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The Manx National Rally was an event of huge contrasts as a deluge of rain hit the first loop of stages, on the Friday night, before glorious weather bathed the stages on Saturday. Jason Pritchard & Phil Clarke (Focus WRC) took their 4th win at the event, by over 3 minutes. The hard work was done on the opening night as Pritchard didn’t put a wheel wrong to lead by almost two minutes overnight. Daniel Harper & Chris Campbell (Mini JCW WRC) took a cautious approach to the wet conditions and were rewarded with 2nd overnight. Peter Taylor & Andrew Roughead (Fiesta WRC) were 3rd overnight, after denying Pritchard a clean sweep of stage wins, but they did not start the Saturday after being excluded. Read More »

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Last year saw our first visit to the Rallye de Wallonie and we could not resist a return visit. A total of 22 stages saw a tough battle at the top. After the opening pair of stages round the citadel in Namur, Adrian Fernémont & Samuel Maillen (Fabia R5) held a slender lead over Cédric Cherain & Filip Cuvelier (Fabia R5) with 2017 Belgian Rally Champions Vincent Verschueren & Veronique Hostens (Fabia R5) completing the top 3. As the real meat of the rally started Verschueren picked up the pace and by lunchtime had taken over at the top with Fernémont slipping down to 3rd place behind Cherain. Read More »

After a few years of missing the Severn Valley Stages the change to an April date allowed us to catch it again. As well as the date move the rally is now in the 2nd year of the Rallynuts sponsorship and has just returned to the BTRDA rally series after a 27 year absence. Matt Edwards & Darren Garrod (Fiesta R5) dominated the rally, setting fastest time on every stage taking victory by 40 seconds from Luke Francis & John Roberts (Fiesta WRC). BTRDA series leaders Paul Bird & Jack Morton (Focus WRC) took 3rd place, 30 seconds further back, to consolidate their championship lead. Read More »

The 2018 Rally North Wales was the first event to run to the new Rally2 format and it proved a success. With the BHRC and 2WD running through the stages first it proved to be a battle between the Ford Escort MkII’s. On the first stage though Ieuan Rowlands & Emyr Hall were fastest in the Avenger but retirement on stage 2 saw the normal Escort MkII order restored with Nick Elliott taking over the lead, despite Ryan Barrett going fastest through stage 2. Elliott, co-driven by Dave Price, was then fastest on stage 3 to take a 13 second lead in to service. Osian Pryce & Dale Furniss were up to 2nd ahead of Ryan Barrett & Paul McCann as he got to grips with RWD machinery. Read More »

The asphalt rally championship returned with a bang at Epynt, with a quality entry tackling the military ranges for the opening round of the revamped championship. After the first pair of stages Damian Cole & Jamie Edwards (Fiesta WRC) could not be separated from Melvyn Evans & Mark Glennerster (Impreza WRC). Close behind were 2017 Tour of Epynt winners Bob Fowden & Aled Davies (Imprzea WRC), just 4 seconds back. The next pait of stages saw Evans take 11 seconds out of Cole, with Fowden drifting a second further back. Evans then took a further 15 seconds out of Cole on stage 5 whilst Fowden retired after getting his car beached. Read More »

After the snow and ice of 2017 sunny and largely pleasant conditions greeted the crews in North Wales. It was a rally of what might have been as Matt Edwards & Darren Garrod (Fiesta R5) would have won easily had it not been for knocking a wheel off on stage 2. Edwards was fastest by 16 seconds on the opening stage and then set fastest time on stages 4 to 7. So the battle was between Paul Bird & Jack Morton (Focus WRC) and Ollie Mellors & Max Freeman (Iriz R5). Mellors had been fastest on stage 1 then the pair tied on stage 2 before Mellors was fastest on stage 3 to lead by 8 seconds. Read More »

It may have been only our 2nd visit to the South Downs Stages, at Goodwood, but it witnessed a thrilling finale in challenging weather conditions. Lee Jones & Daniel Boshier (Ferrari 308 Michelotto) took victory by 7 seconds but had gone in to the final stage leading by only 1 second. Runners up were Ian & Oliver Hucklebridge (Escort MkII) with Dean Thomas & Mark Burt (DTR) just over a minute behind the winners. Read More »

The 2017 Rockingham Stages saw a maiden overall victory for William Hill & Richard Crozier, first time out in their Fiesta R5. It was a fantastic result underlined by fastest times on all 6 stages run, giving a victory margin of 40 seconds. The rally should have run in to Sunday but heavy snowfall and ice caused the cancellation of day 2. Darryl Morris & Steve Gully (Escort MkII) took 2nd place with the podium being completed by Stephen Beck & Paul Brown (Escort MkII) a further 34 seconds behind. Read More »

A true epic saw the 91 starting crews take in 30 stages across England, Scotland and Wales, in the 260+ stage mile event. It all started st Shelsley Walsh with a run up the hill climb and a historic first ever competitive run down the hill to follow. Jason Pritchard & Phil Clarke (Escort MkII) lead by a single second after the opening pair of stages before the real meat of the rally began. Roger Chilman & Bryan Thomas (Escort MkII) set fastest time by 18 seconds through Radnor, to lead Pritchard by 9 seconds with Steve Bennett & Osian Owen (Escort MkII) third overall. Pritchard was joint fastest with Matt Robinson & Sam Collis (Escort MkII) on Gwibedog but fastest on the Epynt stage put Pritchard back in to the lead as the crews headed up to Carlisle. Chilman was 2nd overall, just 9 seconds back with Rudi Lancaster & Guy Weaver (Escort MkII) just over half a minute back in 3rd place. Read More »

Our 3rd trip to this rally saw overnight rain play havoc on the opening stage. Paul Swift & Cat Lund were the surprise early leaders, beating the numerous 4WD crews in their RWD Escort MkII. Kevin Procter & Derek Fawcett (Fiesta R5) then took over the lead on stage 2 and through a series of fastest stage times took victory by a very comfortable minute and a half. Swift kept high up until his gearbox started to develop issues, forcing his retirement on the penultimate stage. Steve Simpson & Patrick Walsh (Fiesta R5) had snatched 2nd place from Swift mid event but in the 2nd half of the event came under increasing pressure from Chris West & Keith Hounslow (306 Maxi) who got to within 4 seconds of 2nd overall. Read More »