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Daily Archives: June 22nd, 2013

In the high-octane world of rally driving, Japan is renowned more for its cars than its drivers. Mitsubishi, Subaru and Honda roll off the tongue much more readily than the names of pilots like Arai, Nutahara and Tajima. But the island nation’s rally competitors do have a strong track record of competing overseas – a tradition Motoharu Kaseya and Kohei Izuno will continue when they start the RSAC Scottish Rally this coming Saturday.

It has been over ten years since a Japanese crew entered Scotland’s flagship motor rally, which has been running since 1932. Despite a very strong grass-roots following, rallying in Kaseya and Izuno’s homeland has a relatively low public profile – Motoharu’s hometown of Shonan is better known as the Japanese capital of surfing, and Kohei lives in the shadow of the Olympic ski-jump in Nagano. Read More »

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Ralliart Italia13Carlos Garcia Fessman was delighted to pass through all eight of Saturday’s stages successfully and guide his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X safely to the finish of Ralliart Italy’s home event Rally d’Italia Sardegna. One of only five Mitsubishis to survive the tough Sardinian gravel, Fessman was very happy with the experience he gained on Day Two. Now he is looking forward to widening his horizons later in the season as he hopes to take on more European rounds of the 2013 WRC Calendar. Read More »

It is with great shock and sadness that the Aston Martin Racing Team confirms that an accident occurred shortly after the start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans at around 15:09 hrs CET today (22 June) when the No 95 Vantage GTE driven by Allan Simonsen left the track at Tertre Rouge.

Tragically, and despite the best efforts of the emergency services in attendance, Allan’s injuries proved fatal.

Aston Martin Racing Managing Director, John Gaw, said: “On behalf of all of us at Aston Martin Racing, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the individuals, and families whose friends or loved ones were involved in today’s terrible tragedy.” Read More »

carlisle13 (4)The inaugural Carlisle Stages saw a hard fought victory for Martin McCormack & Phil Clarke (Escort MkII) in variable weather conditions. Fastest on all six stages looked dominant but in truth the margin on each stage was just a few seconds over Nick Elliott & Dave Price (Escort MkII). Jason Pritchard & Dale Furniss (Escort MkII) completed the podium, taking the FIA class victory in the process. In category 2 Richard Hill & Dave Robson (Escort MkI) by several minutes as their main challengers fell by the wayside. Ian Beveridge & Paul Price (Volvo PV544) were comfortable winners in category 1. Read More »