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Monthly Archives: November 2012

– Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm (FIN) – Škoda Motorsport´s new factory crew to appear in selected WRC-2 events
– New Finnish crew to replace Hänninen and Markkula
– Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler to appear in selected European Rally Championship (ERC) events
– Preparations for the future to start in the second half of 2013
– Škoda Fabia Super 2000 customer programme will continue
– Škoda won 3 international championship titles (IRC, ERC, APRC) and 6 national championship titles in 2012

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Pirelli Star Driver selections from next season’s MSA British Rally Championship will come exclusively from the new BRC RallyTwo and Junior Rally Championships.

Focusing on the lower categories and providing a leg up the ladder, the popular Pirelli-funded initiative which enters its seventh year in 2013, will select one finalist from each of the seven championship qualifying rallies choosing drivers who are competing in classes 6 to 10 (Rally1 and 2) only.

Pirelli UK Motorsport Manager Matthew Corby said:
“Pirelli is committed to rallying in the UK and is particularly keen to help new drivers entering the BRC to progress. The Pirelli Star Driver concept has already helped five drivers including the 2010 winner Elfyn Evans, who now has the WRC Academy title to his credit. Read More »

dw12_merrickres01Bentham’s David Wright will end his 2012 rally season on Saturday when he contests the Coniston-based Grizedale Stages. After winning the rally in 2011 he is aiming for another victory on the challenging Cumbrian event this year. Read More »

birdy2_malcolm_wilson_rally_2012_ianhardy-1Former National Champion Paul Bird returns to the rally stages this Saturday (1st December) when he contests the Coppermines Grizedale Stages Rally in his native Lake District.

Bird, from Langwathby near Penrith, was last in the forests way back in March when he finished a very close second on the Malcolm Wilson Rally in the Fuchs Titan, Rapid Solicitors and Kick Energy-backed Frank Bird Poultry Ford Focus WRC07 whilst dipping his toe in the MSA Asphalt Rally Championship at the beginning of the season also. Read More »

IMG_1321Go Motorsport, University of  the West of Scotland and the Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge have joined forces to put on a show at the 2013 Autosport Show in Birmingham on 10th to 13th January. The project will see 10 Motorsport Design Engineering students from University of the West of Scotland, transform a one lady owner 1999 1000cc Nissan Micra into a Junior 1000 rally car on the Go Motorsport stand over the course of the show. The car and parts have been supplied by David Barlow, Co-ordinator of the Brick & Steel Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge. Read More »

Steve Perez RAC 2012 1After recent class wins on the Cambrian Rally, Trackrod Rally and Wales Rally GB, triple British champion Steve Perez was well on course to end his season in the best possible fashion by claiming a fourth successive Historic class victory on the gruelling Roger Albert Clark Rally when he was forced to retire with two stages to go this afternoon. Read More »

Twingo Renaultsport Trophy R1 & R2 Trophy winners Garry Pearson/Craig Wallace and Chris Ingram/Stephen McAuley completed the challenging Rallye du Var this weekend, both young drivers showing huge maturity on their championship winning prize drives.

The nature of the French Rally Championship stages and terrain were the biggest challenge for both crews, having never experienced the twists and turns of French asphalt. With several stages in excess of 30 kilometres and hardly a chance for co-drivers to take a breath, the classic Mediterranean Var region roads provide a challenge for day-to-day users, let alone rally drivers trying to eke out every second of performance. Read More »

rac12 (8)Wow, is all we can really say about the 2012 Roger Albert Clark Rally. Martin McCormack & Phil Clarke (Escort MkII) started out as car 1 and took their first victory on this endurance event, but the story was not as simple as that as they spent most of the event behind Steve Bannister & Kevin Rae (Escort MkII). Bannister made his mark on the opening night opening up a 28 second lead on the Dalby stages he knows so well, but Saturday saw him gain no more time as McCormack set two stunning times through Pundershaw to leave the gap unchanged. With half the rally left on Sunday McCormack attacked and the battle was on. Craik proved critical setting up McCormack who went into the penultimate stage 5 seconds back and came out 2 seconds up. The last stage was the sting in the tail, Kershope at just over 17 miles and the longest of the event. Bannister was first on the road and pushed hard but a spin near the end cost him dear as McCormack set fastest time by 15 seconds to take an emotional victory. Read More »

The 2012 MSA British Rally Championship season review will be shown on Sky Sports on Monday 3rd December starting at 20:00hrs on Sky Sports 4HD, repeated later on Sky Sports 2HD.

Split into two consecutive one-hour programmes, the Greenlight Television-produced programme is hosted by Mike Brewer and Robbie Head and celebrates a fantastic season, won by the third time by Irishman Keith Cronin, Northern Irish co-driver Marshall Clarke taking his first title. Read More »

The annual MSA British Rally Championship awards night, affectionately known as “The BRC Bash”, took place on Saturday (17th Nov) at the Manchester Hallmark Hotel and was universally hailed as a great success.

Dinner was combined with two awards sessions, overall and class trophies interspersed with Greenlight Television’s excellent footage and Jakob Ebrey’s stunning photos. But aside from the prestigious and solely performance-based trophies, came awards that had a more subjective basis. Read More »