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2010 ANCRO MSA Gravel Rally Championship

Posted: November 22, 2010 8:47 PM - 6721 Hits


Mark Glennerster, Alex Allingham (Production Cup Champions), Colin Hilton (MSA Chief Executive), Jonny Milner, Ian Windress (Overall Champions).
Photo: Mark Simpson

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Posted: November 22, 2010 8:47 PM

Milner and Windress Claim Prizes to End ANCRO Era

Posted: November 22, 2010 8:38 PM

The Association of National Championship Rally Organisers (ANCRO) held their annual awards ceremony earlier today in Stratford-upon-Avon to recognise the champions from the 2010 MSA Gravel Rally Championship.

And whilst celebrations were the order of the day, following many years as organisers of the National series, this was to be the last one so it was especially poignant as outright champions for 2010; Jonny Milner and Ian Windress collected their awards from MSA Chief Executive, Colin Hilton.

Milner, the 2002 and 2003 British Rally Champion from Driffield, along with Northallerton co-driver Windress, who was ANCRO champion in 2005 also, came back after a few years away and was reunited with his venerable double championship winning Toyota Corolla WRC. A hat-trick of victories on the Pirelli Tour of Cumbria, Severn Valley Stages Rally and 60 & Worcestershire National Rally meant he and Windress claimed the title with a round to spare.

After debuting their Ford Focus WRC on Rallye Sunseeker, Charlie Payne from Ripon, along with York co driver Craig Thorley went on to clinch runner-up spot in the series after winning the final event, their home Trackrod National Rally.

Third place went to Durham youngster Stephen Petch and the experienced John Richardson from Northallerton who proved consistency was the key by scoring in every round but falling just short of winning a round in their Hyundai Accent WRC.

Other notable award winners included Alex Allingham and Mark Glennerster who made the transition from winning in the BTRDA Championship in 2009 to take the Production Cup and Subaru Cup in their Impreza whereas the Viking Ford Escort Challenge went the way of Chris Wigmore.

The Patterson Pace Notes All- Ireland Challenge winner was John McGaffin (Subaru), Ian Barrett and Gavin Wright took the 1400cc Cup whilst Jamie Anderson was crowned Junior Champion as well as lifting the Mitsubishi Cup as Kirsty Riddick won the Junior co-drivers title.

The full list of awards winners are as follows:

The MSA Gravel Rally Championship Overall Awards
1st Overall Driver Jonny Milner
1st Overall Co-Driver Ian Windress
2nd Overall Driver Charlie Payne
2nd Overall Co-Driver Craig Thorley
3rd Overall Driver Stephen Petch
3rd Overall Co-Driver John Richardson

The MSA Gravel Rally Championship Production Cup Award
1st Overall Group N Driver Alex Allingham
1st Overall Group N Co-Driver Mark Glennerster

The MSA Gravel Rally Championship Class Awards
Class 3 1st Driver Jamie Anderson
Class 3 1st Co-Driver Horace Saville

Class 3 2nd Driver Tom Naughton
Class 3 2nd Co-Driver Mark Mason

Class 3 3rd Driver Wug Utting
Class 3 3rd Co-Driver Derek Davies

Class 4 1st Driver Steve Perez
Class 4 1st Co-Driver Paul Spooner

Class 4 2nd Driver Paul Bird
Class 4 2nd Co-Driver Kirsty Riddick

Class 8 1st Driver Chris Wigmore
Class 8 1st Co-Driver Steve Lyons

Class 10 1st Driver Roger Duckworth
Class 10 1st Co-Driver Mark Broomfield

Class 10 2nd Driver Marcus Dodd
Class 10 2nd Co-Driver Andrew Bargery

The MSA Gravel Rally Championship 1400cc Cup

1st Overall Driver Ian Barrett
1st Overall Co-Driver Gavin Wright

The MSA Gravel Rally Championship Junior Award (Under 25 years old)
1st Overall Driver Jamie Anderson
1st Overall Co-Driver Kirsty Riddick


The Viking Ford Escort Challenge
1st Overall Driver Chris Wigmore


The Subaru Cup
1st Overall Alex Allingham

The Mitsubishi Trophy
1st Overall Jamie Anderson

The Patterson Pace Notes All-Ireland Challenge
1st Overall John McGaffin

MSA Gravel Rally Championship Awards Lunch - 21 Nov 10

Posted: November 22, 2010 8:37 PM

INTEREST SOARS IN VIKING MOTORSPORT FORD ESCORT CHALLENGE

Posted: April 1, 2010 1:42 PM

After the opening sortie on the south coast with the traditional Rallye Sunseeker last month, the 2010 MSA Gravel Rally Championship heads into more traditional rally country for the remainder of the season and with it lots of interest, particularly in the Viking Motorsport Ford Escort Challenge.

Viking Motorsport proprietor Phil Mills came up with a package which will see the driver who wins the series being offered a full post season inspection at Viking's workshops (labour free) and in addition, they will receive a £500 voucher towards any Viking parts or OMP clothing and as a result, the website demographics have shown a massive upsurge in traffic, especially towards this class.

"2009 Mintex Two-Wheel Drive Champions Trevor Baynham and Anthony Bailey are the latest crew to sign up and we've been encouraged by the amount of interest shown recently which is down to the variety of events on offer and the quality of the stages," said Championship Manager Lyn Jenkins. "Now we're heading for the Scottish borders and then Wales and the surrounding areas, as well as the classic forests of North Yorkshire, it's real 'Escort Country' so hopefully there'll be a good entry on these events. It's also a chance for the younger drivers to pit themselves against the more experienced ones and there's nothing quite like it so it's all thanks to Phil Mills for this wonderful prize."

Viking Ford Escort Challenge Championship contenders will have to start at least four of the six rounds and will need to display prominent decals but other than that, there are no additional registration costs or conditions. All Ford Escorts are eligible, modern or historic specifications and further details, registration and entry forms are available at www.msagravelrallychampionship.co.uk.

The incentive is amongst a long list of benefits aimed at the competitor in the much revamped ANCRO-organised championship and includes subsidised ferry crossings from Fairfield Motorsport who are offering attractive ferry deals to competitors travelling from Ireland.

With convenient sailings from Rosslare to Fishguard and Dublin to Holyhead which will service events including the Severn Valley Stages Rally, Pro Art Signs Swansea Bay Rally and 60 & Worcestershire Rally, whereas their routes from Belfast to Stranraer will be of interest for the Pirelli Tour of Cumbria and Trackrod National Rally competitors.

Prices start from as little as £174 return for a car, van or motorhome plus two persons, the tickets are fully flexible and there are no booking charges and further details are available from Fairfield Motorsport on 01656 725000 or at www.fairfieldmotorsport.com.

TOP PRIZE FOR VIKING MOTORSPORT FORD ESCORT CHALLENGE

Posted: January 5, 2010 3:29 PM

Following recent announcements relating to the 2010 MSA Gravel Rally Championship, the Association of National Championship Rally Organisers are delighted to announce that Viking Motorsport has put up a fantastic prize for the winner of the Viking Motorsport Ford Escort Challenge.

Viking Motorsport proprietor Phil Mills has come up with a package which will see the driver who wins the series being offered a full post season inspection at Viking's workshops (labour free) and in addition, they will receive a £500 voucher towards any Viking parts or OMP clothing.

Championship contenders will have to start at least four of the six rounds and will need to display prominent decals but other than that, there are no additional registration costs or conditions.

Commenting on the Viking Motorsport Ford Escort Challenge, Phil Mills said: "There is so much interest for such a series which accommodates all Ford Escorts that we wanted to put up a prize that reflected that and we're delighted to be involved with the 2010 MSA Gravel Rally Championship. I hope that by offering such a prize that many people will contest the series as it would be great to see loads of iconic Ford Escorts in action!"

All Ford Escorts are eligible, modern or historic specifications, and further details, registration and entry forms are available on the championship website.

The incentive is the latest in a long line of benefits aimed at the competitor in the much revamped championship and includes amongst many other things, subsidised ferry crossings, discounted entry fees and top prizes on the six rounds that comprise the series.

REGULATIONS AND NEW WEBSITE FOR 2010 MSA GRAVEL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Posted: December 11, 2009 11:12 AM

Further to the recent announcements regarding a number of sweeping changes to the 2010 MSA Gravel Rally Championship, the Association of National Championship Rally Organisers continues to work at a pace to offer competitors the best possible series for next year.

Today sees the launch of the brand new official championship website, www.msagravelrallychampionship.co.uk , whereby details are now available and competitors can download the 2010 regulations and registration forms as well as accessing other information such as the latest news and details of all the six events which comprise the ANCRO-organised series.

As the season progresses, championship points tables will be updated after each event and regular information bulletins posted as well as the option to contact various officials with any queries.

Further incentives are also now in place to crews contesting the series with Fairfield Motorsport offering attractive ferry deals to competitors travelling from Ireland.

With convenient sailings from Rosslare to Fishguard and Dublin to Holyhead which will service events including Rallye Sunseeker, Severn Valley Stages Rally, Pro Art Signs Swansea Bay Rally and 60 & Worcestershire Rally, whereas their routes from Belfast to Stranraer will be of interest for the Pirelli Tour of Cumbria and Trackrod National Rally competitors.

Prices start from as little as £174 return for a car, van or motorhome plus two persons, the tickets are fully flexible and there are no booking charges and further details are available from Fairfield Motorsport on 01656 725000 or at www.fairfieldmotorsport.com .

In addition, the championship organisers have put an attractive deal in place for those competitors who plan on contesting the full series by means of a discounted bulk entry fee package, which can save 10% on the standard cost of entry fees as well as prizes of free entries in the 2011 series for the top three drivers in the new 1400cc Cup (subject to minimum numbers criteria being reached).

Further information and details are available on the website.

RADICAL CHANGES TO 2010 MSA GRAVEL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCED BY ANCRO

Posted: December 8, 2009 2:25 PM

  • NO CONTROL TYRES
  • FIA-approved fuel
  • A reduction to six quality all-gravel events
  • Revised scoring system
  • Only one dropped score
  • £5 registration fee
  • Capped entry fees and guaranteed mileage
  • Ford Escort Challenge
  • 1400cc Cup
  • Manufacturers Award reintroduced
  • Club Team Award
  • Land & Range Rover Cup

Following on from gaining approval from the Motor Sports Association (MSA), the Association of National Championship Rally Organisers (ANCRO) wish to announce plans for the 2010 MSA Gravel Rally Championship which will see a number of sweeping changes aimed at benefiting the competitors.

The 2010 series has been reduced from eight rounds to six, all on gravel, whereby a competitor’s best five rounds will count towards the championship, thus dropping only one score, as opposed to the current system of dropping three.

There will be no control tyre, nor a control fuel, instead competitors can use whatever brand of tyres and fuel they so wish and as an extra incentive, the registration fees have been slashed to just £5 for drivers and is free for co drivers and manufacturers.

Events will consist of between 55 and 60 miles of competitive stages with entry fees capped at £695 (4WD) and £595 (2WD) and in addition, a bonus points scheme will reward drivers of less powerful cars to contest the overall championship as well as the classes.

As well as retaining the Production Cup and Junior Award, a number of new Manufacturers Awards will cater for Group N, Group A and S2000 marques also.

Drivers of the iconic Ford Escort Mk1 and Mk2 will feature in the Viking Ford Escort Challenge, exclusively for these models, and in addition, there are classes for the 1400cc Cup, Super 2000 Cup and Land & Range Rover Cup. A Club Team Award has also been introduced which will see drivers combining their scores to land this coveted trophy.

Provisional Championship Rounds

Posted: December 8, 2009 2:21 PM

  1. Sunseeker - 26-27 Feb 10
  2. Pirelli Rally / Tour of Cumbria- 23-24 Apr 10
  3. Severn Valley Stages - 6 Jun 10
  4. Swansea Bay - 17 Jul 10
  5. Woodpecker - 4 Sep 10
  6. Trackord Rally Yorkshire - 25 Sep 10

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