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harryflatters14 (62)The first of two summer events on the Epynt military ranges saw a frustrating day for the top two crews as they beat the bogey time on 7 of the 13 stages, so it was all decided on the 6 shorter stages. Damian Cole & Jack Morton (Focus WRC) ultimately won by 2 seconds and in no small part this all came down to the 4 seconds they took out of Mark Straker & Neil Harrison (Darrian T90 GTR) on the opening stage. Straker made up 3 seconds on stages 4 & 5 before dropping a second on the 8th stage and after that both he and Cole were deadlocked as they matched each other to the second or took the bogey times. Completing the podium, after a late call to start in place of Mark Worley, were Melvyn Evans & David Gamblin (Fiesta R5+) who were on the limiter for so much on the stages. Read More »

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SONY DSCA mixed day of weather conditions, up on the ranges, made it a tyre selection lottery and one which provided a surprising result. If anything you would have expected a WRC or 4WD rally car at least to have dominated this event but against all odds Mark Straker & Neil Harrison took their Darrian T90 GTR to a fine 13 second win overall. After going fastest on the opening pair of stages Damian Cole & Jonathan Griffiths (Focus WRC) were leading by over 6 seconds but the longest stage of the loop saw Straker go fastest by almost 10 seconds. Straker then went fastest on all the stages of the 2nd loop, beating the bogey on the 3rd stage of that loop. Cole took stage 7, Straker stage 8 by a bigger margin and on the final stage lost almost 12 seconds of his lead to flatter Cole’s 2nd place. Peter Lloyd & Neil James (Impreza WRC) completed the podium over a minute further back, having not quite been on the pace all day. Read More »

SONY DSCThe 40th anniversary of the Severn Valley saw blustery and wet conditions hit the stages in Crychan and Cefn. With the Historics the main focus it was Ryan Barrett & Barry Ferris (Escort MkII) who duly took victory by almost half a minute. 2nd place went to the category 2 winners Richard Hill & Pat Cooper (Escort MkI) who were just over 3 seconds ahead of Terry Brown & Tomos Whittle (Escort MkII). The Historic Challenge saw Gwilym Roberts & Paul Price (Lotus Cortina) take the honours. In the modern event Connor McCloskey & Francis Regan (Impreza WRC) were made to work on their way to a 14 second victory over Sebastian Ling & Aled Rees (Evo IX). Alex Allingham & Chris Williams (Impreza) completed the modern podium. Read More »

SONY DSCWith a bumper field and a largely pleasant weather forecast the lanes of the Scottish Borders were set to be buzzing to the sound of rally cars. In the BRC the event was once again dominated by the Citroen DS3 R3T’s. On his less favoured surface Jukka Korhonen & Marko Salminen took an overnight lead with 5 fastest stage times from 6 stages. 2nd were Alastair Fisher & Gordon Noble with Tom Cave & Ieuan Thomas just 3rd. On the opening stage of Saturday Korhonen almost blew all of his lead with an early spin on Swinton. With the lead now slashed and Cave charging hard from 3rd place followed by Osian Pryce & Dale Furniss from an overnight 4th place, the rally became a 4 way battle. Cave set a string of fastest stage times with Pryce fastest on all the others bar one for Korhonen. With just one stage to go Korhonen’s lead was just 0.1 s over Cave, whilst Pryce was a comfortable 3rd having passed Fisher. Korhonen had the bit between his teeth and held back the Welsh charge to set fastest stage time and win by 2 seconds from Cave. Read More »

pirelli13 (90)A subtle change in format along with a new event co-sponsor, in the shape of the Richard Burns Foundation, saw the BRC finally get its season up and running. In the BRC Jukka Korhonen & Marko Salminen (DS3 R3T) took the lead over the slightly longer first day and held on through the second day. Thankfully for them they had enough of a cushion whilst Alastair Fisher & Gordon Noble (DS3 R3T) came from third overnight to pass Tom Cave & Ieuan Thomas (DS3 R3T) for the 2nd spot. In the BRC classes Steve Rokland & Jame Aldridge (Fiesta R2) dominated the R2 category whilst Harry Threlfall & Andy Bull (Twingo) were the only finishers in R1. Read More »

midwales13 (57)There was a chill wind blowing on Pikes Peak and through Myherin as the Mid Wales Stages saw the start of the British Historic rallying season. A truly epic battle saw Nick Elliott & Dave Price (Escort MkII) take victory over Martin McCormack & Phil Clarke (Escort MkII) by just over 3 seconds. Both times we saw the crews McCormack was up and on the final stage it was clear to us there was a battle on from the pace of the top crews. Ryan Barrett & Barry Ferris (Escort MkII) completed the top 3, just over a minute further back. This was the RAC Rally Championship and back in the BHRC Championship David Stokes & Guy Weaver (Escort MkI) took a comfortable victory, also taking category 2. 2nd were Gareth James & Steffan Evans (Escort MkII) taking category 3 from Shawn Rayner & Declan Dear (Escort MkII). In category 1 Rikki Proffitt & Phill Harrison were victorious in their Porsche 911. Read More »