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Ollie Mellors gave the Proton Iriz R5 its fourth UK gravel rally win in a row last weekend, snatching victory on the final stage of the Grizedale Forest Rally (7th December) after a gutsy drive, despite suffering significant time loss in the early stages of the event. Read More »

Wet and windy conditions gripped Grizedale forest as Ollie Mellors & Ian Windress (Iriz R5) took a 45s victory from Jock Armstrong & Cameron Fair (Impreza) but it has been far as simple as that. On the openong stage Mellors was the only competitor under 10 minutes some 23s faster than his nearest rival but 40s dropped on the following stage saw Armstrong leading from Thomas Preston & Carl Williamson (Fiesta WRC). Mellors had slipped down to 3rd place before the crews tackled the two runs of Dunnerdale with Preston closing in to just 7s of Armstrong, whilst Stephen Petch & Michael Wilkinson (Fiesta WRC) had closed in on Mellors for 3rd, just 3s behind. Read More »

After missing last years edition we returned to a windy Lake District to see a full entry tackle the Grizedale Stages. The first run through the 17 mile stage saw Stephen Petch & Michael Wilkinson (Fiesta WRC) as the only crew to go under 20 minutes. Jock Armstrong & Cameron Fair (Impreza) were 2nd fastest with Josh Moffett & Keith Moriarty (Fiesta R5) 3rd fastest after dropping over half a minute with an early issue on the stage. Moffett then went fastest on the first run through the short Broughton Moor stage before sharing fastest time with Petch on the 2nd run. Read More »

Penrith rally driver Paul Bird’s hopes of adding to his two Grizedale Stages victories ended in Paul Birdretirement on the third stage today after a promising start in his native Lake District.

Along with County Durham co-driver Jack Morton in the Dom Buckley Motorsport/IRS-prepared Ford Focus WRC08, with backing from Frank Bird Poultry, Be Wiser Insurance, Hager, WIX Filters, Silkolene and Loco Energy Drink, Bird was on the pace from the start and held third place after the opening two stages, just two seconds off the leader. Read More »

grizedale16-4Another glorious day up in the Lake District saw Stephen Petch & Michael Wilkinson (Fiesta R5) back up his 2015 victory with another one in 2016. Donagh Kelly & Conor Foley (Fiesta) was leading after two stages but then retired. David Wright & Steve Pugh (Focus WRC) were 14 seconds back and set joint fastest time with Petch on stage 3. With Stage 4 cancelled, Petch then went fastest on stage 5 with Wright fastest on stage 6 but the final victory margin grew to 16 seconds. Read More »

grizedale15 (9)An excellent rally, in superb wintry conditions, saw a close result in what was a memorable Grizedale Stages. The first pair of stages saw David Wright & Steve Pugh (Focus WRC) set the fastest times to lead 5 seconds from Steve Petch & Michael Wilkinson (Fiesta R5) with Ollie Mellors & Ian Windress (Satria Neo) a further second back. Petch dropped back through Grizedale South 1 as Mellors went fastest to close in on Wright by 2 seconds. Stage 4 saw the lead change when Wright spun dropping 22 seconds to Mellors. Read More »

Bird-1-GrizedaleAfter losing out within sight of the finish when leading for the past two years, Cumbrian rally driver Paul Bird finally overcame his recent jinx by winning this weekend’s Coppermines Grizedale Stages Rally in his native Lake District.

But the day wasn’t without incident as the British Superbike team boss from Langwathby near Penrith was suffering with a heavy cold after returning from last weekend’s victory at the Macau Grand Prix and an altercation with a wayward spectator’s vehicle en route to the final stage start in the forest complex also hampered his bid. Read More »

After coming within four miles of winning last year’s Coppermines Grizedale Stages Rally in his native Lake District, Cumbrian rally driver Paul Bird saw his Grizedale jinx strike again when he was forced to retire within sight of the finish on the penultimate stage today.2013 Grizedale Stages Rally Read More »

grizedale13 (8)Another glorious day up in the Lake District saw Matthew Wilson & Chris Patterson (Fiesta R5) take a well fought win after 2012 winners Alex Allingham & Chris Williams (Impreza) took the initial lead following the two tests through Dunnerdale. With the longer stages that followed Wilson took control and eventually won 46 seconds from Allingham. Paul Bird & Aled Davies (Focus WRC) were close behind in 3rd but a mechanical failure on stage 4 saw them retire allowing Derek McGeehan & Darragh Mullen (Mini WRC) to complete the podium. Read More »

Bird 2-1Cumbrian rally driver Paul Bird saw his Grizedale jinx strike again when he came within four miles of winning the Coppermines Grizedale Stages Rally in his native Lake District today only for disaster to strike. Read More »