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Monthly Archives: September 2017

The special award winners from the seventh and eighth rounds of the 2017 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship, Rally Isle of Man (14-16 September) have been announced.

Championship newcomers Ken Graham and Rory McCann collected the award for the ‘Best Improvement on Seeding’, which is a set of axle brake pads from Mintex. They pushed their 1600cc Hillman Avenger up to 15th place in the historic field and won Category 2 in the process. Read More »

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Rob Smith and Alun Cook were the top scorers during rounds five and six of the Fuchs Lubricants R.A.C. Historic Asphalt Championship on Rally Isle of Man (14-16 September).

The Fuchs Lubricants R.A.C. Historic Asphalt Rally Championship is organised by the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club and is a dedicated asphalt championship for all categories of historic stage rally cars. Read More »

Jason Pritchard and Phil Clarke were the stars of the historic section of Rally Isle of Man during rounds 7 and 8 of the 2017 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship (September 14-16). Read More »

The 2017 ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship (SRC) concluded on the Galloway Hills Rally, Castle Douglas, last weekend (9th September).

Euan Thorburn and Paul Beaton claimed the overall title for the second time in their careers in their Ford Fiesta R5, but the vast majority of the class titles were still up for grabs on the final round of the season. Read More »

Irishman Keith Cronin and co-driver Mikie Galvin were crowned Prestone MSA British Rally Champions after a gruelling three days of action on the 138.com Rally Isle of Man (14-16 September). Cronin and Galvin in their DMACK-shod Ford Fiesta R5, clinched the championship for M-Sport outside the famous TT Grandstand after taking both round 7 and round 8 victories on the island classic. Cronin won four rounds in 2017 on his way to the title and has now clinched Britain’s premier rallying series for a fourth time – more incredibly in four different cars.

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A trying weekend on the Isle of Man for competitors and especially the organisers saw a thrilling finale to the BRC season. The rally was split into two legs and Keith Cronin, co-driven by Mikie Galvin in his Fiesta R5, won the opening leg by 18.5 seconds. Matt Edwards & Darren Garrod (Fiesta R5) took 2nd place and were now out of the title battle but a 3rd place saw Fredrik Ahlin & Torstein Eriksen (Fabia R5) keep the championship lead. Cronin needed a carbon copy result in the 2nd leg to be champion. It was a little closer than planned but Cronin got a repeat result to take the title, his 4th in the BRC, by 1 point. The gap to Edwards was just 0.1s with Ahlin almost 25 seconds back in 3rd, having lost that time and more after a costly off on the Friday night. Read More »

Despite clinching the DMACK Fiesta ST Trophy with two rounds to spare, Bingley rally driver Sam Bilham will make a comeback to the series on his home event at the end of the month at Trackrod Rally Yorkshire.

The 2300 Club John Easson Award winner secured five wins from five starts this season which ensured he took the title at the Nicky Grist Stages in July. Bilham and co-driver Cameron Fair make a return after missing the Woodpecker Stages and will bid for glory in the Yorkshire forests on 30th September. Read More »

Rochdale rally driver Steve Brown will mark his return to active competition with a new car for the forthcoming Heroes Rally at Weeton Army Barracks where he will pilot a Mitsubishi Evo IX on the event (24th September).

After a turbulent year behind the wheel of a Honda Civic which forced him to abandon plans to contest the remaining rounds of the Flanders International Rally Challenge, Brown will make his comeback to the sport at the end of the month and will drive a four wheel drive machine for the first time in anger. Read More »

The Singapore Grand Prix marks the start of a busy period on the Formula 1 calendar as we gear up for the first of three races in Asia.

Marina Bay is an interesting and challenging street circuit raced under the lights of the night time sky. Its fast kinks and tight and twisty infield means it is much more suited to our car than the previous round in Monza. Read More »

Renault Sport Racing and McLaren Racing are pleased to announce they have agreed an engine supply partnership for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 seasons. The deal will see Renault Sport Racing supply McLaren with Formula 1 power units, while also establishing a close working relationship with McLaren’s engineers and technicians.

Despite a combined Formula 1 presence that stretches back to 1977 (McLaren Racing has contested 814 GPs; Renault 591 in its role as an engine manufacturer), this will mark the first time that the two brands have ever collaborated.

For McLaren Racing, the reason for the partnership is evident: Renault has demonstrated its ability to build championship-winning engines, for its own team as well as customer teams. Read More »