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Monthly Archives: April 2019

It was back to Sunny Spain this past weekend for Baggsy. And this time he got to play on the world famous F1 Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

With the FIA World Rally Cross descending upon the Spanish community of Catalonia, Baggsy and the #LSXR35 came to bring the noise to the party. Kicking off the weekend with a photoshoot on the F1 start line, the #LSXR35 looked right at home.

Joined by fellow Monster Energy athlete Luke Woodham and in front of a crowd of 25k crazy WRX fans. Baggsy brought the Monster Energy smoke show with four demos over the course of the weekend. And to top it off, a couple of lucky fans got to join him in the passenger seat. Read More »

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Eighteen-year-old Blairgowrie rally driver Finlay Retson secured the best result of his short career last weekend, by taking third place in the Junior British Rally Championship at a gruelling Pirelli International Rally (27th April).

Retson returned a stellar performance on the notorious gravel of the Kielder Forest to bring his Watermans backed M-Sport Ford Fiesta home on the podium of the hotly contested series. Read More »

Chesterfield rally driver Rhys Yates made sure his return to the British Rally championship was worthwhile, by equalling his career best result in Carlisle to take second place at the Pirelli International Rally on Saturday (27th April).

Yates used a break in his World Rally Championship WRC2 campaign to make a comeback to the British series and did so in fine style, taking an impressive runner-up spot on his first foray onto a gravel surface this season in his RYR Skoda Fabia R5. Read More »

Despite a “very disappointing end” to their first outing together in Sunday’s closed-road Corbeau Seats Rally Tendring & Clacton in the UK, Rob Swann and Steve McNulty have confirmed today (April 29) that they are teaming up for Sol Rally Barbados 2019, the 30th running of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) premier event. They were forced to retire when a road section penalty cost them any chance of fighting for victory, which was claimed by Tom Preston and Carl Williamson, Preston’s first on a tarmac event, and just days before the Hippo Group Skoda Fabia R5 ships to the Caribbean.

With Swann’s Subaru Impreza WRC S12B already in Barbados, he was competing for the first time in a Mitsubishi Mirage R5, carrying the logos of regular backers Elegant Hotels, Blue Sky Luxury and Cygnet Plant. Read More »

Matthew Robinson and Dave Robson were the toast of Kielder when they won round two of the FUCHS LUBRICANTS Motorsport UK British Historic Rally Championship on the Pirelli Historic Rally on Saturday (27 April).

While first round winners Nick Elliott and Dave Price crashed out on the long Forks stage, Robinson repeated his 2018 victory with a storming drive. Joe Price and Chris Brooks led the chase and took over at the head of the championship points as Adrian Hetherington/Ronan O’Neill completed the overall historic podium. Stanley Orr/Grahame Henderson (Ford Escort Mk1) netted another Category 2 victory while Category 1 went to Bob Bean and Malcolm Smithson (Lotus Cortina). Read More »

Timmy Hansen rounded out an imperious weekend in Barcelona with victory in the final of the Cooper Tires World RX of Catalunya, round two of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy.

The Swedish driver rebounded from an event-ending qualifying crash in the season-opener in Abu Dhabi three weeks’ ago to top both days of qualifying, winning his semi-final and then stamping his authority on the final. Read More »

A total of 86 crews started from Jambes for the 36th running of the Rallye de Wallonie and with 22 R5’s, an S2000, 4 Porsche 997 GT3’s and a whole host of group N and modified cars, there was plenty of quality. Sébastien Bedoret & Thomas Walbrecq (Fabia R5) took the first stage before Cédric Cherain & Xavier Portier (Polo R5) took the 2nd run through the Citadel to take an early lead. Adrian Fernémont & Samuel Maillen (Fabia R5) were fastest through SS4, following the cancellation of SS3 and another fastest time on SS6 was enough to see them take the lead. With another 8 stages to go on Saturday, 4 more stage wins saw Fernémont hold a 17s going in to the final day. Read More »

The FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy moves to Barcelona this weekend for the World RX of Catalunya, the second round of the series, with expectation hanging heavy in the air.

If the opening round in Abu Dhabi three weeks’ ago is any barometer, the action at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona will be hotly contested. Read More »

Steve Brown enjoyed the best result of his circuit racing career last weekend at Lydden Hill, by taking taking fifth spot in the Toyo Tyres British Rallycross Championship BMW MINI final (21st April).

Brown took his Bellerby RX MINI to the impressive result, despite contesting only the second ever British Rallycross meeting of his career. Added to his opening round result at Silverstone in March, he now sits in sixth place in the hotly contested single make formula. Read More »

Reigning MSA Junior Rallycross champion Tom Constantine was hoping for more success in round two of the Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship this weekend at Lydden Hill in Kent but after a superb performance at the opening round at Silverstone last month, he couldn’t manage a repeat. Read More »