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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Rochdale rally driver Steve Brown will aim to put the disappointment of last season behind him as he plans to return to the sport with an interesting mix of events and cars for his 2018 campaign.

After a turbulent and rather sporadic year which saw him take to the wheel of a Honda Civic and Mitsubishi Lancer, Brown will embark on an assault on the Flanders International Rally Challenge (FIRC) in his popular Nissan Micra Kit Car which has undergone a series of development work during 2017. Read More »

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Penrith rally driver Paul Bird got his 2018 season off to a great start by claiming maximum points in the Jordan Road Surfacing BTRDA Rally Series following the Llandudno-based Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally today.

Along with Hexham co-driver Jack Morton in the Dom Buckley Motorsport/IRS-prepared Ford Focus WRC08, with backing from Frank Bird Poultry, Be Wiser Insurance, Hager, Fuchs Titan Race and Loco Energy Drink, Bird, from Langwathby village, finished second behind rally winners Ollie Mellors/Max Freeman (Proton), but who are not registered for the championship. Read More »

After the snow and ice of 2017 sunny and largely pleasant conditions greeted the crews in North Wales. It was a rally of what might have been as Matt Edwards & Darren Garrod (Fiesta R5) would have won easily had it not been for knocking a wheel off on stage 2. Edwards was fastest by 16 seconds on the opening stage and then set fastest time on stages 4 to 7. So the battle was between Paul Bird & Jack Morton (Focus WRC) and Ollie Mellors & Max Freeman (Iriz R5). Mellors had been fastest on stage 1 then the pair tied on stage 2 before Mellors was fastest on stage 3 to lead by 8 seconds. Read More »

A star-studded squadron of powerful rear-wheel drive Darrian rally cars will contest this year’s Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship – each intent, and capable, of giving the top World Rally Cars a run for their money and challenging for the overall title. Read More »

Teenager Finlay Retson took the icy and treacherous conditions in his stride last weekend (10th February), taking a class win and 21st overall at the opening round of the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship, the Arnold Clark Snowman Rally.

After recently announcing his plans to contest the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) Cadet Cup in 2018, the 17-year-old Blairgowrie driver would tackle the notoriously difficult Inverness based event as a test event, ahead of the first BRC round in March. Read More »

Front-running Prestone MSA British Rally Championship Cadet pairing Alex Waterman and Harry Thomas will graduate to the Junior category this season behind the wheel of an MH Motorsport Fiesta R2T.

After a successful debut season in the sport which saw the duo take an impressive third overall in the series designed for up and coming young drivers, the Hampshire based preparation firm has signed the duo as they step into one of the most hotly contested categories in the sport. Read More »

– Ford, The LEGO® Group and rally specialists M-Sport introduce new M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC rally car kit as part of the LEGO® Speed Champions range, celebrating 2017 WRC victories
– New 203-piece kit features a choice of wheel trims, two interchangeable bonnets – one featuring spotlights for night driving, race-graphics and a driver minifigure
– New LEGO® Speed Champions 1968 Mustang Fastback also available. Both kits go on sale March 1, 2018 priced at £12.99 Read More »

MINI UK is proud to announce the return of MINI CHALLENGE for 2018, bringing packed grids and spectacular racing to fans across the country.

Packing 49 thrilling races, across four different classes into 13 all-action weekends, the MINI CHALLENGE will once again visit legendary race circuits including Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Donington Park. Confirming the status of MINI CHALLENGE as one of the premier single-make race series in the UK, the top level John Cooper Works class will support the British GT and BRDC British Formula 3 championships for the second year in succession and, for the first time, the series will be supporting DTM at Brands Hatch on 11-12th August 2018. Read More »

Three-time British Touring Car Champion Gordon “Flash” Shedden will race an Audi RS 3 LMS in the inaugural World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) this year. The Scotsman who celebrates his 39th birthday today (15 Feb), will compete for Belgian WRT Racing in what is likely to be a 30-race season.

Shedden, who becomes an Audi Sport driver, is expected to commence testing next month with the season scheduled to begin in Marrakech (Morocco) over 7-8 April and close at the Circuito da Guia in Macau (15-18 November), ranked as the world’s most challenging street course and a touring car venue for more than half a century. The championship also visits Argentina, China, Germany, Hungary, Japan, the Netherlands and Portugal. Read More »

Race Retro, powered by Motor Sport, will pay tribute to the late great Dan Gurney at this year’s show, held at Warwickshire’s Stoneleigh Park from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 February, with the last Formula One car Gurney raced on display – the McLaren M14A. Read More »