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wyedean15 (2)The 40th Wyedean started in murky conditions on the Blaize Bailey stage for the 1400 crews but by the time the main field arrived conditions had improved. Charlie Payne & Carl Williamson (Fiesta) set the early pace on the short opener before Paul Bird & Aled Davies (Focus WRC) got into their stride of the remaining 3 morning stages with a series of fastest times. Going in to service Bird held a 21 second lead over David Weston & Kirsty Riddick (Impreza WRC) with Payne 3rd. Bird and Weston then swapped times over the next two stages before Weston lost time compared to Bird through the Serridge stage. Hugh Hunter & Andy Marchbank (Impreza WRC) were fastest as they climbed to 3rd overall. The final stage saw Bird seal victory with Weston over half a minute back in 2nd and Hunter a solid 3rd on his return to the gravel stages. Read More »

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wyedean14 (8)After a wet Winter and windy week which saw many trees fall in the Forest of Dean, it was a minor miracle that the event ran all 7 stages as planned. One thing was for certain, with no previous winners of the rally starting the event there would be a new name on the winners list. With a dominant 7 fastest stage times from a possible 7, David Bogie & Kevin Rae (Focus WRC) won by just over a minute from Paul Bird & Aled Davies (Focus WRC). Making a fine start in the B13 class and taking 3rd overall were Luke Francis & John Roberts (Evo IX) two a half minutes behind Bogie. Read More »

wle13 (5)The 4th running of the WLE Rally Time Trial, run by the Forest of Dean Motor Club, saw only our 2nd visit to this event. Held at Sweet Lamb in extremely stormy conditions, Sara Williams (Impreza) was flying before not running for the final timed pass allowing FODMC stalwart Bob Morgan to take top honours in his home built Skoda Fabia. His son Jason Morgan (Evo VI) gave him a good run for his money and Terry Brown (Escort MkII) completed the podium and top 2WD crew. Read More »

A blistering run through the final stage of the Team GMF Wyedean Forest Rally, Speech House, elevated Connor McCloskey and co-driver Francis Regan into the lead of the event just when it mattered! Competing in the Forest of Dean for the first time, the Ulstermen’s Subaru Impreza WRC arrived back at the Chepstow Racecourse finish seven seconds ahead of the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO9 of David Wright/Michael Wilkinson which, in turn, was three ahead of 2007 Wyedean winners Hugh Hunter/Andy Marchbank (Ford Focus WRC).

With just the run through Speech House to go, the timesheets showed Hunter to be in the lead from Euan Thorburn, with Wright third and McCloskey fourth. Read More »

SONY DSCWell there was no ice to contend with this year on the Wyedean, instead we got mud and lot’s of it for our 30th time on this event. Going into the final stage the top 4, (a Welshman, Scotsman, Englishman and Irishman), were separated by just 11 seconds going into the final stage. Sadly Euan Thorburn & Paul Beaton (Focus WRC) were first to fall. They did not make it through stage 7 and dropped from 2nd place overall. Hugh Hunter & Andy Marchbank (Focus WRC) were leading going into the final stage but came out of it 10 seconds behind the eventual winners, some ten seconds down. This left David Wright & Michael Wilkinson (Evo IX), who was 3rd, battling for the lead with Connor McCloskey & Francis Regan (Impreza WRC). Read More »

The 2012 BTRDA season kicked off in Chepstow with the Wyedean Forest Rally. The threat of snow hung over the event and in the end there was very little but the overnight low temperatures turned all the stages into sheets of ice, with running early on the road a distinct advantage.  In the main field Steve Perez & Paul Spooner (Focus WRC) had an early excursion and ultimately retired due to running out of spare tyres. This issue decided the fate of the event for Hugh Hunter & Andy Marchbank (Focus WRC) as they had been leading going into the penultimate stage but a total of 3 punctures and only 2 spares saw them retire from the event. Read More »

Another year and another trip down to Chepstow racecourse for the Wyedean Media Day. With the stage now not being used in the Wyedean Forest Rally we got the rare experience of doing the stage in the normal direction. This made the transition from the tarmac to the gravel section much more spectacular, entertaining the guests and us. Read More »

The second running of this event and our first visit started with typical autumnal conditions in Sweet Lamb. The day improved though as the action continued, which saw Dan Humphreys & Jonny ‘Tad’ Evans (Evo VI) take victory by just 5 seconds. But as the day wore on Richard Hill & Patrick Cooper (Escort Cosworth) clawed back 17 seconds over the 3 runs in the afternoon to make the event a close run thing. A comfortable third were Bob Morgan & Martin George (Impreza). Read More »

Our first rally outing of the year as we visited Chepstow Racecourse for the 2011 Wyedean Forest Rally Media Day. With 20 cars out to entertain the sponsors it proved to be another excellent day. Unfortunately we lost two cars early on as Colin Webb rolled his BMW on the first run and Tim Freeman’s Escort MkII stopped with mechanical issues, (better on a day like this than an actual event though). Read More »

Almost 2 months after our last outing we finally chalked up our first event of 2010, the Wyedean Media Day. This year the event returned to Chepstow Racecourse with guests able to sample the Piercefield Park stage, in the reverse direction to how it is run on the actual rally. A number of local crews were there, with a large number of Escorts (MkI & MkII) dominating proceedings. Our thanks go to all at FODMC for arranging the day and Graham Waite who took us out for a spin in his Volvo Amazon. Read More »