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Monthly Archives: June 2011

One year on from Damien Cole’s victory he was looking to make win no.2 of the season in his Focus WRC and with variable weather conditions few would bet against him. However it was the Escort MkII of Simon Mauger & Brian Cammack who defied their power and technology deficit to the WRC machinery around them to take a well deserved win. It was only by 7 seconds as late dramas saw Cole close in, co-driven by James Morgan, but Mauger held on. Completing the podium were previous winners Eian Pritchard & Steve McPhee (Impreza WRC S11) over a minute further back. Read More »

Stormy and ominous skies were overhead for Wheels 2011 but the turnout out the Blue Lias was fantastic, all considered. In terms of the winners the overall winner was the ‘Likeamobile’ Steam Car of David Draper, with class awards going to the Jaguar XJS of Kevin Murray (post 1980 class), the Camaro belonging to Andrew Newman (American class) and the AC Cobra 427 of Paul Blore (competition class). Let’s hope mid June 2012 is a bit more clement next year… Read More »

The BTRDA championship moved into the 2nd half of the season with the Dukeries Rally as it welcomed back 2010 Gold Star Champions Steve Perez & Paul Spooner (Focus WRC). Looking to emulate the great Roger Clark, Perez was attempting to be only the 2nd driver to take a hat trick of consecutive wins and be the first driver to record 4 wins on the event. This would prove to be no mean feat with a quality field assembled behind him. It was Andrew Burton & Robin Kellard (Peugeot Cosworth) who struck first to lead after stage 1 and with the top 6 crews beating the bogey on stage 2 nothing changed. Burton then continued to extend his lead second by second, but with 4 stages where the bogey was beaten the rally was a case of what if for the other crews. Read More »

A double header weekend up on Epynt once again and the 3rd Mini Epynt Stages proved to be yet another hit. The initial pace was set by the Nova of Darren & Sue Underwood with Nigel Gibbard & David Jones (Darrian T90) clawing back the margin on the 2nd stage to leave the top two level, (Rob & Laura Tout would have been leading but were ineligible in their Evo IX). Underwood briefly took the lead on stage 3 before Gibbard went fastest over stages 4 & 5 to lead by 9 seconds into the lunch break. Read More »

With the ANCRO long since gone the Historic crews took the limelight on the Severn Valley Rally. It proved to be an epic battle as the two pre-event favourites suffered on stage 1. Nick Elliott & Chris Brooks retired their Escort MkII after a roll early on during the stage, whilst Julian Reynolds & Ian Oakey punctured a tyre in their Escort MkII. It then led to a fightback that almost paid off. In the end Will Onions & Dave Williams had to drive the wheels off their  Escort MkII over the last two stages, and they held on to win by just 0.3s from Reynolds & Oakey. As if that wasn’t enough Tim Pearcey & Neil Shanks (Escort MkII) caught and passed Rob Smith & Shaun O’Gorman (Chevette) on the final stage to take third place by just 0.7s. Read More »