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Monthly Archives: January 2010

Organisers of the Hankook MSA Scottish Rally Championship have unveiled a raft of awards and incentives for the forthcoming season.

The Hankook Junior Prize Drive will again be a major feature, following its inaugural year which saw John MacCrone from the Isle of Mull chosen to compete on a round of the Rally of China.

For 2010, the award has been expanded, and will be open to Juniors in the Scottish Rally Championship, the Welsh Rally Championship and Clio Challenge competitors within the British Rally Championship. Read More »

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Citroën Racing Technologies will enter two C4 WRCs on the Arctic Lapland Rally from 28th-30th January. The cars will be entrusted to Dani Sordo/Marc Marti and Kimi Räikkönen/Kaj Lindström. Coming just two weeks before Rally Sweden, round one of the 2010 FIA World Rally Championship, the Lapland event will provide a valuable testing opportunity for Citroën and two of the French team’s crews. Read More »

Škoda UK Motorsport stuck to its plan and made a solid start to its 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge campaign today, when its star driver Guy Wilks completed the opening day of the Rallye Monte Carlo in 10th position. Read More »

Triumph TR specialist Stephen Hall will return to historic rallying in 2010 to contest the Waterend Asphalt Cup, which runs over four asphalt rallies held within the Dunlop/Wonago.com MSA British Historic Rally Championship.

Hall, who spent the 2009 season racing a classic Triumph TR6, has recently completed the build of a fresh TR7 V8 and plans to campaign it in the Asphalt Cup. As well as the three BHRC rounds in the Isle of Man, Ulster and Flanders, the Asphalt Cup also takes in the Harry Flatters Rally on Epynt on 1 August. Read More »

The Dunlop/WONAGO.com MSA British Historic Rally Championship got off to a flying start at the annual HRCR Open Day at Gaydon on Saturday (16 January 2010).

The Open Day is the start-off point for the coming season as championship registrations open and crews start to firm up their plans for the year ahead. In one day, championship manager Simon Marks took 28 driver and 11 co-driver registrations, a higher number than in previous years. “It was very busy; we took more registrations on the day than ever and it was particularly encouraging to record that 10 of those registrations were from new competitors.” Read More »

Prodrive has launched the Impreza N2010, its latest FIA specification group N rally car.

The Impreza N2010 uses the new larger 33mm air restrictor, introduced by the FIA to help balance the performance of Group N and the unrestricted Super2000 rally cars.  Increasing the restrictor diameter from 32 to 33mm, fitting high flow fuel injectors and recalibrating the ECU increases peak power by 20 bhp, but more significantly, improves torque and responsiveness throughout the rev range. Read More »

Exciting news for off road competitors in the East Midlands and beyond as a new venue has been secured by Iconic Motorsports. This is welcome news against a back drop of the general trend for losing venues all around the UK, in recent years.

The 600 acre forest facility will be available for recreational use from 1st March 2010. The site is suitable for a number of motorsport activities including stage rallying, off road comp safari, trialing and challenge type events. Read More »

It was forty two years ago that a British driver, Vic Elford, last won the Monte Carlo rally and Peugeot UK’s reigning IRC champion Kris Meeke is aiming to change this.

The 2010 Monte Carlo rally is the first round of this year’s Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) and is perhaps the most famous rally there is, whether you are an ardent rally fan or just a motoring enthusiast. Read More »

Volkswagen has won the legendary Dakar Rally for the second time in succession.  The Volkswagen duos and their TDI powered Race Touareg prototypes celebrated a one-two-three podium lockout at the finish of the toughest challenge in motorsport.  In the process, Carlos Sainz / Lucas Cruz (E/E) triumphed by only 2 minutes 12 seconds ahead of team mates Nasser Al-Attiyah / Timo Gottschalk (Q/D) in a thrilling finale on the closing 202 kilometre sprint on the 14th and final rally day.  Mark Miller / Ralph Pitchford (USA/ZA) claimed third position while last year’s winners Giniel de Villiers / Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZA/D) finished seventh.

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Penrith rally driver Paul Bird returned to his local Croft circuit today and successfully defended the Cartersport Jack Frost Stages Rally title which he won for the first time twelve months ago.

Along with Scottish co driver Kirsty Riddick, the pair finished over two minutes ahead of their nearest rivals after the eight stages around the North Yorkshire track but their day wasn’t without incident which started on the opening stage of the Darlington and District Motor Club event. Read More »