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Monthly Archives: May 2009

Mini Epynt 09 (25)Two rallies in two days on two different surfaces as we watched the inaugural running of the Mini Epynt Stages. The entry contained a lot of Epynt novices as this event was very much geared towards the clubmen driver. With a field largely composed of two wheel drive machinery it was the TVR Tuscan of David Bishop & Simon Crew who took a memorable victory, from being seeded number 23. Just behind them in second place, but running directly in front as car 22, were Paul Fowden & Paul Wakely in their Impreza. Completing the top three, after the demise of Jason Pritchard’s C2R2 with a broken driveshaft on the final stage, was our driver of the day Ed Lloyd. He certainly entertained in his TR8 always visibily closing on the car in front, on every stage we saw. Read More »

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dodd_sv09eDefending champions Marcus Dodd and Andrew Bargery claimed maximum points in round five of the 2009 Pirelli MSA Gravel Rally Championship with an extremely narrow victory in yesterday’s (30 May) Severn Valley National Rally.

In their Hyundai Accent WRC car, the pair left it late to secure the win on the Builth Wells-based event as they finished just 0.6 of a second ahead of the Subaru Impreza of Roger Duckworth and Mark Broomfield, who are not contesting the ANCRO series this year, after edging ahead on the seventh and final stage. Read More »

goodwood june09bWith just five weeks to go until the 2009 Festival of Speed (3-5 July), Goodwood can already confirm that over 75 of the greatest motor racing drivers and riders will be present at the world’s largest celebration of motoring culture, with more big names expected to follow over the coming weeks. 

For the first time in its 17 years history, the Festival of Speed will be attended by both the reigning Formula One and WRC World Champions. Formula One ace and Goodwood regular Lewis Hamilton will be on hand to entertain the Festival crowds, as will five-times WRC champion and Festival rookie Sebastian Loeb.  The current 2009 season Formula One championship leader Jenson Button is also confirmed for Goodwood, as are fellow F1 drivers Mark Webber and Timo Glock.  In all six of the current-season F1 teams are scheduled to attend the Festival, including McLaren, Ferrari, Williams, Toyota and Red Bull, plus the new Brawn GP team. Read More »

Severn 09 (2)Dust, dust and more dust but it wouldn’t be a Severn Valley without it! In the Nationals there wasn’t much between the top two as Marcus Dodd & Andrew Bargery took their Accent WRC to 0.6s victory over the Impreza WRC of Roger Duckworth & Mark Broomfield, who had led from stage 1 of the event until the start of the last stage. Completing the podium, and heading up the Evo Challenge runners in third place, was the Evo IX of Daniel Barry & Martin Brady with yet another cracking performance.

In the Clubmen event Nigel Griffiths & Jon Scott took a start to finish victory in their Impreza from the Focus WRC of Michael O’Brien & Ian Allsop. It had been a close run thing with less than 10 seconds separating the top two all event and the final victory margin falling to just 3.8s. As the front two pulled away it was the Escort MkII of Henri Grehan & Chris Ridge that took 3rd place, winning their class, and beating a significant amount of 4WD machinery in the process. Read More »

Subaru dealer, Europa, today announced it will be supporting the Chatsworth International Rally Show, June 6-7, 2009.  

This unique motorsport experience is set in the spectacular grounds of Chatsworth House, in the heart of the Peak District National Park and incorporates part of the former RAC Rally stage. Comprising a 3.7mile stage, using some of the gravel roads on the hill behind Chatsworth House the stage finishes on the tarmac roads familiar to Rally Show visitors. Read More »

Local driver Gordon Nichol and co-driver Emma Morrison sealed their first victory in the British Rally Championship’s 2009 Swift Sport Cup, the Jim Clark International Rally last weekend.
 
Their one and a half minute winning margin does not do justice to the competitiveness of the event though, since four of the six crews set fastest times on the 150 mile event. Read More »

Chris Anderson & Chris Thirling ALM Stages Rally 2009Following on from his superb result at Langbaurgh earlier this month, County Durham rally driver Chris Anderson is hoping to continue his good form when he contests next weekend’s Keith Frecker Memorial Weeton Stages Rally at Weeton Camp near Blackpool.

The seventh place overall and novice class win on the ALM Autodrome Stages Rally was the latest in a string of good performances for the 17-year-old maintenance engineer from Butterknowle who will once more team up with fellow Durham Auto Club co-driver Chris Thirling, in their MSR Motorsport prepared and Wilkinson Maintenance Ltd-sponsored Ford Puma S1600, which also has the additional backing of Bell’s Truck Sales for the Blackpool South Shore Motor Club event. Read More »

World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist has confirmed his attendance at Rallyday 2009, which takes place on Saturday 19 September at Castle Combe Circuit, Wiltshire, UK.

Stig won the World Rally Championship in 1984, behind the wheel of the iconic Audi quattro, and contributed to Audi winning their second Manufacturer’s title.

The quattro changed the face of rallying through the 1980s and Stig will be driving the final evolution of the mighty vehicle – in the form of the quattro S1 E2 – through the Feature Rally Stage in front of an expected 10,000 rally fans. Read More »

Richard Archer and Tom Ward continued their winning ways on round three of the British Rally Championship’s support series, the BRC Challenge, taking their second straight victory as the championship moved to the asphalt of the Jim Clark Rally. The win came despite their car making a bid for freedom near the start of the rally, rolling off down a hill and nudging a post while driver and co-driver were out of the car at the arrival queue for the Duns stage.
 
The Friday night stages were definitely a challenge for the BRCC crews, some experiencing rallying on tarmac in the dark for the first time, the Duns town centre stage a new test for all. Read More »

Guy Wilks, British Rally Champion in 2007 and 2008, will join the British team taking on the Irish and the Germans in the Nations Cup at the Rally Show at Chatsworth on 6/7 June. He will drive the Proton Satria Neo S2000 car prepared and run by Mellors Elliot Motorsport, with which he made such a stunning debut on the Pirelli Rally in April. Also in the British team is Steve Perez, at the wheel of the VK Ford Focus WRC07, and David Kynaston with his 3-litre Audi A3 quattro.

The Irish are represented by Kris Meeke, in his Peugeot UK S2000 207 and the Donnelly brothers, Eugene and Charlie, in a Toyota Corolla WRC and a Skoda Fabia WRC respectively. The Donnellys will be coming to Chatsworth on a high, since Eugene won the Jim Clark International Rally last weekend in the Skoda Fabia WRC. Read More »