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North Yorkshire drivers Charlie Payne and Steve Bannister secured a brace of historic hat-tricks with home victories in the two main sections of the Trackrod Rally which finished in Filey today (Saturday). Read More »


Ripon dairy owner Charlie Payne made an impressive start in his bid to win the Trackrod Forest Stages Rally for a third successive year but was still outpaced by Hugh Hunter’s similar Ford Fiesta WRC by the time the cars reached the mid-morning service.

The North Yorkshireman and was fastest through today’s (Saturday) opening stage in Langdale, stopping the clock at 12 minutes 8.7 seconds for the 13.41-mile all-gravel test. Read More »

Newly crowned RAVENOL British Trial and Rally Drivers Association Champion Stephen Petch is preparing to test himself against the renowned North York Moors forest stages and his local rival Charlie Payne when contesting the Trackrod Rally Yorkshire on September 29th/30th.

Petch, from Hamsterley in Co. Durham, sealed the BTRDA Gold Star title for the first time, driving a Ford Fiesta WRC at Woodpecker Rally in Wales at the beginning of the month, but says missing the Filey-based Trackrod was never an option. He stresses: Read More »

Ford Focus WRC pilot Paul Bird ensured his return to the sport was a successful one by taking victory at the EVENTSIGNS Woodpecker Stages Rally (2nd September) in Ludlow with co-driver Jamie Edwards alongside. Read More »

On what will be our only visit to Otterburn this year, Peter Taylor & Andrew Roughead (Fiesta WRC) took a dominant win by over a minute. A total of 9 fastest stage times sealed the victory but after the first loop of 3 stages it was Rory Young & Allan Cathers (Fiesta R5) who were leading, courtesy of fastest times on stages 2 & 3. Young steadily drifted back through the rest of the rally, as expected in an R5 up against a WRC machine. He was caught up in an intense battle with another Fiesta WRC, this one driven by Stephen Petch & Michael Wilkinson. 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 »

Durham rally driver Stephen Petch took a well-deserved victory at the Minehead based Somerset Stages Rally on Saturday (8th April) but had to fight hard on all 14 stages to bring his Ford Fiesta WRC home in top spot.    Read More »

Woodpecker16 Petch1stStephen Petch took his first rally victory in around 12 months last weekend as he dominated the Event Signs Woodpecker Stages Rally in his Fiesta R5+. After taking second fastest time on the opening stage, Petch with co-driver Michael Wilkinson moved into top spot after the second test and was never headed for the remainder of the event. Petch finished just eight seconds in front of pre-rally favourite Jamie Anderson in his similar Fiesta, with Charlie Payne completing the top 3 in third, taking the Ravenol BTRDA Rally series title in the process. Read More »

Wood15 JamieAndersonMitsubishi WRC pilot Jamie Anderson took a last gasp victory on the final stage of the 2015 Eventsigns Woodpecker Stages Rally in Ludlow.  Recovering from a second stage puncture which dropped the Leicestershire man down towards the bottom of the top 10, Anderson and Ludlow co-driver Jon Scott had a three way battle all day long with fellow Mitsubishi driver Luke Francis/John Roberts and Fiesta R5+ pilot Stephen Petch/Ian Windress to take the win by just three seconds from a trying Petch. Early event leader Francis was disappointed to lose out on overall honours on the final stage to take third, just two seconds further back. Read More »

WD-40 Company has agreed a new sponsorship deal with one of Britain’s leading rally talents, Stephen Petch, for the 2015 season. The agreement will see the WD-40 brand support the County Durham based driver throughout the 2015 season as he contests the highly competitive 2015 BTRDA Championship.WD-40 Rally Car Stephen Petch (L) Ian Windress (R) Read More »