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Monthly Archives: January 2011

The competitve season got underway with our first visit to Brands Hatch in the best part of 30 years for the inaugral running of the Brands Hatch Stages. The rally was dominated by John Indri & Dave Engwell (Darrian T90 GTR) as they set 7 fastest times, from the 8 stages run on the event, to take victory by over a minute. It did not start out that way as they were only 2nd fastest on the opening stage as the Focus WRC of Nigel Mummery & Fiona Scarrett went fastest on the opening stage. Mummery then slipped back to a comfortable 2nd overall before a spin on stage 5 saw them beached in the gravel trap at Paddock Hill Bend. Read More »

Our first rally outing of the year as we visited Chepstow Racecourse for the 2011 Wyedean Forest Rally Media Day. With 20 cars out to entertain the sponsors it proved to be another excellent day. Unfortunately we lost two cars early on as Colin Webb rolled his BMW on the first run and Tim Freeman’s Escort MkII stopped with mechanical issues, (better on a day like this than an actual event though). Read More »

Rally legend Erik Carlsson is to support the centenary celebrations of the Monte Carlo Rally by backing a team who will compete in this week’s XIVth Monte Carlo Historique rally in an exact replica of the car that took him to victory back in 1963. Read More »

Clubmen competitors in the 2011 Dunlop/WONAGO MSA British Historic Rally Championship will be competing for the Holton Homes ‘Spirit of Clubmen’ Awards, which will give three crews a free entry into a 2012 championship round.

Three crews, one from each category, will be selected by an expert panel, which will be looking for crews that typify the ethos of clubmen, competing in a self-prepared car and running on limited funds. The panel will also consider crews that have endured more than their share of misfortune across the season. Read More »

Milford Haven’s Nick Cristofaro, 17, got his rally driving season off to a flying start last weekend when he finished first front wheel drive car on the Red Kite Stages as well as taking tenth place overall and second in class.

The Llandovery-based event was only the second that Cristofaro has contested in his new rally car, a TEG Sport-prepared Ford Fiesta ST ran with additional support from Pirelli and Genpower UK as well as new sponsor Nicky Grist. Grist, who used to co-drive in the World Rally Championship with Colin McRae, now runs a successful business selling motorsport products. Read More »

The Citroën Total World Rally Team will be aiming to win its seventh FIA Manufacturers’ World Title in 2011 with the brand new DS3 WRC.  Two crews have been entered: Sébastien Loeb-Daniel Elena, gunning for their eighth Drivers’ World Title in succession, and Sébastien Ogier-Julien Ingrassia who have been promoted to the works outfit full time after scoring two victories in 2010.  Three more Citroën DS3 WRCs will be driven by privateers: Petter Solberg, Kimi Räikkönen and Peter van Merksteijn. Read More »

JRM’s achievement of winning the MSA British Rally Championship Teams’ title last year was acknowledged on Friday evening, when Team Manager John Barnes was presented with the MSA trophy at the association’s annual ‘Night of the Champions’ at the Royal Automobile Club in London’s Pall Mall. Read More »

Peugeot UK celebrates at the 100th anniversary of the Monte Carlo rally as its new driver pairing takes third position in this toughest of rallies.

The Monte Carlo rally is probably the most famous rally in the world and one of the most difficult. Taking place over three days, it combines fast mountain roads with ever-changing weather conditions. Usually the rally is run on snow-covered roads but this year it started on tarmac stages with no snow! Read More »

Tyre brand BFGoodrich this week claimed its 11th Dakar win in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The firm’s partner Volkswagen secured a hat-trick on this year’s event thanks to Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah (1st), the 2009 winner Giniel de Villiers (2nd) and last year’s victor Carlos Sainz (3rd). BFGoodrich-shod runners dominated the top 15 places overall and also took the top prize in the event’s T2 and two-wheel drive classes. Read More »

Swisher – Britain’s leading commercial cleaning, hygiene and sanitation protection provider – will sponsor the MSA English Rally Championship. For the next two years, the Swisher brand will be carried on ERC entries and a bonus scheme will be offered to any car carrying a Swisher screen banner which achieves a photograph appearing in any recognised publication.

Swisher is a fast-growing UK network of service providers which delivers weekly hygiene cleaning services to commercial premises, from pubs to factories, hospitals and schools, stores and offices, making certain that wherever people gather for work or social activities, the premises are safe and clean. Health protection against MRSA, E-coli and other contamination diseases to the highest international standards is the Swisher service guarantee. Washroom cleanliness is the core service, which keeps premises safe and pleasant. Read More »