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Our first visit to Aberfeldy for the Colin McRae Forest Stages was also the first visit for the BHRC crews and was also their championship finale. Conditions on the day of the rally were certainly challenging with heavy rain and fog blighting the stages. Unsurprisingly it was experience that shone through as Stig Blomqvist & Anna Goni (Escort MkII) took a comfortable victory from Simon Tysoe & Cliffy Simmons (Escort MkII) with David Stokes & Guy Weaver (Escort MkI) just behind in 3rd overall. However Stokes took the post Historic class victory and had done more than enough to secure back to back titles. His only challenger Rikki Proffitt, co-driven by Phill Harrison in his Porsche 911, broke a driveshaft on the final stage and retired from the event. They also needed to win their class and hope Stokes would slip up, neither of which happened. Read More »

With the ANCRO long since gone the Historic crews took the limelight on the Severn Valley Rally. It proved to be an epic battle as the two pre-event favourites suffered on stage 1. Nick Elliott & Chris Brooks retired their Escort MkII after a roll early on during the stage, whilst Julian Reynolds & Ian Oakey punctured a tyre in their Escort MkII. It then led to a fightback that almost paid off. In the end Will Onions & Dave Williams had to drive the wheels off their  Escort MkII over the last two stages, and they held on to win by just 0.3s from Reynolds & Oakey. As if that wasn’t enough Tim Pearcey & Neil Shanks (Escort MkII) caught and passed Rob Smith & Shaun O’Gorman (Chevette) on the final stage to take third place by just 0.7s. Read More »

After missing out 2010 we were back up in Kielder for the 2011 Pirelli Rally where David Bogie & Kevin Rae (Evo IX) made it 2 wins out of 3 in the BRC. Bulldog winners Elfyn Evans & Andrew Edwards were in close attendance until the end of stage 5 but then they had a character building drive to get to the finish. In the end it was the Fabia S2000’s which completed the podium with Robert Barrable & Damien Connolly a fine second, just over a minute back, with Jonny Greer & Dai Roberts a minute and a half further back in 3rd. In the 2WD section a late check in cost the Clio R3 pairing of Mark Donnelly & Barry McNulty dear. They would have won the category comfortably but instead were fourth. Martin McCormack & David Moynihan (DS3 R3) took the win by almost 20 seconds from the Finnish pairing of Jukka Korhonen & Marko Salminen (Fiesta R2). Craig Breen & Gareth Roberts (Fiesta R2) completed the podium a further 10 seconds back. Read More »

Another year and another Bulldog rally and this time we did get to see the BRC crews but not until we had caught the BHRC crews twice. In the headline event Elfyn Evans took his first major victory, co-driven by Andrew Edwards in his Impreza N15. In the Historic’s Nick Elliott & Chris Brooks (Escort MkII) built up a comfortable lead and kept Julian Reynolds in check through the last few stages. Matt Edwards & Sam Collis (MG ZR) were easy winners in the BRC Challenge with last but by no means least Shaun Gardener & Ben Innes (Evo 5.9) won the National rally by just 2.6 seconds. Read More »

The Mid Wales Stages moved from its traditional slot of July to March and became the opening round of the Dunlop/wonago.com MSA British Historic Rally Championship in 2011 and it did not fail to disappoint. The battle at the top end was always going to be about the classic entries and Nick Elliott & Chris Brooks set the initial pace in their Escort MkII. Close behind were Julian Reynolds and Ian Oakey (Escort MkII) and going into the final stage just 4 seconds separated the two crews, after Reynolds had narrowed the gap over the previous stages. As they went out of view on our point on Myherin, Reynolds was only one second faster then Elliott and looked set for 2nd place but somehow in the final few miles he pulled out another 4 seconds to win by just a second! A fantastic end to the opening round. Read More »

Once again our main focus on this trip was the BHRC runners and the conclusion of Dunlop/wonago.com MSA British Historic Rally Championship. With the title going down to a three way battle between David Stokes, Dessie Nutt and  Jonathan Gale there was plenty to play for. After the first stage it was already down to a battle between two as Dessie Nutt & Geraldine McBride retired their Porsche 911. Gale, co-driven by James Whitaker, now had to hold his nerve and concentrate on finishing and hoping someone could beat Stokes in category 2. Gale took the Historic section of the rally but only just by 1.8s from Graham Waite & Gill Cotton (Amazon). In the post Historics Stefaan Stouf & Joris Erard (Escort MkI) returned to the British forests to follow up their 2009 win on the Trackrod, also taking a fine 3rd overall behind the leading two Escort MkII’s. Read More »

Our first visit to Sweet Lamb in 2010 saw us take in the Mid Wales Stages. It was bit of a stop start affair with numerous accidents on stage 1 resulting in many crews taking a notional time. Most dramatic was the excursion of Will Onions & Dave Williams (Escort MkII) who did fly through the 300m warning board in the flying finish, retiring as a result of the damage on landing. Nick Elliott & Dave Price (Escort MkII) had decided caution was the best approach before seeing Onions off from the stop line and they duly cruised to a comfortable victory, banishing the memories of their accident on the 2009 event. Behind them Gareth Lloyd & Ryland James (Escort MkII) took 2nd overall as they continued their comeback after taking time out in 2008 and 2009. Third were Rob Smith & Shaun O’Gorman (Chevette) with Classic cars once again completing the podium. Read More »

Another glorious day in mid Wales for dust and midges on the Severn Valley Rally. Whilst the field may have been small in the National rally there was an intense battle for the top spot with Jonny Milner & Ian Windress (Corolla WRC) just beating Roger Duckworth & Mark Broomfield (Impreza WRC) by just over ten seconds, after they exchanged fastest stage times throughout the event. 3rd place was keenly fought too as going into the final pair of stages Tom Cave & Ieuan Thomas (Satris Neo S2000) held third from Stephen Petch & John Richardson (Accent WRC) with Charlie Payne & Craig Thorley (Focus WRC) close behind in 5th. On the penultimate stage Petch snatched 3rd place from Cave with Payne closing in also, then on the final test Payne grabbed the final podium spot by just over a second leaving Petch 4th and Cave a highly creditable 5th in only his 2nd event in the S2000 car against WR cars. 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 »