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Another good day up in North Yorkshire saw an exciting finale to both the BTRDA and BHRC seasons. With the title decided in the BTRDA it was a fight between 2017 Gold Star Champions Stephen Petch & Michael Wilkinson (Fiesta WRC), Charlie Payne & Carl Williamson (Fiesta WRC) and Hugh Hunter & Rob Fagg (Fiesta WRC). In the BHRC it was a straight fight between Jason Pritchard & Phil Clarke (Escort MkII) against Nick Elliott & Dave Price (Escort MkII) for the title, with local ace Steve Bannister & Callum Atkinson (Escort MkII) sure to be in the mix too. Read More »

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Back to dry and dusty conditions for the 2017 Woodpecker Rally saw a quality field take on the best stages of the Welsh marches. Jamie Anderson & Ella Flynn (Lancer WRC) were fastest through the opening stage and were joint fastest on the 2nd stage to hold an early lead. Paul Bird & Jamie Edwards (Focus WRC) were in 2nd and when gearbox gremlins struck Anderson during stage 3 they were leading going in to the Haye Park stage (SS4). Callum Black & Elliott Edmondson (Fiesta R5) were 2nd, just 8 seconds back, but the best part of 20 seconds dropped on stage 4 moved Hugh Hunter & Rob Fagg (Fiesta WRC) up in to 2nd overall at final service. Read More »

The only mixed surface event on the BRC calendar saw Fredrik Ahlin & Torstein Eriksen (Fabia R5) take victory, regaining the championship lead in the process. Osian Pryce & Dale Furniss (Fiesta R5) had lead after the opening days 8 gravel stages but they stopped on the 4th stage of the tarmac stages and with that the championship lead too. Matt Edwards & Phil Clarke (Fiesta R5) took 2nd place, 47.6 seconds behind Ahlin, to back up Edwards fine 2nd place in Ypres. Completing the podium were Rhys Yates & Alex Lee (Fiesta R5) after a tight battle with Martin McCormack & David Moynihan (Fiesta R5) with just 3.7 seconds separating the pair. In the BRC Junior category Callum Devine & Keith Moriarty (Adam R2) took overall honours. Read More »

Heavy overnight rain dampened down the Dyfi complex of stages and it was Stephen Petch & Michael Wilkinson (Fiesta WRC) who took the lead on the opening stage. Callum Black & Elliott Edmondson (Fiesta) went fastest on the next stage to tie for the overall lead but two more fastest times for Petch followed and his lead was 4 seconds by mid event service. In the afternoon Petch was joint fastest on only one stage but critically was not beaten by Black on any stage, taking victory by 11 seconds in the end. Black was having to keep an eye on Jamie Anderson & Ross Whittock (Fiesta R5) who completed the podium, just 7 seconds further back. Read More »

Fine weather ensured fast action on Exmoor for the Somerset Stages Rally, as 95 crews left the start in Minehead. Stephen Petch & Michael Wilkinson (Fiesta WRC) were fastest on the opening stage and with a further 3 fastest stage times in the first 6 stages, they held a 6 second lead over Callum Black & Elliott Edmondson (Fiesta R5+). The crews then moved to the sealed surface and the two runs up the Porlock toll road saw Black claw back the 6 seconds to draw level before the final loop of gravel stages to come. Petch was fastest on the first four stages (of six) and importantly Black dropped the best part of 20 seconds on Chargot 3. 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 »

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.

trackrod16-3Once again the Trackrod provided us with fair weather and a good days rallying. The Historic rally opened up on Friday night with Steve Bannister & Callum Atkinson (Escort MkII) dominating the first stage and easing to victory by over two minutes from Steve Bennett & Paul Spooner (Escort MkII). Mark & Ed Bentley (Escort MkII) took 3rd place by just 0.3 seconds from Adam Milner & Roy Jarvis (Escort MkI). Jason Pritchard & Phil Clarke guided their Escort MkII safely home to 5th place securing the BHRC title for the 2nd year running. In the BTRDA section of the rally 2016 Gold Star champions Charlie Payne & Carl Williamson (Fiesta) finished the season in fine style, with victory by almost 23 seconds. Read More »

woodpecker16 (7)A wet Woodpecker saw Charlie Payne & Carl Williamson (Fiesta) seal the 2016 Gold Star title with a 3rd place finish. His main rivals Luke Francis & John Roberts (Evo IX) were fastest on the first stage but then rolled on stage 2 and with it their championships chances disappeared. Stephen Petch & Michael Wilkinson (Fiesta R5+) were fastest on stages 2 & 3 and held a 19 second lead after stage 4, at 2nd service. Jamie Anderson & Ross Whittock (Fiesta R5) went fastest on the final 3 stages to secure 2nd place overall but Petch had done enough to win by 8 seconds. Read More »

nickygrist16-21With the BRC joining the Nicky Grist Stages it would be easy to get distracted by the headline act. Being loyal BTRDA regulars it was good to see how they measured up against the British rallying elite. Luke Francis & John Roberts (Evo IX) shone as always and took a classy BTRDA victory by exactly a minute from Stephen Petch & Michael Wilkinson (Fiesta R5+). With a number of top BTRDA crews failing to make the finish it was Paul Benn & Richard Cooke who were home in 3rd place, in what is now an ageing Focus WRC at 14 years old. Read More »