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Monthly Archives: February 2009

perez_sunseekerKick Energy Rally driver Steve Perez saw his hopes of a decent points haul in the opening round of the 2009 Pirelli MSA Gravel Rally Championship disappear when he was forced to retire from Rallye Sunseeker today.

Driving the recently acquired ex Marcus Gronholm Ford Focus WRC 07, the Chesterfield businessman and welsh co-driver Paul Spooner were holding second place behind defending champion Marcus Dodd in the early stages when he retired on the morning’s third stage. Read More »

bird_sunseeker092005 National Rally Champion Paul Bird’s bid to regain the Pirelli MSA Gravel Rally Championship got off to the worst possible start when he retired from the opening round on Rallye Sunseeker.

Driving the brand new Ford Focus WRC, the Penrith driver and co-driver Ian Windress from Northallerton were gradually getting to grips with the car and were leading at half distance when on the short tenth stage, a heavy landing near the end of the stage caused the car to cut out.  Read More »

devine_sunseeker09Although not winning the event outright, Irishman Sean Devine took maximum points on the opening round of the 2009 Pirelli MSA Gravel Rally Championship after a concerted effort on Rallye Sunseeker today.

Driving the ex Mikko Hirvonen Subaru WRC S11, the Ulsterman from Strabane and co-driver Francis Regan showed no ill effects from not competing on gravel since last September to claim third place overall on the Bournemouth-based event. Read More »

sun09-no6a1Another year and another trip down South for the Sunseeker. A rather depleted entry took to the stages Saturday morning and the top three on the entry list all retired due to a variety of maladies. So it was Will Nicholls & Nick Broom who took victory after a day long battle with Roger Duckworth & Mark Broomfield. Completing the podium were Sean Devine & Francis Regan, making it a 1-2-3 for the Subaru marque.

The battle in group N was immense with Daniel Barry & Martin Brady just edging out Simon Hughes & Patrick Walsh to take the first round of the Evo Challenge. The overseas contingent made their presence known too as Andreas Magnusson & Henrik Hulterskog just took third in group N and the Evo Challenge, with one stage remaining, from Nik Elsmore & Craig Drew. Read More »

holding_alec_sun09aAn incident involving a competing car has occurred on the opening stage of Rallye Sunseeker, resulting in the suspension of both the two stages through the gardens in the centre of Bournemouth. No spectators were involved and the crew of the car also escaped serious injury, but a lamp post was knocked to the ground, leaving live electricity cables exposed. Read More »

Entries are rolling in for both the MSA British Rally Championship and its support series, the BRC Challenge, with nearly forty registered drivers between the two series’.
After unprecedented levels of entries in 2008, the BRC had expected a fall in number for 2009 in difficult economic conditions. But the trend is so far very good, particularly with the addition of the Fiesta Sporting Trophy, which could reach twenty registrations in advance of the BRC’s first round in late March. Read More »

– 2009 Mitsubishi Ralliart Evolution Challenge Round 1
– Rallye Sunseeker – 27th & 28th February
– Ten crews line up for traditional Bournemouth start
– Series welcomes an international field

The first round of the 2009 Mitsubishi Ralliart Evolution Challenge kicks off today with its now traditional season-opener at the Bournemouth-based Rallye Sunseeker. Read More »

Galway driver Ross Forde is gearing-up for the opening round of the Fiesta SportTrophy, the Malcolm Wilson Rally, a week on Saturday (7 March).
Forde is contesting a full season in the series this year in his Motorsport Ireland and Irish Sports Council-backed M-Sport-run Ford Fiesta with the support of Global Group Ireland as his prize for winning the 2008 Billy Coleman Award. Read More »

mike-harris-pre-sunseeker091London based Mike Harris Junior has reason to be grinning ahead of this weekends Rallye Sunseeker, after having landed backing for the event from underground music and party promoters Grin Recordings. Read More »

mark-gamble-epynt011Wolverhampton based Mark Gamble overcame a number of frustrating dramas to secure a good bag of points, and a podium position on his first rally over the Epynt military Ranges since a serious accident on the ranges a few years ago left the reigning Suzuki champion in hospital. Read More »