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London rally driver Ruairí Bell has confirmed his 2021 campaign in the Junior British Rally Championship, driving an M-Sport Ford Fiesta Rally4.

Bell, 21 from Blackheath is a previous winner of the M-Sport and Pirelli Trophy which ran as part of the Junior BRC in 2019 and victory enabled him to mount a campaign on the FIA Junior World Rally Championship in 2020. Read More »

Osian Pryce will return to the British Rally Championship (BRC) this year driving a Rocked-!T-backed Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 – with his title challenge beginning at the opening round of the 2021 series, the Neil Howard Stages at the Oulton Park Circuit in Cheshire on Monday 31 May. Read More »

The forthcoming May Bank Holiday weekend is going to be a very busy one for Cumbrian driver Frank Bird who will be in action in both France and the UK in two different disciplines for the 21 year old from Penrith.

Starting on Friday with the Circuit Paul Ricard 1000km, Bird will be part of an ultra-competitive 47-car field who will contest round three of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS in the Team WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 which he will share with teammates Ryuichiro Tomita and Valdemar Eriksen. Read More »

* Neil Howard Stages in association with Graham Coffey & Co. Solicitors to host opening round of 2021 British Rally Championship
* Additional event added to British Championship calendar, taking series to three asphalt and four gravel events
* BRC season now commences in May at Cheshire circuit

The iconic Oulton Park Circuit will provide the Motorsport UK British Rally Championship with a history-making opening round of the 2021 season as the series commences with the Neil Howard Stages in association with Graham Coffey & Co. Solicitors on 31st May. 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 »

James Yates showed that the family rally driving skills are not limited to brother Rhys, by taking a stunning second overall at the Neil Howard Memorial Stages Rally at Oulton Park last weekend (3rd November 2018). Read More »

Our 3rd trip to this rally saw overnight rain play havoc on the opening stage. Paul Swift & Cat Lund were the surprise early leaders, beating the numerous 4WD crews in their RWD Escort MkII. Kevin Procter & Derek Fawcett (Fiesta R5) then took over the lead on stage 2 and through a series of fastest stage times took victory by a very comfortable minute and a half. Swift kept high up until his gearbox started to develop issues, forcing his retirement on the penultimate stage. Steve Simpson & Patrick Walsh (Fiesta R5) had snatched 2nd place from Swift mid event but in the 2nd half of the event came under increasing pressure from Chris West & Keith Hounslow (306 Maxi) who got to within 4 seconds of 2nd overall. Read More »

neilhoward15 (1)Our first trip to Oulton Park, for a rally, saw Steve Simpson & Patrick Walsh (Impreza WRC) take back-to-back victories on the event. It had not started well though as stage 1 saw Steve Simpson languishing down the bottom end of the top ten as Neil Simpson & Elliott Edmondson (Fabia R5) took the early lead. Kevin Procter & Derrick Fawcett (Impreza WRC) were 2nd and moved ahead after stage 2, holding it until stage 5 when Neil Simpson regained the lead. A burst radiator saw Neil Simpson retire on stage 6 so Procter moved to the top of the standings with Steve Simpson closing in. Stage 8 proved pivotal as Procter lost 9 seconds to Steve Simpson, ultimately finishing 11 seconds adrift of the 2014 winner as Steve Simpson took victory. Read More »