Author: Andrew Scott

04/04/2024 Off

BHRC / RD2 / RALLY NORTH WALES 2024

By Andrew Scott

The third Saturday of March saw crews descend on the market town of Welshpool for the second round of the MotorsportUK Fuchs Lubricants British Historic Rally Championship, Get Jerky Rally North Wales.

Mid-February had seen a very wet and soggy round 1 in Yorkshire, The Riponian, an event that left as many questions as it answered. George Lepley and Dale Bowen took the overall BHRC win in their Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 but were unable to score towards the overall championship in their recently homologated 4WD Grp A machine. Therefore, this left Yorkshire man Matthew Robinson and Northern Irishman Adrian Hetherington heading the championship standings from the returning (to BHRC) former champion Ben Friend in third.

04/03/2024 Off

BTRDA / 2024 Season Preview

By Andrew Scott

Entering its 71st year, the 2024 Protyre BTRDA Gravel Rally series springs into life this coming weekend (8th/9th March) at its traditional season-opening round amongst the stunning “lakes and mountains” scenery of Keswick and Coniston in Cumbria.
A new championship season also brings a new sponsor, with Protyre extending their BTRDA Tarmac championship sponsorship of over 5 years to cover the Gravel series. With a 2-year agreement and the potential to add a further year the future of the series is secure.
The wider championship consists of 8 rounds, a choice of 6 of which are scoring in each of the main 3 categories, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Star along with Historic and Rally First awards.

06/01/2024 Off

HISTORIC RALLY FESTIVAL / 2023 / WESTON PARK / HATTON GRANGE

By Andrew Scott

The last weekend of September saw the third running of Historic Rally Festival. Based in and around the grounds of the seventeenth century grade II listed Weston Hall in Weston Park, near Telford in Shropshire, this “demonstration rally” (untimed) attracted some big names to classic RAC rally stages with star attractions in the name of former British and World Rally Champions.

Set in over one thousand acres of landscaped parkland, with wide open vistas and its famous water splash, this classic, former “RAC Rally” stage was the perfect venue to host a display of classic rally machinery, but more of that later.

The event, ran by the Rallying History organisation, is the only multi venue MotorsportUK sanctioned demonstration rally in the country where cars run untimed at two venues. Previously held both at Weston Park and Ironbridge power station, this year welcomes a new venue with the event moving o Hatton Grange (from Ironbridge) for a bank of three stages on Saturday Morning.

31/12/2023 Off

WELSH / RD7 / WYEDEAN STAGES 2023

By Andrew Scott

The third Saturday of November had a distinctly autumnal feel on the Gloucestershire/ Wales border as the curtain came down on the 2023 Pirelli Welsh Rally Championship on the forty fifth Wyedean Stages Rally. The Forest of Dean motor club ran event was once again based out of Forest Hills Golf club in Coleford and included 7 stages spread across the historic Forest of Dean.

18/11/2023 Off

BTRDA / RD8 / VISIT CONWY CAMBRIAN RALLY

By Andrew Scott

The MRF Tyres BTRDA Rally Series would conclude its 2023 season on the stages of North Wales at the Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally. With a planned 5 stages on offer covering 40 competitive miles, the North Wales Car Club organised event would also see the return of the main part of the Clocaenog Forest Complex.

07/11/2023 Off

WELSH / RD6 / VISIT CONWY CAMBRIAN RALLY

By Andrew Scott

The Pirelli Welsh Rally Championship arrived in Llandudno, North Wales for the penultimate round of its 2023 Championship at The Visit Conway Cambrian Rally. Organised by the very capable North Wales Car Club, the team were challenged in the run-up to the event when one of the planned venues, Alwen Forest became unworkable and thus some adjustments to the route had to be made.

22/05/2023 Off

BTRDA / RD3 / BORDER COUNTIES RALLY 2023

By Andrew Scott

The MRF Tyres BTRDA Rally Series headed to Scotland on the weekend of May 6th for the Border Counties Rally, the third round of the 2023 Championship.

The Hawick and Border Car Club and Berwick and District Motor Club run event was voted rally of the year in 2022 and blessed with some fine sunshine on a glorious spring day. So it was in eager anticipation that we headed north for this year’s event.