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rallyisleofman16-7The 2016 Rally Isle of Man saw the return of the BRC to the Island and whilst the championship had been decided there was the prospect of Elfyn Evans & Craig Parry (Fiesta R5) coming up against their stiffest competition of the season. Craig Breen & Scott Martin (DS3 R5) were the number one seeds but there rally was over on stage 3 so it was Mark Higgins & Darren Garrod (Fiesta R5) who would take the battle to Evans. Evans took the lead from stage 2 and held it until Friday night when Higgins made a fight back. With 6 stages ahead Higgins held the lead but Evans caught Higgins with two stages to go. The pair swapped fastest times on the final two stages but Evans held on to take victory by 5.9 seconds. Read More »

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nickygrist16-21With the BRC joining the Nicky Grist Stages it would be easy to get distracted by the headline act. Being loyal BTRDA regulars it was good to see how they measured up against the British rallying elite. Luke Francis & John Roberts (Evo IX) shone as always and took a classy BTRDA victory by exactly a minute from Stephen Petch & Michael Wilkinson (Fiesta R5+). With a number of top BTRDA crews failing to make the finish it was Paul Benn & Richard Cooke who were home in 3rd place, in what is now an ageing Focus WRC at 14 years old. Read More »

trackrod13 (12)Welsh eyes were smiling as Osian Pryce & Dale Furniss (DS3 R3T) took back to back wins after their maiden BRC win on the Ulster Rally in August. This one was a different affair as they were in a fierce battle all event long and only beat Jukka Korhonen & Marko Salminen (DS3 R3T) by just under 10 seconds. Korhonen was by no means secure in 2nd as Alastair Fisher & Gordon Noble (DS3 R3T) were only 3 seconds back after some stunning stage times early on the Saturday. In the Rally Two category Daniel McKenna & Arthur Kierans (Fiesta) took victory by just under two seconds. Jon Armstrong & Karl Atkinson (Fiesta) just edged out Steve Rokland & James Aldridge (Fiesta) by just 0.1s on the final stage. In the R1 category Ban & Jason Mckay (Twingo) took the honours as the only finishers. Read More »

SONY DSCWith a bumper field and a largely pleasant weather forecast the lanes of the Scottish Borders were set to be buzzing to the sound of rally cars. In the BRC the event was once again dominated by the Citroen DS3 R3T’s. On his less favoured surface Jukka Korhonen & Marko Salminen took an overnight lead with 5 fastest stage times from 6 stages. 2nd were Alastair Fisher & Gordon Noble with Tom Cave & Ieuan Thomas just 3rd. On the opening stage of Saturday Korhonen almost blew all of his lead with an early spin on Swinton. With the lead now slashed and Cave charging hard from 3rd place followed by Osian Pryce & Dale Furniss from an overnight 4th place, the rally became a 4 way battle. Cave set a string of fastest stage times with Pryce fastest on all the others bar one for Korhonen. With just one stage to go Korhonen’s lead was just 0.1 s over Cave, whilst Pryce was a comfortable 3rd having passed Fisher. Korhonen had the bit between his teeth and held back the Welsh charge to set fastest stage time and win by 2 seconds from Cave. Read More »

pirelli13 (90)A subtle change in format along with a new event co-sponsor, in the shape of the Richard Burns Foundation, saw the BRC finally get its season up and running. In the BRC Jukka Korhonen & Marko Salminen (DS3 R3T) took the lead over the slightly longer first day and held on through the second day. Thankfully for them they had enough of a cushion whilst Alastair Fisher & Gordon Noble (DS3 R3T) came from third overnight to pass Tom Cave & Ieuan Thomas (DS3 R3T) for the 2nd spot. In the BRC classes Steve Rokland & Jame Aldridge (Fiesta R2) dominated the R2 category whilst Harry Threlfall & Andy Bull (Twingo) were the only finishers in R1. Read More »

Once more to the Scottish Borders where it was Keith Cronin & Marshall Clarke (DS3) who took a fine victory, albeit after a late scare on the 2nd run through the Bothwell stage. Thanks to spectators they got going again to win by just over a minute from Tom Cave & Craig Parry (DS3). Jonathan Greer & Gordon Noble (DS3) completed the podium making it an all too familiar clean sweep for the French marque. Read More »

After missing out on the Bulldog we finally got to see a decent amount of action from the BRC crews in what proved to be a real endurance event for the crews. Keith Cronin & Marshall Clarke (DS3) were consistently quick throughout the Saturday to notch up their first win of the season from Jarkko & Petri Nikara (DS3). The final victory margin had been just over 17 seconds but in truth Cronin backed off on the final stage after holding a bigger lead over initial rally leader Nikara. The podium was duly completed by Mark Donnelly & Dai Roberts (Clio R3) over a minute and a half further back. Still this was welcome for the Sunseeker winner after what happened on the Bulldog. Special mention must go to Elfyn Evans & Phil Pugh (Fiesta R2) who had been 2nd overnight in what was a stunning drive in a less powerful car than the top 3. Read More »

Our focus once again was on the Historic rally and with the stage cancellations that hit the International event, we made the right choice. It was a fine follow up win for Nick Elliott & Dave Price (Escort MkII) who were pushed hard by Julian Reynolds & Patrick Walsh (Escort MkI).  The victory margin was only just over 16 seconds which was a fantastic achievement for Reynolds in older technology. Kevin Davies & Dale Furniss (Escort MkII) completed the podium with 2nd place in the classics. The Historic category went the way of Rikki Proffitt & Phill Harrison (911) but only by 18 seconds after a fine drive by Dessie Nutt & Geraldine McBride (911). Read More »

Back down in Bournemouth for the BRC season opener and it was to be a 2WD only show in the BRC. With 4WD gone from the championship again no one really knew which would be the car to beat and as the rally progressed it became a battle between Citroën and Renault. With barely a few seconds between them it was a tight battle between Jarkko Nikara & Petri Nikara (DS3 R3T) and Mark Donnelly & Dai Roberts (Clio R3). It all was decided on the final stage when Nikara’s engine expired leaving Donnelly to win by almost two minutes. Behind him though Citroën regained some pride as Desi Henry & Niall Burns (DS3 R3T) took 2nd overall with fastest stage time on the final test. Elfyn Evans & Andrew Edwards (Fiesta R2) completed the podium. Read More »