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Daily Archives: September 9th, 2013

sb_manxprev01Rochdale rally driver Steve Brown will contest the Rally Isle of Man next weekend and he is hoping for a repeat of the brilliant result he achieved on last year’s event.

Brown will be driving the same Mintex Racing, Fuchs Titan Race, 710 Oil’s, PIAA and Sabelt UK-backed Nissan Micra 1300 that he took to second in class in 2012. Read More »

WWRS Neath13 TVThe television coverage of round four of the West Wales Rally Spares R.A.C Rally Championship, the Neath Valley Stages, is now available on YouTube and the iRally app.

The 90-minute programme covers all the action as championship leader Marty McCormack headed Nick Elliott by just 0.7s with Jason Pritchard and Matt Edwards chasing hard in a mighty battle of the Ford Escort Mk2s. Read More »

– Rally Australia marks the final non-European round of the 2013 WRC
– Hirvonen/Lehtinen aiming for fourth Rally Australia win, to boost Citroën’s return to form
– Meeke to take to No.3 Citroën in his first WRC rally outside of Europe, keen to impress

The final round of the season to be held outside Europe, Rally Australia is set to be an important event for the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team. Following on from the win secured in Germany, the eight-time World Championship-winning team will be looking to Mikko Hirvonen/Jarmo Lehtinen – three-time winners of the event – and Kris Meeke/Chris Patterson to build on its return to form. Read More »

Audi Leena GadeBritain’s Leena Gade is the new ambassador of the FIA Commission for Women in Motorsport. The race engineer of the number ‘1’ Audi R18 e-tron quattro won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2011 and 2012 as well as the FIA WEC World Championship title with Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer. Read More »

Drivers from the MSA British Rally Championship and its support series, the NGK Spark Plugs BRC Challenge, put on an excellent show at the TRAX Ultimate Performance Car Event this weekend, Citroën DS3 pilot James Grint taking to the podium in the event’s Battle of the Pros.

Distinctly autumnal British weather during Saturday’s setup didn’t dampen spirits, as a fabulous blue sky greeted the thousands of club members and public who attended Sunday’s event at Northamptonshire’s famous Silverstone circuit. Read More »

Rallye du Mont Blanc photo Sandro DelaereMathieu Arzeno, who took part in the Mont Blanc Morzine rally this weekend, did not meet with the success he had hoped for. He had to retire at the third stage even as he sat in a promising and surprising second place of the 208 Rally Cup despite his lack of experience in this type of event. The previous “Espoir Echappement” was caught out, like several other contestants at this spot, by a slippery patch of tarmac just 600 metres from the finish of the third stage even though he was not at full throttle. Read More »

WWRS Red Kite13aMarty McCormack and Phil Clarke are the inaugural West Wales Rally Spares R.A.C. Rally Championship victors after another mighty performance on the Red Kite Historic Stages (Sunday 8 September).

The Escort Mk2 crew led from the start to take their fourth straight victory and seal the 2013 championship after a superb day of rallying on classic Welsh stages. Read More »

This weekend at Rally Australia, born and bred Coffs Coaster Nathan Quinn will drive a Motorsport Italia-run MINI John Cooper Works WRC sporting the latest generation 01C engine, only ever used twice before in anger on WRC events.

Quinn’s first run in his MINI was this afternoon. He managed to squeeze in a 40 kilometre test before he faces the other WRC drivers on Thursday’s Qualifying Stage. The young Aussie’s first impressions of the MINI were positive: “The test today was interesting. I drove perhaps the 40 most valuable kilometres I’ve ever done in a rally car. There aren’t any words to describe the feeling. It was unreal. I’ll reflect tonight and really savour the moment – it was pretty special! At the start, I was driving more aggressively, then as I got to know the MINI, I became more comfortable and in control, which meant I was able to relax more. By the end of my runs we’d found a good set-up, which was a bit more forgiving than at the start. That’s important for me on this rally – especially on Day One.” Read More »