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Welcome to the Race and Rally – Rally2 Championship Update and points tables after round 4, The Eventsigns Woodpecker Stages Rally.

A long day in the Shropshire and Welsh Marches forests was in order for the fourth round of the series, with all 2WD crews running first on the road in a reverse seeded order. With several title protagonists missing from the entry list, the event could offer the chance for a points table shake up….and it did. Read More »

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Ollie Mellors and Ian Windress secured a maiden national rally win for the Proton Iriz R5 since being Homologated by the FIA, taking victory by 20 seconds at last weekend’s Eventsigns Woodpecker Stages Rally, a round of the Jordan Road Surfacing BTRDA Rally Series (31st August) in Ludlow, Shropshire.

Mellors was fastest on all but one of the event’s five stages in the Welsh Marches and Shropshire forests with the Radnor test often used by the FIA World Rally Championship qualifier Wales Rally GB. Victory for the Thornbridge Brewery backed Proton further cements it’s capabilities as a front running international specification R5 machine. Read More »

With the main titles decided in the BTRDA it was all down to who could perform on the day and it was Ollie Mellors & Ian Windress (Iriz R5) who took victory by 20 seconds. The story of the rally though was George Lepley & Tom Woodburn (Evo X) who were 2nd overall in only their 2nd time in a 4WD car. They were really on a roll once they got used to car setting two joint fastest stage times with Mellors and taking the final stage by 3 seconds. Stephen Petch & Michael Wilkinson (Fiesta WRC) completed the podium 13 seconds behind. Henri Grehan & Jack Bowen (Escort MkII) were the 1st 2WD crew home in 12th overall with Callum Black & Michael Gilbey (ZR) wrapping up the 1400 title in 19th overall. Read More »

Ollie Mellors and Theo Bengry will each pilot a Proton Iriz R5 at this weekend’s Eventsigns Woodpecker Stages Rally, round six of the Jordan Road Surfacing BTRDA Rally Series (31st August).

Mellors and co-driver Ian Windress will start the Ludlow based event as number two seed and will be aiming to repeat the 2018 Cambrian Rally and Goodwood Forest Stage win for the Jaipur Iriz R5 in July. Bengry, with Les Forsbrook alongside, will be aiming for more experience of the potent four-wheel-drive machine after making the switch from historic rallying to the Leominster Car Auctions backed Proton earlier this season. Read More »

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 »

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 »