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After a successful racing debut at Donington Park last month, Rochdale driver Steve Brown will finally return to the rally stages, piloting his iconic Nissan Micra Kit Car at the Cotswolds Stages Rally in Gloucestershire (31st October).

The South West event will mark the 12-month anniversary since Brown has competed in a stage rally, and the South West based event will be the pre-cursor to the opening round of the Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship at Oulton Park the week after which he has also entered. Read More »

Following the disappointment of retiring whilst leading the Lee Holland Memorial Rally at Anglesey two weeks ago, Penrith-born racing driver Frank Bird made sure he got back to winning ways immediately by taking a comprehensive victory on today’s LDV Donington Park Rally. Read More »

Frank Bird & Jack Morton (Focus WRC) followed up their 2019 success on the Donignton Rally by retaining it in 2020. They were fastest on all 7 stages and took victory by almost 3 minutes from Ian Woodhouse & Paul Rowland (Escort MkII). Woodhouse had an advantage of almost 50s going in to the final pair of stages and understandably backed off still finishing over 20s clear of Barry Morris & Tom Hutchings (Darrian T90 GTR+). Morris had been in a tight battle with Peter Smith & Patrick Walsh (Fiesta R5) and was 1s behind with a stage to go, eventually coming out on top by 3s. Read More »

All good things come to an end, they say, and following five successive victories, Penrith-born racing driver Frank Bird saw his winning streak concluded when he retired from today’s Lee Holland Memorial Rally at Anglesey.

The event formed the penultimate round of the 2019/2020 Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship with MSVR whereby the 20-year-old Cumbrian, along with Hexham co-driver Jack Morton, were still in with an outside chance of the title going into the event. Read More »

Storm Dennis was battering the rest of the country but East Anglia avoided most fo the rain and only got the winds. It was not enough to halt Frank Bird & Jack Morton (Focus WRC) from their 5th consecutive win and a clean sweep of fastest stage times too. They took victory by almost two and a half minutes from Barry Morris & Tom Hutchings (Darrian T90 GTR+). Morris had briefly come under pressure for 2nd place but they held off Paul Smith & Dale Bowen (Fiesta R5) who were 47s behind in 3rd overall, including a 10s penalty incurred on stage 3. Read More »

Two months earlier than usual the Alan Healy could have been struck by much worse weather but overnight rain was as bad as it got. Frank Bird & Jack Morton (Focus WRC) maintained the recent run of fine performances, taking victory by over a minute. It did not start well as stalls on the tight hairpins meant that Mark Kelly & Neil Colman (Escort MkII) held the lead after two stages. Bird then set fastest time on all of the remaining 7 stages to pull away. Kelly held on to 2nd place by 8s from Paul Smith & Dale Bowen (Fiesta R5), which was all the more remarkable as the stage conditions all day suited 4WD cars better than his rear wheel drive. Read More »

A capacity entry once again gathered at Oulton Park for the opening round of the circuit rally championship. Steve Simpson & Pat Walsh (Fiesta R5) took victory by 37s but after going 2nd fastest on the 1st stage they dropped out of the top 3 and did not return into the podium positions until stage 4. Frank Bird & Jack Morton (Focus WRC) were the early leaders and going in to stage 5 they held a 10s lead over Matt Edwards & Rhys Stoneman (Fiesta R5). A turbo fault saw the Focus limp out of stage 5 and in to retirement, leaving Edwards clear in 1st overall. He would retire on the following stage though, with a broken manifold and Simpson eased home to victory. Read More »

A murky Cadwell Park saw the conclusion of the 2018/19 Circuit rally championship, where the top 3 were locked in battle all day. After a win at Anglesey last time out Frank Bird & Jack Morton (Focus WRC) were fastest through stage 1 to take an early lead. A couple of stalls on the 2nd stage saw them drop down the leaderboard though. Chris West & Keith Hounslow (306 Maxi Kit Car) took over the lead from Peter Smith & Pat Walsh (Fiesta WRC). A trio of fastest stages saw Bird climb back up to 2nd overall but stage 6 saw 3 further stalls, dropping over half a minute to West & Smith. Read More »

On only his second ever competitive drive in a rally car, Penrith-born driver Frank Bird followed Frank Birdup a stunning performance on his stage rally debut at Donington Park two weeks ago with a fantastic outright victory on today’s Tilemaster Adhesives Lee Holland Memorial Rally 2019 at Anglesey. Read More »

A cold but dry Brands Hatch helped balance the stage conditions between the 2WD and 4WD competitors and it was John Stone & Jack Morton (Fiesta WRC) who went fastest on the opening two stages. Chris West & Keith Hounslow (306 Maxi) were then fastest on the next pair of stages but it was Stone who was ahead by 3 seconds at the lunch break. Stage 5 would prove pivotal as West came out just behind a lower runner, after a merge, dropping a few seconds. Worse was to follow for Stone though as he got stuck behind the Satria Millington of Tony Robinson, after he stalled at the hairpin in the pit lane. The best part of 15 seconds were lost and West had taken the lead. Read More »