"Very happy with this weekend, It's been really difficult conditions especially yesterday with the rain and mud. ERC NEWS & FEATURES RALLY 

ERC | RD6 Rally Serras de Fafe e Felgueiras 2021

The FIA European Rally Championship remained in Portugal but moved to Fafe close to Porto on the mainland for Round 6 of the 2021 season. Whilst previously the Rally Serras de Fafe e Felgueiras has run as an Asphalt event, this year for the first time in its history it moves onto the gravel. After his win, last time out on the Azores Rally, Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen arrived in Fafe leading the Championships. With 16 Stages covering 197 km, some of which are used on the World Rally Championships, Mikkelsen…

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BTRDA | RD4 – TRACKROD FOREST STAGES YORKSHIRE 2021

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.  Last time out on the Woodpecker Garry Pearson won and would lead the Gold Star championships leaving Wales but the Scotsman would opt…

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MSUK ARC | RD2 THREE SHIRES STAGES 2021

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…

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BTRDA | RD3 WOODPECKER STAGES 2021

Following the unfortunate cancellation of the Plains Rally, the Event Signs Woodpecker stages hosted Round 3 of the 2021 MRF TYRES BTRDA Rally Series.  Organised by the Sixty and Worcester Motor Club, this ever-popular rally which first ran in 1983 and whose home has been Ludlow since 1988 was now in its 37th year. Whizz forward to the present day and fresh challenges were thrown the way of the organising team which required not only a rethink but a whole heap of effort to ensure that the event could even…

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RALLY | 68th RALLYE SANREMO 2021

Ahead of Round 3 of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championships in Croatia, Hyundai WRT despatched its squad to the Italian coastal city of Sanremo for the 68th edition of this long-standing iconic asphalt rally.  Whilst their competitors such as Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT opted for local pre-event test days in Croatia, Hyundai chose a competitive environment in addition to its preparation. With the aim of not only providing some valuable seat time on Asphalt for a number of its crews but also to gain some further experience of running…

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RALLY | Otepää Winter Rally 2021

Following an open invitation by the event organisers where the COC suggested that WRC teams could simply stop by Estonia on route to Finland ahead of the Arctic Rally Finland (the second round of the FIA World Rally Championships) and use their event, the Otepää Winter Rally (which was the opening round of the Estonian Rally Championship) as a shakedown.  Hyundai Motorsport World Rally Team took them up on this offer and depatched team-mates Ott Tänak and Thierry Neuville to join some 60 crews who would tackle this one-day snow…

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RALLY | QATAR INTERNATIONAL RALLY 2021

Local Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah was joined by Britains Kris Meeke to contest the Qatar International Rally 2021, the opening round of the FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC).  Former WRC driver Meeke had recently taken part in the Dhaka Rally where he competed in the Lightweights for PH-Sport and arrived in Qatar to similar conditions. Finishing the world-famous Daka endurance event last in category, did however prepare him well for the fast desert tracks of Qatar. Al-Attiyah a 15 times Middle East Rally Champion and former multiple Daka winner himself…

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ERC | Season Opener Fafe uncertain

The opening round of the FIA European Rally Championships could be postponed or even cancelled. The Portuguese Rally Serras de Fafe e Felgueiras which is due to open up the 2021 ERC on 12th-14th March now looks to be of concern for ERC promoters Eurosport Events. Cases of the COVID-19 virus have been rising throughout January in Portugal and the Portuguese government in its constant fight against the global pandemic have recently increased their restrictions which is leading to an uncertain landscape for the rally. Currently, It is believed that…

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PREVIEW | ARCTIC RALLY LAPLAND 2021

An Arctic adventure awaits the 120 competitors who face more than 200 kilometres of snowy icy roads and sub-zero temperatures in the wilderness of the Arctic Circle. The 56th Arctic Lapland Rally 2021 starts on Friday afternoon from the host town of Rovaniemi, Finland; consisting of 3 stages on Friday followed by a further 4 on Saturday in the winter wonderland of Lapland. When looking back over the history of this event, it has some impressive names on the books. Since its conception in 1966 the rally has been won…

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WRC | THE SHORTEST MONTE IN HISTORY GETS SHORTER + ENTRY LIST PUBLISHED

Further alterations have been made to the Monte Carlo-Rally which is due to take place in the coming week (21st – 24th January), as the opening round of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championships. The accepted entry list has also been published which includes 84 competitors. In addition to the schedule changes that were detailed back in December following the restrictions to the area relating to COVID-19. The Automobile Club De Monaco have faced further challenges with the new tighter restrictions and curfews of 18:00 hrs – 06:00 hrs, which…

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