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Daily Archives: August 16th, 2021

London rally driver Ruairi Bell dominated the top of the Junior British Rally Championship leader board at the Grampian Forest Rally last weekend (14 August) and was on course to take his second victory of the season, before a technical issue cruelly forced him out of the event almost within sight of the finish. Read More »

Scottish rally driver Finlay Retson had an event of mixed fortunes as he tackled the third round of the Motorsport UK Junior British Rally Championship near Aberdeen last weekend (14 August), the Grampian Forest Rally.

An impressive pace which saw two fastest stage times from the six-stage event, was diluted by an ECU issue on his M-Sport Ford Fiesta Rally4, cruelly denying Retson of another top Junior BRC result this season. His weekend was also blighted by a puncture and a foot injury at the start of the second stage of the rally, which was later discovered to be a fractured ankle. Read More »

Motorsport returns to Loughgall Country Park this Saturday for round three of the McGrady Insurance Motorsport UK N.I. Rally Championship – and for the first time since March last year, spectators will be permitted to attend!

The PRM GROUP and RPM MOTORSPORT backed Loughgall Stages Rally has received a capacity entry of 100 crews that will battle for the spoils within the beautiful confines of the County Armagh park. They will tackle a total of six stages, all based in the park, providing an exciting and adrenaline-fuelled day out for spectators at the North Armagh Motor Club organised event.

It will be the first time that the rally has hosted a round of the Championship and for many of the title contenders, it will be their first visit to the potentially tricky venue. The tree-lined stages can be slippery in places and will favour those brave drivers who are fast and precise. Read More »

Osian Pryce has strengthened his challenge for the British Rally Championship title after scoring his best result of the season so far in his Melvyn Evans Motorsport-prepared Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.

Having finished third on both the Neil Howard Stages and the Nicky Grist Stages, the 28-year old Welshman’s speed and determination paid dividends as he finished second on the Grampian Rally (Saturday 14 August). Read More »

Fraser Anderson was denied what looked certain to be a dominant victory in the British Rally Championship Academy Trophy after suffering bad luck on the Grampian Rally (Saturday 14 August).

The 18-year old Helensburgh-based ME Rallysport team driver had started the event, his first senior rally in Scotland, tied for the lead of the Academy Trophy with Johnnie Mulholland, having won last time out on the Nicky Grist Stages.

Over the opening six mile Durris forest stage, Fraser and co-driver Jack Bowen set a remarkable pace in their Baxter and Gillespie-backed Ford Fiesta R2T, stopping the clocks an impressive 26 seconds quicker than their nearest Academy competitor, arch-rival Mulholland.

Unfortunately, a hydraulics system issue caused all of the hydraulic fluid to drain from the reservoir and without fluid in the system Fraser completed the opening stage unable to change gear properly or get into neutral. Fearing that he’d get stranded in the middle of the next stage, Fraser made the wise decision to return to service – where his mechanics were able to repair the car and send him out for stage three. Read More »

Matt Edwards’ hopes of challenging for victory on the Grampian Rally (Saturday 14 August) came to an end when an engine misfire halted his Yuasa Rally Team Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 whilst he was in a closing second position with two stages remaining – although his British Rally Championship title aspirations remain very much on song.

The double British Rally champion arrived at the event leading the drivers’ standings and was thus seeded at number one. Running first on the road was a distinct disadvantage, as the ferociously fast Durris, Fetteresso and Drumtochty forest roads near Aberdeen were covered in loose stones – meaning that Matt had to change his driving style to suit the conditions.

Despite this, he and co-driver Darren Garrod were third after the opening two stages, 13 seconds off leaders Matthew Wilson/Elliot Edmondson (Ford Fiesta Rally2), who were running a more favourable seventh on the road. Read More »