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The revamped Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship returns in style this weekend, with a superb entry for the Port Talbot MC-organised Melvyn Evans Motorsport Tour of Epynt (Sunday 11 March). Read More »

Entries have opened today for the 2018 Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship – with Championship Regulations published on-line at asphaltrallying.com

Organised by the BTRDA, the Championship will consist of six rounds, with the best five scores to count.

The 2018 Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship is open to all fully paid-up members of the BTRDA (entry into the Championship includes full membership of the BTRDA) and who are registered in the Championship, having a National A or higher grade competition licence issued by the MSA, or by Motorsport Ireland. Read More »

– A national championship with an international flavour, with the Down Rally in Northern Ireland and Rally van Wervik in Belgium added to the list of asphalt favourites
– Big class structure makes the Championship attractive to a wide range of cars and competitors
– Protyre Motorsport to supply all brands of tyre to registered competitors and offer generous event-by-event prizes to drivers using Pirelli, Michelin and Hoosier tyres
– Every event to have TV coverage, live on-line streaming and live radio reports Read More »

With no MSA Asphalt Championship running in the 2017 the Tour of Epynt saw a smaller entry then usual but no less drama. Damian Cole & Paul Morris (Fiesta WRC) started as car 1 and after the first two loops of stages were tied for the lead with Bob Fowden & Paul Wakely (Impreza WRC). A slight off for Fowden at fourways, on stage 5, looked to hand the advantage to Cole but he retired in the stage leaving Fowden clear for a comfortable victory. In the end fastest time on the final two stages saw a victory margin of 1 minute and 34 seconds. Read More »

tourofepynt16 (8)After a cloudy start the Tour of Epynt was played out under glorious spring sunshine, with tyre choices now all based upon how soft the crews wanted the rubber to be. The top 4 were hard to separate over the opening pair of stages with Steve Simpson & Patrick Walsh (Impreza WRC) taking the lead by 3 seconds from Damian Cole & Paul Morris (Fiesta WRC) tied with Simon Mauger & Jonathan Hawkins (Metro 4M4). The 2nd loop saw Simpson extend his lead as Cole put a few seconds between himself and Mauger. With Simpson having beat the bogey time on stage 4 he then did the same on stage 5 to extend his lead and remained untouchable for the rest of the day, to take victory. Read More »

tourofepynt15 (12)A day of two halves saw a thrilling climax to the Asphalt season opener, on the Epynt military ranges. No.1 seeds Damian Cole & Jack Morton (Focus WRC) were joint fastest through the opening rain soaked stage with Simon Mauger & Jonathan Hawkins (Metro Millington) before Mauger took 3 seconds out of Cole on the 2nd stage to take the lead after loop 1. The next loop saw Cole claim back the lead by just 2 seconds before extending his lead to 9 seconds on the 5th stage. For the afternoon the sun was out and the crews could switch to slicks and Cole and Mauger set the same time on the penultimate stage, then on the final stage Mauger was hit or bust as he attacked the stage and took 10 seconds out of Cole to win by a single second. Read More »

tourofepynt14 (11)Once the cloud burnt off the weather was glorious up on Epynt and a fierce battle between the top 3 ensued. Damian Cole & Elliot Edmondson (Focus) set a blistering pace through the first stage to lead by 7 seconds but after that Peter Lloyd & Neil James (Impreza WRC) started the fight back on stage 2. Initially in 3rd after stage 1 Stephen Simpson & Patrick Walsh (Impreza) were on a charge and fastest time on stage 3 saw them leap ahead of Lloyd. With stage 4 cancelled stage 5 was the first long stage of the event and Simpson went fastest to close to just a second of Cole, who was also beaten by Lloyd. Stage 6 saw Simpson take the lead by a single second but it was Lloyd who went fastest to be joint 2nd. Cole went fastest on the final stage to book end the rally and take victory by 1 second from Lloyd with Simpson slipping back to 3rd overall. Read More »

SONY DSCIn the end it all came down to who was fastest first on the 2013 Tour of Epynt. Steve Simpson & Patrick Walsh (Impreza WRC) almost threw away a 24 second lead they had steadily built up through the opening 3 loops of stages. On the penultimate loop Damien Cole & Craig Drew (Focus WRC) equaled the time of Simpson and then an indiscretion on the final stage almost changed the rally on the final stage. Simpson held on and denied Cole a first ever Tour of Epynt victory. Paul Bird & Aled Davies (Focus WRC) had dramas of their own dropping half a minute mid event but held on to clinch the final podium place. Read More »

A bumper entry turned out for the first round of the 2012 REIS Get Connected MSA Asphalt Rally Championship. Strangely the weather also played its part with unseasonably good conditions all day for the Tour of Epynt. Damian Cole & Dave Engwell (Focus WRC) led after the first loop of stages but from stage 3 onwards Melvyn Evans & Aled Davies switched their Impreza WRC onto the correct rubber and never looked back. In the end they took victory by over a minute from Cole with Peter Lloyd & Ryland James (Impreza WRC) 14 seconds further back. Read More »

Whilst the rest of the rallying world changes the Tour of Epynt once again signalled the start of the MSA Asphalt Rally Championship. The overnight rain had made the stages slippery first thing but from the 2nd loop onwards the stages were effectively dry. The 2nd loop proved key in the rally too as Steve Simpson & Aled Davies (Impreza WRC) went fastest on the first stage and held on to a 0.1 second lead after stage 2 where Peter Lloyd & Martin Henry (Impreza WRC) had been quickest. Stage 3 went to Simpson and then Lloyd stopped in stage 4, before restarting a few minutes later, eventually retiring after stage 5. From there on in Simpson went fastest on every stage and took victory by over a minute. Read More »