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– Six round series opens with the Cambrian Rally
– Two further new events in Republic of Ireland and Scotland
– Britain’s premier rallying series continues to offer challenging mix of gravel and tarmac events

As the fast-paced 2018 series gears up for an exciting climax, the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) has today (12 September) confirmed its 2019 calendar.

In 2019, Britain’s top-tier rallying series will feature six rounds in six territories, with events across the UK in Wales, England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The series, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, will once again visit Belgium for the classic Ypres Rally and new for 2019 will see the BRC visit the Republic of Ireland with the West Cork Rally playing host to a BRC round for the very first time. Read More »


Penrith rally driver Paul Bird got his 2018 season off to a great start by claiming maximum points in the Jordan Road Surfacing BTRDA Rally Series following the Llandudno-based Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally today.

Along with Hexham co-driver Jack Morton in the Dom Buckley Motorsport/IRS-prepared Ford Focus WRC08, with backing from Frank Bird Poultry, Be Wiser Insurance, Hager, Fuchs Titan Race and Loco Energy Drink, Bird, from Langwathby village, finished second behind rally winners Ollie Mellors/Max Freeman (Proton), but who are not registered for the championship. Read More »

After the snow and ice of 2017 sunny and largely pleasant conditions greeted the crews in North Wales. It was a rally of what might have been as Matt Edwards & Darren Garrod (Fiesta R5) would have won easily had it not been for knocking a wheel off on stage 2. Edwards was fastest by 16 seconds on the opening stage and then set fastest time on stages 4 to 7. So the battle was between Paul Bird & Jack Morton (Focus WRC) and Ollie Mellors & Max Freeman (Iriz R5). Mellors had been fastest on stage 1 then the pair tied on stage 2 before Mellors was fastest on stage 3 to lead by 8 seconds. Read More »

mcclure-cambrian17Cumbrian rally ace Aaron McClure will now start his 2017 rally campaign on the Malcolm Wilson Rally after the season opening BTRDA Cambrian Rally was cancelled due to heavy snow and ice on the stages last weekend.

After ten months away from the sport, the Yokohama backed driver was eager to start his season in style after spending much of last season rebuilding his Mitsubishi Evo 9 after a heavy crash on the Somerset Stages. Read More »

dsc_0477The 2017 Cambrian Rally will be remembered for snow and ice. The event was cancelled on the advice of the MSA Safety Delegate because of adverse weather conditions in Aberhirnant (SS2 and SS4) and Llangower (SS3 and SS5). The conditions in Alwen (SS1 and SS6) weren’t much better either with the 2nd half of the field unable to start the stage and those that did were mostly passengers and not in control of their cars. For the record David Bogie & Kevin Rae (Fabia R5) were fastest from David Wright & Steve Pugh (Focus WRC) by 13 seconds. We, however, saw nothing as we were in Aberhirnant.

Chesterfield rally ace Rhys Yates will contest this weekend’s Cambrian Rally as he prepares for a full assault on the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) this season. yates-pre-cambrian17a 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 »

AaronMcClure_inaction_Cambrian16Flookburgh rally driver Aaron McClure headed to the opening round of the BTRDA Rally Series in North Wales last Saturday (13th February) aiming to get his title hopes off to a head start on the Llandudno based Cambrian Rally. But after a promising opening two stages, McClure rolled his All Floors Express – Yokohama backed Mitsubishi E9 into retirement on the third test, causing significant damage and putting the chances of competing on the next round in doubt. Read More »

RhysYates_inaction_Cambrian16MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) hopeful Rhys Yates powered his Brettex Fiesta R5 to a creditable sixth overall at last weekend’s Cambrian Rally in North Wales, only missing out on a top five position thanks to a tie break. Using the BTRDA opener as a pre-season test, Yates battled much of the day with a host of fellow BRC challengers and from a start number of 11, climbed the leader board to set a string of top 5 times in the Michelin backed Fiesta. Read More »

cambrian16 (14)Barely 4 months after the last Cambrian Rally, the 2016 edition started the BTRDA season. Charlie Payne & Carl Williamson (Fiesta) were fastest on the opening stage with Luke Francis & John Roberts (Lancer IX) fastest on stage 2. The 3rd stage saw Euan Thorburn & Paul Beaton (208 T16 R5) head the time sheets but Payne still held the lead by a single second from Thorburn. A large time loss for Thorburn on the 4th stage saw him drop down to 7th overall whilst Connor McCloskey & Damien Duffin (Mini Cooper WRC) went fastest and moved in to the top 3. Read More »