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Category Archives: British Tarmac Rallying

Entries are now open for the Nicky Grist Stages (8-9 July) – with the official event Regulations and Entry forms published on-line at nickygriststages.co.uk.

2017 celebrates the 37th running of Quinton Motor Club’s forest stage rally, the 30th consecutive year of it hosting a round of the BTRDA Rally Series and the seventh year of title sponsorship from Nicky Grist Motorsports. Following its maiden success last year, the Nicky Grist Stages remains the only mixed-surface round of the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship, with a fine-tuned route for 2017 giving competitors a magnificent gravel and Tarmac challenge and spectators a weekend-long festival of top class rally action. Read More »

Coinciding with the inaugural FIA Volunteers Day, the Motor Sports Association (MSA) has launched a new monthly prize draw for marshals in recognition of their invaluable contribution to UK motorsport, with exclusive prizes on offer courtesy of drivers, teams, events, championships and more.

Each month at least one person – often more – will be picked at random from the MSA’s database of registered marshals. They will each win a special prize and receive a signed certificate of recognition from Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, on behalf of the governing body. 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.

Before the rally heads into the Welsh forests for the opening day of action, the cars will tackle two special stages on the famous hill climb course near Worcester. It is believed to be the first time in the venue’s 112-year history that it has hosted a rally special stage and will also be the first time that Shelsley has been used competitively downhill. Read More »

Round 3 of the 2017 Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge was the EACC 5 Star Junior Stages at Kames Motorsport Complex, Muirkirk on 7th May 2017 – a very different challenge compared to rounds 1 and 2  for the young drivers with short, narrow and very technical stages. The sun belted down all day (leaving a few lobsters to suffer the next day), the competition was close , there were some mechanical dramas but no serious incidents. 9 Juniors started and 9 recorded finishes but 4 collected stage maximums for mechanical issues and a “wee off”. Read More »

Entries for round 3 of the Fuchs R.A.C. Historic Asphalt Rally Championship, the Mini Epynt Stages (June 4), will open at 8pm tonight (Monday 24 April).

Based on previous years, the entry could well be full by the end of the evening, so please be ready to enter on-line at 8pm tonight to make sure of a place. If you leave it until Tuesday morning, you could well be too late.

Please tell anyone you know who may be thinking of entering!

The entry process will be here:

http://herefordshiremotorclub.co.uk/

The 2017 Fuchs Lubricants R.A.C. Historic Asphalt Rally Championship continues with round two on Sunday (23 April), Rallye Salamandre in Belgium.

In an event with a superb capacity entry, around a dozen championship contenders will tackle this hugely popular event on closed public roads around the town of Beaumont in the south of Belgium. In the typical style of Belgian rallies, the crews will tackle each stage several times and two of the four stages feature a lapped format. Read More »

Another terrific event for the Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge  at the Memorial Garden Stages, Arbroath run by Glenrothes Motorsport Club on Sat 15/4. The day was topped off  with Jude MacDonald taking his maiden rally victory in his Skoda Citigo. We have seen some close competition in the Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge since it started in 2012 but this event must come close to being top of the list.

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Asphalt rally driver Steve Brown had a shorter than usual event last weekend, after his Honda Civic was side-lined by transmission gremlins at the SMC Stages in Anglesey.

The Rochdale driver had swapped his usual Nissan Micra Kit Car for a loaned Honda and would contest the North Wales based event to acquire seat time in the new machine before crossing the channel to begin his assault on the Belgium based Flanders International Rally Challenge (FIRC).

But drama struck on the opening test of the day when the Honda developed a transmission issue and despite attempts to cure the problem during the morning, Brown was forced out of the race circuit based event. Read More »

In one of the biggest developments in the history of UK motorsport, the Motor Sports Association’s long campaign to bring closed-road events to mainland Britain has been successful, with the enabling legislation commencing on Monday (10 April).

Since 2010 the MSA has called for a change in the law to allow local authorities to suspend the Road Traffic Act for authorised motorsport events, without requiring individual Acts of Parliament. Independent research commissioned by the MSA and conducted by the Sport Research Institute at Sheffield Hallam University showed that local communities across Britain could generate up to £40m of additional revenue by closing roads to host a limited number of motorsport events. Read More »

Citroen C2 pilot Charlie Robinson was unlucky to miss out on victory at the second round of the GwynneSpeed Rally Challenge last weekend as he suffered a time zapping fuel pump issue, costing him the win at the Get it Sideways Stages near Cirencester.

Despite setting fastest stage times on all but one of the ten tests during the day, the Cheltenham based rally driver succumbed to a substantial fuel leak on the fifth stage of the event, costing him victory on his first outing this season. Read More »