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– Six round series opens with the Cambrian Rally
– Two further new events in Republic of Ireland and Scotland
– Britain’s premier rallying series continues to offer challenging mix of gravel and tarmac events

As the fast-paced 2018 series gears up for an exciting climax, the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) has today (12 September) confirmed its 2019 calendar.

In 2019, Britain’s top-tier rallying series will feature six rounds in six territories, with events across the UK in Wales, England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The series, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, will once again visit Belgium for the classic Ypres Rally and new for 2019 will see the BRC visit the Republic of Ireland with the West Cork Rally playing host to a BRC round for the very first time. Read More »

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MSA co-driver graduate Tom Woodburn ensured his Prestone MSA British Rally Championship Junior title hopes remain firmly on track, after guiding Norwegian Steve Rokland to fourth place at the Renties Ypres Rally in Belgium last weekend, despite being 16th and almost last on the fifth test of the event.

After spending over seven minutes in one of the infamous Belgian ditches, the Morecambe ace ensured the duo could mount a gutsy comeback drive, to take valuable points and take the Michelin Motorsport Peugeot Sport Cup victory in the process. Read More »

Young Scottish rally driver Finlay Retson suffered a disappointing end to his European rally debut in Belgium last week after he was forced to retire with mechanical issues almost within sight of the finish of the Renties Ypres Rally (22/23 June). Read More »

After storming to victory at Rally Van Wervik in Belgium, a warm-up event for round two of the British Championship, the 24-year-old from Chesterfield had his sights set on a top-five finish last weekend. But after an impressive performance during the pre-event practice session and subsequent qualifying, Yates was forced to pull out of the event as co-driver Elliott Edmondson became ill and was advised not to continue by the event medics. Read More »

On paper the Ypres Historic Rally was totally dominated by Paul Lietaer & Bruno Vienne (Manta 400) who took victory by almost 6 minutes. They had been pushed hard by Stefaan Stouf & Joris Erard (Sierra Cosworth) who had been leading until stage 12, when differential issues saw Stouf retire. It had been a two crew battle though, which was reflected in large winning margin. Tom Van Rompuy & Jens Vanoverschelde (M3 E30) took 2nd place by 13 seconds from Danny Kerckhof & Kristof Dejonghe (M3 E30). In the Classic Rally Dirk Deveux & Kris D’Alleine (Escort MkII) took victory. Read More »

Morecambe rally co-driver Tom Woodburn will make first competitive outing in Belgium for five years this week, as he tackles round two of the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship, The Yenties Ypres Rally (22/23 June) alongside current Junior series leader, Steve Rokland.

Woodburn, 23, guided the Norwegian to a dominant win on the opening round of the series at the Pirelli International Rally, taking fastest time all but one stages of the event to cross the finish ramp over a minute ahead of the nearest rival in their Peugeot 208 R2. Read More »

British Rally driver Rhys Yates will be looking for a “realistic” result at the Renties Ypres Rally (22/23 June) in Belgium, despite making history with an overall victory at Rally Van Wervik last week.

The 24-year-old driver from Chesterfield elected to warm-up for the forthcoming Prestone MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) qualifier with an outing in Wervik and was rewarded with a start-to-finish win, the first British driver to take the top spot on the event in its 42-year history. Read More »

Progressive Blairgowrie rally driver Finlay Retson will make his European rally debut next week as he heads to the second round of the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship Cadet Cup, the Renties Ypres Rally (22/23 June) in Belgium.

The 18-year-old impressed onlookers at the opening round of the series in Carlisle, setting the fastest time of the Cadet Cup contenders on each of the three stages he contested in the Kielder Forest at the Pirelli International Rally back in April. Read More »

Rhys Yates proved he is one of the most talented rally drivers in Europe by leading last weekend’s Rally Van Wervik (8/9 June) from start to finish, to become the first British driver to win the Belgian event in its 42-year history.

The Chesterfield ace fired his Brettex Skoda Fabia R5 into the lead of the rally on the opening stage and was never headed to win four of the event’s 12 stages, taking his biggest rally victory to date and in the process, maximum points in the Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship. Read More »

One of Ireland best rallying talents, four times British Rally Champion, Keith Cronin (31) will campaign a Hyundai i20 R5 in this year’s British Rally Championship that includes a round of the World Rally Championship – the Dayinsure Rally GB and the Ypres Rally, a counting event in the European Rally Championship (ERC).

In addition, Keith, from Ballylickey, County Cork and his Killarney co-driver Mikie Galvin will also contest the WRC event, RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de Espana. Read More »