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Monthly Archives: September 2019

Glorious weather bathed Belgium once again for the 2nd running of the Escort Rally Special. It proved to be a brutal one as only 43 of the 81 crews which started the classified part of the rally, actually finished the challenging route. François Duval & Ludovic Blaton took victory by over a minute in the beautifully prepared Scott Williams Motorsport MkII. 2018 winners Frank & Lauren Kelly took 2nd place on the final stage after Jack Newman & Barry Meade crashed out within sight of the rally finish. Tomas & Eurig Davies completed the podium just ahead of Alister McRae & Stéphane Prévot. Read More »

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Osian Pryce has made history by winning the first ever closed road stage rally to be held in Wales, after scoring a sensational victory on the Get Connected Rali Bae Ceredigion.

Having not contested a rally in a fully-homologated R5 car for two years, and coming just six weeks after breaking his collarbone in a mountain ‘biking accident, the talented 26-year old Machynlleth-born star had said before the start that the odds on him winning where stacked against him. Read More »

The 60th edition of the ConXioN Omloop van Vlaanderen, the oldest competition of the JobFIXers Belgian Rally Championship, was won by the 23-year-old Sébastien Bedoret, taking his first national victory. The young talent from Donstiennes kept a cool head in an exciting final phase to keep Kevin Demaerschalk behind him. Vincent Verschueren completed the podium. Read More »

The second loop of the second leg of the ConXioN Omloop van Vlaanderen barely brought about any changes in the classification, despite an unexpected rainstorm in Rumbeke. But, just after the last service in Roeselare, the bad luck struck. Leader Adrian Fernémont, the authoritative leader since the start of the rally, had to park his Skoda Fabia R5 aside on the way to the start of the Passendale trial with mechanical issues. However, with a 22 second lead, he almost had the win in his second “home rally”. After all, Fernémont was for many years one of the drivers of Team Floral, the team that now houses the rally centre of the ConXioN Omloop van Vlaanderen. Read More »

Desi Henry and Damien Connolly have won the Trailer Parts and Spares Lakeland Stages Rally, round five of the McGrady Insurance Motorsport UK Northern Ireland Stage Rally Championship.

The Ford Fiesta WRC mounted crew took the lead after stage two of the Enniskillen based event and stayed there until the finish, heading home the Fiesta belonging to Sam Moffett and James Fulton. Read More »

After the first loop of the second leg, Adrian Fernémont continues to control the 60th ConXioN Omloop van Vlaanderen. After the rainy opening night, the sun shone over the region of Roeselare. On Saturday afternoon Adrian Fernémont expanded his lead to 27.6 seconds over Sébastien Bedoret and 29.3 seconds to Kevin Demaerschalk.

“We started well today,” laughed leader Fernémont. “Of course, I cut some corners a little extra here and there to make the cords more dirty for my pursuers. That is part of the game.”

Kevin Demaerschalk had to give up a bit of time: “On a dry course, the Fiesta R5 Evo is not precise enough yet. That is just a matter of refining the setup, which makes sense, because it is our first rally with this car. I am already very satisfied.” Read More »

The weather seemed to have a positive change for the start 60th edition of ConXioN Omloop van Vlaanderen, but the competitors quickly came across rain. And it generated a new beginning, exciting and rich with twists. Four drivers shared the stage wins on the five specials that made up the evening’s program. Adrian Fernémont shot to the lead, beating Sébastien Bedoret by 1.9 seconds and Kris Princen by 2.2 seconds. Read More »

The start of the 60th ConXioN Omloop van Vlaanderen took place at 5.30pm as planned, under a slightly brighter sky than the afternoon. Of the 98 cars entered in TER / BRC, 85 finally took the start. Tomorrow Saturday, we expect another 35 cars in Criterium RACB.

Most of the non-starters are the result of mechanical problems (Cris Algoedt / BMW 1M, Guino Kenis / BMW M3, Nick Toorré / Ford Sierra Cosworth, Marc Maertens / BMW M3). Read More »

IMG today confirms that the racecar which will feature in the electric development series in 2020, codenamed Projekt E, will be officially unveiled on Friday, September 13 at the Neste World RX of Latvia.

As has previously been revealed, Projekt E will showcase electric-powered cars on the same event schedule as traditional World RX Supercars at selected European rounds of the championship in 2020. Read More »

Kames Motorsport Complex in Ayrshire might provide the shortest stages in the J1000 Ecosse Challenge but it is never short of drama, and the Albar Trophy Rally on 1st September was no exception. There were the usual incredibly tight margins, a roll from second place, and a stunning debut.

Following the torrential rain during the training session on the previous day, all eyes were on the skies, watching for the expected rain which thankfully never came.

Fastest out of the blocks on stage 1 were Kyle McBride & Jane Nicol, one second ahead of Oliver Hunter & Richard Crozier, who were one second ahead of Cameron Davidson & Ian McRae, who were one second ahead of Marcus McElwee & John Henderson, who were one second ahead of Owen Paterson & Calum McPherson, who were one second ahead of Jack Hall & Robin Nicolson, who were one second ahead of Justin Gunning & Stuart McBride. Yes, the J1000 championship redefines small margins. Read More »