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Daily Archives: August 4th, 2014

Last year’s winner Mark McCulloch heads an impressive line-up of more than 60 crews for Saturday’s usedcarparts.co.uk Solway Coast Rally, held at the military ranges at Dundrennan,  near Kirkcudbright.

The Newton Stewart driver, who comes off the back of a top-fifteen finish on the Speyside Stages at the weekend, will face strong competition from, among others, David Hardie – co-driven by Mark’s dad John – and Ian Paterson, who has been runner-up for the past two years.

Others targeting a strong finish include Alistair Inglis, one of the country’s leading exponents of tarmac rallying; 2007 Scottish champions Gary and Gordon Adam; and Ayrshire’s Andrew Gallacher, who was in action on Speyside in the Group N category. Read More »

tyneside14 (147)Just days after returning from a Rally America class win with Chris Duplessis on the New England Forest Rally in the USA, British rally co-driver Phil Hall stayed slightly closer to home as he contested last weekend’s Tyneside Stages Rally in Northumberland. Guiding Fiat Abarth driver Georgia Shiels across the notorious Otterburn Military Ranges, Hall was happy to finish a solid 9th in class and 51st overall against much more powerful machinery and Shiels using her own pace notes for the very first time. Read More »

Rising junior rally star Sam Bilham will step outside of his regular BTRDA Rally championship season plans this weekend as he heads to Scotland to contest the Solway Coast Rally. Based on the Military Ranges in Dundrennan, near Kirkcudbright, Bilham will be returning to asphalt for the first time in 2014 in a bid to re-ignite his chances of a Formula1000 Rally championship podium in the Seniors category.

Just a few weeks after yet another confidence building class win on the national BTRDA gravel rally series qualifier the Nicky Grist Stages, Bilham turns his attentions to a sealed surface event, using his 2013 Junior championship Nissan Micra. Read More »

It’s been five years since Shropshire based rally driver Henri Grehan was last behind the wheel of a rally car but will make his competitive comeback on the Eventsigns Woodpecker Stages Rally on 30th August. Driving his Ford Escort Mk2 on the BTRDA Rally Championship qualifier, Grehan will return to the forests to contest his home rally after taking a sabbatical from the sport in 2009.

Like many passions, rallying never strayed far from Grehan’s mind and he had been contemplating a comeback for several years, often attending the annual Woodpecker Rally to keep a watchful eye on old rivals and any new hotshots’ progress. It wasn’t long before he could no longer resist and began planning a comeback on next month’s Ludlow based event. “I’ve been away far too long” says Grehan.  “I’m not even sure if what the pace will be like and it will certainly take a few stages to get back into the swing of things. I`ve heard that Bringewood is the first stage so that will wake us up in the morning!” Read More »

– Chris Evans hosts the fifth of his entertainment-packed CarFest festivals
– Track Sprint topped by the broadcaster’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ Ferraris
– Live music from Jools Holland, Seasick Steve, Erasure and Simple Minds
– All raising significant sums for BBC Children in NeedCarFest North14 Read More »

– Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle produced a series of remarkable performances throughout Rally Finland to secure third place in their DS 3 WRC
– The Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team consolidated its second position in the World Rally Championship standings
– The next event on the calendar, the ADAC Rallye Deutschland, will be contested on tarmac during 21-24 August

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Citroen Lopez14– José-María López achieved a clean sweep at his home meeting in Argentina, with two race wins and one pole position
– Yvan Muller, Pechito’s fiercest rival for the World Championship, secured two podium spots, while Sébastien Loeb finished 4th and 6th
– López’s maximum points haul puts him 60 points clear of Muller in the overall standings Read More »

SONY DSCBlackburn driver John Stone continued his bid for the 2014 REIS Get Connected MSA Asphalt Rally Championship with another strong performance on the Wilkinson Maintenance Tyneside Stages Rally at Otterburn in Northumberland this weekend.

Driving the Legend Fires Skoda Fabia WRC, Stone followed up his podium finish last time out in Ireland with a fighting fourth after a day of high speed action on the military roads of the Borders to maintain the lead in the series. Read More »

VW Finland14– Emotional third season win for Latvala/Anttila in dramatic rally
– Beaten by just 3.6 seconds: Ogier/Ingrassia take second place
– Volkswagen poised for victory in all three championship categories ahead of Rally Germany

A great day for Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila, a great day for Volkswagen, and a great day for Finland: for the first time in four years, a Finnish duo triumphed in their home event in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), giving their compatriots reason to celebrate with abandon. Latvala/Anttila won ‘their’ rally in the Polo R WRC in what proved to be a veritable thriller all the way to the finishing line, clinching victory over their teammates Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) by just 3.6 seconds. Read More »

– Four Audi RS 5 DTM cars in the points at the Red Bull Ring
– Scheider, Tambay, Ekström and Green capture places 5 to 8
– Green loses podium chance due to communications problem

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