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Richard Sykes and Simon Taylor clinched the 2012 NGK Spark Plugs BRC Challenge title after a spectacular double win in Northern Ireland this weekend.

“It’s fantastic” claimed an exuberant Sykes, “We were disappointed not to have won the Jim Clark, as we were feeling good on that event. But the season has pretty much gone to plan; the car’s reliability has been brilliant and I’ve had my fair share of mechanical issues in my time, so it’s nice to have a good clean season.” Wearing a huge grin, co-driver Simon Taylor concluded: “We’ve worked seven years for this.” Read More »

Stourbridge’s Richard Sykes is looking to build on his current second place in the BRC Challenge championship next weekend when he contests the Ulster Challenge rally in his Bathams Brewery, G I Sykes Ltd, Boroughbridge Marina and Silverstone Tyres-supported Citroën C2 R2 Max. Read More »

Rounds five and six of the NGK Spark Plugs BRC Challenge (BRCC) take place on the demanding asphalt roads of Antrim this weekend as the battle for the 2012 crown continues.

The Todds Leap Ulster Challenge Rally provides the competitors with the task of tackling a double header event for the only time this season. This means that both days of competition will be classed as individual full point scoring events, a format that is popular with the teams. Read More »

The 2012 NGK Spark Plugs BRC Challenge has thrown up one of the closest competitions in clubman rallying this year, and sitting top of the tree after four rounds are James Watts.

The twenty-four year old arable farmer from Hertfordshire has been behind the wheel of his venerable 1600cc VW Polo since 2008, but with Steve Hartley alongside him this season, James has found some great form. We managed to interrupt his busy schedule to ask what has been the secret to this year’s success and is the sport financially prohibiting. We got gained some interesting thoughts and advise for anyone thinking of taking up the Challenge. Read More »

The MSA British Rally Championship will hold its annual open day later this year, the Curborough Sprint Circuit-based event planned for Friday 21st September, a week before the final round of the 2012 season in Yorkshire.

The event will be supported by four manufacturers again, Citroën, Ford, Peugeot and Renault providing cars for potential BRC competitors to sample on the twisty all-asphalt track to the north of Birmingham. BRC control tyre supplier Pirelli will also be at the event with a range of gravel and asphalt tyres and to help promote the Pirelli Star Driver scheme for next year. Read More »

Richard Sykes, from Stourbridge, continued his quest for the BRC Challenge rally title last weekend when he finished in second place and first in class on the Jim Clark Challenge event.

The event was due to start on Friday evening but due to delays experienced by the other rallies running ahead of the Challenge the opening stage was cancelled, with the 16-mile Abbey St Bathans test now kicking things off on Saturday morning. Read More »

Simon Moore and Emma Morrison clinched back to back victories in the NGK Spark Plugs BRC Challenge after a thrilling finale on the Scottish Borders roads, making it the first time the Sunderland ace has taken the top step of the podium on the Jim Clark Challenge Rally this weekend.

The event had started brightly for Moore, but it was the local driver Gareth White who set the opening pace alongside navigator Mike Dickson. The R2 specification Citroën C2 was blisteringly quick throughout the early stages and the experienced guys behind struggled to keep pace with the youngster. Read More »

Once more to the Scottish Borders where it was Keith Cronin & Marshall Clarke (DS3) who took a fine victory, albeit after a late scare on the 2nd run through the Bothwell stage. Thanks to spectators they got going again to win by just over a minute from Tom Cave & Craig Parry (DS3). Jonathan Greer & Gordon Noble (DS3) completed the podium making it an all too familiar clean sweep for the French marque. Read More »

The NGK Spark Plugs BRC Challenge returns to the Jim Clark Rally again this year with the championship seeing one of the closest fought battles the series has seen in a long time.

The first three rounds of the championship have so far provided three different winners, and each of them in differing machinery. And the Jim Clark Challenge Rally could well provide the fourth with tarmac ace and Jim Clark expert, Richard Archer, looking to secure his first win of the season. Read More »

Stourbridge’s Richard Sykes is hoping to put the disappointment of his retirement on the previous BRC Challenge championship round behind him next weekend when he contests the Jim Clark Challenge rally in the Scottish Borders.

Sykes and co-driver Simon Taylor were in second place on April’s Pirelli rally in their Bathams Brewery, G I Sykes Ltd, Boroughbridge Marina and Silverstone Tyres-supported Citroën C2 R2 Max, ideally placed to challenge for a win. However, an electrical fault meant the car was unable to complete one of the stages resulting in a retirement and no points for the championship battle. Read More »