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Scottish rally driver Finlay Retson secured a confidence-boosting second place at last weekend’s Nicky Grist Stages (10th July), to close in on the lead of the Motorsport UK Junior British Rally Championship.

The 21-year-old ace from Blairgowrie and Welsh co-driver Rhys Stoneman steered his Ford Fiesta Rally4 across the world-class Welsh forest stages to grab a last-stage move up the leaderboard, meaning he now lies just three points shy of the lead of the prestigious British series after two rounds. Read More »

Osian Pryce took his new Michelin-shod Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 to its second British Rally Championship podium finish in as many events, when he finished a very close third on the Nicky Grist Stages.

He and Irish co-driver Noel O’Sullivan made a great start to their first gravel event in the Melvyn Evans Motorsport-prepared car, and led after the opening flat-out blast through Llyn Login 1. Read More »

Matt Edwards has taken the lead in the British Rally Championship after winning the Nicky Grist Stages in sensational style in his Yuasa Rally Team Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.

The double British rally champion considers this to be his best performance on gravel to date, given the intensity of competition and a new car for 2021. It is also the first time that a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 has won a round of the BRC, and it’s first victory on a UK forest rally. Read More »

Matt Edwards and Darren Garrod took their Yuasa Rally Team Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 to a hard fought victory on the 2021 Nicky Grist Stages, and in doing so take the lead of the British Rally Championship.

They were fourth after the opening stage, and overcame a morning misfire and brake bias issues to finish five seconds ahead of Tom Cave/Dale Furness (Ford Fiesta Rally2) after two loops through Llyn Login, Monument, Halfway and Crychan forests and all 44 stage miles had been completed.

Osian Pryce/Noel O’Sullivan (Volkswagen Polo GTI R5) finished just a further seven seconds behind in third, as the top three pulled away from the rest of the field.

Indeed, Edwards, Cave and Pryce each led the event at some stage, and were separated by only a second or two on most of the stages – with Edwards and Pryce tied for the lead after SS2, and Cave and Edwards tied for the lead after SS3. Read More »

Round 2 of the BRC saw the crews return to gravel and a more familiar feel of a multi venue stage rally. Matt Edwards & Darren Garrod (Polo R5) took victory and moved in to the BRC lead, as a result. Tom Cave & Dale Furniss (Fiesta Rally 2) missed the opening round but took 2nd place, just 5s behind Edwards with Osian Pryce & Noel O’Sullivan (Polo R5) completing an all Welsh (drivers only) podium. Rhys Yates & James Morgan were 4th overall whilst BRC returnee, after a number of years away, Matthew Wilson & Stuart Loudon completing the top 5, both in Fiesta Rally 2’s. Read More »

Osian Pryce says that a day’s testing on Thursday and the recce on Friday will provide the perfect uninterrupted confidence-building preparation ahead of Saturday’s Nicky Grist Stages, as he gets in full rally mode for round two of the British Rally Championship (BRC). Read More »

– Moira rally driver William Creighton contests British Rally Championship and World Rally Championship events on successive weekends
– Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy pilot aims to continue Junior BRC winning streak
– Creighton looks to Rally Estonia for further experience of World Championship events Read More »

Matt Edwards and Darren Garrod have been seeded at number one for this Saturday’s non-spectator Nicky Grist Stages, when they contest their first gravel rally in their Yuasa Rally Team Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.

Edwards won the Quinton Motor Club-organised event in 2018, which helped him towards his first of two British Rally Championship titles. Read More »

Nicky Grist will lead by example and watch his own rally on the internet from his home – as the action from the 2021 Nicky Grist Stages (Saturday 10 July) is streamed live, alongside live online timing and a new online tracking system (rallytracking.co.uk) which will follow every car through every stage. Read More »

This year’s Nicky Grist Stages has been given the green light to host the first major forest rally in Wales for 17 months, when it takes place on Saturday 10 July – although one of the compromises in these unprecedented times will be that spectators will unfortunately not be permitted to attend, with an online streaming service broadcasting live from the stages instead. Read More »