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The Tyneside saw a 3 way battle, at the head of the field, go all the way from the opening stage to the finish. Dan Harper & Chris Campbell (Mini JCW WRC) were fastest on the 1st stage and took the early lead but it would be the only stage win they would take. Stage 2 Tom Preston & Andrew Roughead (Fiesta WRC) set joint fastest stage time with Harper before Rory Young & Allan Cathers (Fiesta R5) take stage 3 and the rally lead. Preston then went fastest on stage 4 to take the lead from Young. Read More »

Fantastic weather conditions bathed the Otterburn ranges for the Tyneside Stages Rally. Peter Taylor & Andrew Roughead (Fiesta WRC) were car 1 and they utterly dominated the event, going fastest on all 12 stages and taking victory by over 2 minutes. Rory Young & Allan Cathers (Fiesta R5) were 2nd fastest on all 12 stages so took a deserved runners up place with Gordon Morrison & Calum MacPherson (Impreza) a further 50 seconds back, in third place. 1st 2WD crew home and a superb 4th overall were Ross Brusby & Sam Collis (Escort MkII) just 23s off a podium place. Read More »

Round 7 of the STRC was the Tyneside Stages Rally held at the infamous Otterburn Military ranges in Northumberland hosted by Alnwick Motor Club. With 12 stages ahead of the 63 teams and rain forecast for 3pm it was always going to be a challenging day, the event itself ran right on time with the first car away at 08.30 and like a slick well-oiled machine the stages continued to run on time which was a credit to the organising team. 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 »

tyneside16 (176)MG ZR rally driver George Morrison banished the memories of a last minute non-finish at the Nicky Grist Stages, by securing a solid result on the Tyneside Stages last weekend.  Based at the all-asphalt Otterburn Military Ranges in Northumberland, Morrison would tackle the tricky venue for the very first time but secured a confidence boosting finish to help his BTRDA Rally Challenge campaign. Read More »

tyneside16 (3)Strong gusting winds ravaged the Otterburn ranges as the crews took on the Tyneside Stages. Damian Cole & Paul Morris (Fiesta WRC) took the opening stage by 5 seconds and never looked back. The lead incremented out slowly as a result of 4 fastest stage times and 4 equal fastest stage times, including fastest times on the final two in drizzly conditions, to see an eventual winning margin of 22 seconds for Cole. After a recent string of bad fortune up at Otterburn, Steve Simpson & Patrick Walsh (Impreza WRC) were 2nd overall but they had a tough battle event long with Alex Laffey & Andrew Roughead (Fiesta R5 Evo). Read More »

manxnat16 (230)Cottesmore rally driver George Morrison will continue his BTRDA Rally Challenge campaign this weekend as he heads to Northumberland to contest the Tyneside Stages Rally (7th August).  After cruelly retiring from the Nicky Grist stages on the run back to the finish ramp of the event, Morrison is hoping for a change of luck to get his title aspirations back on track. Read More »

tyneside15 (9)In fitting with 2015 to date, Otterburn saw a mixture of damp, windy and sunny conditions which made for a challenging day on the military ranges. Our vantage point on stage 2 saw almost all of the top crews clip a wet wooden bridge mid-stage until Richard Sykes & Emma Morrison (DS3 R3T) made a considerably larger impact blocking the stage and halting the stage. Simon Mauger & Jonathan Hawkins (Metro 4M4) were fastest on two stages to lead Damian Cole & Jack Morton (Fiesta WRC) by just two seconds. Steve Simpson & Patrick Walsh (Impreza WRC) closed in from 3rd on the 2nd loop of stages with fastest times until a puncture on stage 6 saw them fall down the standings. Read More »

tyneside14 (13)Potentially turbulent weather look set to play havoc with the Tyneside Stages, which was round 5 of the asphalt championship. As it turned out there were only a few short sharp showers and it made little difference to the outcome. Damian Cole & Elliott Edmondson (Focus WRC) went fastest on the first stage which saw Steve Simpson & Pat Walsh (Impreza WRC) retire with clutch issues just after our vantage point. Peter Taylor & Andrew Roughead (Fiesta S2400) equalled Cole on stage 2 and then went a second faster on stage 3 to lie a second behind. The 2nd loop saw Cole drop time on stages 5 & 6 and taylor took the lead, which only grew as the event progressed. Taylor took victory by 17 seconds with six fastest stage times and four joint fastest times with Cole. Read More »

Our first foray on this event but by no means our first trip to Otterburn and with a late entry from Melvyn Evans & Aled Davies (Impreza WRC) it promised to be a cracker. After the first stage it looked otherwise as Damian Cole & Craig Drew (Focus WRC) left the road, dropping the best part of a minute but still in the event. John Stone & Janice Moore (Fabia WRC) retired at the first junction so Evans held a convincing lead from Andy Davison & Mike Curry (BMW M3). Davison retired at the start of stage 2 and controversially Evans was excluded after stage 2 for failing noise, by which time Cole had passed all the other crews to now inherit the lead. Read More »