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Category Archives: British Tarmac Rallying

Marty McCormack and Barney Mitchell won the 2017 Roger Albert Clark Rally (10-13 November) after four days, 270 stage miles and 29 special stages in the forests of Wales, Northumberland and Scotland.

The Northern Irish crew battled hard with leaders Jason Pritchard and Phil Clarke over the first two days and moved ahead when Pritchard was sidelined by a broken halfshaft. Once ahead, McCormack continued his stunning pace to win by 1m44s from fellow former winners Matthew Robinson and Sam Collis while Roger Chilman and Bryan Thomas turned in a star performance on unfamiliar stages for third after leading overall during the opening day in Wales. The concurrent Open Rally was won convincingly by the Ford Escort Mk2 of David Hutchinson and Jeff Garnett. Read More »

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Cumbrian rally driver Paul Bird’s much anticipated return to the super-fast asphalt surfaces of the Paul BirdIsle of Man was short lived when a technical problem forced him out of the PokerStars Rally in the early stages last night.

Fresh from his victory on the Eventsigns Woodpecker Stages Rally a couple of months ago, Bird, from Langwathby near Penrith, along with County Durham co-driver Jack Morton were confident after missing a couple of years of competing around the Manx lanes where he’d had so much success in the past. Read More »

Knockhill Racing Circuit is all set for its biggest single venue rally in years as it plays host to Round 3 of the Beatsons Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship in association with MSVR on Sunday 3rd December 2017, sponsored by Beatsons Building Supplies.

60 top line crews from all over the UK will be competing on over 35 miles of challenging rally stages, all based at Knockhill by Dunfermline, Scotland’s National Motor Sport Centre.

With the hosting of the event, Stuart Gray, Knockhill Director of Events said “The Beatsons Building Supplies Knockhill Stages Rally will bring top crews, top teams and top rally action to adoring and knowledgeable Scottish rally fans for the first time in years. We are delighted to be joining this prestigious championship which visits the best race tracks in the UK and allows the fans to get up close to the action in the safe environment of a circuit venue. We are thrilled to have Beatsons Building Supplies on board as our event day sponsor as they are already a high profile company within the Scottish rally scene”. Read More »

Two spectator stages at the Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb will get the 2017 Roger Albert Clark Rally off to a spectacular start on Friday 10 November.

Shelsley Walsh in Worcestershire is the world’s oldest motor sport venue using its original course and was first used in 1905. However, the rally will mark a first in the history of the world-famous venue with the Brightwells Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb Special Stages.

Before the rally heads into the Welsh forests, the cars will tackle two special stages on the famous hill climb course. It is believed to be the first time in the venue’s 112-year history that Shelsley has been used competitively downhill. Read More »

The Motor Sports Association (MSA) has granted the first Event Organising Permit for a closed-road competition in England to Chelmsford Motor Club (CMC) for a stage rally in Essex next April.

New legislation facilitating closed-road motor sport commenced on 10 April this year, following a long campaign by the MSA. The first full event under these new laws is set to be a stage rally of up to 45 competitive miles near Clacton-on-Sea on 22 April 2018.

The MSA inspected CMC’s original proposed route in July and has since worked with the club to develop its plans. The governing body has now issued a Permit, which allows CMC to apply to Essex Highways for a Motor Race Order under legislation set out in the Deregulation Act 2015. Read More »

Seven promising young rally co-drivers have been selected for exclusive coaching on the 2017 MSA Academy development programme, led by Nicky Grist and Paul Spooner. Read More »

After clinching the BTRDA 1400 Championship last month, Jerseyman Ed Fossey returned home to contest the Roberts Garage Ltd Jersey Rally (13/14 October). The 19-year-old put in a performance beyond his age as the Next Big Step driver finished third in class and an impressive giant-killing 13th overall, putting many more powerful cars and experienced drivers behind him. Read More »

The TV coverage of rounds seven, eight and nine of the Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship will first be screened on Tuesday 17 October at 4.50pm on Motorsport TV. Read More »

The provisional calendar for the 2018 MSA British Historic Rally Championship has been announced as the series organisers move to ensure that the historic crews get the best possible road conditions on the five gravel rallies. Read More »

The Albar Kames Junior Rally at Kames Motorsport Complex on 24th September 2017 was the setting for the penultimate round of the 2017 Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge. 11 Juniors started – including 2 first timers – and 11 cars finished. Okay there was the odd scrape and spin but the conditions were very variable. However, there were no great dramas in the Junior ranks. Read More »