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The 2009 Pirelli MSA Gravel Rally Championship Gala Awards Dinner takes place on Saturday 14th November 2009 at the Barcelo Daventry Hotel whereby Formula One TV pundit Tony Jardine will be guest of honour and after-dinner speaker.

Jardine, who competes regularly usually at the wheel of a Ford Fiesta ST, is also President of the Southern Car Club, and it is they who organise the traditional opening round of the ANCRO series, Rallye Sunseeker. Read More »

Allan Cookson and Julian Wilkinson ~ Trackrod Rally 2009Saltash rally driver Alan Cookson just missed out on the top step of the podium on this weekend’s Pickering-based Trackrod Rally which comprised the final round of the 2009 Pirelli MSA Gravel Rally Championship.

Along with Wandsworth co driver Julian Wilkinson, the pair headed the leaderboard after the first two stages despite a spin in the Robert Wiseman Dairies, Kick Energy,, Riverside Property Services and supported Subaru Impreza WRC, nicknamed ‘Daisy’, on the second stage. Read More »

trackrod payne_ry09cMaking a welcome return to the 2009 Pirelli MSA Gravel Rally Championship for his local event, Charlie Payne (Ripon) and co-driver Craig Thorley (Pocklington) just managed to scrape victory on the final round of the series in this weekend’s Trackrod Rally.

It was Alan Cookson (Saltash) and Julian Wilkinson (Wandsworth) in their Friesian-liveried Subaru WRC who topped the leaderboard after the first stage, stopping the clocks exactly sixteen seconds ahead of the Mitsubishi Lancer WRC of Payne and Thorley. A spin in stage two saw Cookson and Wilkinson drop fifteen seconds when they had trouble with gear selection allowing Payne to claim a stage victory. Read More »

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 »

woodpecker09-cookson_simonclarkeAfter a superb podium placing on the Woodpecker Rally earlier this month, Saltash rally driver Alan Cookson is looking to end the season on a high when he contests the final round of the 2009 Pirelli MSA Gravel Rally Championship which takes place next Saturday with the Pickering-based Trackrod National Rally. Read More »

Over 12 hours of rallying in the famous Dalby forest stage awaits spectators on the 2009 Trackrod Rally Yorkshire, when it runs in the Yorkshire forests on Saturday 26 September.

To celebrate Dalby’s significance in rallying history and the fact that it is only available for one rally each year, the event organisers from the Trackrod Motor Club have arranged a stunning 16-mile stage over the classic forest tracks.

The Dalby complex will be busy throughout the day, with rallying starting just after 8am and finishing over 12 hours later after the passage of up to 250 rally cars. The international and national events will tackle the stage twice, while the historic and clubmans events will run through the stage once. Read More »

perez woodpecker 09Following on from victory last time out on the Pro-Art Signs Swansea Bay Rally, former champion Steve Perez (Chesterfield) and co-driver Paul Spooner (Raglan) stormed to a dominant victory on the penultimate round of the 2009 Pirelli MSA Gravel Rally Championship by winning every stage of the Sixty & Worcestershire National Rally today. Read More »

The Pro-Arts Signs Swansea Bay Rally will be shown on Motors TV to all 54 countries in its European network on Friday 2nd October at 2pm with several repeats after that.

The programme, produced by Acceleration Television, has a scheduled running time of one hour and includes competitors from all the events taking part in the rally including the contenders in the 2009 Pirelli MSA National Gravel Championship, the Clubman’s event, as well as special features on the Mitsubishi EVO Challenge and the BMW/Peugeot Yokohama Challenge. 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 »

Round seven of the 2009 Pirelli MSA Gravel Rally Championship heads for Ludlow in Shropshire for the penultimate round of the series this weekend (Saturday 5th September) with the Woodpecker Rally making a welcome debut in the ANCRO-organised series.

Although the title has already been decided with Marcus Dodd (Poole) and Andrew Bargery (Hove) claiming a third successive crown in their Hyundai Accent WRC, there is still plenty to play for in the various classes that comprise the series. Read More »