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It’s the most straightforward final round scenario that Matt Edwards has ever faced as he aims for nothing less than maximum British Rally Championship points on the upcoming Modern Tyres Ulster Rally (Saturday 20 November) to secure a record-breaking third straight drivers’ title.

The Yuasa Rally Team Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 pilot has already won two rounds this year, the Nicky Grist Stages and Trackrod Rally Yorkshire, but with two scores from seven rounds to drop, only another maximum points haul will add another BRC drivers’ title to the ones he won in 2018 and 2019.

And if he achieved it, the result would give Darren Garrod the co-drivers’ title for a second time, after he won the trophy navigating for Matt in 2018. Read More »

Matt Edwards has strengthened his challenge for the 2021 British Rally Championship drivers’ title after making a miraculous emergency repair to his Yuasa Rally Team Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 and turning a potentially title ending situation into a crucial points-scoring finish on his home Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally.

Heavy rain had made the North Wales forests extremely wet and slippery, but despite a relatively good run through the opening Gwydir stage Matt found himself in second place, 10.4 seconds behind his Melvyn Evans Motorsport stablemate and title rival Osian Pryce. Read More »

Matt Edwards might start as the favourite to win his home round of the British Rally Championship for the third year in a row, but outscoring his title rivals will take priority as he contests the event for the first time in his Yuasa Rally Team Volkswagen Polo GTI R5. Read More »

Matt Edwards produced one of the most extraordinary comebacks in the history of the British Rally Championship when he fought back from 143rd overall and last of the BRC competitors to finish fifth overall and score second place BRC points on the Beatson’s Building Supplies Mull Rally (8-10 October) in his Yuasa Rally Team Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.

His first appearance on the famous asphalt event, held on the Isle of Mull in the Scottish Inner Hebrides, didn’t start well, as he uncharacteristically approached a tightening left hand corner near the start of SS1 too fast. Read More »

Matt Edwards says that it would be “something really special” to go to the Beatson’s Building Supplies Mull Rally (8-10 October) and do well at his first attempt – although his priority will be his target of winning a third straight British Rally Championship title as he heads to the longest and most demanding round of the series in his Yuasa Rally Team Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.

Co-driven by Darren Garrod, Matt arrives in the form of his career, having dominated the recent Trackrod Rally Yorkshire by leading the event from start to finish and winning by a comfortable 32.8 seconds. Read More »

Matt Edwards stormed to a dominant victory on the Trackrod Rally Yorkshire (24-25 September), winning the 56 stage mile gravel forest event in his Yuasa Rally Team Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 by an incredible 32. 8 seconds – having set fastest time on five of the six stages.

It was Matt’s second win of the season and the result puts his British Rally Championship title challenge right back on track. Read More »

Matt Edwards is ready to reignite his British Rally Championship title challenge when he drives his Yuasa Rally Team Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 on this weekend’s Trackrod Rally Yorkshire (24-25 September). Read More »

Matt Edwards’ hopes of challenging for victory on the Grampian Rally (Saturday 14 August) came to an end when an engine misfire halted his Yuasa Rally Team Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 whilst he was in a closing second position with two stages remaining – although his British Rally Championship title aspirations remain very much on song.

The double British Rally champion arrived at the event leading the drivers’ standings and was thus seeded at number one. Running first on the road was a distinct disadvantage, as the ferociously fast Durris, Fetteresso and Drumtochty forest roads near Aberdeen were covered in loose stones – meaning that Matt had to change his driving style to suit the conditions.

Despite this, he and co-driver Darren Garrod were third after the opening two stages, 13 seconds off leaders Matthew Wilson/Elliot Edmondson (Ford Fiesta Rally2), who were running a more favourable seventh on the road. Read More »

Matt Edwards is fully focused on extending his lead in the British Rally Championship, when he takes his Yuasa Rally Team Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 to the ultra-fast Grampian Rally (Saturday 14 August). Read More »

The Nicky Grist Stages (Saturday 10 July) won’t be easy, as it will be Matt Edwards’ first gravel rally for 17 months and his maiden forestry event in his Yuasa Rally Team Volkswagen Polo GTI R5. Yet the double British Rally champion aims for a strong finish to maintain the great start that he has made to his title defence.

Matt, who won back-to-back BRC drivers’ titles in 2018 and 2019, took the Melvyn Evans Motorsport-run Polo GTI R5 to fourth place on the opening Neil Howard Stages. Only a time penalty denied him a podium finish on his first event in the Pirelli-shod car. Read More »