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Monthly Archives: June 2019

It was a day of contrasts in South Wales as the stages were choked with dust first thing and then in the afternoon rain moved in to dampen the dust down and turn the stages slippery. Dylan Davies & Mark Glennerster (Fiesta R5) were the class of the field and took victory by 53s from Russ Thompson & Andy Murphy (Evo IX) but the tight battle was in the Historics. Simon Webster & Jez Rogers (Escort MkII) took a final stage victory from Steve Bennett & Osian Owen (Escort MkII) by 2s after trailing them by a single second after the 5th of the 6 stages. Rudi Lancaster & Guy Weaver (Escort MkII) completed the podium just 21s off the leadin pair. Read More »

Duns rally driver Euan Thorburn scratched his name on the winner’s trophy of the Dunoon Presents Argyll Rally for the second time in his career, winning the closely fought event by over a minute from his nearest rival on Saturday (22nd June).

Driving his Ford Focus WRC, Thorburn and co-driver Paul Beaton powered to victory after eight stages in the Argyll and Bute forests, enduring technical forest tracks and high-speed sections to further cement his place as leader of the Scottish Rally Championship. Read More »

The Dunoon Presents Argyll Rally will play host to round four of the KNC Groundworks Scottish Rally Championship this Saturday (22 June) as some of the best rally drivers in the country head to the region to do battle over 40 miles of Argyll and Bute forest roads.

Backed by Dunoon Presents and the local community, the event has attracted a quality field of entries all bidding to add their name to the winner’s trophy which includes an impressive list such as Roger Clark and Jimmy McRae and could see a crucial battle in the SRC title chase played out in the forests around Dunoon. Read More »

Justin Birchall and Jonathan Koonja battled through two tough days of competition to take victory at round two of the Britpart British Cross Country Championship. The event was part of the Scottish Grand Safari, held over two days and 127 miles at Forrest Estate in South West Scotland.

Birchall was fastest on the first two runs in his Lofthouse Freelander but after run three it was round one winners Adrian Marfell and Paul Bartleman who headed the leaderboard, just three seconds in front after 32 miles of competition. Read More »

FIA Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC) co-driver Phil Hall was on-track to secure a solid finish at Rally Italia Sardegna (13-16 June), before a cruel twist of fate meant he would be forced out of the event, almost within sight of the finish ramp.

Hall had guided Tom Williams through three days of gruelling, rough and rocky stages, powering their M-Sport Ford Fiesta MK8 R2T through 300km of arduous terrain across the Sardinian mountains, battling ten other JWRC crews for top honours. Read More »

The second running of Bespoke Rallies’ three-day Pyrenees 1000 rally was centred on the historic motorsport-mad city of Pau, and attracted entries as diverse as a 1929 Chrysler Roadstar and 1972 Ford RS2000. Ultimately, it was the latter belonging to father and son team Gerold and Gerd Letzbor that collected the laurels, having managed to resist a last day dash from Luc Maruenda and his novice co-driver Agathe Bubbe aboard a 1953 Jaguar XK120 roadster. All contestants agreed that the route was spectacular from start to finish.

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Rally turned Rallycross driver Steve Brown will aim to score the best result of his short circuit racing career this weekend as he heads to Pembrey for the third and fourth rounds of the Toyo Tyres British Rallycross Championship (22-23 June).

In his debut season contesting the ultra-competitive BMW MINI Championship, Brown has shown impressive form during both rounds so far in 2019 but unlucky Final performances have meant that he currently lies seventh place in the series. Read More »

Garry Pearson believes that his chances of being Scottish Rally champion in 2019 lie firmly with his result on this weekend’s Dunoon Presents Argyll Rally (22nd June) and will be on “maximum attack” in a bid to keep his title hopes alive.

The Duns driver currently lies seventh in the Scottish Rally Championship title race but, when dropped scores are applied, he sits in second spot and just five points shy of the series leader. A top result at the Dunoon based Argyll Rally will see him sit in a prime position for the final two rounds of the season. Read More »

Junior British Rally Championship (JBRC) front runners Marty Gallagher and James Williams will join forces with EDSL Sport at the iconic Renties Ypres Rally (28 – 29 June), each driving a 2019 specification M-Sport Ford Fiesta R2T.

Piloting his own Peugeot 208 R2 for the opening three rounds of the British Championship, Gallagher will make the switch to the EDSL run Ford Fiesta MK8 R2T for the fourth round of the series in a bid to gain valuable experience in a top-spec machine for the future. He will be joined by regular co-driver Dean O’ Sullivan. Read More »

The classic flowing stages of South Wales form the next destination for contenders in the FUCHS LUBRICANTS Motorsport UK British Historic Rally Championship for round four, the Red Kite Stages (Sunday 23 June).

The Amman and District Motor Club event comes hot on the heels of round three, the ATL Carlisle Stages, and the recent Kielder event rather turned the championship upside down as many crews hit problems or incidents. Read More »