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With a return to just the BTRDA championship the Nicky Grist Stages still had a BRC feel as Matt Edwards & Darren Garrod (Fiesta R5) took overall victory by almost a minute. Tom Cave & James Morgan (Mirage) were fastest through the first stage and on the final stage (SS4) before service to lead Edwards by 2 seconds. There was nothing to separate the pair on stage 5 before Edwards took the lead after going fastest by 6 seconds on SS6. Edwards continued with two more fastest stage times to beat Cave by 14 seconds. Cave was disqualified though so Luke Francis & John Roberts (Fiesta WRC) took 2nd place with Rory Young & Allan Cathers (Fiesta R5) completing the podium. Read More »

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It was a hot one down at Walters Arena as we took in the Welsh Hill Rally. A capacity field of 50 crews started the event on the Friday night for two short tests. The rally then continued through Saturday and Sunday, (we caught the Saturday stages only). The dusty conditions came as no surprise and with the dust not moving fast, the crews were quickly put on two minute intervals at the stage start. The knock on was stages were lost but the action we saw was good nonetheless. Read More »

Another July trip to the Anglesey circuit saw glorious weather once again. The entry list was down on previous years but that did not mean any less of a battle at the front. Dave Willett & John Davies (Escort MkII) went fastest on the opening stage to take an early lead. On stage 2 Peter Smith & John Millington (Fiesta WRC) were dialled in and went fastest to take the lead, they then continued to extend their lead stage by stage and took a well deserved victory by 32 seconds. John Stone & Jack Morton (Fiesta S2500) had moved up to 2nd overall but Willett kept them honest and after ten stages they were level on time. Willett took 2nd overall thank to a faster time on the opening stage as well as coming home first 2WD crew. Read More »

On paper the Ypres Historic Rally was totally dominated by Paul Lietaer & Bruno Vienne (Manta 400) who took victory by almost 6 minutes. They had been pushed hard by Stefaan Stouf & Joris Erard (Sierra Cosworth) who had been leading until stage 12, when differential issues saw Stouf retire. It had been a two crew battle though, which was reflected in large winning margin. Tom Van Rompuy & Jens Vanoverschelde (M3 E30) took 2nd place by 13 seconds from Danny Kerckhof & Kristof Dejonghe (M3 E30). In the Classic Rally Dirk Deveux & Kris D’Alleine (Escort MkII) took victory. Read More »

The World RX of Great Britain moved to Silverstone for 2018 the relatively short and technical circuit provided a very different challenge to Lydden Hill. As he often does Johan Kristoffersson (Polo R) started slow but a great Sunday saw him qualify fastest for the semi finals. A 1st corner clash with his team mate Petter Solberg lead to a red flag which was fortunate for him. He went through to the final and took the overall victory with Andreas Bakkerud (Audi S1) 2nd and Sébastien Loeb (208 WRX) completing the podium. In the RX2 category Oliver Eriksson took victory and in the Americas Rallycross Tanner Foust (Beetle R) dominated to take victory. Read More »

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 »

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 »