Morroco (3-9th October). This penultimate round is also the last desert rally of the 2015 championship and will serve well as preparation for the 2016 edition of the prestigious Dakar Rally.

Relishing close action at Rallye du Maroc will be present leader Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT), ably supported once more by co-driver Mathieu Baumel (FRA). At the same time, Al-Attiyah is well aware that he and his co-driver could leave Morocco with the world title in their hands – and MINI once again FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup champion. A maximum of 60 points can be scored in Morocco and if Al-Attiyah succeeds in stretching his lead to more than 30 points he will lift the title because only 30 points will be awarded at the next and last race, Baja Portalegre. Read More »

Nick Mason and Harpal Sudle 01The 2015 East African Classic Safari Rally entry list was released in Nairobi, Kenya this morning and nestled among former world rally champions, Dakar rally specialists and no less than four former Kenyan Rally Champions, is the Datsun 240Z of Nick Mason (Waltham Abbey) and Harpal Sudle (Leeds). The pair, each veterans of the past four Classic Safari Rallies, will run with the number 29 on the side of their D-Mack Tyres, Proflex Suspension, Swift Energy, Binani Cement, World Rubber and CPM Concrete supported 1978 Datsun. Read More »

Flexible wire towing eyes will be strongly recommended for all cars in UK motorsport in 2016. and may become mandatory in 2017.

Sturdy towing eyes are already mandatory in many forms of motorsport; the MSA rules are now being amended to require non-rigid towing eyes, to prevent damage to other cars in a collision or to marshals during recovery.

The MSA banned ‘sticking-out’ iron tow-eyes several years ago, since when people have been using the soft strap variety, which has a one-ton breaking strain when new. Read More »

Blair Brown pre-Mull15bKinross youngster Blair Brown and Richard Simmonds of Duns are heading this weekend for the Beatsons Building Supplies Mull Rally, one of the toughest rallies in the British rallying calendar. Backed by QTS Group this will only be the duos second outing in the first privately built M-sport Ford Fiesta R2 Ecoboost. Read More »

Nissan today announced that the innovative Nissan GT-R LM NISMO will return to race in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2016.  The team has been working hard to address the technical issues faced at Le Mans in June and is in the middle of a comprehensive test and development programme to prepare the new car to race against the tough competition it faces in the LM P1 class.

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RAC15 1600cc awardHusband and wife crew Stuart and Linda Cariss have won of one of the biggest prizes in club-level rallying after winning the Jordan Road Surfacing Award of a free entry on the Roger Albert Clark Rally (27-29 November).

As the best performing 1600cc car competing in the 2015 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship and the West Wales Rally Spares R.A.C. Rally Championship they win a free entry, worth nearly £2000, in the award presented by Jordan Road Surfacing. Read More »


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