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Daily Archives: May 1st, 2013

‘Hello everyone, it’s Richard ‘Tomo’ Thompson here, the Motorsport Italia team engineer, writing to you before SSS1 of Rally Argentina kicks off later this afternoon.

‘After the Qualifying Stage this morning, Michał selected to start third on the road tomorrow. This isn’t an easy position, because there is the risk of road sweeping, but equally it might be to his advantage on the first loop to be on the stages before the roads are too worn.

‘Being a rally engineer it’s our responsibility to help the crews work out the best possible set-up for the stages. When possible, we inspect the route at the same time the crews write their pace notes. This helps us with tyre choice and set-up options. Read More »

MG KX Momentum racers Jason Plato and Sam Tordoff are looking forward to conquering one of the most daunting British Touring Car Championship racetracks in the United Kingdom this weekend when they take on the challenges of Thruxton in Hampshire.

The MG6 pair will tackle the circuit, which has an average lap speed of over 110mph, as part of the third round of this season’s championship chase. Plato sits on top of the points table after a successful start to his 2013 campaign, while newcomer Tordoff continues to shine on his full debut in the series with a host of top six results. Read More »

WWRS CrookNearly 20 years after he rallied an Opel Manta, Simon Crook will return to a Manta to contest the open category of the West Wales Rally Spares R.A.C. Rally Championship.

Crook, who ran his Manta in mid-90s BTRDA events with backing from Blakemans Sausages, has recently sold his historic specification Ford Escort Mk2 and is going back to his roots with a Manta 400 running with a Vauxhall 16-valve engine and Ford gearbox and axle. Read More »

WWRS Hamsterley13 winnersThe special award winners for the second round of the West Wales Rally Spares R.A.C. Rally Championship have been announced following the SG Petch Tour of Hamsterley (Sunday 28 April).

John Everard and Mark Sharpley took the unfortunate accolade of posting the first retirement of the rally when they rolled their lovely Alfa Romeo Junior on the opening stage. Read More »