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Barely a week before most of the UK’s leading rally drivers visit Yorkshire final preparations are being made in Filey and on the North York Moors for their arrival.

The Trackrod Rally Yorkshire on September 23/24 is again expecting a capacity 180-car entry, featuring purpose built cars spanning several decades, as the annual event hosts potentially decisive penultimate rounds of three of Britain’s major championships. Read More »

With barely a month to go before all the major British rally championships pay their annual visit to the fast and furious forests of Yorkshire, organisers Trackrod Motor Club are searching help in manning the stages. Read More »

BRC leader Keith Cronin heads a bumper 160 car entry as the Nicky Grist Stages welcomes six major rally championships to Builth Wells.

A bumper 160 car entry will start this weekend’s Quinton Motor Club-organised Nicky Grist Stages – with competitors from six major rally championships gathering in the historic Welsh market town of Builth Wells on Saturday (9 July) for a fantastic action-packed rally festival.

Four-time British rally champion Keith Cronin is seeded at number one in his Volkswagen Polo GTI R5. He and co-driver Mikie Galvin arrive in Builth Wells leading the British Rally Championship, 10 points ahead of Welsh crew James Williams/Dai Roberts in their Hyundai i20 R5. Read More »

Local hero Jason Pritchard will contest his first gravel rally in a four-wheel drive car for 10 years when he tackles this summer’s Builth Wells-based Nicky Grist Stages (Saturday 9 July) in his North Road Garage/Get Jerky/J&S Handling-backed Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.

The 34-year old driver is no stranger to forestry rallying of course, having won three consecutive British Historic Rally Championship titles in a Ford Escort RS1800 and led the Roger Albert Clark Rally on several occasions. Jason also contested the Nicky Grist Stages in the Mk2 last year, winning the BTRDA Historic and H3 classes, scoring a top 10 BTRDA Gold Star result and finishing 27th overall. Read More »

The Tweed Valley and Wauchope Forests echoed to the sound of rally cars for the first time since 2019 on Saturday [14 May] as the Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally blasted back into life with Elliot Payne and Patrick Walsh taking victory in their Ford Fiesta Rally2.

Payne was third after the opening stage of the event but recovered to seal the top spot by 14 seconds from David Henderson and Chris Lees in their Fiesta R5. Number one seeds Stephen Petch and Michael Wilkinson rounded out the podium in third, driving their Fiesta WRC. Read More »

Some of the best gravel rally drivers in the UK will tackle this weekend’s Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally as the Jedburgh based event returns on Saturday 14 May after a two-year hiatus.

Forced to cancel in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, the revived event welcomes contenders from the MRF Tyres BTRDA Rally Series who will contest the forest rally for the first time since the early 1990’s. They will be joined by the S G Petch ANECCC Rally Championship and Motoscope Northern Historic Championship, bringing a host of competitors to the region from across the UK. Read More »

Quinton Motor Club is gearing up for what promises to be a fantastic festival of rallying in mid-Wales on Saturday 9 July when competitors from six major rally championships gather in Builth Wells for the 2022 Nicky Grist Stages.

The event will play host to the Motorsport UK British Rally Championship for the fourth time. Twice the winners of the Nicky Grist Stages – Elfyn Evans/Craig Parry (Ford Fiesta R5) in 2016 and Matt Edwards/Darren Garrod (Volkswagen Polo GTI R5) in 2021 – have gone on to become British champions in the same year, while the 2017 event winners Fredrik Åhlin/Torstein Eriksen (Škoda Fabia R5) finished runners-up. Read More »

Matthew Hirst and Declan Dear recorded a sensational victory at Saturday’s Rallynuts Stages Rally [9 April] as the pairing stormed to an impressive four fastest times from six stages in their Ford Fiesta R5.

The pairing, fresh from a win at Rally North Wales just a fortnight ago returned a scintillating performance, opening a whopping 15 second lead on the initial Myherin stage and were never headed, taking arguably their most important win to date. Read More »

Less than 6 months after the last Rallynuts Stages Rally, the MRF Tyres BTRDA Championship were back in mid-Wales. Matthew Hirst & Declan Dear (Fiesta R5) set a superb time through the opening stage, 15s faster than 2021 rally winners Elliot Payne & Patrick Walsh (Fiesta Rally2). This was followed by another stage win through Hafren to take a 23s lead into service. Ian Bainbridge & Tom Woodburn (Fabia R5) were fastest on stage 3 to snatch 2nd place from Payne. Hirst followed up with two more stage wins from the repeat runs of the three stages to take victory by 31s. Read More »

A sensational entry of over 140 cars is set to tackle this weekend’s Rallynuts Stages Rally as the Builth Wells based forest event gets underway on Saturday [9 April].

Despite running just five months ago, the highly regarded rally returns to the calendar in its more traditional April date after being forced to run in November last year due to the pandemic. Read More »