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A crazy day of motorsport saw us take in the first 4 stages of the AGBO Historic Stages, at Weston Park. Leigh & Chris Armstrong (Escort MkII) held a slender 1s lead over Mike Simpson & Dale Gibbons (Escort MkII), after 4 stages. With the pair exchanging times over the next two stages they were tied with 4 stages to go. Simpson then took the initiative on stage 7 before Armstrong clawed back the lost time on stages 8 & 9. Going in to the final stage they were tied and it was Armstrong who went fastest by 4 seconds to take the win. Read More »

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Continuing a mad weekend for us, the Tour of Epynt saw windy, wintry and sunny conditions hit the opening round of the Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship. Damian Cole & Shelley Rogerson (Focus WRC) were fastest through the short opening stage before Jason Pritchard & Phil Clarke (Focus WRC) went fastest through stage 2, taking the lead by 5s. 2018 Champion Pritchard did not let anyone in for the next 4 loops of stages as he went fastest on the remaining stages. The final victory margin was over two minutes as Cole dropped over a minute on the final stage, only just holding on to 2nd overall. Seb Ling & Aled Rees were superb all day in their DS3 R5 and ended up only 3s behind Cole. Read More »

Wild weather struck the Lake District for the Malcolm Wilson Rally and the first 3 stages were blighted by snow, decimating the field in just 15 stage miles. Connor McCloskey & Noel O’Sullivan (Fiesta WRC) were fastest through Hobcarton from Ian Joel & Graeme Wood (Escort Cosworth) by 3 seconds. McCloskey dropped over 20s through Comb as Joel took the lead from Petr Krizan & Lukas Sintal (Evo IX) who were fastest through Comb. The top two stayed as they were after Greystoke, with Joel extending his lead, with McCloskey retiring after SS3. Read More »

Unseasonably warm weather bathed the Race Retro Live Stage, or should that be Stages, as 2019 saw an innovation with a two stage format. The main stage returned to the original location from the first few years of the show with a rally rides stage running next to it for paying customers. The other change was the addition of two gravel sections which ensured the cars were getting plenty of sideways. Meirion Evans brought his Hyundai i20 R5 fresh from two consecutive weekends rallying in the Irish and British Championships right down to Rauno Aaltonen running in a Mini Cooper S. Read More »

Our first foray in to the woods of the year was for the Cambrian Rally and this year it was not just the opening round of the BTRDA championship but also the BRC. A superb entry gathered, loaded with R5 and WRC machinery at the front end for the two championships. There was an International feel with Chilean brothers Pedro & Alberto Heller starting as cars 1 & 2 whilst reigning 2018 champion, for both the BRC and BTRDA, Matt Edwards lined up at 3 with Pat Walsh calling the notes, making it an all Fiesta R5 top 3. With the top 10 being made up of the rest of the main BRC contenders it was Stephen Petch & Michael Wilkinson (Fiesta WRC) who were car no.11 and headed up the National B section of the rally. Charlie Payne & Carl Williamson (Fiesta) and Euan Thorburn & Paul Beaton (Focus WRC) completed the BTRDA top 3 seeds. Read More »

The overnight rain left the Goodwood circuit slippy and very green for the first stage and it was Richard Weaver & James Pink (Evo VI) who took advantage of their four wheel drive to set fastest time by 9 seconds. It set the tempo and a heavy downpour after stage 2 really played in to the 4WD crews hands for the following stages. Weaver set fastest time on all 5 stages to the lunchbreak and followed up with two more after lunch, on a now dry track. With a 56s lead Weaver relaxed slightly on the last pair of stages to secure overall victory by 45s. Read More »

A cold but dry Brands Hatch helped balance the stage conditions between the 2WD and 4WD competitors and it was John Stone & Jack Morton (Fiesta WRC) who went fastest on the opening two stages. Chris West & Keith Hounslow (306 Maxi) were then fastest on the next pair of stages but it was Stone who was ahead by 3 seconds at the lunch break. Stage 5 would prove pivotal as West came out just behind a lower runner, after a merge, dropping a few seconds. Worse was to follow for Stone though as he got stuck behind the Satria Millington of Tony Robinson, after he stalled at the hairpin in the pit lane. The best part of 15 seconds were lost and West had taken the lead. Read More »

After missing last years edition we returned to a windy Lake District to see a full entry tackle the Grizedale Stages. The first run through the 17 mile stage saw Stephen Petch & Michael Wilkinson (Fiesta WRC) as the only crew to go under 20 minutes. Jock Armstrong & Cameron Fair (Impreza) were 2nd fastest with Josh Moffett & Keith Moriarty (Fiesta R5) 3rd fastest after dropping over half a minute with an early issue on the stage. Moffett then went fastest on the first run through the short Broughton Moor stage before sharing fastest time with Petch on the 2nd run. Read More »

After 15 years the Rockingham Stages was the last event to be held at the Northamptonshire circuit, before it closes at the end of the year. Having attended most of those it was a sad final visit. Paul King & Alicia Miles (Escort MkII) took victory on an event that has served him well, but he was pushed hard by Darryl Morris & Mark Regan (Escort MkII) who finished just 13 seconds behind, after 12 stages. Completing the all Escort MkII podium were Steve & Jack Tilburn. Read More »

The elements threw all they had at the 88 crews who started the Cheviot Stages Rally, resulting in carnage throughout the day. With the MSA Asphalt Championship up for grabs stage 4 saw Daniel Harper & Chris Campbell (Mini WRC) leave the equation as they crashed out after aquaplaning off. Jason Pritchard & Phil Clarke (Focus WRC) still had to get a reasonable points score to overhaul Wayne Sisson for the title and with the tricky conditions that was not going to be easy. Peter Taylor & Andrew Roughead (Fiesta WRC) took the first stage and after being beaten on stage 2 by Harper they had a 9s lead after the first loop of stages. Read More »