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Marty McCormack proved he has the pace to compete with some of the best drivers in Europe, after setting some impressive stage times at last weekend’s Renties Ypres Rally (28-29 June), the fourth round of the British Rally Championship.

The TigerRisk Skoda Fabia R5 pilot has enjoyed success in Ypres in the past, taking eighth overall behind the wheel of his S2000 spec machine in 2015 as part of the European Rally Championship. He would return this year with the aim of bettering that result. Sadly, despite a positive showing on the opening day of the event, McCormack’s Fabia left the road on day two and the subsequent damage meant he was forced out of the rally. Read More »

The history books will show that the 55th Ypres Rally was a podium lock out for Volkswagen with the Polo R5 powering 4 of the final top 5 crews. It was Craig Breen & Paul Nagle who ended up taking victory by just over 45s from Kevin Abbring & Veronique Hostens. Abbring had set fastest time on the opening 3 stages but a costly loss of time on the 4th stage saw Breen take the lead, which he never relinquished. Abbring was on the fightback for the rest of the event, setting 10 fastest stage times to Breen’s 9. Third overall were Kris Princen & Bram Eelbode, just 13s behind. Read More »

After a successful return to the TigerRisk Skoda Fabia R5 at Rally van Wervik (14-15 June), Marty McCormack will return to Belgium for the fourth round of the British Rally Championship (BRC), the Renties Ypres Rally (28-29 June).

The Draperstown driver headed to Belgium to get “match fit” ahead of a return to the BRC and despite not being behind the wheel of the potent Skoda since March, secured an impressive sixth overall against many rapid Belgian aces. McCormack will now aim for another solid points haul to boost his BRC title chase. Read More »

Draperstown rally ace Marty McCormack will make his return to the driver’s seat of the TigerRisk Skoda Fabia R5 this weekend as he heads to Rally van Wervik (14-15 June) in preparation for a return to the British Rally Championship at the iconic Renties Ypres Rally (28-29 June).

McCormack has enjoyed a strong start to his BRC campaign this season, but work commitments had ruled him out of contesting the last round of the series in Carlisle. Despite missing out on another points haul, he currently sits fourth in the championship and remains firmly in the title chase. Read More »

Chesterfield rally driver Rhys Yates made sure his return to the British Rally championship was worthwhile, by equalling his career best result in Carlisle to take second place at the Pirelli International Rally on Saturday (27th April).

Yates used a break in his World Rally Championship WRC2 campaign to make a comeback to the British series and did so in fine style, taking an impressive runner-up spot on his first foray onto a gravel surface this season in his RYR Skoda Fabia R5. Read More »

FIA World Rally Championship driver Rhys Yates will make a return to the British Rally Championship, contesting the third round of the series in Carlisle, the Pirelli International Rally (27th April).

The 26-year-old Skoda Fabia R5 pilot from Chesterfield hasn’t contested a round of the British series since October’s Wales Rally GB but will use a lull in the WRC2 calendar to contest the one-day gravel event in the RYR machine. He will be joined by regular co-driver James Morgan for the rally. Read More »

Official M-Sport Fiesta R2 re-sellers for the UK EDSL Sport, believe the 2019 version of the much-acclaimed machine will be “well matched” to the undulating roads of the West Cork Rally next weekend (16/17 March).

The Hampshire based preparation firm will field two of the brand-new M-Sport built examples at round two of the British Rally Championship, which makes the trek to Southern Ireland and the town of Cork for a two-day blast over the closed public roads in the area. Read More »

This year the Bulldog rally was all about the Historics for us. We managed to see half of the stages they competed on and once again it was a battle between the Classic Escort MkII’s of Nick Elliott and Julian Reynolds, (co-driven by Dave Price and Ian Oakey respectively). Elliott set fastest time on the first 4 stages to take over a half a minutes advantage into the final two stages. Reynolds was fastest on both but only managed to carve just under ten seconds off Elliott’s lead. The battle for third looked to be going the way Richard Hill & Patrick Cooper (Escort MkII), that was until the final stage when a massive push from Phil Collins & Derek Brannigan (Ascona) saw them take third place by just over 3 seconds. Read More »

Trackrod09 (117)A glorious day was what North Yorkshire delivered for this years Trackrod Rally, where the culmination of several championships would make it a decisive event. In the Historic Cup the overall victory was played out by the Escort MkII’s. It was the controlled but fast pace of Julian Reynolds & Ian Oakey that took a 35 second victory from the flambuoyant Martin McCormack & Jim Goodman, who won on the entertainment stakes. Completing the podium, and wrapping up the Classic category, were Darren Moon & Chris Parsons. Behind them though was a great non-Ford battle for 4th place. In the end Steve Magson & Geoff Atkinson (Ascona 400) pipped Rob Smith & Shaun O’Gorman (Chevette) by less than a second. Read More »

jimclark09 (12)A superb weekend up in the Scottish Borders saw a battle royale between Eugene Donnelly and Tim McNulty. The Fabia WRC of Donnelly & Paddy Toner eventually came out on top with the Impreza WRC S12B of McNulty & David Moynihan 23 seconds behind. Eamonn Boland & Michael Jo Morrissey completed the podium in their Impreza WRC S12B.  In the BRC Mark Higgins & Bryan Thomas (Impreza N11) held off the hard charging Evo IX of Keith Cronin & Greg Shinnors, with both crews suffering numerous issues throughout the event. Completing that podium was the Impreza N14 of Adam Gould & Seb Marshall after a good battle with the Impreza N12 of Euan Thorburn & Claire Mole. In the rest of the classes Matti Rantanen & Mikko Markkula took R3 class honours in their Clio Ragnotti, Martin McCormack & Phil Clarke were victorious in the R2 class in their C2 R2 Max and finally the R1 class went to the Swift of Gordon Nichol and Emma Morrison. Read More »