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Motorsport UK British Rally Championship frontrunner Garry Pearson was eager to take away the positives from his Grampian Forest Rally experience last weekend [13 August], despite not making it to the finish of the fourth round of the series.

A confidence boosting pace across the super-fast gravel forest tests of Durris, Drumtochty and Fetteresso saw the Duns driver challenge for yet another British Rally Championship podium, sitting just a handful of seconds away from second overall. Read More »


Osian Pryce maintains his strong challenge for the 2022 British Rally Championship title after finishing runner-up in the Voyonic Grampian Forest Rally.

It was the second time in as many years that the Machynlleth-born driver had finished second on the Aberdeenshire forestry event, as he and co-driver Noel O’Sullivan enjoyed another fast and trouble-free run in their Melvyn Evans Motorsport-prepared Volkswagen Polo GTI R5. Read More »

Osian Pryce says that he is fully focused on continuing to close the gap at the top of the British Rally Championship, and recapture the lead as soon as possible, when he contests this weekend’s Voyonic Grampian Forest Rally (Saturday 13 August).

Osian and co-driver Noel O’Sullivan finished runner-up in the event last year, and as the highest placed returnees they have been seeded at number one and will start first on the road in their Melvyn Evans Motorsport-prepared Volkswagen Polo GTI R5. Read More »

London rally driver Ruairi Bell dominated the top of the Junior British Rally Championship leader board at the Grampian Forest Rally last weekend (14 August) and was on course to take his second victory of the season, before a technical issue cruelly forced him out of the event almost within sight of the finish. Read More »

Scottish rally driver Finlay Retson had an event of mixed fortunes as he tackled the third round of the Motorsport UK Junior British Rally Championship near Aberdeen last weekend (14 August), the Grampian Forest Rally.

An impressive pace which saw two fastest stage times from the six-stage event, was diluted by an ECU issue on his M-Sport Ford Fiesta Rally4, cruelly denying Retson of another top Junior BRC result this season. His weekend was also blighted by a puncture and a foot injury at the start of the second stage of the rally, which was later discovered to be a fractured ankle. Read More »

Osian Pryce has strengthened his challenge for the British Rally Championship title after scoring his best result of the season so far in his Melvyn Evans Motorsport-prepared Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.

Having finished third on both the Neil Howard Stages and the Nicky Grist Stages, the 28-year old Welshman’s speed and determination paid dividends as he finished second on the Grampian Rally (Saturday 14 August). Read More »

Fraser Anderson was denied what looked certain to be a dominant victory in the British Rally Championship Academy Trophy after suffering bad luck on the Grampian Rally (Saturday 14 August).

The 18-year old Helensburgh-based ME Rallysport team driver had started the event, his first senior rally in Scotland, tied for the lead of the Academy Trophy with Johnnie Mulholland, having won last time out on the Nicky Grist Stages.

Over the opening six mile Durris forest stage, Fraser and co-driver Jack Bowen set a remarkable pace in their Baxter and Gillespie-backed Ford Fiesta R2T, stopping the clocks an impressive 26 seconds quicker than their nearest Academy competitor, arch-rival Mulholland.

Unfortunately, a hydraulics system issue caused all of the hydraulic fluid to drain from the reservoir and without fluid in the system Fraser completed the opening stage unable to change gear properly or get into neutral. Fearing that he’d get stranded in the middle of the next stage, Fraser made the wise decision to return to service – where his mechanics were able to repair the car and send him out for stage three. Read More »

Matt Edwards’ hopes of challenging for victory on the Grampian Rally (Saturday 14 August) came to an end when an engine misfire halted his Yuasa Rally Team Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 whilst he was in a closing second position with two stages remaining – although his British Rally Championship title aspirations remain very much on song.

The double British Rally champion arrived at the event leading the drivers’ standings and was thus seeded at number one. Running first on the road was a distinct disadvantage, as the ferociously fast Durris, Fetteresso and Drumtochty forest roads near Aberdeen were covered in loose stones – meaning that Matt had to change his driving style to suit the conditions.

Despite this, he and co-driver Darren Garrod were third after the opening two stages, 13 seconds off leaders Matthew Wilson/Elliot Edmondson (Ford Fiesta Rally2), who were running a more favourable seventh on the road. Read More »

Osian Pryce is the only driver to finish both rounds of the British Rally Championship (BRC) on the podium this year, putting himself in a very strong position in the drivers’ standings. However, the 28-year old Machynlleth born driver doesn’t want to make a habit of finishing third, and is out to win this weekend’s Grampian Rally (Saturday 14 August) in his Melvyn Evans Motorsport-prepared Volkswagen Polo GTI R5. Read More »

Matt Edwards is fully focused on extending his lead in the British Rally Championship, when he takes his Yuasa Rally Team Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 to the ultra-fast Grampian Rally (Saturday 14 August). Read More »