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Yorkshire rally driver Sam Bilham had the best possible start to his BTRDA Fiesta ST Trophy campaign last weekend by taking the category win by over two minutes from his nearest rival at the Malcolm Wilson Rally.

The 2300 Club John Easson Award winner led the nine competitors in the hotly contested single make series from the second stage of the event and was never bettered on the remaining tests in the Lake District. Read More »

Twelve months after ending his season in a Somerset ditch, Flookburgh rally driver Aaron McClure made a successful comeback to the sport on last weekend’s Malcolm Wilson Rally.

Driving his freshly rebuilt Yokohama HPT backed Mitsubishi Evo IX, McClure and co-driver Michael Gilbey took fifth spot in the ultra-competitive NR4 Production Cup and a healthy 21st overall in a field which was bolstered by British Rally Championship hopefuls using the event as a test bed for their forthcoming season. Read More »

This summer’s Nicky Grist Stages (8-9 July) will play host to no less than 10 different rally championships – highlighting not only what a major sporting attraction the event now is, but also a major boost for the economy of Builth Wells, Llanelwedd and the nearby Powys and Carmarthenshire towns and villages. Read More »

18-year-old Ed Fossey got his 2017 BTRDA rallying campaign underway in Cumbria last weekend (11 March) in his Yokohama-backed Toyota Yaris. Starting car 114 on the road, the Jersey-born driver overcame a variety of problems to claim 88th overall and more importantly sixth in the 1400S class on only his second gravel rally in his Japanese machine. Read More »

Dark ominous clouds hung over the Northern Lakes for the Malcolm Wilson Rally which saw David Bogie & Kevin Rae (Fabia R5) take victory by 20 seconds. Keith Cronin & Mikie Galvin (Fiesta R5) were fastest through the opener by a single second from Bogie, (which more than lost at our position with a run through a ditch and slight overshoot). Bogie hit back on stage 2 to take the lead before the lead swung back to Cronin, courtesy of fastest time through stage 3. Bogie then went fastest on stage 4 before regaining the lead on stage 5, a foggy Grizedale North, with another fastest stage time. It was in Grizedale South that the win was made as Bogie took almost 18 seconds out of Cronin on that stage. Read More »

Flookburgh rally driver Aaron McClure will kick off his assault on the Ravenol BTRDA Rally Series at this weekend’s Malcolm Wilson Rally.

After the opening round in North Wales was cancelled due to heavy snow and ice, the Cockermouth event is now the season opener and the McClure is looking forward to getting his 2017 BTRDA Production Cup campaign underway on his home event. Read More »

The popular seaside resort of Minehead will once again play host to the only loose surface stage rally in the South of the UK as the Somerset Stages Rally returns to the town for its 8th April event.somerset-pre17a Read More »

dsc_0477The 2017 Cambrian Rally will be remembered for snow and ice. The event was cancelled on the advice of the MSA Safety Delegate because of adverse weather conditions in Aberhirnant (SS2 and SS4) and Llangower (SS3 and SS5). The conditions in Alwen (SS1 and SS6) weren’t much better either with the 2nd half of the field unable to start the stage and those that did were mostly passengers and not in control of their cars. For the record David Bogie & Kevin Rae (Fabia R5) were fastest from David Wright & Steve Pugh (Focus WRC) by 13 seconds. We, however, saw nothing as we were in Aberhirnant.

nickygrist16-26The Nicky Grist Stages has won the prestigious Bill Turner Trophy for the Best Event in the 2016 Ravenol BTRDA Rally Series.

It’s the fourth time that the Quinton Motor Club-organised rally has won the award, having lifted the trophy in 2005, 2010 and 2012. It has also been nominated as one of the top three best organised BTRDA Rally Series events for the last six years in succession. Read More »

Next year’s Nicky Grist Stages (8-9 July) will host round five of the 2017 MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) – and whilst that will be a two-day mixed surface event, there will also be one-day rounds of other major championships, including the Ravenol BTRDA Rally Series, run on both the Saturday and Sunday next summer.

Organised by Quinton Motor Club, the date of the 2017 Nicky Grist Stages had been published as 15-16 July, but owing to MOD activities on the Epynt military range, the event will take place one week earlier on 8-9 July – the corresponding weekend to 2016, which saw 162 cars start from the Royal Welsh Showground.

Next year’s event will follow a similar format to 2016, with a mixed-surface two-day rally for the BRC crews. Saturday’s forestry gravel stages, run in the spectacular Carmarthenshire and Powys border region, will also host a round of the BTRDA Rally Series and include the MSA Welsh Rally Championship and the FMP Rally Challenge. Sunday’s stages will be held over the challenging asphalts road of Epynt for the BRC crews, plus at least one other National B event. Read More »