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Rally North Wales - (Sat) 1 Apr 17

Posted: March 27, 2017 9:15 AM - 1577 Hits

Round 2 - 2017 MSA British Historic Rally Championship
Round 3 - 2017 Welsh Rally Championship

Rally North Wales attracts top class entry

Posted: March 27, 2017 9:13 AM

Popular Dolgellau based event announces entries from across the UK

Around 100 drivers from across the country will head to Dolgellau this weekend as the North Wales Rally Services ? Rally North Wales welcomes a raft of top-line championships to the 1st April event.

The Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire Car Club organised rally returns to the market town once again in 2017 after two successful years in the region. With competitors tackling stages made famous by the World Rally Championship finale' Wales Rally GB, the Dyfi and Gartheiniog forest complex will see action from crews in a wide variety of machinery during the 45 mile event.

Crews from the Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship and Pirelli MSA Welsh Rally Championship return to the classic stages once again and are joined by The West Wales Rally Spares HRCR Stage Masters Challenge. The Jelf Insurance Welsh Clubmans Rally Championship and Brian Dennis Motorsport Welsh Historic Rally Championship also make a return with the Swift Shining Stars Series opening the new championship in Dolgeallau.

Leading British Rally Championship (BRC) ace and local hero Osian Pryce will head the field away from Gwyndaf Evans Motors on Saturday morning in his Ford Fiesta R5 as number one seed. Co-driven by Dale Furniss, the all-welsh crew are firm favorites to take the National B event win after a podium result at the BRC opener earlier this month.

Making the trip from Scotland, fellow BRC runners Euan Thorburn and Paul Beaton bring their Fiesta R5 from the Scottish Borders to Wales at number two in a bid for seat time ahead of the next round.

First of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Rally Championship crews are Lampeter's Andy Davies and Max Freeman in their Subaru Impreza. The duo is hoping to better their third place on last year's event. Fellow Welsh Championship crew Dylan Davies and Llion Williams line up just behind them in their newer version of the Impreza. 2015 Rally GB National Rally runner up David Howells and Jamie Edwards follow in their Subaru.

The crowd pleasing Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship (BHRC) will be led away by last year's National A winners Jason Pritchard and Phil Clarke in their Escort RS1800. The Builth Wells driver is closely followed by 2016 runners up Nick Elliott and David Price in their Escort. Ludlow's Joe Price & Chris Brooks cannot be discounted for a podium result in their Escort who start just ahead of fellow Ford driver and Devon resident Rudi Lancaster. He is joined by organising club Chairman Guy Weaver and the duo head the West Wales Rally Spares HRCR Stage Masters Challenge crews on the event.

Closing out the top ten are the Rowlands rallying family with Ieuan Rowlands and Emyr Hall at nine and Brother John, with Glenn Latham at ten, both in Ford Escorts.

Other notable entries include Matthew Robinson and Sam Collis who make the switch from the BHRC to a Subaru Impreza WRC for 2017. Two-time British Rally Champion and multiple event winner David Llewellin will return to the driver's seat in a Suzuki Swift as a gust driver of the Swift Shining Stars Series. Carl Williamson will sit alongside the Welshman.

Spectators are in for a real treat if they head into the forests to watch the action, as well as in close quarters in Dolgeallu. On Friday 31st March, competitors will be preparing for the event at the farmers mart in the town from 3pm onwards and the venue will also host the Rally Marketing Service Area throughout the day on Saturday 1st April.

The first car will be flagged away from Gwyndaf Evans Motors at around 9am and spectators will be able to watch the action up to five times in the nearby forests. The BG Landrovers Gartheiniog stage offers the first opportunity for Stage one at 09.40. The Geoff Jones Motorsport Big Ray test houses two runs, the first at 10.00 and the second at 13.30. The Jordan Road Surfacing Dyfi stage also offer a chance to catch two runs, once at 10.27 and the second pass at 13.50

The lucky crews will return to Gwyndaf Evans Motors in Dolgeallau for the prize giving ceremony back at the dealership at around 15.30 on Saturday afternoon.

Rally North Wales next for Mintex MSA BHRC

Posted: March 27, 2017 9:12 AM

The 2017 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship will continue with round two, Rally North Wales (Saturday 1 April) with the historics tackling 45-miles of classic Welsh stages in some of rallying's best-known forests.

The season started in mid-February on a damp and foggy Red Kite Stages when three crews marked themselves as the early season pace-setters in Ford Escort Mk2s. Nick Elliott and Dave Price emerged victorious that day over reigning champions Jason Pritchard and Phil Clarke while Joe Price and Chris Brooks showed typically strong pace before being sidelined with a failed diff.

Elliott/Price won Category 3 on the season opener while Pritchard/Clarke headed Category K at the start of what is likely to a fierce championship battle. Other Category 3 class winners were Ben Friend/Cliffy Simmons (Ford Escort Mk2) in D3 and David Hopkins/Tony Vart (Sunbeam Talbot) in D2.

Stanley Orr/Stephen McAuley set the early pace in the Capital Construction Category 2 as Orr stepped up to BDA power in his Escort Mk1, but rear suspension problems that had dogged their progress finally put them out in the second Crychan stage. Instead, the category was a battle of the Hillman Avengers as Elliot Retallick/Tim Tugwell headed Andrew Stokes/Adrian McNally after a day-long contest. Simon Pickering and Paul Barbet (Ford Escort Mk1) were third and claimed class C3.

In the Vintage Car Radiator Company Category 1, the Mini Cooper of Phil Harris/Richard Suter saw off the Ford Cortina GT of Mike Barratt/Emily Retallick.

The quality at the head of the historic field is very strong and a gaggle of quick cars will chase Elliott, Pritchard and Price on Rally North Wales. Devon-based Rudi Lancaster and Guy Weaver, chairman of the organising Wolverhampton and South Staffs Car Club, will be pushing hard, as will Orr/McAuley, Tim Freeman/Paul Williams and Friend/Simmons, who will again get their Pinto-powered Escort right up among the BDG machinery.

More strong Escort Mk2s are entered for Barry Stevenson-Wheeler/John Pickavance, James Potter/Bob Duck and Phil and Mick Squires along with the rapid Mk1 of Phil Jobson/Arwel Jenkins, a car once rallied by Noel Edmonds and famously rolled on Epynt.

Chasing the flying Friend in class D3 will be the Escort Mk2 Pinto of Rex Ireland/Adrian Scadding, while Category 2 variety comes from the Datsun 240Z of the hard-charging Jeremy Easson and Mike Reynolds.

The 1600cc class C2 in Category 2 will feature a three-way contest among the Escort Mk1s of Aziz Tejpar/Steve Davey, husband and wife Stuart and Linda Cariss and local crew Mal Bayliss/Siobhan Pugh. Offering welcome variety to the Escort pack is the Toyota Corolla of Jake Scannell/Adrian Stevens and the earlier Corolla model TE27 of Ian Beveridge/Paul Price.

Seeded Entry List

Posted: March 27, 2017 6:10 AM

Former British Champion David Llewellin returns to Rally North Wales - Event winner and Welsh rallying legend enters event as Suzuki Swift guest driver.

Posted: March 24, 2017 5:06 AM

Two-time British Rally Champion and multiple event winner David Llewellin will return to the driver's seat for an appearance at this year's North Wales Rally Services - Rally North Wales at the wheel of a Suzuki Swift. Experienced co-driver Carl Williamson will sit alongside the Welshman.

The 1989 and 1991 rally winner will contest the event as a guest driver in the Swift Shining Stars series which is organised by Peter Gwynne Motorsport. Rally North Wales is the opening round of the championship and co-ordinator Peter Gwynne has secured a deal for Llewellin to use one of their cars for the event.

The Dolgeallu based event offers 45 competitive miles in the surrounding forests but back in the early 90`s when Llewellin contested the event, it was known as the Bulldog Rally and formed part of the British Rally Championship.

Some 16 years later, the event forms part of the Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship and the popular Pirelli MSA Welsh Rally Championship. The West Wales Rally Spares HRCR Stage Masters Challenge will also join the event, along with the Jelf Insurance Welsh Clubmans Rally Championship and Brian Dennis Motorsport Welsh Historic Rally Championship.

Having the former champion at Rally North Wales is a delightful prospect for Gwynne.
"A legend like David can't ever hang up his boots and we are honoured that Dai has agreed to drive one of our Swifts in the Shining Stars Rally Series" he says.
"It seemed only right it was Rally North Wales where he has won the event twice, we don't want to give him any excuses! We have asked him to drive for his feedback on the car, how it feels and handles and perhaps any modifications we need to make going forward. It's the same formula we used in Rallycross when Andrew Jordan drove for us. Most important though is we want him to have some fun and I know the other drivers as certainly looking forward to having him join them in the Swift camp".

The 1st April event is organised by Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire Car Club and Chairman Guy Weaver is looking forward to welcoming the Welsh rallying legend back to the sport.
"It's a real privilege to have David competing on the event and we are greatful for Peter's (Gwynne) effort to make it happen at Rally North Wales" he says.

"David is a true hero of many rally folk and we probably all have fond memories of him blasting through these very forests some years ago in either the Group B Quattro or Toyota Celica he was most well known for. Fans on the stages will be in for a real treat and it will be great to monitor his progress throughout the rally".

Starting from Gwyndaf Evans Motors in Dolgeallau at 9am on Saturday 1st April, crews will head out for three stages in the nearby forests before returning to the Livestock Market in the town for the mid event service halt. A further three stages await crews before the prize giving ceremony back at the dealership at around 3.30pm that afternoon.

More information for spectators and competitors is available at the event website - Link below.

Woolacombe holiday offer for Rally North Wales marshals

Posted: March 15, 2017 8:20 AM

Historic competitor Rudi Lancaster offers rally marshals a half price holiday at his North Devon resort

Front running Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship competitor Rudi Lancaster will offer all marshals at this year's Rally North Wales a half price stay at his Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks in Devon.

Leading Ford Escort driver Lancaster has long been a supporter of rallying in the UK and has organising club chairman Guy Weaver alongside him in the co-driver's seat for this year. He has offered to support the army of dedicated volunteers with a generous discount on his complex which is nestled in the North Devon coastline. This fantastic incentive will be facilitated by the use of a discount voucher code that will be given to any safety marshal, timing crews or officials when they sign on at the event. The code will allow them to book over the phone and they can even get an extra stg10 off their stay by booking online.

WSSCC chairman and co-driver Guy Weaver is delighted at Lancaster's offer.
"Rudi has been a competitor for many years and of course appreciates the dedication our volunteer marshals show to enable us to go rallying" he says. "Rally North Wales is delighted Rudi has supported the event in this way and hopefully it send a message to our 'orange army' that we really do thank them for all their hard work. We can't enjoy the sport we all love without them."

Sponsored once again by North Wales Rally Services, the Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire Car Club organised event has evolved into one of the most popular events in the British rallying calendar. Offering 45 miles of quality, classic stages made famous by the World Rally Championship qualifier Wales Rally GB, the event will once again welcome competitors from the ultra-competitive Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship and the popular Pirelli MSA Welsh Rally Championship. The ASWMC Loose Surface Championship and ANWCC Forest Rally Championship will also return after a successful 2016 event.

The Suzuki Swift Shining Stars Series will use the rally as its opening round as the single make formula announced at the Autosport Show in early January will also boast a guest driver for the event. The West Wales Rally Spares HRCR Stage Masters Challenge will also join the event, along with the Jelf Insurance Welsh Clubmans Rally Championship and Brian Dennis Motorsport Welsh Historic Rally Championship.

Interested marshals can find out more by heading to the event website at www.rallynorthwales.co.uk For more information on what's on offer at any one of the four Woolcombe Bay resorts, visit: https://www.woolacombe.co.uk/devon-holiday-parks/woolacombe-bay

Rally North Wales next for Mintex MSA BHRC

Posted: March 8, 2017 10:30 AM

The 2017 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship will continue with round two on Rally North Wales (Saturday 1 April) and entries are building well for the event that covers some of rallying's most famous gravel stages in the Dyfi region of Wales.
As the BHRC starts its third season under the management of the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club, Nick Elliott/David Price, Jason Pritchard/Phil Clarke and Joe Price/Chris Brooks have shown themselves as the early season pacesetters, but a gaggle of rivals are chasing hard.

Rally North Wales will give crews the chance to compete on some fantastic stages and the event format means that only 15 of the 45 stage miles will be repeated. This should ensure good road conditions for all competitors.

With a very compact format, road mileage is kept to a minimum and central servicing will be sited in Dolgellau. Scrutineering and documentation will also be in Dolgellau on Friday afternoon.

The entry list passed the 50-mark with a month to go to the rally and the historic entry is building well, with 25 historic crews in the first 56 entries.

Rally North Wales 'ticks all the boxes' in 2017

Posted: February 3, 2017 7:02 AM

Dolgellau based rally aims to provide competitors from across the UK with the ideal event Organisers of this year's Rally North Wales are tipping the event to be one of the "best yet" as the 1st April event releases its regulations for the Dolgellau based forest stage rally.

Sponsored once again by North Wales Rally Services, the Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire Car Club organised event has evolved into one of the most popular events in the British rallying calendar and organisers are confident that this year's event will be one of the "best yet". Forging a strong partnership with Rally4Wales, event organisers were one of the first to exchange contracts with the enterprise on 21st January, ensuring the event is covered for forest road repairs.

Offering 45 miles of quality, classic stages made famous by the World Rally Championship qualifier Wales Rally GB, the event will once again welcome competitors from the ultra-competitive Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship and the popular Pirelli MSA Welsh Rally Championship. The ASWMC Loose Surface Championship and ANWCC Forest Rally Championship will also return after a successful 2016 event.

The Suzuki Swift Shining Stars Series will use the rally as its opening round as the single make formula announced at the Autosport Show in early January will also boast a guest driver for the event. The West Wales Rally Spares HRCR Stage Masters Challenge will also join the event, along with the Jelf Insurance Welsh Clubmans Rally Championship and Brian Dennis Motorsport Welsh Historic Rally Championship.

Building on the success of the past two years, organisers have devised a compact route for crews which utilise some of the best stages in the country within the Dyfi and Gartheiniog forests. To ensure maximum enjoyment for all crews throughout the field, there will be 30 miles of first usage on offer and just 15 miles repeated throughout the day. Along with the low road miles linking the stages, the organising team are confident that the event will be one of the best yet and are pleased to announce an entry fee of just ?550.

"It has been a tough time for Welsh rallying recently but we have been working exceptionally hard behind the scenes to create an event which will be both challenging and enjoyable whilst ensuring it is as cost effective as possible" says Clerk of the Course Richard Hinton. "And I believe we have done just that. We have some of the best stages in the world right on our doorstep and we have made the best use of them this year. They are in excellent condition too so crews across the field will benefit from smoother stages no matter if you are in a World Rally Car, Historic or clubman variant. I'm sure all competitors whether in championships or doing the event for fun will really enjoy what we have arranged for them" he says.

Starting from Gwyndaf Evans Motors in Dolgeallau at 9am on Saturday 1st April, crews will head out for three stages in the nearby forests before returning to the Livestock Market in the town for the mid event service halt. A further three stages await crews before the prize giving ceremony back at the dealership at around 3.30pm that afternoon. The event regulations and online entry system are now available online - Link Below

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Posted: February 3, 2017 6:30 AM

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Posted: January 8, 2017 11:46 AM

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