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A dank and dreary day in Walters seemed a World away from the weather conditions we experienced in 2016, on the corresponding weekend. Still the competition was more intense, largely due to a fantastic entry. The route was good too as the proportion of category one tracks used was down slightly and those used were frequently interspersed with more challenging sections. Chris Bird once again starred in his Milner Protruck with some entertaining driving all day, on full attack all event. Read More »

With no MSA Asphalt Championship running in the 2017 the Tour of Epynt saw a smaller entry then usual but no less drama. Damian Cole & Paul Morris (Fiesta WRC) started as car 1 and after the first two loops of stages were tied for the lead with Bob Fowden & Paul Wakely (Impreza WRC). A slight off for Fowden at fourways, on stage 5, looked to hand the advantage to Cole but he retired in the stage leaving Fowden clear for a comfortable victory. In the end fastest time on the final two stages saw a victory margin of 1 minute and 34 seconds. Read More »

Dark ominous clouds hung over the Northern Lakes for the Malcolm Wilson Rally which saw David Bogie & Kevin Rae (Fabia R5) take victory by 20 seconds. Keith Cronin & Mikie Galvin (Fiesta R5) were fastest through the opener by a single second from Bogie, (which more than lost at our position with a run through a ditch and slight overshoot). Bogie hit back on stage 2 to take the lead before the lead swung back to Cronin, courtesy of fastest time through stage 3. Bogie then went fastest on stage 4 before regaining the lead on stage 5, a foggy Grizedale North, with another fastest stage time. It was in Grizedale South that the win was made as Bogie took almost 18 seconds out of Cronin on that stage. Read More »

bovington17-3Our first visit to Bovington was an excellent one. Although we only caught the first day of the two day event we saw Steve & Yvonne Furzeland (Impreza WRC) establish an unasailable lead which grew to almost two and a half minutes by the end of the rally. Tim Self & Nick Vigors (Impreza WRC) were 2nd overall with Geoff Bennett & John Billett (Escort MkII) completing the podium, as well as being the first 2WD crew. It was also the opening round of the 2017 RAC championship which saw Jerry Bailey & Graham Lacey (Escort MkII) holding on to their day one lead, finishing 19 seconds ahead of Neil Williams & John Morgan (Escort MkII). Roger Moran & Paul Morris (BMW M3) completed the RAC podium. Read More »

raceretro17-9The best entry yet for the live rally stage, at Race Retro. There was a wide range of cars, from across the history of rallying. The revised format of sending out the cars in batches rather than the usual free-for-all worked extremely well. Ari Vatanen delighted the crowds with some spirited driving which rubbed off on some of the other drivers. Ryan Champion needed no excuse though and pushed his Impreza sideways at every opportunity. Another great day in Warwickshire with the feel of the old Sunday stages from the RAC Rally. Read More »

redkite17-12A damp and dreary Epynt Military Ranges saw Dylan Davies & Llion Williams (Impreza) take victory by 24 seconds on the Red Kite Stages. Four fastest stage times and one joint fastest stage time during the six stages was more than enough for Davies. Martyn & Dawn England (Fiesta R5+) were 2nd overall but had a tight battle with Richard Hill & Steffan Evans (Evo IX), with just one second separating them before the last stage. England went fastest by a single second from Hill to double his advantage. Read More »

dsc_0477The 2017 Cambrian Rally will be remembered for snow and ice. The event was cancelled on the advice of the MSA Safety Delegate because of adverse weather conditions in Aberhirnant (SS2 and SS4) and Llangower (SS3 and SS5). The conditions in Alwen (SS1 and SS6) weren’t much better either with the 2nd half of the field unable to start the stage and those that did were mostly passengers and not in control of their cars. For the record David Bogie & Kevin Rae (Fabia R5) were fastest from David Wright & Steve Pugh (Focus WRC) by 13 seconds. We, however, saw nothing as we were in Aberhirnant.

brandshatch17-3It was a glorious winters day down at Brands Hatch, with crisp and cold conditions all day. Of the top 10 seeded crews only 4 made the finish, with the attrition rate high among the fancied crews. At the end of 8 hard fought stages Paul Swift & Pat Walsh (Escort MkII) took victory by 8 seconds from Martin Hodgson & Tony Jones (Escort MkII), with Nigel Mummery & Fiona Scarrett (Focus WRC) just over a minute further back. 2016 winners Chris West & Harry Brown had been fastest through the first stage but destroyed the front left corner of their 306 Maxi on an obscured concrete block, early in stage 2. Read More »

rockingham16-1Dry but cold conditions were once again present at Rockingham as almost 90 crews took the start. Rhys Yates & Tom Woodburn (Fiesta R5) were utterly dominant and took victory by almost 3 minutes. Of the 11 stages run they were fastest on all but one and despite a scare on stage 5 with leaking fluid, they didn’t look troubled at all. After the opening day Paul King & Alicia Miles (Escort MkII) held a 3 second advantage over Paul Swift & Patrick Walsh (Escort MkII) but through the Sunday stages they were both overhauled by Bruce Edwards & Jim Smith (Darrian T9 GTR) and Alan Kirkaldy & Cameron Fair (Escort MkII). Read More »

grizedale16-4Another glorious day up in the Lake District saw Stephen Petch & Michael Wilkinson (Fiesta R5) back up his 2015 victory with another one in 2016. Donagh Kelly & Conor Foley (Fiesta) was leading after two stages but then retired. David Wright & Steve Pugh (Focus WRC) were 14 seconds back and set joint fastest time with Petch on stage 3. With Stage 4 cancelled, Petch then went fastest on stage 5 with Wright fastest on stage 6 but the final victory margin grew to 16 seconds. Read More »