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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Following on from a successful year in 2011, Darlington rally driver Paul Swift aims to round off the season in style as plans for next year are coming to fruition also.

After winning the Fuchs-Titan ANCC Stage Rally Championship tarmac driver’s title this year and finishing second overall in the AS Performance North of England Tarmac Championship, Swift also finished in an impressive top ten placing in the REIS MSA Asphalt Rally Championship in his 2.0 litre Ford Escort Mk2 RS1800. Read More »

After a fantastic 2011, Rally Team GB is extremely excited about 2012. The launch of Rally Team GB into the World Rally Championship is going to be something very special.

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Organisers of the successful BRC Challenge are proud to announce a new title sponsor in the form of NGK Spark Plugs.

NGK Spark Plugs has been a long term partner to the British Rally Championship and this move towards becoming the title sponsor for the BRC Challenge adds to the working relationship between the two parties.

Tim Howes, Technical Services Manager for NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd: “NGK is heavily involved at every level of motorsport but I believe it is especially important to support the up and coming drivers of today to ensure a continued high quality pool of talent for tomorrow”. Read More »

Thierry Neuville, who is recognised as one of the rising stars in world rallying, will drive a Citroën DS3 WRC in the 2012 World Championship. The Belgian will race in a minimum of nine events.

Citroën Racing, which is heavily committed to the training and promotion of young drivers, will give Thierry Neuville the opportunity to prove himself at the highest level of world rallying. The 22-year-old-driver from Saint-Vith in Belgium will be at the wheel of a Citroën DS3 WRC prepared by Citroën Racing Technologies. Read More »

Following official confirmation of his success in the 2011 WRC season, Sébastien Loeb is now the most titled racing driver ever. With eight consecutive FIA World Rally Drivers’ titles to his name, Loeb has moved ahead of seven-time champions Michael Schumacher and Valentino Rossi in terms of major motorsport championships won – a feat never achieved before across all senior motorsport categories.

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Despite the enforced date change to bank holiday Monday January 2nd 2012, Northallerton Automobile Club Ltd has assembled a quality entry for the annual Specsavers Christmas Stages Rally which will take place at Croft Circuit near Darlington.

Having originally had a capacity 90 car entry for the festive event, a number of crews have unfortunately had to withdraw, including last year’s winner Dale Robertson, meaning 70 crews will now contest the 40 stage miles over seven stages in just two weeks time. Read More »

The crew Bernardo Sousa – Corrado Mancini, on a Peugeot 207 S2000 wins the Rally 2 delle Colline (Chieri – Italy) this weekend. The crew of United Business, at their first time on the Piedmont special stages, with the car already used at this year’s Rallye du Valais and Monza Rally Show, led the race from the start, winning the first two special stages and keeping their rivals at bay in the second part. A remarkable performance from the strong young Portuguese driver who, in his first participation in the event, which took place on a sunny day but with stretches of wet road that caused many retirements, stood up to the more performing WRC cars, which finished on the lower steps of the podium. Read More »

The review programme of the 2011 Dunlop/WONAGO MSA British Historic Rally Championship will make perfect festive viewing when it is screened for the first time on Motors TV at 9pm on Christmas Day.
The spectacle of Ford Escorts, Porsche 911s, Saabs, Vauxhall Chevettes and Hillman Imps tackling classic forest and asphalt stages is surely the perfect antidote to the regular Christmas Day TV programmes. The two-hour review covers all the action as crews competed from the forests of Wales to the closed public roads of Ulster and Flanders. The programme will include stunning in-car footage as well as interviews with some of the characters involved in historic rallying. Read More »

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will return to the 2012 Dakar Rally as the event’s official supplier for the third year.  A fleet of nearly 40 vehicles, including 30 Amarok pick-ups, are being provided to the event’s organisation team, the Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.), as support vehicles.  These will be used throughout the event, regarded as the toughest marathon rally in the world, which takes place from 1 to 15 January.

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Tour Britannia is delighted to announce that Bonhams Auctioneers and EFG International (represented in the UK by EFG Private Bank) have become the main partners of Britain’s premier race and rally tour for classic cars.  Read More »