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Land Rover is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the 2014 Defender Challenge by Bowler, a one-make rally series operated by Bowler Motorsport designed to act as a feeder series to the annual Dakar rally and other global rally-raid competitions.

Continuing the strategic partnership announced in 2012 between Land Rover and Bowler Motorsport, the Defender Challenge will see competition-prepared Land Rover Defenders being used in a one-make, seven round, rally series taking place across the UK. The series will be regulated by the MSA (Motor Sports Association) and each Defender Challenge car will be FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) compliant enabling competitors to compete internationally. Read More »

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Rally driver Richard Sykes, from Stourbridge, finished his British Rally Championship Challenge campaign on a high with third overall on the Sunseeker Challenge rally, a result which gave him second place overall in the championship standings and a prize drive on Rally GB. rs13_sunrep01 Read More »

Ben Mckay and co-driving father Jason drove to a perfect tactical finish on last weekend’s Rallye Sunseeker International, sealing the Twingo Renaultsport R1 Trophy UK and MSA British Junior Rally Championship, also scooping a Pirelli Star Driver nomination to boot.

But the accolades didn’t stop there, as the family team from near Oswestry also grabbed the BRC’s Class 9 and Ravenol Oils Newcomers Trophy at the close to a truly remarkable season.

Ahead of the Poole-based loose surface rally, the goal was to get their 1600cc Twingo to the finish at all costs, knowing how much was at stake in the event of a retirement. So the ten stages must have seemed like 100, as the team tip-toed around the Ringwood forest complex to the north of the event’s host town. Read More »

Benjamyn Mckay / Jason Mckay Renault Twingo21 year old Ben Mckay from Ellesmere coped admirably with the pressure of having it all to loose, by bagging a raft of titles on last weekend’s final round of the MSA British Rally Championship, Rallye Sunseeker International. Not only did the youngster bring the Twingo Renaultsport R1 Trophy, MSA British Junior Championship, Ravenol Newcomers Cup and class R1 titles back to Shropshire, but he also won the hearts and minds of the selection committee and was awarded the coveted Pirelli Star Driver nomination for his determined approach this year. Read More »

Alex Parpottas / Alexander Kihurani Ford FiestaMSA British Rally Championship contender Alex Parpottas took a convincing third place in the hotly contested RallyTwo class on last weekend’s Rallye Sunseeker International.  Driving his Buzz Sweets Ford Fiesta R2, Parpottas headed to the Dorset based event in an attempt to chase down a podium position in the series and gain valuable seat time ahead of the Pirelli Star Driver Shootout which was held just two days after the event and offered a fully funded drive in the 2014 British rally Championship for the victor. Read More »

AaronMcClurePR13NGK Spark Plugs BRC Challenge contender Aaron McClure ended his first season in the series with a creditable third in class and sixth overall on last weekend’s Rallye Sunseeker. This impressive result means the Flookburgh rally star records a fantastic third in class RC4 and fifth overall in the championship after a year of mixed fortunes in his Fiesta ST. Read More »

Russ Thompson and Andy Murphy are the 2013 NGK Spark Plugs BRC Challenge champions, after a top class drive in the forests around Poole, secured the title they have led all season.

A second place finish was enough for the pair to be crowned, as their title rivals were unable to match their pace on the season finale Rallye Sunseeker Challenge.

Winning the event, Irish crew Dean Raftery and Aileen Kelly delivered another eye catching drive on their way to the top step of the podium. Read More »

– Jukka Korhonen secures Citroën Trophy UK (CRT) and British Rally Championship title (BRC), as Citroën dominates the BRC once again
– Osian Pryce nets CRT victory hat-trick, Korhonen seals title with third place
– Korhonen: “It’s just an amazing feeling”

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Jukka Korhonen and Marko Salminen broke the 12 year Finnish drought at the top of the MSA British Rally Championship this weekend, finishing the final stage of Rallye Sunseeker International in third place, securing the British overall and class titles in their Citroën DS3 amid jubilant scenes.

Korhonen appeared relieved but delighted at the finish of the event saying; “I really don’t know what to say right now! It’s been one of the longest days ever, but it is just an amazing feeling! I am so proud to add my name to the trophy that has the likes of Hannu Mikkola and Ari Vatanen on it.

“The competition has been so close; it has been a very good year. Marko has done a fantastic job this year and I must thank the Autosport Technology team too, the car has been perfect.” Read More »

With a 24 point lead in the standings, and a maximum of 30 up for grabs on this weekend’s Rallye Sunseeker, the Twingo Renaultsport Trophy R1 UK and the MSA British Junior Rally Championship look set to be heading to Ellesmere based Ben McKay as the season culminates on England’s South Coast.

Piloting the victorious Twingo R1 on four of the five rallies this year, 21 year old McKay and his co-driving father Jason know a finish would be enough to beat rival Harry Threlfall to the two titles and the bounty of prizes on offer.

However, as has been shown across countless motorsport championships throughout history, driving for a finish can be harder than going flat out. Whilst Threlfall would never wish misfortune to befall his rival, the man from Somerset will be happy to pick up the pieces on his home event, should lady luck decide to desert McKay. Read More »