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Monthly Archives: October 2011

The annual Specsavers Christmas Stages Rally will once again take place at Croft Circuit this year, in its traditional slot in between Christmas and New Year, on bank holiday Tuesday 27th December 2011.

Once again sponsored by the Middlesbrough branch of Specsavers, Northallerton Automobile Club’s flagship event will once again see a top quality entry be assembled for the day-long action in front of another bumper crowd at the North East’s premier motorsport facility. Read More »


Nissan will be heading to Argentina for the tenth and final round of this year’s FIA GT1 World Championship this weekend aiming for nothing less than a double-Championship victory, after emerging from September’s tricky race double-header in China with flying colours. Read More »

Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing-Renault dominated the inaugural Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit. The German secured his 11th win of the season from pole position, with fastest lap sealing an ideal result. The lights-to-flag win means Vettel now surpasses another record; the most laps led in one season, a record that has been held by fellow Renault-engined driver Nigel Mansell since 1992. Mark Webber finished in fourth position behind Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. Read More »

An excellent entry of 60 cars will line up at Pickering Showground on Sunday 6th November for the 9th running of the Malton Forest Rally. Sponsored by MEM PROTON, who prepare Proton S2000 rally cars for the Asia Pacific and IRC championships, this is the 14th year that proprietor Chris Mellors, a former British rally champion, has supported Malton Motor Club events.

The event is divided into two categories, with Historic cars running 10 minutes in front of the main field. Leading the Historics away will be last years winner Tim Pearcy from Harrogate in his Mk II Escort followed by Charlie Taylor from Northallerton, current leader in the Motoscope Northern Historic Championship. Read More »

The second running of this event and our first visit started with typical autumnal conditions in Sweet Lamb. The day improved though as the action continued, which saw Dan Humphreys & Jonny ‘Tad’ Evans (Evo VI) take victory by just 5 seconds. But as the day wore on Richard Hill & Patrick Cooper (Escort Cosworth) clawed back 17 seconds over the 3 runs in the afternoon to make the event a close run thing. A comfortable third were Bob Morgan & Martin George (Impreza). Read More »

At his first ever race with the Peugeot, in a rally that he did not know, the young Portuguese driver had managed to reach the top of the overall standings, after a cautious start to the race aiming to become familiar with the car, the roads and the team, three elements which he met for the first time. Unfortunately bad luck, in the form of a mechanical failure, caused his withdrawal after 6 of the 17 special stages, while he was leading the race by over a minute. Read More »

The best of British drivers will have to contend with a notable foreign challenge when the MSA British Rallycross Grand Prix takes place at Croft Circuit next weekend as over 70 drivers will converge on the North Yorkshire circuit for the two-day extravaganza.

Motorsport legend Per Eklund from Sweden will be behind the wheel of the ex Will Gollop Peugeot 306 and will line up against Finnish driver Silvo Viitanen (ERC Fiesta Mk7 SuperCar). The two Scandinavians will take on the likes of European Championship contender Liam Doran (Citroen C4) and 2011 British Champion Julian Godfrey (Ford Fiesta) as part of a healthy 16-strong SuperCar line up. Read More »

Alistair Fergusson, Managing Director of Alcon Components, was elected for a second term as Chairman of the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA), during the MIA’s Annual General Meeting at Cosworth in Northampton on Wednesday. At the same time, Jim Morris, Managing Director of Lifeline Safety Systems, was re-elected to continue as Vice Chairman.

Alistair Fergusson said: “I am honoured to be elected for a second term. MIA members are overwhelmingly upbeat about the future for their companies and I look forward to continuing to work with them to buck the economic trend and deliver further business success for our sector.” Read More »

Luca Rossetti and Matteo Chiarcossi, with their Abarth Grande Punto S2000, earn at the Rallye du Valais the mathematical certainty of being European champions for the third time, the first crew to do so in the history of the continental series. The European Championship is the international motorsport series with the longest tradition, the first edition dates back to 1953 while the World Championship is held since 1973. Read More »

Compete in the ultimate Indian way, in a classic Hindustan Ambassador

H&H Classic Rallies has announced that it has a small number of the classic Indian Hindustan Ambassadors available on a first-come/first-served basis for the 2012 Rally of Rajasthan (23 Feb to 13 March).

With just a damage waiver to pay over and above the entry fee, it makes the iconic Ambi, as it’s known in India, a bargain rally car for this event. Known for its strength and ruggedness, the Ambi is a natural choice for those without their own Classic to take on this event. Read More »