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Monthly Archives: September 2009

Abarth is continuing its tradition of building accessible competition machinery with the unveiling of its new Abarth 500 R3T rally car.

Revealed for the first time at this month’s 51st San Remo Rally, the Abarth 500 R3T will feature in a one-make rallying trophy in 2010. The European and Italian Trophies for the Abarth 500 Assetto Corse circuit racer will continue. Read More »

The MSA British Rally Championship’s 2009 Swift Sport Cup was a cracker, going right to the final round on International Rally Yorkshire at the end of September.

At the end of nearly 100 miles of high speed competition in the forests of North Yorkshire, it was local lad Luke Pinder and co-driver Peter Scott who took victory in both event and one-make Championship. Read More »

ekcivicA one-make rally championship for Honda Civics is coming to the stages of Scotland next season! The Brick and Steel Civic Ecosse Challenge will run parallel to the highly successful 205 Ecosse Challenge, which has launched the rally careers of scores of drivers and co-drivers over the last seven years. Read More »

This weekend’s Colin McRae Forest Stages could be a defining moment in the 2009 Brick and Steel 205 Ecosse Challenge. If results go the right way, both the 1.9-litre and 1.6-litre titles could be decided come the end of the Perth-based rally.

Isle of Mull junior John MacCrone has been the man to beat in the competitive 1.6-litre Challenge all year long, and a top six finish for the 20 year-old on Saturday will seal the series for John and co-driving uncle Peter MacCrone. With John MacCrone also in the running for Hankook Scottish Rally Championship’s Junior title, however, there will be no let-up from the Dervaig joiner. Read More »

skoda san remo09Despite a disappointing San Remo Rally, Škoda Motorsport can take heart from its performance in this year’s Intercontinental Rally Challenge series. Jan Kopecký’s title challenge ended when the Czech driver retired from the rally after the second stage, but team-mate Juho Hänninen put in a good performance.

Things looked good for the Škoda team when Kopecký and co-driver Petr Starý won the first stage. Unfortunately, the duel between Kopecký and championship leader Kris Meeke ended prematurely when the Czech damaged the left rear suspension of his car after clipping a wall. Read More »

hrcr trackrod09The fast and dusty stages of Yorkshire played host to the eighth and final round of the Dunlop/Gambia MSA British Historic Rally Championship, the Trackrod Historic Cup (26 September).

Another category one victory for Dessie Nutt and Geraldine McBride (Porsche 911) confirmed them as overall BHRC champions, while victory in category three was a superb result for Julian Reynolds and Ian Oakey, who set a fearsome pace in their Escort Mk2. Read More »

Keith Cronin and Greg Shinnors set a blistering pace on International Rally Yorkshire to not only take their third gravel victory of 2009, but with it secure the MSA British Rally Championship at their first attempt.

The battle with season-long championship rivals Mark Higgins and Bryan Thomas was all-but won on the first of the day’s nine stages, where the 23 year old from County Cork took thirteen seconds of the triple British rally Champion. Sadly on the last stage, any hope of a late chance for Higgins was quashed when his Pirelli TEG Sport Impreza left the road at high speed. Read More »

Peugeot UK’s Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle are on top of the world after winning the Sanremo Rally to clinch the Drivers’ Championship in the 2009 Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

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jrm trackrod09a– Gwyndaf Evans leads before puncture deflates chance of outright win
– David Bogie goes well before retiring when rock splits sump
– Team pleased with its cars performance after setting six out of nine fastest stage times Read More »

evo challenge trackrod09– Trackrod International Rally Yorkshire – 26th September 2009
– Nik Elsmore wins final round of the season and claims second place in the final series standings for the second year running
– Already-crowned 2009 Champion Daniel Barry retires after stage two when damage caused in Ulster incident causes rear suspension mountings to break Read More »