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George_Morrison_PR4_15_MWHM Forces engineer and MG ZR pilot George Morrison had an event to forget as he tackled the second round of the REIS Ravenol BTRDA Rally Series, the Malcolm Wilson Rally.  After a non-finish on the opening round in February, Morrison would look to the Cockermouth based event to score some valuable points for his season assault in the MG ZR Challenge but would encounter mechanical issues before the rally even started. Read More »


25 Year Old Welshman Matt Edwards claimed the Millers Oils BTRDA 1400 Series title over the weekend, with a stunning drive in his 586 Sport MG ZR in testing circumstances; with the ‘Swift Group’backed driver only conceding 1 second all day to his 1400 rivals.

The result also netted Edwards the MG ZR Championship for 2010 and put him in a strong position in the MSA English Championship; a fine reward for his and the 586 Sport teams efforts. Read More »

With the ANCRO and BTRDA championships coming together on the Woodpecker rally for the 2nd year in succession, there was an awesome entry for the Ludlow based event. It also proved to be very decisive in the championships too with Steve Perez & Paul Spooner (Focus WRC) taking the BTRDA Gold Star title, courtesy of their victory on this rally. Jonny Milner & Ian Windress (Corolla WRC) were 4th overall but top ANCRO crew to secure the National gravel championship. In the Silver Star Jon Ballinger (Manta) came home 3rd registered crew to secure the drivers title, (the co-drivers title will go down to the Cambrian), and lastly Matt Edwards (MG ZR) took the 1400 championship with a convincing victory after his only rival for the championship Darren Pinchin retired on the first stage. The 1400 co-drivers title will go down to the wire though as Edwards will try and secure enough points for Sam Collis to take the spoils whilst Pinchin will salvage something from the season if Karen Watts can grab the title at the last round. Read More »

Llandudno’s Matt Edwards and Co-Driver Sam Collis took an emphatic victory on the Malcolm Wilson Rally over the weekend, mastering traitorous icy conditions on their way to their first ever 1400 overall victory.

The pairing also took the first win for their 586 Sport-run MG ZR on a BTRDA 1400 event, taking maximum points in that series as well as scooping honours for the MG ZR Challenge and MSA English Championship. Read More »

Geoff Jones Cambrian09aMachynlleth based rallying legend Geoff Jones enjoyed his short time in the Cannock Electrical and Mechanical backed MG ZR on last weekends Lewis and Hunter Cambrian Rally despite ultimately retiring with mechanical failure.

Former works driver Jones, who now runs his own successful rally car preparation firm, Geoff Jones Motorsport, was invited to drive the standard 1400cc MG ZR by the MG ZR Rally Challenge crews and despite not having driven a front wheel drive in anger since 1999 Jones was fourth quickest 1400cc on the opening stage, going 18 seconds faster than his nearest class rival in the six mile stage! Read More »

The inaugural MG ZR Rally Challenge has grown from strength to strength throughout 2009 and although the overall title has been resolved in favour of teenager Callum Black the season ending Lewis and Hunter Cambrian Rally sees former works rally driver Geoff Jones take to the helm of one of these popular 1400cc cars.

Machynlleth based Jones made his name by winning his class in the MG Metro Challenge back in 1992 and has been an avid supporter of the budget series since it was reformed at the beginning of 2009. After discussions between the challenge coordinators and the competitors it was decided to offer Geoff, who drove for Nissan and Proton in the 1990’s, the opportunity to compete in one of the MG ZRs. Read More »

Callum Black-Plains Rally 200919 year old Brackley based Callum Black took yet another dominant victory in the MG ZR Rally Challenge when he overcame a stuck throttle to finish 50th overall on last weekends Plains Rally. Over three quarters of the MG ZR Challenge crews finished this, the fourth round of the 2009 BTRDA Rally Series. Read More »

matt-cotton-somerset01Cornwall based Matt Cotton enjoyed a successful outing on last weekends Minehead based Somerset Stages, the third round of the 2009 BTRDA Rally Series, and enjoyed a relatively trouble free run to second in class, and also took a podium position in the MG Challenge as well! Read More »

mark-higgins-awarding-matt-cotton-with-the-irdc-awardCornishman Matt Cotton, one of the figureheads behind the new for 2009 MG ZR Challenge, has recently concluded a deal to contest the full seven round series this year, and intends to fight for the title from the word go. Read More »