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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC) co-driver Phil Hall secured his best ever result in the series last week, guiding fellow Briton Tom Williams to sixth overall at the legendary Neste Rally Finland (26 – 29 July).

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Popular Nissan Micra Kit Car pilot Steve Brown will make a return to the Flanders International Rally Challenge (FIRC) in Belgium this weekend after solving recent power issues in his newly rebuilt machine. He will contest Les Boucles Chevrotines which forms round six of the series (4/5 August). Read More »

Neil Williams and Peter James made a triumphant return to the FUCHS LUBRICANTS MSA British Historic Rally Championship to take maximum points on round five, the Harry Flatters Rally on Epynt (Sunday 29 July).

The Ford Escort Mk2 crew used all their experience of the daunting asphalt stages over the Epynt ranges in Wales as testing weather conditions added to the challenge. Paul Barrett, co-driven by Dai Roberts, strengthened his place at the top of the championship with an excellent second place despite limited prior Epynt knowledge. Category victories went to Simon Tysoe/Paul Morris (Ford Escort Mk1) and Dessie Nutt/Geraldine McBride (Porsche 911). Read More »

The Amigos Team Parker Racing duo of Seb Perez and George Gamble returned to the racetrack after the summer break last weekend, with Perez picking up where he left off at Oulton Park in May by storming to a Porsche Carrera Cup GB ProAm double podium at Snetterton (28/29th July).

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An excellent first and final loop of stages saw Osian Pryce finish second on a wet, windy and extremely slippery SGC Printing Harry Flatters National A Rally, on what was his first asphalt event in a rear-wheel drive car. An engine misfire and an overshoot on the middle loop of stages were his only concerns, as he beat all but two of the four-wheel drive cars and would have finished fourth overall in his Escort Mk2, had the National A and B categories been combined. Read More »

Reigning MSA Junior Rallycross champion Tom Llewellin maintained his championship challenge with a second place in difficult conditions at round six of the MSA British Rallycross Championship held at Croft in North Yorkshire this weekend.

The 17 year old from Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire was again contesting the Swift Sport Championship for Peter Gwynne Motorsport (PGM) in the Suzuki Swift and after a DNF in the opening heat, caused when a fellow competitor collided with him, Llewellin went on to win the second and third heats in the windy and damp conditions. Read More »

High winds and squally rain hit the Epynt ranges for the Harry Flatters and with road conditions changing stage by stage, tyre choice was almost a lottery. Damian Cole & Craig Drew (Fiesta WRC) started as favourites and were expected to win easily but Alex Laffey & Patrick Walsh (Fiesta R5) made them work for it. Fastest stage times were exchanged over the first two loops with Cole leading by just 8 seconds after 6 stages. With the stages reversed Cole blitzed stage 7 taking 14 seconds out of Laffey and despite clawing back 3 seconds over the next 3 stages Cole had more than enough to take victory. Rob Tout & Peredur Davies (Evo X) completed the National B podium over a minute further back. Read More »

After a wonderful days trialing last year at Plashes Farm we had no hesitation about returning in 2018, especially as it is the closed season for modern trials. After weeks of dry weather some rain did fall overnight but the tests were all incredibly dry so the difficulty had to be stepped up to provide a challenge. Once again there was a bumper entry with well over 40 crews starting the event across the historic and post historic classes. Read More »

Rhys Yates was cruelly denied a top finish at last weekend’s Rally di Roma Capitale (20/22 July) with two punctures hampering his progress up the leader board at the fifth round of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) in Italy. Read More »

More sun and soaring temperatures greeted the crews as they assembled on Saturday morning for the Nicky Grist Stages Rally. Starting from the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells, the rally used classic stages such as Halfway, Route 60 and Crychan forming part of a revamped route for 2018. A brand new stage, Llyn Login, would bring a fresh challenge as the first stage of the event, one that Scott was really looking forward to. Read More »