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BACK TO WORK on the WOODPECKER!…

Following its traditional summer break, the MAXXIS MSA English Rally Championship moves into the second half of its season with the Eventsigns Woodpecker Stages on Saturday 3rd September. All of the leading championship crews are entered in the event including the current leaders Cameron Davies / Lee Taylor (Fiesta ST) who have a 5 point advantage over Kit and Tim Leigh (Fiesta R200).  However, when you consider that it is the best 5 scores to count and the potential points that are available from the last 3 rounds, then there are at least 15 crews (possibly 20) still in with a chance of taking the title.   A full list of all the points scores can be found in the Competitors Section.    Championship Points

The current class leaders Emily & Eliot Retallick (Peugeot 205) in Class E1 and Freddy and Toby Brick (Nova) in Class E2 each have the advantage of having 3 scores but their main rivals Dominic Hodge / Stephan Arndt (Micra) and Jordan and Paul Hone (Satria) benefit from maximum scores which may tell at the end of the season. In classes E3 and E4 it is the aforementioned Kit Leigh and Cameron Davies who have the lead whilst in the up to 2000cc Class E5 it is a straight fight between Gavin Edwards and Boyd Kershaw, both in Mk2 Ford Escorts, who currently have equal points.

The Eventsigns Woodpecker Stages, which is based at Ludlow Racecourse, has attracted 50 MAXXIS MSA English Rally Championship crews. The first car starts at 8.31am on Saturday and returns for Service during the day before the crews begin returning to Ludlow Racecourse for the finish from 3.15pm.
PS: Both Dave Brick and his son Freddy Brick, both driving Novas, will want to make their local knowledge on the Woodpecker Rally pay; you can see their farm from Rally HQ !

Photo is Richard Wells /Calvin Houldsworth (Class RF1.6) Photo courtesy of Ralliphotoswales

Robinson Cruises to Victory!….

The MAXXIS MSA English Rally Championship returned to Cumbria for the Carlisle Rally which took place over stages in the western side of the giant Kielder forest.

The 2014 English Rally Champion Matthew Robinson, accompanied by Graham Wilcock in a historic spec Fiat 131S, were the highest placed finisher in the MAXXIS MSA English Rally Championship on the Carlisle Stages. They were the winners of class E5 ahead of a close battle between Alan McDowall / Gavin Heseltine and Tony Williams / Karen Phelps both in Ford Escort Mk2’s.

In the hotly contested E2 class Jordan and Paul Hone (Proton Satria) held a slender lead ahead of Keith and Mairi Riddick (MG ZR) and Chris Powell / Jim Lewis (Talbot Sunbeam) but in the second half of the event it was Joe Evett / Phil Hall (MG ZR) who took up the chase with fastest times on the last 2 stages.

Joint Championship leaders James Hutchins / James Hood (Vauxhall Nova) took an early lead in class E3 closely followed by Tim and Kit Leigh (Fiesta R200) but they retired in the 13 mile Kershope stage leaving the Fiesta crew to take maximum points. The Escort Mexico of Robin Shuttleworth Ron Roughead was next, maintaining their 2nd in class in the Championship.
In the E1 class for standard cars up to 1400cc the principal contest was between Dominic Hodge / Stefan Arndt (Micra) and Emily and Eliot Retallick (Peugeot 205) with the Micra crew coming out ahead. However, the positions are reversed in the championship points where Emily’s three finishes / three scores keeps her ahead.

Cameron Davies / Lee Taylor‘s  (Fiesta ST) third consecutive win in class E4 sees them assuming the lead of the Championship overall, while Sam Bilham’s similar Fiesta was 2nd in class on the day. Cameron also retains his lead in the Junior Drivers section of the Championship with his co-driver Lee Taylor leading the Junior co-drivers.

The MAXXIS MSA English Championship class winners on the Carlisle Stages were: –
• Class E5  Matthew Robinson / Graham Wilcock Fiat 131S 45m 01s
• Class E4  Cameron Davies / Lee Taylor Ford Fiesta ST 45m 59s
• Class E3  Kit Leigh / Tim Leigh Fiesta R200 47m 43s
• Class E2  Jordan Hone / Paul Hone Proton Satria 47m 16s
• Class E1  Dominic Hodge Stefan Arndt Nissan Micra 49m 19s

A full list of all the MAXXIS MSA English Rally Championship points are published in the Competitors section of this website.

The fourth round of the MAXXIS MSA English Rally Championship will be the Tyneside Stages held on the infamous tarmac roads in Otterburn, Northumberland on Sunday 7th August.

Photo is of Matthew Robinson / Graham Wilcock (Fiat 131S) in action on the Carlisle Stages.    Courtesy of RalliPhotosWales

Call to CARLISLE….!

Round 3 of the 2016 MAXXIS MSA English Rally Championship will be the Carlisle Stages on Saturday 11th June.

This promises to be a cracking event which is fortunately not affected by the current NRW dispute. It includes two stages of more than 13 miles in Newcastleton and in Kershope Forest and will have minimal double usage.  Clerk of the Course Nicola Heppenstall has confirmed that none of the stages have been used since the 2015 Carlisle Stages and were all re-graded shortly after that event. The stages have had 12 months to settle and are in prime condition. In response to competitor feedback from the 2015 rally, the Chamot Hill stage will not be used.

The event is based at the premises of H&H Auctions, Montgomery Way, Carlisle, CA1 2RS, which is very close to junction 43 of the M6, with scrutineering documentation, start, service and finish at this same location. The first car will start at 8am on Saturday and return to the finish at around 2.30pm.
An unusual feature of this event is a that shakedown stage is available before documentation starts on Friday.

More details and the on-line entry can be found at Carlisle Stages 2016

The MAXXIS MSA English Rally Championship is class based so the ultimate winners can come from any of the 5 classes.  After two rounds of the Championship the 10 leading drivers are covered by just 10 points with James Hutchings (Vauxhall Nova) and Cameron Davies (Fiesta ST) as joint leaders. Meanwhile Cameron Davies and Freddy Brick are tied at the head of the Junior Drivers table.
A full list of all the Championship points after round 2 are published in the Competitors Section.

Photo is Cameron Davies / Lee Taylor (Fiesta ST) on the Somerset Stages (courtesy of ralliphotoswales)

Springtime in SOMERSET…!

The second round of the 2016 MAXXIS MSA English Rally Championship was the Somerset Stages, based at Minehead which used a variety of forest stages in the Brendon Hills plus two runs up the famous Porlock Toll Road. There were 54 Maxxis MSA English Rally Championship crews amongst the 123 cars that started the event.

In the hotly contested E5 class Gavin Edwards / Caron Tomlinson (Escort Mk2) took an early lead and despite the best efforts of Boyd Kershaw / Bryan Hull also in an Escort Mk2, they maintained the upper hand, eventually finishing 10sec ahead and an excellent 12th overall. In class E2 the pre event favourites Dave Brick / Keaton Williams (Vauxhall Nova) had built up a substantial lead but they unfortunately retired on the very last stage with a mechanical problem. However, it was not all bad news for the family as sons’ Freddy and Toby Brick also in a Vauxhall Nova inherited the class win.
James Hutchins/ James Hood (Vauxhall Nova) again took the maximum points in class E3 ahead of Tim and Kit Leigh (Fiesta R200), whilst local competitors Chris Hickman / Glyn Thomas (MG ZR) were first in class E1 for standard cars up to 1400cc thanks to some impressive times on the tarmac Porlock stages. However, the closest battle again came in class E4 where there were 7 identical Fiesta ST’s in competition. This contest was again won by Cameron Davies / Lee Taylor ahead of George Lepley / Arwel Jenkins.

The MSA English Championship class winners on the Somerset Stages were: –
Class E1 Chris Hickman / Glyn Thomas MG ZR 48m 48s
Class E2 Freddy Brick / Toby Brick Vauxhall Nova 47m 00s
Class E3 James Hutchings / James Hood Vauxhall Nova 45m 28s
Class E4 Cameron Davies / Lee Taylor Ford Fiesta ST 44m 03s
Class E5 Gavin Edwards / Caron Tomlinson Ford Escort Mk2 42m 14s

68 drivers have scored Championship points so far and class wins on the Somerset Stages see James Hutchings (Vauxhall Nova) and Cameron Davies (Ford Fiesta ST) tying for the lead at the top of the table. The Ford Escorts of Boyd Kershaw and Gavin Edwards are joint 3rd, with George Lepley’s Fiesta in close attendance. From the 1400 class, Freddy Brick’s Nova is currently 6th. Meanwhile Cameron Davies and Freddy Brick are tied at the head of the Junior Drivers table.

A full list all the Championship points are published in the Competitors Section. MAXXIS MSA English Rally Championship Points

The next event in the Maxxis MSA English Rally Championship calendar – the Carlisle Stages in early June – sees all the contenders migrating north to take up the challenge of the exciting stages in the western side of Kielder Forest.  More details of the event and entries can be found at  Carlisle Stages 2016

Photo is of Chris Hickman / Glyn Thomas (MG ZR) Courtesy of RalliPhotosWales

A Class based society !….

The Malcolm Wilson Rally was the first round of the MAXXIS MSA English Rally Championship and there were 50 registered crews on the entry list. In the hotly contested E5 Class Gavin Edwards / Caron Tomlinson (Escort Mk2) took an early lead and it was not until the challenging Grizedale stages that Boyd Kershaw / Bryan Hull managed to gain the upper hand, finally winning the class by 17 seconds. It was even closer in Class E2 where Jordan and Paul Hone (Proton Satria) won by just 3 seconds from Matthew Jackson / Claire Williams (Micra). James Hutchins / James Hood (Vauxhall Nova) took maximum points in Class E3, also by 3 seconds, from Tim and Kit Leigh (Fiesta R200), whilst Dominic Hodge / Stefan Arndt (Micra) were first in Class E1 for standard cars up to 1400cc. However, the closest battle came in Class E4 where there were seven identical Fiesta STs in competition and this was eventually won by Cameron Davies / Lee Taylor.

Every year after the first round of the English Rally Championship there is always a tie for first place in the point’s table. It is only as the season progresses that those who can repeat their early successes force their way to the front. So, after the initial skirmish on the Malcolm Wilson Rally, we find Boyd Kershaw, Cameron Davies, James Hutchings and Jordan Hone sharing the limelight while, similarly, Dominic Hodge, Matthew Jackson, Gavin Edwards and George Lepley are just 2 points behind in equal 5th. In the Junior Drivers section, it is Cameron Davies who takes the initial lead ahead of Freddy Brick, George Lepley and Jordan Hone. A full list of all the MAXXIS MSA English Rally Championship points can be found in the Competitors section. MAXXIS MSA English Rally Championship Points

The second round of the MAXXIS MSA English Rally Championship is the Somerset Stages on Saturday 16th April which is based in Minehead with the Start and Finish of the event as well as the Service Area along the Promenade. There will be the customary two stages up the Porlock Toll Road followed by forest roads in the Brendon Hills. The event has already received some 130 entries but there is still time to submit an entry and sample the delights of springtime in Somerset.

Boyd Kershaw and Bryan Hull in action on the Malcolm Wilson Rally (Image courtesy of ralliphotoswales)