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Monthly Archives: December 2009

Former national rally champion Paul Bird has today confirmed he will defend his Cartersport Jack Frost Stages Rally title when he takes part in the event at Croft Circuit on Sunday 17th January 2010.

The Penrith driver will bring his latest Ford Focus WRC08 in which he will contest selected rounds of the World Rally Championship in 2010 to the Darlington & District Motor Club-organised event where he took an easy victory in his Subaru on last year’s event. Read More »


Ahead of the festive break, details have emerged surrounding next year’s Citroën Racing Trophy UK and ahead of an official announcement, Charles Hurst, the official appointed UK agent has published outline details of the level of prize funding that will be available.

Citroën Racing in France is finalising details with the organisers of the MSA British Rally Championship surrounding a detailed support package for 2010 but it is confirmed that the UK series will be solely for the Citroen C2R2 Max and based wholly on the 2010 British Rally Championship regulations, featuring the six rounds, with the best five scores to count for the overall title. Read More »

Unique chemical process removes all unnecessary weight, resulting in a cleaner bodyshell that is easier and safer to prepare for racing and rallying.

A unique chemical immersion process that easily removes all paint, grease, oil, underseal, adhesives and sound deadening material offers motorsport preparation companies a simpler and safer method for stripping and cleaning bodyshells. By removing up to 35kg of unnecessary weight from a typical four door shell, the process developed by Surface Processing (SPL), also offers preparation companies a legal weight reduction service without affecting the existing vehicle strength. SPL’s process also claims to improve the working environment for engineers; by removing paint, adhesive and underseal, any further preparation work such as welding is done on clean metal, avoiding the release of noxious fumes and lowering the fire risk. Read More »

Shortly after the festive period, attention will turn to the South American continent once again, where Volkswagen Motorsport hopes to continue the successes seen during this year when Volkswagen claimed the first diesel-powered victory in the first Dakar Rally to be held outside Africa. Read More »

Dutch rally champion Bernhard Ten Brinke has been selected by the Dutch motorsport journalists as Rookie of the Year. During the annual KNAF/BSR price giving ceremony the new Dutch champion was surprised by this additional award.

Bernhard Ten Brinke amazed everybody by winning in his first year rallying the Dutch championship, an unique achievement. It is for the first time in history that a rally driver is crowned Dutch champion in his debut year rallying. Read More »

When the five Volkswagen Race Touaregs cross the start of the Dakar Rally on New Year’s Day 2010, they will not be the only participants competing for the Volkswagen Group.  Two MAN race trucks are also registered in the competition and, if the worst comes to the worst, they will act as a mobile spare parts store and support for the team.  It is extremely difficult for racers from other disciplines to imagine but it is almost impossible to solve problems encountered on the 9,000 km route of the Dakar Rally in any other way. Read More »

Welshpool based James Watkins and Geoff Mayes will return to the Pembrey Race Circuit in South Wales to contest the West Wales Rally Spares Christmas Stages on December 27 2009.

The duo will use the very same Makefast and Rally Marketing backed Nissan Micra that Watkins took an outstanding class victory on the recent Peter Lloyd Stages. The car will once again be hired from and run by Geoff Jones Motorsport of Machynlleth. Read More »

Despite an enforced date change into the New Year, the Specsavers Christmas Stages Rally, which takes place at Croft Circuit, North Yorkshire on Saturday 2nd January 2010, has once again attracted a top quality entry.

Included in the entry list is a World Championship driver, a European Championship driver, a bright pink MG Maestro, a car with ‘ice cream van’ chimes and someone who, it is reckoned, is the actual ‘Stig’ on BBC TV’s popular Top Gear show…! Read More »

After ten days and over 4500 kilometres of high speed rallying Hardev Singh Sira and Denis Giraudet brought their Ti Motorsports run Ford Escort Mk 1 back to the finish of the Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally third in class and thirtieth overall. Read More »

25yr Old Welshman Matt Edwards rose to the challenge of the annual Fiesta Sport Trophy Internatinal Shootout last week, to overcome fitness, mental, media and driving assessments at Fords World Rally Team base in Cockermouth. Read More »