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Our 3rd trip to this rally saw overnight rain play havoc on the opening stage. Paul Swift & Cat Lund were the surprise early leaders, beating the numerous 4WD crews in their RWD Escort MkII. Kevin Procter & Derek Fawcett (Fiesta R5) then took over the lead on stage 2 and through a series of fastest stage times took victory by a very comfortable minute and a half. Swift kept high up until his gearbox started to develop issues, forcing his retirement on the penultimate stage. Steve Simpson & Patrick Walsh (Fiesta R5) had snatched 2nd place from Swift mid event but in the 2nd half of the event came under increasing pressure from Chris West & Keith Hounslow (306 Maxi) who got to within 4 seconds of 2nd overall. Read More »

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Knockhill Racing Circuit is all set for its biggest single venue rally in years as it plays host to Round 3 of the Beatsons Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship in association with MSVR on Sunday 3rd December 2017, sponsored by Beatsons Building Supplies.

60 top line crews from all over the UK will be competing on over 35 miles of challenging rally stages, all based at Knockhill by Dunfermline, Scotland’s National Motor Sport Centre.

With the hosting of the event, Stuart Gray, Knockhill Director of Events said “The Beatsons Building Supplies Knockhill Stages Rally will bring top crews, top teams and top rally action to adoring and knowledgeable Scottish rally fans for the first time in years. We are delighted to be joining this prestigious championship which visits the best race tracks in the UK and allows the fans to get up close to the action in the safe environment of a circuit venue. We are thrilled to have Beatsons Building Supplies on board as our event day sponsor as they are already a high profile company within the Scottish rally scene”. Read More »

The Alan Healy saw Ian Woodhouse & Paul Rowland (Escort MkII) crowned 2017 Motorsport News Circuit Rally Champions after a considered drive to 5th place overall. With Paul Swift absent and Steve Quigley (Clio) experiencing problems it was all about getting to the finish. The battle for victory was intense and Jamie Elston & Shaun Ridlington (Impreza) were fastest on the opening stage before David Tinn & Giles Dykes (Satria Neo) took the lead on stage 2, with a fastest time. Stage 3 saw their chances of a hat-trick slip away as they dropped 35 seconds. Elston regained the lead but now it was Jonny Milner, co-driven by his daughter Katie, who moved their Celica in to the lead on stage 4. Read More »

brandshatch17-3It was a glorious winters day down at Brands Hatch, with crisp and cold conditions all day. Of the top 10 seeded crews only 4 made the finish, with the attrition rate high among the fancied crews. At the end of 8 hard fought stages Paul Swift & Pat Walsh (Escort MkII) took victory by 8 seconds from Martin Hodgson & Tony Jones (Escort MkII), with Nigel Mummery & Fiona Scarrett (Focus WRC) just over a minute further back. 2016 winners Chris West & Harry Brown had been fastest through the first stage but destroyed the front left corner of their 306 Maxi on an obscured concrete block, early in stage 2. Read More »

knockhill-msv17-announceThe Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship, in association with MSVR, has unveiled an Circuit Rally exciting eight round provisional calendar for its third season which will include a visit to Knockhill in Scotland for the first time.

Organised by Dunfermline Car Club and planned for Sunday 3rd December 2017, the all-tarmac event at Scotland’s National Motorsport Centre near Dunfermline in Fife will host the third round of the series with roads around the perimeter as well as the track forming the basis for the 40-stage mile event. Read More »

rockingham16-1Dry but cold conditions were once again present at Rockingham as almost 90 crews took the start. Rhys Yates & Tom Woodburn (Fiesta R5) were utterly dominant and took victory by almost 3 minutes. Of the 11 stages run they were fastest on all but one and despite a scare on stage 5 with leaking fluid, they didn’t look troubled at all. After the opening day Paul King & Alicia Miles (Escort MkII) held a 3 second advantage over Paul Swift & Patrick Walsh (Escort MkII) but through the Sunday stages they were both overhauled by Bruce Edwards & Jim Smith (Darrian T9 GTR) and Alan Kirkaldy & Cameron Fair (Escort MkII). Read More »

alanhealy16 (1)Mostly sunny and dry conditions greeted the crews at Cadwell Park and it was Ashley Field & Janice Moore (Darrian T90 GTR+) who opened up a commanding lead through the mornings stages. They held a 50 second advantage over 2015 winners David & Alice Tinn (MEM Proton Satria) by the end of stage 4 and looked good for the win. After going fastest again on stage 5 they were sidelined on stage 6 by a broken driveshaft, leaving Tinn with a manageable margin over the rest to take victory by 40 seconds. On the fateful 6th stage James Sharrock & Stuart Faulds (Escort MkII) moved ahead of Andrew Fenwick & Chris Lawrence (Satria Neo) and they were able to hold the position to take 2nd place by just 6 seconds. Read More »

brandshatch16 (7)With no event in 2015 we made our first visit in a while to Brands Hatch and a wet start caused chaos early on, where front wheel drive ultimately proved to be the best method of drive. Chris West & Steve McNulty (306 Maxi) were joint fastest on the first stage and 4th fastest on the 2nd stage saw them sharing the lead after the first pair of stages. Steve Quigley & Tom Hutchings (Clio 172 Cup) were tied with them for the lead with Tony Robinson & Phil Clarke (Clio) just a further 2nd back after fastest time on stage 2. Through the next pair of stages the conditions improved and became more predictable, which saw the Clio’s fall back as the RWD and 4WD machinery started to make up ground. Read More »

jackfrost15 (193)A cold, foggy scene greeted the crews for the opening pair of stages at Croft. Guy Smith & Pat Walsh (Focus WRC) were fastest out of the blocks and apart from a small gearbox issue, on the 4th stage, 3 fastest stage times in the morning saw them with a 25 second lead at lunch. Fastest on the 4th stage, and 2nd overall, were Ashley & Fred Field (Darrian T90 GTR+) who had a 15 second advantage over Alan Kirkaldy & Garry Muir (Escort MkII). Kirkaldy had a superb morning but was fending off Paul & Jessica Swift (Escort MkII) for the final podium spot. As the afternoon stages progressed Smith managed the gap to take victory by 25 seconds, with Field a clear 2nd overall a minute ahead of Swift. Read More »

rockingham15 (1)A very windy day at Rockingham closed out our season once again, (well pre-Christmas anyway). Ashley Field & Ryan Vickers (Darrian T90 GTR+) looked all set for a good lead overnight until a wrong slot on the final stage saw them get a stage maximum. So it was Rhys Yates & Tom Woodburn (Fiesta R5) who led Dave Tinn & Giles Dykes (Satria Neo) by 10 seconds, but with Yates only testing and not continuing on Sunday it was Tinn who was in command. Tinn had over a minutes lead on Peter Jackson & Stephen Hartley (Escort MkII) which he held to take victory. Behind Jackson in 2nd overall, James Sharrock & Stuart Faulds (Escort MkII) took 3rd place overall. Read More »