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Cumbrian driver Frank Bird was in scintillating form once again as he romped to his third outright rally win in as many months by dominating today’s MAXUS Dukeries Rally at Donington Park.

The event formed the third qualifying round of the Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship with MSVR and following his victory on the opening round at Oulton Park last month, 22-year-old Frank, from Penrith, along with Lake District-based co-driver Jack Morton decimated the opposition to win by over two and a half minutes. Read More »


Nissan Micra Kit Car ace Steve Brown rounded out a quieter than normal season with third in class at the Dukeries Rally, which took place at Donington Park Race Circuit on Sunday (6th December).

Acting as the opening round of the winter-based Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship, a bumper entry saw a healthy battle for Class 1 honours, with Rochdale based Brown and regular co-driver Paul Stringer overcoming several hurdles throughout the day to take the final class podium spot and 60th overall at the damp Leicestershire venue. Read More »

Penrith-born racing driver Frank Bird was in scintillating form once again as he took a comprehensive victory on today’s Rainworth Skoda Dukeries Rally held at Donington Park.

The event formed the opening round of the COVID-19 delayed 2020/2021 Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship with MSVR whereby the 21-year-old Cumbrian, along with Hexham co-driver Jack Morton, won every stage to emerge 35 seconds clear of their nearest rivals. Read More »

Under the spectre of covid-19 the MSN Circuit Rally Championship finally started on the Dukeries Rally, behind closed doors at Donington Park. A simplified format saw just 6 stages, split into 3 pairs of stage layouts, totalling just over 50 stage miles. Frank Bird & Jack Morton (Focus WRC) continued their form from March and dominated the event going joint fastest on the opening stage, before setting fastest time on all 5 remaining stages. Their winning margin was 35s in the end. Read More »

Rochdale based rally driver Steve Brown will contest the first stage event to take place after a nationwide lockdown this Sunday (6th December), as he tackles the Dukeries Rally at Donington Park Race Circuit in his familiar Nissan Micra Kit Car.

The opening round of the Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship has attracted a capacity entry, with over 100 cars set to tackle the popular event, with Brown’s Nissan contesting the event at number 70 seed, such is the quality of the field. Read More »

SONY DSCAfter a mad dash back home we made it back in time for the Dukeries rally which we only missed in 2012 due to a clash with the Severn Valley. With a smaller than normal entry and championship leader Connor McCloskey absent, it was imperative that the rest of the title protagonists made their mark. Charlie Payne & Paul Spooner (Focus WRC) were fastest through the first 4 stages before an almost very costly half spin at our corner on stage 5, saw them lose half of the advantage they had built up. David Wright & Michael Wilkinson (Evo IX) took the stage and moved into 2nd place ahead of Stephen Petch & Ian Windress (Focus WRC) in the process. Petch, through the afternoon, swapped fastest stage times with Payne as Wright faded away nursing the car home to 12th overall. Ultimately Payne had enough in hand to win by 17 seconds from Petch. Kevin Rowledge & Andrew Bargery (Impreza WRC) were over a minute further back in 3rd overall. Read More »

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 »

A sad day in the East Midlands as rallying lost one of its shining lights. Martyn Lewis tragically lost his life in an accident on stage 7 of the Dukeries Rally. Our condolences go to his family, including his brother and co-driver Richard who is now recuperating at home. After the events of the day all the crews were very humble and the results took second place. In the rally Steve Perez & Paul Spooner (Focus WRC) took victory. Andrew Burton & Robin Kellard were leading by 15 seconds after stage 4 but they retired from the event as a precaution following the engine overheating during the 3rd and 4th stages. 2nd overall were Charlie Payne & Craig Thorley (Focus WRC) just pipping Damian Cole & Craig Drew (Accent WRC) on the final stage, after steadily increasing their pace all day. Read More »

Dukeries 09 (1)Another dusty Dukeries but would it be the same if it wasn’t?! At the head of the field the rally was one of attrition as early leaders Will Nicholls & Nick Broom (Impreza WRC) retired on stage 2 and on stage 4 the new leaders Hugh Hunter & Andy Marchbank (Focus WRC) were on fire as they passed our position. Thankfully they stopped just up the stage to extinguish a small oil fire, the tell tale sign of transmission woes. Andy Burton & Shelley Rogerson (Peugeot Cosworth) would have inherited the lead had they not retired with a blown front diff, a junction further on in stage 4!

So Damian Cole & Tim Sturla lead at the halfway point, in their Accent WRC. But Steve Perez & Sam Collis pushed on in the afternoon, to take their Focus WRC to a 21 second victory over Cole. Six seconds back in third were Charlie Payne & Craig Thorley (Lancer WRC), edging out Dave Wright & Michael Wilkinson (Evo IX). Wright had been 2nd after stage 4 but wild with it. Still he now heads the Gold Star championship thanks to this result. Read More »