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Monthly Archives: April 2014

RAC Rally14The 2014 Roger Albert Clark Rally (28-30 November) will have a completely new look as the event starts a new era with Sunderland as the host city.

With the rally start, finish and HQ all based in Sunderland, the route will make extensive use of the Kielder forest complex and will take in several stages that are completely new to the event in a total competitive route of up to 190 stage miles. Read More »

– Celebrating half a century of grands prix at Silverstone
– Massive parade led by Sir Stirling Moss OBE
– Another record to be established at the Silverstone Classic

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World RX pre-Portugal14The opening round of the all-new FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy will kick off in Portugal this weekend (3-4 May) with more than 50 of the world’s best rallycross drivers set to battle it out across the Supercar, Super1600 and TouringCar categories and in the supporting RX Lites Cup.  The line-up will also include two former World Champions as former F1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve and former WRC Champion Petter Solberg join the Supercar line-up. Read More »

Dakar R2R14dRace2Recovery is a half-hour documentary debuting on British Eurosport this Saturday (May 3rd) at 7.30pm. The show is a sequel to the critically acclaimed Dakar Rally: Frontline to Finish Line and follows a team of amputee and seriously injured servicemen as they take on the world’s toughest rally.

In 2013 Race2Recovery became the first team of amputees ever to complete the Dakar Rally and this year they returned to do it all again. Read More »

– MSA British Rally Championship begins this weekend, showcasing a host of DS3 R3s
– Osian Pryce tipped for victory at season opener, following strong results in 2013
– A number of drivers move up from an R2 to a DS3 R3 for the forthcoming season

The eagerly awaited MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) kicks off this weekend with the Pirelli Carlisle Richard Burns Foundation Rally, on 3-4 May. Once again, Citroën interest is huge with the all-conquering DS3 R3s poised to dominate the series for another year. Read More »

Now integral to the MSA British Rally Championship structure, the 2014 NGK Spark Plugs BRC Challenge Trophy bursts into life on this weekend’s Pirelli Carlisle RB Foundation Rally, it’s crews drawn by the prospect of rallying in the fabulous Kielder forest complex.

For the first time ever, the ‘Challenge crews will run within the BRC field on the stages, providing the opportunity to participate alongside the hottest of BRC young talent, while battling it out in this, the tenth year of the series.

Two former champions are amongst the protagonists, Citroën crew Richard Sykes and co-driver Emma Morrison back to try to add to Sykes’ 2012 tile, while fellow Midlander Neil Matthews also returns after a four year break with new co-driver Claire Williams in his trusty Vauxhall Nova. Read More »

WWRS14 Hamsterley AThe special award winners for the third round of the West Wales Rally Spares R.A.C. Rally Championship have been announced following the Tour of Hamsterley (26 April).

Mike Tomkinson and Shaun Whitehurst were unfortunate enough to post the first retirement of the rally when their Ford Escort Mk2 developed problems on the opening stage. The last retirement was the Alfa Romeo of John Everard/Mark Sharley, which slid into a muddy ditch less than a mile from the end of the rally. Both crews will receive a £100 voucher from West Wales Rally Spares, as will Ford Escort crew Barry Stevenson-Wheeler/John Pickavance after their number came out of the hat in the draw for a third voucher. Read More »

SONY DSCBlair Brown and the QTS Group backed rally team, broke through the fog, mist and eye watering stench of fuel at last week’s McCombie Builders Granite City rally to take second place position in round two of the 2014 Ecosse 205 Challenge in their newly built Peugeot 205.  The Aberdeen based rally was also the host of round three in the Scottish Rally Championships where Blair and Co-driver Richard Simmonds from Duns took third place in SRC class three finishing 46th overall out of 111 starters. Read More »

Hyundai Bouffier– Hyundai Motorsport integrates French driver Bryan Bouffier into its test driver line-up
– Bouffier will join the team on several development tests ahead of the 2015 season throughout the rest of this year
– The team also announces its participation in Rallye Antibes Côte d’Azur next month – part of the French Rally Championship – where Bouffier will drive the Hyundai i20 WRC on tarmac in a competition environment.

Hyundai Motorsport has announced today that French driver Bryan Bouffier will join the team again as part of its 2014 test driver line-up. Bouffier previously contributed to the young Alzenau-based team in the development of the Hyundai i20 WRC last year ahead of its return to the FIA World Rally Championship. Read More »

– After one week off, the FIA World Touring Car Championship resumes in Hungary this weekend
– With two meetings completed, Citroën’s José-María López leads the World Championship standings heading into the next round
– The Hungaroring – also the venue of the Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix – is a strong circuit for Yvan Muller, having taken pole on his three previous visits

The competitors in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) are gearing up for back-to-back meetings in Central Europe, with the upcoming Hungarian round to be followed a week later by a visit to Slovakia. Read More »