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cambrian14 (9)The climax of the BTRDA 2014 championship saw Steve Perez (Focus WRC) and Paul Bird (Focus WRC) co head-to-head to decide who would be champion. The scenario was simple, win the rally and you will be champion and after the 1st stage Perez, co-driven by Paul Spooner, was fastest through the stage. Bird, co-driven by Aled Davies, had gone off and dropped a minute to his rival. Stage 2 saw a twist as Dave Weston & Kirsty Riddick (Impreza WRC) went fastest to take the lead from Perez. It was then the Bird onslaught started as he went fastest on 5 of the remaining 6 stages, with Weston taking the only other one, but it was not enough as Bird ended up 12 seconds behind Perez. The pair tied on points but Perez was champion, whilst Weston showed a statement of intent as he took a maiden BTRDA win by 20 seconds. Read More »

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woodpecker14 (6)Every now and again the Woodpecker is not blighted by dust and 2014 was one of those occasions as a damp evening ensured the dust would not be an issue. The rally would see a tustle between Steve Perez & Paul Spooner (Focus WRC) against Paul Bird & Aled Davies (Focus WRC). Early on Perez had issues with his Focus and safe in the knowledge he already had 2 victories this season he played it safe to take 2nd behind Bird rather than push and lose any championship points. With 2 rounds to go it is all still to play for between the rivals and friends. Luke Francis & John Roberts (Evo IX) were almost a minute off the pace of Bird to complete the podium in what was another great display in a former group N car. Read More »

plains14 (3)Barely a cloud in the sky and glorious sunshine bathed North Mid Wales for the Plains Rally. At the top of the time sheets and winners for the 2nd year in a row were Euan Thorburn & Paul Beaton (Focus WRC). The expected pressure from David Bogie & Kevin Rae (Focus WRC) along with Steve Perez & Paul Spooner (Focus WRC) never really materialised as Bogie suffered multiple punctures in the 2nd half of the rally and retired whilst Perez appeared to have drive issues as he crabbed past us half a minute down, on the penultimate stage. Instead it was a superb drive from Dave Weston & Dave Robson (Impreza WRC) which kept Thorburn honest, just 8 seconds ahead along with Stephen Petch & Ian Windress (Focus WRC) who were only another 11 seconds back. Read More »

SONY DSCAn unusually chilly Exmoor greeted the crews for this years Somerset Stages and they held their fair share of drama too. Out after stage 1 were David Bogie & Kevin Rae (Focus WRC) and on stage 10 championship and rally leaders Paul Bird & Aled Davies (Focus WRC) were forced to retire. This left Steve Perez & Paul Spooner (Focus WRC) in the lead on his BTRDA return but all eyes were on Stephen Petch & Ian Windress (Focus WRC) close behind. On the final stage they were just 4 seconds behind Perez and they duly went 4 seconds faster but they needed 1 more second to take the win. When there is a tie overall then the count back goes to stage 1 where Perez went 5 seconds faster than Petch. Making the long journey South worthwhile Dave Weston Jnr & Kirsty Riddick (Impreza WRC) completed the podium some 28 seconds behind the top two. Read More »

malcolmwilson14 (20)Back to the Lakes for what turned out to be a historic day which saw Paul Bird, co-driven by Aled Davies (Focus WRC), take his 4th win on this event and equal the all time record of wins set by Bill Dobie. He set out in determined form and went fastest through the first 4 stages. David Bogie & Kevin Rae (Focus WRC) were just under 20 seconds back at first service but a puncture on stage 5 saw them drop back before a rear differential problem saw them slip back further to 4th overall. Instead it was fellow Scots Euan Thorburn and Paul Beaton (Focus WRC) who took the fight to Bird. They had been suffering through the first half of the rally with their own mechanical gremlins but once they were fixed at service Thorburn went fastest on all of the final 4 stages, closing in from 38 to 15 seconds behind Bird by the end of the event. Read More »

wyedean14 (8)After a wet Winter and windy week which saw many trees fall in the Forest of Dean, it was a minor miracle that the event ran all 7 stages as planned. One thing was for certain, with no previous winners of the rally starting the event there would be a new name on the winners list. With a dominant 7 fastest stage times from a possible 7, David Bogie & Kevin Rae (Focus WRC) won by just over a minute from Paul Bird & Aled Davies (Focus WRC). Making a fine start in the B13 class and taking 3rd overall were Luke Francis & John Roberts (Evo IX) two a half minutes behind Bogie. Read More »