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The Herefordshire town of Leominster is gearing up for the start of the Roger Albert Clark Rally when the longest and toughest special stage rally in Great Britain starts from the town on Thursday (21 November).

Over 130 cars from across the UK and Europe will gather at Brightwells on the edge of the town ahead of five days of timed competition on the forest tracks of Wales, Northumberland and southern Scotland before the rally finishes in Carlisle on Monday afternoon (25 November). Read More »

SONY DSCA hard fought battle, in challenging conditions, saw Matt Edwards & Paul Morris (Escort MkII) go head to head with Matthew Robinson & Sam Collis (Escort MkII) for an event long battle which captivated all who witnessed it. Both went well in the opening stages of Friday night and it was Edwards who held a 58 second lead over Robinson. Catching slower crews had been an issue and probably hampered Robinson by half a minute more than Edwards, but both were set up for 2 further days of battle, including an off, mechanical issues, an epic comeback and a post event exclusion for one of the crews. Read More »

SONY DSCThe 10th installment of the Roger Albert Clark saw Steve Bannister & Kevin Rae take a resounding 2nd overall victory, in their Escort MkII. After losing out in a tight battle on the penultimate stage in 2012 this year couldn’t have been more different as they started the final day with best part of 4 minutes lead. After the opening loop on Friday night Matthew Robinson & Sam Collis (Escort MkII) along with Jason Pritchard & John Millington (Escort MkII) kept Bannister within sight and through Saturday were closing before Pundershaw 1 saw Pritchard roll out in the 2nd half of the stage. On the 2nd pass through the same stage Robinson crashed at almost exactly the same point, so Bannister just had to bring it home on Sunday, (easier said than done with 70 stage miles to go). Read More »

rac12 (8)Wow, is all we can really say about the 2012 Roger Albert Clark Rally. Martin McCormack & Phil Clarke (Escort MkII) started out as car 1 and took their first victory on this endurance event, but the story was not as simple as that as they spent most of the event behind Steve Bannister & Kevin Rae (Escort MkII). Bannister made his mark on the opening night opening up a 28 second lead on the Dalby stages he knows so well, but Saturday saw him gain no more time as McCormack set two stunning times through Pundershaw to leave the gap unchanged. With half the rally left on Sunday McCormack attacked and the battle was on. Craik proved critical setting up McCormack who went into the penultimate stage 5 seconds back and came out 2 seconds up. The last stage was the sting in the tail, Kershope at just over 17 miles and the longest of the event. Bannister was first on the road and pushed hard but a spin near the end cost him dear as McCormack set fastest time by 15 seconds to take an emotional victory. Read More »

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAAnother epic rally in Northern England & Southern Scotland with not quite as good a field as in 2010. Still that did not dampen the spirits and in fact the rally ended in a very snowy Kershope, reminiscent of the 2010 event. The overall winner looked set early on as Gwyndaf Evans & John Millington (Escort MkII) dominated. They went on to win by almost 8 minutes in the end, after consistently increasing their lead each day of the event. The only crew who got close to them were Paul Griffiths & Sam Collis (Escort MkII) but they retired on the 3rd day after suspension damage following an off in the Ae stage. Read More »