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Category Archives: World Rallying

Morecambe rally co-driver Tom Woodburn will make first competitive outing in Belgium for five years this week, as he tackles round two of the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship, The Yenties Ypres Rally (22/23 June) alongside current Junior series leader, Steve Rokland.

Woodburn, 23, guided the Norwegian to a dominant win on the opening round of the series at the Pirelli International Rally, taking fastest time all but one stages of the event to cross the finish ramp over a minute ahead of the nearest rival in their Peugeot 208 R2. Read More »

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British Rally driver Rhys Yates will be looking for a “realistic” result at the Renties Ypres Rally (22/23 June) in Belgium, despite making history with an overall victory at Rally Van Wervik last week.

The 24-year-old driver from Chesterfield elected to warm-up for the forthcoming Prestone MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) qualifier with an outing in Wervik and was rewarded with a start-to-finish win, the first British driver to take the top spot on the event in its 42-year history. Read More »

Progressive Blairgowrie rally driver Finlay Retson will make his European rally debut next week as he heads to the second round of the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship Cadet Cup, the Renties Ypres Rally (22/23 June) in Belgium.

The 18-year-old impressed onlookers at the opening round of the series in Carlisle, setting the fastest time of the Cadet Cup contenders on each of the three stages he contested in the Kielder Forest at the Pirelli International Rally back in April. Read More »

Steve Brown secured another solid finish for his newly developed Nissan Micra Kit Car last weekend, taking eighth in class 3F and valuable championship points at Rally van Wervik (8/9th June) in Belgium.

The Rochdale driver would make the trip across the English Channel to contest the Flanders International Rally Challenge (FIRC) qualifier in only the second event for the crowd-pleasing machine this season. Read More »

Rhys Yates proved he is one of the most talented rally drivers in Europe by leading last weekend’s Rally Van Wervik (8/9 June) from start to finish, to become the first British driver to win the Belgian event in its 42-year history.

The Chesterfield ace fired his Brettex Skoda Fabia R5 into the lead of the rally on the opening stage and was never headed to win four of the event’s 12 stages, taking his biggest rally victory to date and in the process, maximum points in the Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship. Read More »

Rhys Yates has become the first British driver to win the Rally van Wervik, after he and co-driver Elliott Edmondson clinched outright victory on Round 3 of the Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship in their Brettex-backed ŠKODA Fabia R5. Wayne Sisson/Max Freeman have taken the lead of the Championship mid-way through the season, after another impressive performance in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X. Read More »

A new event among the rapidly-expanding roster offered by leading international classic car rally organiser Bespoke Rallies, the recent Highland 1000 ended in climactic fashion with just 12 seconds separating the 1969 E-Type Jaguar of Nick Seaton-Burridge and Dennis Greenslade and the 1963 Porsche 912 of novices Maarten Smet and Nadia Imfurayacu of Belgium. Read More »

Jamaica’s Jeffrey Panton paid tribute to co-driver Michael Fennell Jnr after they claimed a fourth consecutive win in Sol Rally Barbados at the weekend (June 1-3). After sharing a champagne podium celebration at Bushy Park on Sunday evening with British crews Rob Swann and Darren Garrod, Paul Bird and Jack Morton, Panton said: “Mike really does all the ground work, I only drive, and his efforts play a big role in the success.”

Panton’s fifth victory on the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) blue riband event comes two decades after he became the first regional winner, in a Toyota Celica GT4, in 1998. Since 2012, when he bought the Ford Focus WRC06 in which two-time World Champion Marcus Gronholm won the 2007 Galway International, he has regularly rewritten the region’s record books, having also added a hat-trick of Flow King of the Hill victories this year. Read More »

Key to nationalities (competitor from Barbados unless shown): CDN – Canada; ENG – England; GUY – Guyana; IRL – Republic of Ireland; JAM – Jamaica; NZL – New Zealand; SCO – Scotland; T&T – Trinidad & Tobago; TCI – Turks & Caicos; USA – United States of America; WAL – Wales

1st Jeffrey Panton – JAM/Michael Fennell Jnr – JAM (WRC-1 Rubis/Sandals Barbados/KIG Ford Focus WRC06), 1h 05m 26.13s
2nd Rob Swann – ENG/Darren Garrod – WAL (WRC-1 Elegant Hotels/Blue Sky Luxury/Cygnet Plant Subaru Impreza WRC S12B), +01:18.58s
3rd Paul Bird – ENG/Jack Morton – ENG (WRC-1 Frank Bird Poultry/Be Wiser Insurance/Hager/Fuchs Titan Race/Loco Energy Drink Ford Focus WRC08), +01:37.74 Read More »

Cumbrian rally driver Paul Bird made a welcome return to SOL Rally Barbados at the weekend and came away with a superb podium placing by claiming a battling third position.

After claiming runner-up spot in last weekend’s Flow King of the Hill Rallysprint, the Langwathby driver along with Hexham co-driver Jack Morton were hoping to add to his double victory on the Caribbean island after two years away. Read More »