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Midland Manor Motor Club is delighted to announce a raft of changes for next year which will see the former Severn Valley Stages undertake a new name, new date and new championships as it becomes the Rallynuts Stages Rally, running on the 14th April 2018.

The all-gravel event will enter its 45th year in 2018 and after being renamed the Rallynuts Severn Valley Stages in 2016, will adopt a new title after signing a long-term agreement with leading motorsport firm, Rallynuts. Read More »

mcclure-yokohama17Leading tyre firm Yokohama HPT has extended is backing of Cumbrian rally star Aaron McClure who will make his comeback to the sport next month after almost 10 months away from active competition.

A season ending roll on the Somerset Stages meant McClure had an enforced sabbatical from the sport, but thanks to continuous support from his backers, has spent the downtime building a new car for the 2017 season. He will return to the BTRDA Series behind the wheel of a freshly built Mitsubishi E9. Read More »

fossey-2017-announce-bJersey-born rally star Ed Fossey will contest a full year of rallying in 2017 as he commits to the national British Trials and Rally Drivers Association (BTRDA) Championship aboard his Yokohama-backed Toyota Yaris.

The 18-year-old stepped up from the Junior 1000 series at the beginning of 2016 winning ‘The Next Big Step’ scholarship and undertook a development plan last year, selecting several unique events to develop his rallying skills with tarmac running and more importantly several events on a variety of gravel surfaces. Read More »

The 2011 BTRDA championship finale turned out to be a battle of two very different Mitsubishi Lancers. Pre-event attention was focused on the Peugeot Cosworth of Andrew Burton & Robin Kellard making its final appearance on a BTRDA rally but stage 2 saw the car succumb to an engine failure, whilst holding the joint lead of the event. Coming out of stage 2 it was co-leaders on stage 1 Shaun Gardener & Ben Innes (Evo 5.9) who took a one second lead from Tom Cave & Craig Parry (Lancer WRC). Stage 3 saw Cave take the lead from Gardener with Hugh Hunter & Andy Marchbank (Focus WRC) going fastest and coming back into the reckoning. The next stage, Alwen, proved to be the pivotal one as Cave dropped 14 seconds to Gardener and Hunter hit a gate post retiring on the spot. Gardener & Cave exchanged times through the remaining 4 stages but Gardener kept the advantage stable to take a well deserved win. Completing the podium were Charlie Payne & Craig Thorley (Focus WRC). Read More »

It just had to be on the final Woodpecker for the legendary Peugeot Cosworth of Andy Burton & Robin Kellard. They took an emotional victory in the end winning by 40 seconds, but early on they had been pushed hard by Roger Chilman & Andrew Sankey (Impreza WRC). Radnor proved to be the turning point as Burton pushed hard and opened up an advantage through the two stages. The battle for third was closer and no less intensely fought as Roger Duckworth & Shaun O’Gorman (Impreza WRC) edged out Shaun Gardener & Ben Innes (Evo 5.9) by just 9 seconds. Read More »

Round 6 of the BTRDA championship brought the crews to Builth Wells for the Quinton Stages. Andy Burton & Robin Kellard (Peugeot Cosworth) were highly fancied to clinch the title and the event, but as it turned out they were off the ultimate pace all day finishing 3rd overall. Instead Charlie Payne & Craig Thorley (Focus WRC) slugged it out with Roger Chilman & Andrew Sankey (Impreza WRC). The pair were joint fastest on stage 1 before Chilman took the 2nd stage but Payne was then fastest or joint fastest on the next 6 stages to win by 8 seconds. Chilman was clear in 2nd and as previously mentioned Burton was 3rd, which was enough to become the 2011 BTRDA Gold Star champion in the final year for his iconic car.

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The BTRDA championship moved into the 2nd half of the season with the Dukeries Rally as it welcomed back 2010 Gold Star Champions Steve Perez & Paul Spooner (Focus WRC). Looking to emulate the great Roger Clark, Perez was attempting to be only the 2nd driver to take a hat trick of consecutive wins and be the first driver to record 4 wins on the event. This would prove to be no mean feat with a quality field assembled behind him. It was Andrew Burton & Robin Kellard (Peugeot Cosworth) who struck first to lead after stage 1 and with the top 6 crews beating the bogey on stage 2 nothing changed. Burton then continued to extend his lead second by second, but with 4 stages where the bogey was beaten the rally was a case of what if for the other crews. Read More »

Another thrilling climax to a BTRDA rally with the overall victory coming down to a stall at the start of the final stage. Andrew Burton & Robin Kellard (Peugeot Cosworth) had been leading all event until the final stage where they clipped a bank and fell back to 2nd place, just 4 seconds behind Hugh Hunter & Andy Marchbank (Focus WRC). With one stage of less than two miles to go it was Hunter who stalled at startline and Burton knew victory could be his with a clean run. He duly took 9 seconds out of Hunter to win by 5 seconds. Charlie Payne & Paul Spooner (Focus WRC) completed the podium places with a good solid run, just over 30 seconds back. Read More »

Another fantastic day down in Somerset for the 3rd round of the 2011 BTRDA rally championship. Starting first in the main field were Andrew Burton & Robin Kellard (Peugeot Cosworth) who took an initial lead only for Hugh Hunter & Andy Marchbank (Focus WRC) to push past them by 1 second overall into first service. Porlock followed and Burton lost time on his less favoured surface and fell behind Roger Chilman & Andrew Sankey (Impreza WRC) also. Hunter held an 8 second lead over Chilman and 11 seconds over Burton after Porlock but then came the push. Chilman halved the gap in two stages and Burton was only a second further back, then on Croydon both Burton & Chilman clawed back the margin so all 3 crews went into the final two stages level. Read More »

Round 2 of the BTRDA championship saw the crews head to the Lake District for what would prove to be a gripping battle. Fastest out of the box were Hugh Hunter & Andy Marchbank (Focus WRC) who set fastest times over the first two stages taking a healthy lead into the first Greystoke stage. Sadly the gearbox gave up in Greystoke and Hunter retired from what was a very promising position. Taking over in the lead with fastest time on stage 3 was Andrew Burton & Robin Kellard (Peugeot Cosworth). Burton went into Grizedale with a 12 second lead over Charlie Payne & Craig Thorley (Focus WRC) and came out with a 4 second lead over Roger Chilman & Andrew Sankey (Impreza WRC). Read More »