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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 »

Taking place on the weekend of October 17/18th this year, the final round of the MSA British Rally Championship and the MSA British Historic Rally Championship has impressed the locals so much, that the event has been re-named Rallye Dorset.

The announcement of the new event title comes five months after Rallye Sunseeker International (the rally’s title for 15 years) won silver at the Dorset Tourism Awards 2013 in the Tourism Event of the Year category. Read More »

Wolverhampton & South Staffordshire Car Club Ltd regrets to announce it has been forced to cancel next month’s Welshpool-based Rally North Wales (April 5th) due to insufficient entries and the consequential potential loss of more than £10,000.

When the Entry List officially closed at 21.00 hours today (Friday 21st March) less than 80 paid entries had been received.

“We needed 106 entries just to break-even this year. With less than 80 entries the Club was facing a potential loss of in excess of £10k, which we simply cannot afford. Cancelling last year’s rally cost the Club a similar amount and wiped out any contingency funding for this year.” said Guy Weaver, Chairman of W&SSCC Ltd. Read More »

Some of the forest stages which helped rejuvenate last November’s Wales Rally GB and were praised by FIA World Rally Championship drivers, including reigning Champion Sebastien Ogier, will soon host Rally North Wales, when three of the MSA’s most prestigious Rally Championships come together for the first time this year.

From newcomers to committed Championship contenders, the three individual rallies within the Welshpool-based event offer superb gravel road special stages which, for the majority of participants, will only be used once. On the sporting menu are WRGB classics such as Dyfi, Dyfnant, Gartheiniog and Penllyn. Read More »

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Everyone welcome! Is the message from the organisers of Rally North Wales, the opening round of the MSA British Rally Championship, based in Welshpool and using the “Best stages in the world” according to nine times WRC champion Sebastian Loeb.

The all-daylight event takes place on Saturday 5th April, with a ceremonial start in Welshpool town centre from 17:00hrs on Friday. There is plenty of action for everyone, with three events in one; Rally North Wales hosting the British Historic and Welsh Rally Championships as well as the BRC.

The BRC cars will be first on the road, crews in the all two-wheel drive championship relishing the opportunity to get back in the Welsh forests. With three spectator areas, there is ample opportunity to see the action and get closer to the cars in service areas in Welshpool and Dolgellau. Read More »

It may only be November but the organisers of the RSAC Scottish Rally are already planning ahead for their event on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 June 2014.

To accommodate the needs of the various Championships that the rally counts for, the 2014 event will comprise separate National A and National B fields, each with its own route, regulations, paperwork and lead car carrying the number 1.  The National A event will count for the MSA British Rally Championship and the MSA British Historic Rally Championship, which visits the Scottish for the first time.  The National B event will be a round of the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship and the Ecosse Challenge.

The use of stages nearer to the rally base in Dumfries will allow a more compact rally route and also an earlier finish, which should be welcomed by competitors.  It will also allow more spectators to see the finish. Read More »

Organised by Wolverhampton & South Staffordshire Car Club (W&SSCC).
Opening round of the 2014 MSA British Rally Championship (MSA BRC).

Format confirmed:

:: One-day (Saturday) event in popular mid-Wales forests.
:: Two separate rallies; one National A and one National B status.:: Uniquely in Wales, a qualifying round of three major MSA rally championships; MSA BRC, the Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship (MSA BHRC) and the MSA Pirelli Welsh Forest Rally Championship.
:: Both rallies open to modern and historic cars.
:: Both rallies open to non-championship-registered drivers and co-drivers. Read More »

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 »