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Monthly Archives: August 2009

pr_dw_wpprev01Bentham rally driver David Wright will continue his BTRDA rally championship quest next Saturday (5th September) when he contests the Woodpecker Stages event in his Giles Philips Motorsport Mitsubishi Evo 9.

Wright, who is backed by Grove Hill Garage and Kumho Tyres, presently leads the championship but with the title being decided on the best six scores from eight he needs to ideally get maximum points on the Ludlow-based event. Read More »

mini cooper book09Mini Cooper/Mini Cooper S by Graham Robson (ISBN: 978-1-84584-183-6)
This book describes the birth, development, and rallying career of the BMC Mini-Cooper/Mini-Cooper in the 1960s, providing a compact and authoritative history of where, when and how it became so important to the sport. Read More »

Chris Anderson Pendragon stages Rally 2009County Durham rally driver Chris Anderson was in action in Cumbria over the weekend when he contested The Stobart Rail Pendragon Stages Rally based in Penrith.

After a race to get his ex Guy Wilks Ford Puma S1600 ready in time for the event, the 18-year-old maintenance engineer from Butterknowle near Bishop Auckland was looking forward to gaining more experience on a multi-venue event. Read More »

Mewla 09 (13)Damp conditions and drizzle for most of the day made the Mewla most autumnal, but with one of the best quality fields set to tackle the ranges in years all was set for an excllent event. The conditions made tyre choice a lottery and with several delays and cancelled stages the event was very stop start. The initial pace was set by Chris Jones & Ashley Trimble (Focaru) before Peter Lloyd & Graham Handley (Impreza WRC) took over at the top. Once the longer stages came in to play Melvyn Evans & Sean Mullally took over at the top, in their Impreza WRC, but with two stages to go an engine fault lead to their retirement at service. Peter Lloyd took over at the top, which he held until the end of the event, to make August a great month for the reigning King of Epynt. Read More »

The two main title contenders for the Hankook MSA Scottish Rally Championship are each out to beat the other on next Saturday’s (Sept 5th) penultimate round, the Merrick Forest Stages.

Mike Faulkner and David Bogie are tied at the top of the drivers’ standings – and both regard the Newton Stewart-based rally as a “make or break” event.

The “Merrick” has attracted another top-quality field, the provisional seeded entry list headed by reigning champion Jimmy Girvan, the only driver to have won the event in its current form, with victories in 2007 and 2008. Read More »

Junior rally driver Garry Pearson faces an uphill struggle to get his rally season back on track – but the 17 year-old from Duns isn’t going to give up on his 2009 campaign without a fight. The youngster heads to Newton Stewart for the Merrick Forest Stages on Saturday 5 September, with both Hankook Scottish Rally Championship and Brick and Steel 205 Ecosse Challenge titles at stake.

Electrical failure on the Speyside Stages at the start of August meant Pearson made the long trip back from Elgin with no points, but after a thorough check-over his Border Rally Sport-prepared Peugeot 205 GTi is ready to take to the forests again. With a driveshaft failure on the RSAC Scottish Rally also in the recent past, Garry knows there can be no slip-ups in the remaining four events of the season. Read More »

The title race in the Brick and Steel 205 Ecosse Challenge is hotting up! Things are getting interesting in both the 1.6-litre and 1.9-litre classes as the one make rally series enters the second half of its season. Crews head to Newton Stewart on Saturday 5 September for the Merrick Forest Stage, the fifth round of the eight-rally series.

Isle of Mull youngster and MSA Rally Academy member John MacCrone might appear to be running away with it in the 1600cc class, but he’s not going to be given an easy walk to the title. The joiner from Dervaig – who is co-driven by his uncle Peter MacCrone – racked up his third maximum points score in succession on the Speyside Stages at the start of August, but a whole host of crews are ready to pounce should the Muilleachs strike trouble. Read More »

border_counties_rally_cookson09Following on the disappointment of retirement in his last two outings, Saltash rally driver Alan Cookson is looking to bounce back on the penultimate round of the 2009 Pirelli MSA Gravel Rally Championship which takes place next Saturday with the Ludlow-based Woodpecker Rally.

Along with Wandsworth co driver Julian Wilkinson, the pair will be back in action in the venerable Friesian cow-liveried car nicknamed ‘Daisy’ but it could well be the final outing for the Robert Wiseman Dairies, Kick Energy,, Kumho Tyres, Riverside Property Services and supported Subaru Impreza WRC. Read More »

It is testament to the worldwide appeal of the MSA British Rally Championship that it continues to attract drivers from as far afield as Finland, Iceland and even Australia.

In the British Rally Championship’s 51st year, Molly Taylor, the 21 year old from Sydney can be proud of her achievement on the recent Ulster International Rally. On only her third tarmac event, in the UK’s premier rally championship she secured the prestigious title of MSA British Ladies Rally Champion. Read More »

donnelly ulster09Eugene Donnelly had much to celebrate after taking his Kumho-shod Skoda Fabia WRC to a dramatic final stage win on last weekend’s (August 21/22) Ulster Rally – it was the Irishman’s third victory on this particular rally, his fourth of the 2009 season and a result that sees him well on the way to clinching his fifth Irish Tarmac Championship. Read More »