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Category Archives: British Gravel Rallying

Local hero Jason Pritchard will contest his first gravel rally in a four-wheel drive car for 10 years when he tackles this summer’s Builth Wells-based Nicky Grist Stages (Saturday 9 July) in his North Road Garage/Get Jerky/J&S Handling-backed Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.

The 34-year old driver is no stranger to forestry rallying of course, having won three consecutive British Historic Rally Championship titles in a Ford Escort RS1800 and led the Roger Albert Clark Rally on several occasions. Jason also contested the Nicky Grist Stages in the Mk2 last year, winning the BTRDA Historic and H3 classes, scoring a top 10 BTRDA Gold Star result and finishing 27th overall. Read More »

The date for the next edition of the Roger Albert Clark Rally has been confirmed as Thursday 23 to Monday 27 November 2023.

Rally manager Colin Heppenstall has announced that the next edition will cover a full five days of forest rallying, with stages planned in England, Scotland and Wales for what will be the 20th anniversary edition of the longest and toughest special stage rally in the UK. Read More »

Three-time British Rally champion Matt Edwards stormed to a second Fuchs Lubricants British Historic Rally Championship win in a row on Saturday [21 May], taking his FIAT 131 Abarth to a convincing Plains Rally victory. Read More »

The Fuchs Lubricants British Historic Rally Championship will make its second foray into Wales on Saturday as the Plains Rally [21 May] plays host to the third round of series.

Based in Bala in the Snowdonia National Park, the event offers up a mouth-watering list of world-class stages which have hosted World Rally Championship protagonists over the years including Aberhirnant, Alwen and Clocaenog with ten stages and 42 miles of competitive driving set to test the BHRC crews. Read More »

The Tweed Valley and Wauchope Forests echoed to the sound of rally cars for the first time since 2019 on Saturday [14 May] as the Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally blasted back into life with Elliot Payne and Patrick Walsh taking victory in their Ford Fiesta Rally2.

Payne was third after the opening stage of the event but recovered to seal the top spot by 14 seconds from David Henderson and Chris Lees in their Fiesta R5. Number one seeds Stephen Petch and Michael Wilkinson rounded out the podium in third, driving their Fiesta WRC. Read More »

Nicky Grist Stages (Saturday 9 July) will partner with Carbon Positive Motorsport to provide carbon offsetting for all competitors and organisers event vehicles, as part of a long-term roadmap and commitment to mitigate the events carbon footprint.

The event joins several UK events this year who have chosen as part of their environmental plans to take steps to mitigate its carbon footprint by using high-quality UK sourced and certified carbon offsetting projects.

The company, which is the first in the world to offer dedicated carbon offsetting services exclusively for motorsport, provides carbon offsetting for all motorsport events, teams, competitors, and spectators, and will provide carbon positive levels of offsetting for all the rally organisation vehicles and competitors as part of their entry, in a first for UK motorsport. Read More »

Some of the best gravel rally drivers in the UK will tackle this weekend’s Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally as the Jedburgh based event returns on Saturday 14 May after a two-year hiatus.

Forced to cancel in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, the revived event welcomes contenders from the MRF Tyres BTRDA Rally Series who will contest the forest rally for the first time since the early 1990’s. They will be joined by the S G Petch ANECCC Rally Championship and Motoscope Northern Historic Championship, bringing a host of competitors to the region from across the UK. Read More »

Quinton Motor Club is gearing up for what promises to be a fantastic festival of rallying in mid-Wales on Saturday 9 July when competitors from six major rally championships gather in Builth Wells for the 2022 Nicky Grist Stages.

The event will play host to the Motorsport UK British Rally Championship for the fourth time. Twice the winners of the Nicky Grist Stages – Elfyn Evans/Craig Parry (Ford Fiesta R5) in 2016 and Matt Edwards/Darren Garrod (Volkswagen Polo GTI R5) in 2021 – have gone on to become British champions in the same year, while the 2017 event winners Fredrik Åhlin/Torstein Eriksen (Škoda Fabia R5) finished runners-up. Read More »

Osian Pryce will celebrate his 100th rally start on this year’s British Rally Championship, as he attempts to win the title for the first time in his Volkswagen Polo GTI R5. Read More »

Matthew Hirst and Declan Dear recorded a sensational victory at Saturday’s Rallynuts Stages Rally [9 April] as the pairing stormed to an impressive four fastest times from six stages in their Ford Fiesta R5.

The pairing, fresh from a win at Rally North Wales just a fortnight ago returned a scintillating performance, opening a whopping 15 second lead on the initial Myherin stage and were never headed, taking arguably their most important win to date. Read More »