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After a covid-19 delay a reduced Critérium du Dauphiné took place in August over 5 stages, rather than the regular 8 stages. With the Tour de France just 3 weeks away it was a final proving ground for the main contenders. Daniel Martinez (EF Pro Cycling) took victory by 29s from Thibaut Pinot (Groupama FDJ) with Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) completing the podium, a further 12s back. It had looked like a Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma) whitewash but a crash on stage 4 saw the Slovenian not take the start on the final day, saving him for the larger objective. The Jumbo Visma team did manage to win 3 of the 5 stages on offer, with Wout Van Aert taking stage 1, Roglic stage 2 and Sepp Kuss the final stage in to Megeve. The other stage winners were Davide Formolo (UAE) on stage 3 and Lennard Kamna (Bora Hansgrohe) on stage 4. Read More »

Another Sunday and another visit to a circuit meeting. This time it was a true clubmans affair as it was the 750 Motor Clubs Mallory Park meeting. It has been a while but we were quickly remined that Mallory is a great circuit to watch at, especially with race fields of 20+ cars. In the case of the Hot Hatches they were close to 40 cars and the two races were action packed throughout the field. There were the two 750 fields, Historic and Modern, who also ran a pair of races. Last but not least were the Caterham Graduates, who ran a total of 3 incident packed races. Read More »

After the covid-19 enforced drought of motorsport, we made our first venture out to Donington Park for the Masters Historic F1 meeting. The entries were slightly down on usual, with many continental competitors unsure of attending. There were several bumper fields though, with the pre-66 Touring Cars providing the usual entertainment. The Historic F1 cars were great to watch and listen to, with the echo of Cosworth DFV’x through the Craner Curves. There were two different sports car fields and rounding off the event with the pre-66 Minis. Read More »

Motorsport UK, the governing body for four-wheeled motorsport in the UK, has today announced the provision of a further supply of complementary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to support its clubs and volunteers, underlining the importance of adhering to its Face Covering guidance.

This additional supply follows the successful distribution of equipment by Motorsport UK to over 460 events announced on 10th June, for use throughout the initial phase of the resumption of motorsport in July and August. The response from the clubs, officials and competitors to the face covering requirements has been outstanding and has played a large part in the sport’s continued ability to run events safely.

During October, all events with a Motorsport UK permit will be provided with masks for use by club officials and personnel. 20,000 units will be available to events across the British Isles, matching the initial quantity of face coverings distributed in June. Additionally, Motorsport UK will also be providing hand sanitiser to be used by the volunteers on each event. Read More »

* Historic Rally Festival postponed to 5th and 6th June 2021
* The safety of all those involved became the main priority
* Weston Park and Telford Town Park will again be the focus in 2021

It is with a heavy heart that the organisers of the Historic Rally Festival have decided to postpone this year’s inaugural event to the 5th and 6th of June 2021. Read More »

A few weeks ago, SB Motorsport Owner Steve ‘Baggsy’ Biagioni received an invite to the well renowned Brands Hatch Circuit, for the ‘GoJapan!’ event being held on the 13th September 2020.

After the initial invite, we wondered which vehicle Baggsy should demo at this awesome event, but one machine stood out over the rest. The #LSXR35.

Four demonstration slots during the day, drifting around the whole ‘Indy’ circuit. With many UK drivers running tandem around Paddock Hill bend, Druids and Clearways. It was a sight that MSVR circuit owners don’t usually see. Read More »

Motorsport UK and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) have signed a new access agreement which will allow competitive four-wheeled rallying on NRW-managed land for the next three years until 2023.

For decades, NRW’s forests have played host to a range of motorsport, working effectively with Motorsport UK to stage events at every level of the sport, from grassroots to the iconic Wales Rally GB – Britain’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship. Read More »

Motorsport UK is delighted to welcome the Electroheads e-kart Championship to the expanding Karting Pathway. After initial trial events in 2020, the brainchild of former Ferrari and Williams Formula One engineer Rob Smedley will become a fully-fledged Motorsport UK championship for the 2021 season. Read More »

* Mattias Ekstrom wins in Latvia
* Championship leader Johan Kristoffersson takes second in Riga
* Robin Larsson joins Ekstrom in double KYB Team JC podium

Sweden’s Mattias Ekstrom secured his second win of the 2020 season at the Neste World RX of Riga-Latvia, round six of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy (20 September). Read More »

* Johan Kristoffersson wins in Latvia to extend Championship lead
* Mattias Ekstrom and Timmy Hansen finish on Riga podium
* KYB Team JC continues to lead Teams’ standings

Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson claimed his 23rd career victory at the Neste World RX of Riga-Latvia, round five of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy (September 19), to extend his Drivers’ Championship lead. Read More »

The Barbados Rally Club (BRC) has confirmed a radical rethink of all former conventions in planning the route for the delayed Sol Rally Barbados 2020, changes made possible in part by the continuing effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Highlights of the two-day event will include the longest special stage in recent memory, a move away from the tradition of Saturday stages in the north of the island and Sunday’s in the south-east and a journey through all but one of the island’s parishes.

While details of the start and finish are yet to be finalised, as work continues to create the safest Covid-19 environment, the Club promises a challenging event. PRO Neil Barnard says: “The travel and quarantine restrictions around the pandemic have resulted in a reduced number of entries, which has allowed us to experiment in a way that would not have been possible with our usual full complement. The route passes through at least five parishes on both days, the timed stages total around 50 kilometres each day, and we are using some stage layouts that are either new or haven’t been used in nearly 20 years.” Read More »

Like a lot of people during Lockdown, I found myself delving into some of my old photographs from my early motorsport career – particularly the very early years when I was still learning my trade!

It led me to resurrecting my old UK Rally Calendar which I had stopped doing since I retired. I’ve used a selection of some of my old favourite pictures from some of my favourite and memorable locations (some of which probably arent used any more) and title it ‘Classic Rallying’!

It features many of the great cars and drivers of the late 80s and early 90s such as Malcolm Wilson in the Ford Sierra Cosworth 4×4 and the late Dave Metcalfe in the Vauxhall Nova. Read More »

The Latvian capital, Riga is the venue for rounds five and six of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy this weekend, 19-20 September.

Neste World Rallycross of Riga-Latvia takes place at the Bikernieki circuit 10km east of Riga city centre and will be the fifth time the World Championship has taken place in Latvia. Read More »