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Trackrod09 (117)A glorious day was what North Yorkshire delivered for this years Trackrod Rally, where the culmination of several championships would make it a decisive event. In the Historic Cup the overall victory was played out by the Escort MkII’s. It was the controlled but fast pace of Julian Reynolds & Ian Oakey that took a 35 second victory from the flambuoyant Martin McCormack & Jim Goodman, who won on the entertainment stakes. Completing the podium, and wrapping up the Classic category, were Darren Moon & Chris Parsons. Behind them though was a great non-Ford battle for 4th place. In the end Steve Magson & Geoff Atkinson (Ascona 400) pipped Rob Smith & Shaun O’Gorman (Chevette) by less than a second. Read More »

Woodpecker 09 (4)It all turned out well on this years Woodpecker as the Gravel championship joined the BTRDA series for the first time in a long time. With Haye Park running twice and the ANCRO crews using it a third time we buried ourselves in their for the day. Overall the National event was won comfortably by Steve Perez & Paul Spooner (Focus WRC) after the main challenge of Roger Duckworth & Mark Broomfield (Impreza WRC) subsided following a stage maximum on one of the runs through Radnor. 2nd went to Nik Elsmore & Craig Drew after an impressive run in their Evo IX. Completing the podium were Alan Cookson & Julian Wilkinson giving ‘Daisy’, the cow liveried Impreza WRC, a good final result before being sold. In the BTRDA, or the clubmans event, top spot went to Will Nicholls & Nick Broom (Impreza WRC). If the total times of the National field are included then Nicholls would have been leading Perez by 9 seconds, at this stage. Read More »

swansea bay 09 (6)The rain dampened down the usual dust we come to expect from this event but it did not dampen the intense battle for victory. The top three seeded crews all led the rally at various points but when gearbox gremlins struck the Impreza WRC of Roger Duckworth & Mark Broomfield with two stages to go it was down to a two way battle. The Accent WRC of Marcus Dodd & Andrew Bargery led the Focus WRC of Steve Perez & Paul Spooner in to the last stage, but ten seconds dropped was enough to see Perez take victory after suffering road penalties earlier on in the event, (for leaving service late). However 2nd place was enough to confirm Dodd & Bargery as the 2009 National Gravel Champions, making a hat-trick for the crew and 5 in total for Dodd. Duckworth completed the podium half a minute back, whilst fourth place saw Daniel Barry & Martin Brady clinch the Evo Challenge. Read More »

Severn 09 (2)Dust, dust and more dust but it wouldn’t be a Severn Valley without it! In the Nationals there wasn’t much between the top two as Marcus Dodd & Andrew Bargery took their Accent WRC to 0.6s victory over the Impreza WRC of Roger Duckworth & Mark Broomfield, who had led from stage 1 of the event until the start of the last stage. Completing the podium, and heading up the Evo Challenge runners in third place, was the Evo IX of Daniel Barry & Martin Brady with yet another cracking performance.

In the Clubmen event Nigel Griffiths & Jon Scott took a start to finish victory in their Impreza from the Focus WRC of Michael O’Brien & Ian Allsop. It had been a close run thing with less than 10 seconds separating the top two all event and the final victory margin falling to just 3.8s. As the front two pulled away it was the Escort MkII of Henri Grehan & Chris Ridge that took 3rd place, winning their class, and beating a significant amount of 4WD machinery in the process. Read More »

Manx National 09 (16)Once again the Manx National provided us with great entertainment and four seasons in one rally! Whilst the entry may have been depleted upon previous years, the sharp end was as competitive as ever, with a trully impressive top ten line up. With the local crews going well over the opening stages, in changeable conditions, it took a few stages for the leaderboard to settle down overnight. Paul Bird & Ian Windress took the overnight lead in their Focus WRC from the Accent WRC of Marcus Dodd & Andrew Bargery. Bird extended his lead through the Saturday to take a historic first Manx victory. Dodd dropped back with Melvyn Evans & Sean Mullally moving their Impreza WRC in to second place on the first loop. The podium was completed by Roger Duckworth & Mark Broomfield who snatched third on the final stage, after losing time getting used to their new Impreza WRC on the Friday night. Read More »

pirelli-09-3Stunning weather up North once again, this time for the Pirelli Rally. The headlines will be taken by Keith Cronin & Greg Shinnors, who took their Lancer Evo IX to a last stage victory over the Impreza N11 of Mark Higgins & Bryan Thomas, in a repeat of what happened on the Bulldog Rally.  Completing the podium places was the Evo X of David Bogie & Kevin Rae.

However the rally looked like a dream debut for the Proton Satria Neo S2000 of Guy Wilks & Phil Pugh but an off, and subsequent fire, put paid to his chances of a hat-trick of wins on the Pirelli. Further back Craig Breen & Gareth Roberts took the honours in the Fiesta Sporting Trophy whilst Martin McCormack & Phil Clarke won the C2R2 cup with Richard Sykes & Simon Taylor taking top honours in the Swift Cup. Read More »

border-counties-09-1A glorious day greeted the National Gravel and Scottish Championship crews in the borders. Overall honours looked very much like one from the top and so it proved to be, as they locked out the podium positions. It was Marcus Dodd & Andrew Bargery who took their ageing Accent WRC to victory over the Focus WRC pairing of Steve Perez and Paul Bird, (co-driven by Paul Spooner and Ian Windress respectively). Perez took the lead on the Friday night stages, but both Dodd and Bird continually gained ground on the Saturday, with Dodd taking victory by just under 6 seconds from Perez with Bird a further 18 seconds back in third. Read More »

sun09-no6a1Another year and another trip down South for the Sunseeker. A rather depleted entry took to the stages Saturday morning and the top three on the entry list all retired due to a variety of maladies. So it was Will Nicholls & Nick Broom who took victory after a day long battle with Roger Duckworth & Mark Broomfield. Completing the podium were Sean Devine & Francis Regan, making it a 1-2-3 for the Subaru marque.

The battle in group N was immense with Daniel Barry & Martin Brady just edging out Simon Hughes & Patrick Walsh to take the first round of the Evo Challenge. The overseas contingent made their presence known too as Andreas Magnusson & Henrik Hulterskog just took third in group N and the Evo Challenge, with one stage remaining, from Nik Elsmore & Craig Drew. Read More »