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Our first foray in to the woods of the year was for the Cambrian Rally and this year it was not just the opening round of the BTRDA championship but also the BRC. A superb entry gathered, loaded with R5 and WRC machinery at the front end for the two championships. There was an International feel with Chilean brothers Pedro & Alberto Heller starting as cars 1 & 2 whilst reigning 2018 champion, for both the BRC and BTRDA, Matt Edwards lined up at 3 with Pat Walsh calling the notes, making it an all Fiesta R5 top 3. With the top 10 being made up of the rest of the main BRC contenders it was Stephen Petch & Michael Wilkson (Fiesta WRC) who were car no.11 and headed up the National B section of the rally. Charlie Payne & Carl Williamson (Fiesta) and Euan Thorburn & Paul Beaton (Focus WRC) completed the BTRDA top 3 seeds. Read More »

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The overnight rain left the Goodwood circuit slippy and very green for the first stage and it was Richard Weaver & James Pink (Evo VI) who took advantage of their four wheel drive to set fastest time by 9 seconds. It set the tempo and a heavy downpour after stage 2 really played in to the 4WD crews hands for the following stages. Weaver set fastest time on all 5 stages to the lunchbreak and followed up with two more after lunch, on a now dry track. With a 56s lead Weaver relaxed slightly on the last pair of stages to secure overall victory by 45s. Read More »

After a year away we returned to the Cotswold Clouds to a snowy and very wintry scene in Dursley, Stroud and surroundings. Crooked Mustard took up its usual slot as first hill for the odd numbered cars and proved to be as entertaining as normal. Very few crews cleared the hill with many going no further than the ledge at post 7 to post 5. We then moved on to the Badgers Wood complex and took in the picture perfect Gerry’s test, which had a stop start to the class 7 & 8 cars. With a decent covering of snow it proved to be a superb days motorsport. Read More »

Brettex Skoda Fabia R5 driver Rhys Yates will be looking to build on his impressive Rallye Monte Carlo result this week as he heads to round two of the FIA World Rally Championship, Rally Sweden (14th – 17th February).

Yates secured the best result of his career in France last month, clinching fourth place at the opening round of the WRC2 series, overcoming some of the most difficult conditions to enjoy a trouble-free run to finish just shy of the podium on his debut. Read More »

The Vnuk insurance issue threatening motorsport took another positive turn today, as the European Parliament formally adopted a new proposal excluding motorsport from the Motor Insurance Directive (MID).

Vnuk is a 2014 European Curt judgement, ruling that the requirement for compulsory insurance should cover any use of a vehicle, so long as that use is consistent with the normal function of the vehicle. This would require all competition cars in motorsport to have compulsory third party insurance.

In January, the European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee (IMCO) approved a report recommending that motorsport should not be impacted by Vnuk. Today, the Parliament formally adopted the amended proposal by 562 votes to 36, with 19 abstentions. Read More »

Rising 19-year-old rally driver Ruairi Bell will drive an M-Sport Ford Fiesta R2 in the opening round of the Junior British Rally Championship (JBRC) this weekend after closing a deal to drive an EDSL Sport run machine on the Cambrian Rally (16th February).

Bell, from London, will mount an assault on ultra-competitive Junior BRC and compete for a prize worth over 60,000 Euros towards a season in the Junior World Rally Championship in 2020 which has been provided by M-Sport and Pirelli. The youngster has enlisted reigning British Rally Champion Darren Garrod to co-drive for the season. Read More »

The event regulations and entry forms for the 2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally have been published. This is the catalyst for payment of the next instalment of the entry fee for the 165 crews who currently have reserved places for the 21-25 November event. Read More »

Talented Scottish rally driver Finlay Retson will embark on the biggest challenge of his career, as he makes his debut in the Junior British Rally Championship at the Cambrian Rally this weekend (16th February), driving a brand new Ford Fiesta R2.

Retson, 18 from Blairgowrie near Perth recently announced his progression into a new-for-2019 M-Sport built machine which is the latest specification example from the factory in Poland and has seen a major overhaul from its predecessor. Read More »

Two of Britain’s most consistent Sol Rally Barbados supporters will jointly clock up their quarter-century this year, when Andrew Costin-Hurley makes his 16th appearance in the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) premier event and Nigel Worswick participates for the ninth time. And there’s an even closer link between the two this year than just their common history of campaigning Ford rally cars for many years . . . as Costin-Hurley’s wife Melissa will sit with Worswick on one run of Flow King of the Hill, as one of two successful bidders in an on-line charity auction last year.

Sol RB19 will run from Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2, with The Rally Show on the previous Saturday (May 25) followed by Flow KotH at its new location of Stewarts Hill on Sunday, May 26; it is the 30th running of an event that has evolved from small beginnings as the All-Stage Rally of 1990 into the Caribbean’s biggest annual motor sport International and a key National Event on the island’s sports-tourism calendar. Read More »

Cumbrian driver Barry Lindsay will lead the field away on the Darlington and District Motor Club-Barry Lindsay organised Jack Frost Stages Rally in association with Cartersport which will take place at Croft Circuit, North Yorkshire next Sunday (17th February 2019).

Lindsay and co-driver Caroline Lodge aim to defend the title they won twelve months ago in their SGP Motorsport Ford Fiesta S2000, kindly supplied by local motor dealer Steve Petch as part of their prize for winning the SG Petch ANECCC Rally Championship again in 2018. Read More »

Sam Bilham says he has “no expectations” ahead of the opening round of this year’s Jordan Road Surfacing BTRDA Rally Series which sees the Bingley rally driver make his debut in the Greenlight Sports and Entertainment Ford Fiesta R5 at the Cambrian Rally this weekend (16th February).

The 2017 Fiesta ST Trophy champion has recently secured a deal to drive the rally winning four-wheel-drive M-Sport R5 machine after his top ten performance on last year’s Wales Rally GB National was spotted by Greenlight’s Managing Director Guy Smith and Swift Group Chairman Peter Smith. Read More »

Temperatures of down to minus 10 degrees centigrade will greet British rally co-driver Phil Hall and a dozen other entrants as the Junior World Rally Championship kicks off at Rally Sweden next week (14th – 17th February).

Thirteen drivers from across the world will gather in Karlstad in central Sweden to embark on the five-round championship designed to vault progressive young rally stars into the top echelons of the World Rally Championship. Read More »