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Monthly Archives: September 2011

A delighted Andreas Mikkelsen said that finishing 2nd on the Sanremo Rally, an event he expected to be his least favourable in this year’s Intercontinental Rally Challenge, was “like a win” after he scored a sensational result in his ŠKODA UK Motorsport Fabia S2000. Co-driven by Ola Fløene, a relaxed Andreas led the rally three times, set four fastest stage times and came within 1.5 seconds of winning one of the world’s classic asphalt rallies. Read More »

Petter Solberg, Kimi Räikkönen and Peter van Merksteijn Jr will all start the Rally de France-Alsace at the wheel of their Citroën Racing Technologies Citroën DS3 WRCs. The Citroën privateer drivers who scored points in Rally Germany – the first tarmac event of the season – are all determined to move up the World Rally Championship classification.

Rallye de France-Alsace appeared on the calendar last year and immediately became one of the most popular rounds of the season. The spectators, massed on the sides of the roads in the Alsatian and Vosges stages, were all rooting for Loeb and Citroën creating a unique ambience. Read More »

After travelling to the other side of the world, the 2011 World Rally Championship will finish in Europe. The ‘Rallye de France-Alsace’, the first of the three remaining events, will be on Citroën’s home turf. Last year, Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena won their seventh world title in Strasbourg, and the Citroën Total World Rally Team scored its sixth Manufacturers’ World Championship crown. Twelve months later Citroën is aiming for more wins with its two crews. Read More »

Regulations are now available for the MEM Malton Forest Rally on the motor club’s website http://www.maltonmc.co.uk

Online entries will be available and are preferred. Requests for paper versions of the regulations should be made to the entries secretary, Maxine Leggott, 6 Meadowfields Close, Easingwold, York, YO61 3DP Tel 01347 821391  email entries@maltonmc.co.uk

The event will take place on Sunday, 6th November and will be based at  Pickering Showground, Pickering, North Yorkshire where two special stages will be held. Further  forest stages of  7.25, 6.25 and 7.65 miles, each used twice, will be held in the forests of Langdale, Gale Rigg and Cropton to make up a total stage mileage of over 40 miles. Read More »

East Yorkshire rally driver Becky Kirvan had a dramatic end to the Trackrod Challenge rally last weekend when brake failure resulted in her car flying off the road into a tree, putting her out of the event.

With the organisers of the Rally Isle of Man announcing that their event had been cancelled the Trackrod became the last round of Becky’s BRC Challenge season so she was especially keen to get a good result on her home event. Read More »

Welshman Elfyn Evans took a fantastic victory on round six of the 2011 Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship but it wasn’t enough to lift the crown despite a brave performance on Rally Yorkshire today.

Along with Aberystwyth co driver Andrew Edwards, Evans knew nothing short of a victory would keep his title hopes alive and hope main rival David Bogie had problems, given that the event comprised the final round of the series following the recent announcement that the final two rounds in the Isle of Man had been cancelled. Read More »

The final showdown in the 2011 MSA Scottish Rally Championship will be played out in the Perthshire forests next weekend.

The Colin McRae Forest Stages will start and finish in Aberfeldy on Saturday, October 1st.

Two points separate Mike Faulkner and Euan Thorburn as they battle it out for the runners-up spot in the championship, which has already been won by David Bogie. Read More »

The Colin McRae Forest Stages Rally on 1st October will be the last gravel round of the 2011 Brick & Steel Ecosse Challenge. The final 2 rounds will be on tarmac on Otterburn and Crail.

Tom and Sue Hynd go into the McRae with a 1 point lead over Nick Thorne in the 205 Ecosse Challenge class. But a win in Perthshire will put the Hynd lead almost out of reach of their rivals. However, it could still leave Sean and Iain Robson with a mathematical chance of clinching victory at the last minute. They would need a good score on the McRae and wins on both the last 2 tarmac events. And we should not forget that they did not win in 2010 until the last stage of the last event!! The McRae result will be critical for both teams. Read More »

The MINI WRC Team will again be competing on asphalt when it arrives in Strasbourg for its fourth event of 2011, Rally France-Alsace. The team is keen to capitalise on its third place in Germany for Dani Sordo (ES) and the tarmac performance shown by the MINI John Cooper Works WRC.

While the rest of the World Rally Championship competitors have been in Australia, the number 37 and 52 MINIs have been back in Banbury at the Prodrive headquarters. Since Rally Germany, both drivers have been getting valuable time behind the wheel with Kris Meeke (GB) attending the Rallyday at Castle Combe, and Dani Sordo shaking the car down at Prodrive’s test track in Warwickshire as the team continues the MINI WRC’s development. The team is also holding a one day pre-event test in France this weekend. Read More »

For the first time, contenders in the Dunlop/Wonago MSA British Historic Rally Championship will compete over gravel stages in Scotland as the championship makes its debut on the Colin McRae Stages (Saturday 1 October). The Aberfeldy-based event will now be the final round of the 2011 championship.

Over the last two months, the leading crews have competed on the asphalt closed roads of Ulster and Flanders in Belgium, but now the focus switches back to gravel for the final event of the season; the first time on gravel since the Severn Valley Stages in early June. Read More »