Month: September 2021

28/09/2021 Off

BTRDA | RD4 – TRACKROD FOREST STAGES YORKSHIRE 2021

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A mainstay in the BTRDA rally Championships calendar for a number of years now, the Trackrod Forest Stages, Yorkshire returned to the MRF Tyres sponsored series for the fourth round of its 2021 Championship. 

This ever-popular event which is organised by the Trackrod Motorclub offered up some 45 competitive stage miles, spread over five classic North Yorkshire gravel stages around the Pickering area; for which 85 crews tackled.

27/09/2021 Off

BRC | RD4 – TRACKROD RALLY YORKSHIRE 2021

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Ask any British Rally Fan where “Gods Own Country” is in terms of a playground for rallying and you may receive a couple of different responses. Whilst some will note “Killer Kielder” Forest on the Scottish Borders, many will claim that Wales is the correct answer, but for every Welsh vote, you may well receive a vote in favour of Yorkshire.

Now Yorkshire has ample history in the British Rallying Books and has played its parts in hosting the RAC rally and many National events over the decades. So it is only fitting that the Motorsport UK British Rally Championship made its return to the North Yorkshire based Trackrod Forest Rally after an 8-year absence.

27/09/2021 Off

BTCC | RDS 22/23/24 – SILVERSTONE 2021

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Just one week on from Croft the teams had a quick turnaround as the series headed to Silverstone. Ash Sutton came into the round with a comfortable lead in the championship after a good point scoring weekend at Croft, Jake Hill propelled himself into contention and sits in second place in the championship.

23/09/2021 Off

ERC | RD5 – AZORES RALLYE 2021

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The fifth round of the 2021 FIA European Rally Championship arrived on the stunning beautiful Mid-Atlantic Ocean island of São Miguel for the rescheduled 55th running of the Azores Rallye. This gravel rally would cover some 201km across just 13 stages and would take in some breathtaking scenery, which once again included that iconic Volcanic stage Sete Cidadesand.

TOK Sports Andreas Mikkelsen arrived on the Island leading the Championships with his new Co-Driver Elliot Edmondson, having only competed recently together for the first time on the WRC Acropolis Rally Greece.

22/09/2021 Off

BTCC | RD 19/20/21 -CROFT 2021

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The BTCC circus headed to Yorkshire for the seventh round of the championship with Ash Sutton coming into the round with a clear lead in the championship.

Aiden Moffatt put in a superb qualifying session to claim his first-ever BTCC pole position, alongside him is the MB Motorsport driver Jake Hill. Colin Turkington, looking to reignite his title hopes, was in third next to Senna Proctor.

12/09/2021 Off

WRC | RD 9 ACROPLOIS RALLY GREECE | LEG 3

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On the final day of the Acropolis Rally Greece 2021, the Greek Gods sent rain. The long-awaited return of this iconic rally had certainly delivered unexpected conditions, couple this with significant improvements to the roads used on the event; made for an entirely different rally to what it has been synonymous with in the past.

Therefore I don’t think one should compare today’s event to the rough, tough and dusty rally, that the drivers of the past had to endure, but it was certainly a welcome return to the World Championship.

11/09/2021 Off

WRC | RD9 ACROPOLIS RALLY GREECE – LEG 2

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The second full day of the Acropolis rally began with just 3.8 seconds separating the top 3, Toyota’s Kalle Rovanperä was leading Ott Tänak with Sébastien Ogier close behind in third.

The opening test of the day, SS7 Pavliani was 24km long but the early morning conditions made for a moist surface and some likened the stage to perhaps more like Rally Chile rather than Greece. Rovanperä opened up the morning by beating Tänak by 5.6 seconds to take his first stage win of the day.

10/09/2021 Off

WRC | RD9 ACROPOLIS RALLY GREECE 2021 | LEG 1

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The first full day of action at the Acropolis Rally Greece featured just five stages over approx 90km; but there was no service halt. The conditions since Thursdays Shakedown had improved overnight and were more typical of what is to be expected on this legendary rally, in that, it was now hot and dry.

The opening Aghil test was 17.5km in length and was the only stage on the days’ route with double usage. Hyundai’s Ott Tänak took that first stage win beating current Championship leader and overnight rally leader Sébastien Ogier by just 0.2 seconds. Title Challenger hopeful, Thierry Neuville was well off the pace on this first test; some +10 seconds.

09/09/2021 Off

WRC | PREVIEW | RD9 – ACROPOLIS RALLY GREECE

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After an 8 year absence, the Acropolis Rally Greece also known as “The Rally Of The Gods” has returned to the FIA World Rally Championships for the 9th round of the 2021 season.

First held in 1953, The Acropolis was one of the original founding members of the WRC back in 1973. This iconic rally last ran as part of the World Series back in 2013, where current Toyota Gazoo Racing Team Boss Jari-Matti Latvala won in the VW Polo.
It is typically known as a rough, tough, hot and dry gravel rally. However, just days before the rally was due to start, heavy rain hit the stages leaving them not only wet but thick with mud, something one would expect to see on Rally GB.

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MSUK ARC | RD2 THREE SHIRES STAGES 2021

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Just a week on from the opening round of the 2021 Pro Tyres Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championships on the Welsh Epynt ranges, the series moved just across the border and into England for some action on closed roads.

The Cheltenham Motor Club organised, Hills Ford Three Shires Stages based around Ledbury, with its 14 stages covering 105km, offered up an exciting challenge for the second round of the Championship. With its opening ceremony in the centre of Ledbury on Saturday evening, rallying was once again brought right to the publics doorstep.