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tyneside14 (147)Just days after returning from a Rally America class win with Chris Duplessis on the New England Forest Rally in the USA, British rally co-driver Phil Hall stayed slightly closer to home as he contested last weekend’s Tyneside Stages Rally in Northumberland. Guiding Fiat Abarth driver Georgia Shiels across the notorious Otterburn Military Ranges, Hall was happy to finish a solid 9th in class and 51st overall against much more powerful machinery and Shiels using her own pace notes for the very first time. Read More »


SONY DSCBlackburn driver John Stone continued his bid for the 2014 REIS Get Connected MSA Asphalt Rally Championship with another strong performance on the Wilkinson Maintenance Tyneside Stages Rally at Otterburn in Northumberland this weekend.

Driving the Legend Fires Skoda Fabia WRC, Stone followed up his podium finish last time out in Ireland with a fighting fourth after a day of high speed action on the military roads of the Borders to maintain the lead in the series. 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 »

Kev Monaghan claimed another good result in this Pirtek and Stauff-supported Vauxhall Corsa last weekend when he finished third in class and 15th overall on the Tyneside Stages rally, round six of the MSA Asphalt Championship.

With new Dunlop tyres on the car for the first time Monaghan built his confidence in the early stages, getting used to the extra grip over the part-worn tyres he has used previously. After four stages he was lying just outside the top twenty overall and fourth in class. 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 »

Kev Monaghan is hoping that brand new Dunlop tyres supplied by new sponsor Stauff will help him challenge for a class win on next weekend’s Tyneside Stages rally on Otterburn army ranges.

The event is round six of the MSA Asphalt Championship and despite not entering the last two rounds Monaghan presently lies third in his class championship, his points tally boosted by a class win on the last rally he contested. Read More »

Damian Cole was supposed to be on a family holiday in Devon at the time of the Tyneside Stages Rally (July 31), but when you’re increasingly well placed to win the REIS MSA Asphalt Rally Championship for the second year in a row, you don’t let a little matter like that prevent you from getting behind the wheel! The effort brought due reward too, with Cole and co-driver James Morgan winning the event outright in their Ford Focus WRC and becoming the first pairing of 2011 to achieve two maximum scores. Read More »

For the second event in succession, County Durham rally driver Chris Anderson’s hopes of a good result were thwarted when the mechanical gremlins struck on the opening stage of today’s Tyneside Stages Rally.

After the disappointment of the last stage problems which robbed him of a potential top ten finish on the previous Weeton Stages Rally, Anderson was hoping for a return to form over the narrow asphalt roads of the Otterburn Army Ranges in Northumberland.

However, on the very first stage, he suffered problems with the power steering which hindered his progress but luckily for him, Durham co driver Chris Thirling had a spare part in his kit bag and the problem was fixed at the end of the stage. Read More »

anderson_cartersport_jack_frost_stages_rally_2009_ianhardyAfter the disappointment of the last stage problems which robbed him of a potential top ten finish on the recent Weeton Stages Rally, County Durham rally driver Chris Anderson is hoping for a return to form when he contests this forthcoming weekend’s Tyneside Stages Rally which will take place on Sunday over the narrow asphalt roads of the Otterburn Army Ranges in Northumberland.

Having contested purely single-venue events since his rallying debut back in January, the 17-year-old maintenance engineer from Butterknowle will take a leap into the unknown with his first multi-venue rally on the daunting tracks of the fast and flowing military roads whereby he’ll be using the pacenotes system for the first time. Read More »