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After a successful maiden season in 2018, the popular two-wheel-drive rally championship “Rally2” will return for a second year, offering prime gravel conditions for crews throughout five forest events spread across the UK.

Rally2 will once again continue to offer an alternative series for crews who are seeking prime road conditions alongside a diverse calendar of events which offer both experienced crews and newcomers a challenging year behind the wheel. Read More »

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Preparation for the Woodpecker stages got off to a bad start when only 2 days after returning from the previous Nicky Grist stages, Scott Mitsubishi suffered a catastrophic transmission failure on a shakedown test. With no spare budget available, Scott was faced with the prospect of having to sit out for the remainder of the season. That was, until long-serving sponsor Tony Robinson at Professional Motor-sport World Expo heard of the bad news. With Scott’s recent successes still fresh in mind, Tony agreed to help finance the repair of the transmission which would ensure the team could compete as planned on the Pirelli Welsh Championship’s most recent event based in Ludlow. Read More »

Dusty conditions greeted the crews as Matt Edwards & Darren Garrod (Fiesta R5) looked to seal the 2018 Gold Star title. They started out well by setting fastest times on all of the opening 3 stages. Luke Francis & John Roberts (Fiesta WRC) were 2nd after setting 2nd fastest times on all 3 stages and in a show of uniform performance, Steve Petch & Michael Wilkinson (Fiesta WRC) were 3rd with 3rd fastest times across the 3 stages. Francis then sent fastest time on stage 4 but still had 27 seconds to make up. Edwards went fastest on the next two stages to hold almost a minutes advantage and could afford to drop 29 seconds on the final stage, as he sealed the title with a round to spare. Read More »

18-year-old Ed Fossey claimed a hard fought podium on the Woodpecker Rally last weekend (2 September). After the championship summer break, the Jerseyman returned to rallying action in fine form as he claimed 51st overall and more importantly third place in class to continue his lead at the summit of the Thomas Panels BTRDA 1400 Championship heading into the season showdown. 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 »

Fresh from his podium success in Scotland last month following two years away from the sport, Paul Bird Cumbrian rally driver Paul Bird got back to winning ways when he took a convincing victory on today’s Eventsigns Woodpecker Stages Rally based in Shropshire.

Bird, from Langwathby near Penrith in Cumbria, along with Welsh co-driver Jamie Edwards from Wrexham were contesting the penultimate round of the Ravenol BTRDA Rally Series which comprised the majority of stages in and around the Radnor forest complex in mid-Wales and saw a strong field assembled for the event. Read More »

Back to dry and dusty conditions for the 2017 Woodpecker Rally saw a quality field take on the best stages of the Welsh marches. Jamie Anderson & Ella Flynn (Lancer WRC) were fastest through the opening stage and were joint fastest on the 2nd stage to hold an early lead. Paul Bird & Jamie Edwards (Focus WRC) were in 2nd and when gearbox gremlins struck Anderson during stage 3 they were leading going in to the Haye Park stage (SS4). Callum Black & Elliott Edmondson (Fiesta R5) were 2nd, just 8 seconds back, but the best part of 20 seconds dropped on stage 4 moved Hugh Hunter & Rob Fagg (Fiesta WRC) up in to 2nd overall at final service. Read More »

A new format for this years EventSigns Woodpecker Stages Rally has attracted an almost capacity field ahead of this weekend’s event, when around 150 cars will take to the stages around Ludlow on Saturday 2nd September.

Now in its 34th year, the Sixty and Worcestershire Motor Club organised event is one of the most popular on the UK rallying calendar and has always attracted a top-quality entry list to Ludlow. Read More »

Although there is four weeks to go until the 34th running of the EventSigns Woodpecker Stages Rally, organisers Sixty and Worcestershire Motor Club are encouraging competitors to enter as soon as possible as entries are filling up much quicker than anticipated.

At the time of writing (4th August), 97 entries had been received with a further 23 awaiting payment, meaning the Ludlow based rally is quickly heading towards a capacity field. Read More »

One of the most popular events in the UK rallying calendar will see a new route for 2017, as organisers shake up the format of the EventSigns Woodpecker Stages Rally on 2nd September in Ludlow, Shropshire. Read More »