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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 »

Swift Oulton15aDarlington precision driver Paul Swift was back in action at the weekend whereby he had to overcome some minor technical problems as well as the adverse weather conditions to claim a class victory and fifth place overall on the Neil Howard Stages Rally at Oulton Park in Cheshire. 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 »