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somerset15 (5)The final results will show a victory of one minute for David Weston & Kirtsy Riddick (Impreza WRC), combined with 11 stage outright or shared fastest times. After 2 stages Paul Bird & Aled Davies (Focus WRC) along with Hugh Hunter & Andy Marchbank (Impreza WRC) were early retirements so it was Charlie Payne & Carl Williamson (Fiesta) who took up the chase but they then went off on stage 5, so by the mid event it was Luke Francis & John Roberts (Evo IX) who were in 2nd place. Damian Cole & Jack Morton (Focus WRC) were 3rd but closely followed by Jamie Anderson & Jon Scott (Lancer WRC). Through the afternoon stages it was Anderson who made the most progress and lost little time to Weston but gained on both Francis and Cole to take 2nd place. Francis completed the podium a further 29 seconds back with Cole slipping back to 5th on the final stage as Stephen Petch & Ian Windress (Fiesta R5+) grabbed 4th overall on the final stage. Read More »

wecsilver15 (32)A superb six hour race saw the no.7 Audi Sport R18 e-tron quattro of Marcel Fässler/Benoit Tréluyer/Andre Lotterer take victory by less than 5 seconds from the no.18 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Romain Dumas/Neel Jani/Marc Lieb with a similar margin back to the no.1 Toyota TS040 Hybrid of Anthony Davidson/Sébastien Buemi/Kazuki Nakajima in third place. A late stop & go penalty for the lead Audi had made the final stages of the race closer than they should have been. It proved to be a great start to what promises to be another season to watch in the World Endurance Championship. The sister cars of the 3 works teams all figured in the top 3 at various points through the race with the no.17 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Timo Bernhard/Mark Webber/Brendon Hartley retiring from the lead just before the quarter way mark of the race. Read More »

elms15 (93)Unlike our last visit in 2013 this race went the distance and was not short of controversy. With the top 3 finishing just over 20 seconds apart after 4 thrilling hours of racing it was the Greaves Motorsport Gibson 015S-Nissan driven by Gary Hirsch/Bjorn Wirdheim/Jon Lancaster that took victory by less than half a second from the Jota Sport Gibson-Nissan of Simon Dolan/Filipe Albuquerque/Harry Tincknell. The talking point came when in the last 15 minutes of the race when Lancaster appeared to take out the Thiriet by TDS Oreca 05 driven by Tristan Gommendy at Aintree, whilst team mates Ludovic Badey & Pierre Thiriet could only look on. When Gommendy regained the track they had dropped to third and could not fight back. Read More »

– Edd Cobley achieves first position in 2015’s opening round of Defender Challenge by Bowler in Somerset.
– Promising start to season from Defender Challenge newcomers Brian Palmer and Calum MacPhail.

Round one of the 2015 season of the Defender Challenge by Bowler sped into action this weekend at the BTRDA Somerset Stages rally.

Nine competing teams gathered on the seafront at Minehead on Saturday morning to realise a winter season of preparations and improvements to their Bowler modified Land Rover Defender 90 vehicles. Amongst them were four new teams and five returning teams. Read More »

Fenwick pre-Lys15Over 160 rally cars will flood the historic town of Saint-Venant, northern France next weekend for the 32nd Rallye de la Lys. The popular, well run event is a team favourite, covering 92 competitive stage miles (an additional 10 event miles compared to the 2014 rally) supported by thousands of incredibly enthusiastic spectators! Read More »

The three most successful drivers in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship field took a win apiece in a thrilling triple-header at Donington Park on Sunday (19 April).

With seven drivers’ championships between them it was the class of Jason Plato, Colin Turkington and Matt Neal that rose to the surface on a brilliant day of racing in Leicestershire. Read More »

Phil_Hall_PR6_15_SSRThe long trip to the South West was undoubtedly worth it for British rally co-driver Phil Hall as he guided Fiesta R2 pilot Rhys Yates to a dominant victory in class B10 at last weekend’s Somerset Stages Rally. Despite missing the opening round of the MSA English Rally Championship, Hall now holds a strong second in class in the series and is just one point away from the leader after the Minehead based event. Read More »

AaronMcClurePR05_15SSR20 year old Aaron McClure banished the memory of his Malcolm Wilson Rally crash to take a confidence boosting second in the hotly contested N4 class of last weekend’s Somerset Stages Rally.  Despite a slow start and constant anti-lag issue, the 2300 Club John Easson Award winner recovered to record his first podium in his newly acquired Allfloors Express – Yokohama backed Mitsubishi Evo 9. Read More »

Scottish crew Dave Weston and Kirsty Riddick took a dominant victory at this weekend’s Somerset Stages Rally, winning all but one of the twelve stages in the Minehead based event.  The Subaru Impreza WRC duo made the long drive from Aberdeen to the third round of the REIS-Ravenol BTRDA Series and emerged clear winners with an exacting 1 minute gap to second placed Jamie Anderson and Jon Scott.  The battle for the runner up spot was a much more uncertain affair, with Mitsubishi WRC pilot Anderson only taking up the position at the half way point of the event from third placed Mitsubishi Lancer crew Luke Francis and John Roberts.

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PB_SomersetCumbrian rally driver Paul Bird’s hopes of maintaining his lead in the 2015 REIS-RAVENOL BTRDA Rally Championship suffered a blow when he was forced out of today’s Somerset Stages Rally after just two stages.

Following victory on the season opener Wyedean Stages Rally in February which he followed up with a second place on his local Malcolm Wilson Rally last month, the Langwathby driver made the long trip south to continue his assault on the title he narrowly missed out on last year. Read More »

Excitement is mounting in the ranks of the young drivers who will participate in the 2015 Brick & Steel Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge – the Scottish version of the Junior 1000 car rallying national initiative for young people aged 14 to 17. Nothing unusual in this excitement as we approach the first of 8 events that will make up the Championship in 2015 after a winter layoff of 6 months. But that first event is no ordinary event – Oh No!! It is the McRae Rally Challenge at Knockhill on 16/17th May 2015. This will probably be the most high profile event that the young drivers with ages ranging from 14 to 16 will take part in – certainly in their Junior 1000 careers.

Ten Junior drivers from the Championship will line up beside some of the biggest and most famous names in the rallying World to celebrate the anniversary of every rally fan’s hero – Colin McRae and his 1995 World Rally Championship title. Read More »

MINI and its successful MINI ALL4 Racing crews head to Qatar and the Sealine Cross-Country Rally Qatar (18th-24th April) – round three of the 2015 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup – as dominant early leader of the World Cup. Following MINI victory at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (round two, 27 March – 2 April), where the top three podium steps were filled by MINI ALL4 Racing machines, the crews now move to Qatar for five stages of racing across 1,750 km of rocky, rugged and sand-lined terrain.Mini pre-Qatar15 Read More »


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