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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)

Maxxis UK to be the title sponsor of the MSA English Rally Championship

The BTRDA are delighted to confirm that tyre giant, Maxxis, are the new title sponsor of the MSA English Rally Championship, in a three-year deal commencing in 2016.
The Maxxis MSA English Rally Championship will continue to be exclusively for two-wheel drive rally cars up to 2,000cc and is an ideal rally championship for crews on a limited budget. With a class-based scoring system, competitors from any of the five performance classes are eligible to become English Rally Champions.

With the participation of a large number of rally competitors, the English Rally Championship represents the perfect platform for the tyre firm to become involved in the rally market and increase awareness of its range of high quality products on offer, including the acclaimed Victra R19 rally tyre.  Derek McMartin, MD of Maxxis UK explains: “Sponsoring one of the most popular rally championships in the UK demonstrates our confidence in our rally tyres and their ability to enhance the performance of competitors. Our Victra R19 can endure the toughest competition tests while providing optimum grip, break and resistance without suffering any major wear. We’re really excited to be expanding our sponsorship activity in the car market and entering into the rally segment for the first time. It’s safe to say we’re all looking forward to being a part of MSA English Rally Championship over the next three years.”
Maxxis rally tyres are available in the UK from Mr Tyre Motorsport – www.mrtyremotorsport.co.uk.  For further information on Maxxis, please visit www.maxxis.co.uk.

New Sponsor and New Start:  The revision of the rally calendar this year sees the MAXXIS MSA English Rally Championship setting off a bit later than usual on the Malcolm Wilson Rally on Saturday March 12th.

The highest seeded of the 50+ Maxxis MSA English Championship crews are in Class 5 (up to 2000cc RWD) and include last year’s BTRDA Silver Star Champions Boyd Kershaw / Bryan Hull and the 2011 English Rally Champion Allan McDowall with Gavin Heseltine. The introduction of the new Fiesta ST Trophy means there will be a very competitive battle for Class E4 honours whilst in Class E2 for up to 1400cc cars it could be the experienced Dave Brick / Keaton Williams (Nova) who will be the ones to catch.  Last year’s English Rally Champion Rhys Yates has now moved onto the BRC stage but his Fiesta R2 will still be seen on championship events now driven by Robert Vardy.

Documentation and Scrutineering for the Malcolm Wilson Rally takes place at M-Sport’s premises in Dovenby Hall and then, come the day, eight special stages in some of the classic Lake District forests form the meat of the event. The first car leaves the start at 7.00am on Saturday 12th March and then, for those who prove themselves to be up to the challenge, the Hired Lad at Penrith Auctions will be ready to welcome them back from 3.00pm onwards.

Photo is Boyd Kershaw / Bryan Hull on the 2015 Cambrian Rally.  (Photo courtesy of ralliphotoswales)

2016 Maxxis MSA English Rally Championship

The Regulations for the 2016 MAXXIS MSA English Rally Championship have now been approved by the MSA and can be found HERE

The MSA English Rally Championship will continue to provide the best selection of one day multi-venue stage rallies in England with the final championship results based on your best 5 scores from the 7 events on offer. The advantage of this scoring system is that competitors can miss events for family, business or budget reasons and still win the championship.

The MSA English Rally Championship, which runs alongside the BTRDA Rally Series on many events, is exclusively for 2-wheel drive cars up to 2 litres and is an ideal national rally championship for crews on a limited budget.

2016 Calendar

Malcolm Wilson Rally – 12th March – Lake District
Somerset Stages – 16th April – West Somerset
Carlisle Stages Rally – 11th June – Kielder Forest West
Tyneside Stages – 7th August – Otterburn, Northumberland
Woodpecker Stages – 3rd September – Shropshire
Trackrod Forest Rally – 1st October – North Yorkshire
MEM Malton Forest Rally – 6th November – North Yorkshire

The inclusion of the Tyneside brings a new dimension to the Championship and we hope competitors will enjoy the challenge presented by the infamous Otterburn roads.

The Championship retains its class based format so that competitors from any of the 5 classes have an equal chance of becoming English Rally Champions.

Class 1 BTRDA Rally First cars up to 1400cc
Class 2 All other cars up to 1400cc
Class 3 Up to 1600cc
Class 4 Up to 2000cc Front Wheel Drive
Class 5 Up to 2000cc Rear Wheel Drive

On-line championship registration/renewal is available at www.btrdamembership.com NB: Registration is for the BTRDA Rally Series is fully inclusive of the MAXXIS MSA English Rally Championship. Alternatively you can down load a registration form HERE

Photo is Dave Bennett / Alistair McNeil on the Woodpecker Stages (Courtesy of ralliphotoswales)

Rhys Yates is the 2015 MSA English Rally Champion

The final round of the 2015 MSA English Rally Championship, the JLT Tempest 2 Rally, took place on a very wet day in the forests around Aldershot on Saturday.

The event was set to be the Championship decided with both Rhys Yates (Fiesta R2) and Dave Bennett (Vauxhall Corsa) vying for the Drivers title.  However the contest was sadly decided at the start of the very first stage when David Bennett / Alistair McNeill had to retire with clutch failure. This left championship leader Rhys Yates, accompanied by Tom Woodburn, to finish the job in style by coming home 7th overall on the event.

Amongst other MSA English Championship crews to do well on the event were Dominic Hodge / Stefan Arndt (Nissan Micra) who won their class and took maximum points in Class E1 for standard production cars up to 1400cc.

So at the end of another competitive season it is Rhys Yates who is the MSA English Rally Champion Driver with Alistair McNeil taking the co-drivers title.
Rhys has also won the MSA English Junior Drivers title. (and 250 pounds presented by Mintex)

Congratulations to all the championship, class and category winners and thank you to ALL the competitors, event organisers and marshals for providing another exciting season of rallying. The full list of all the 2015 MSA English Rally Championship award winners can be viewed HERE

The 2015 MSA English Rally Championship and the REIS-RAVENOL BTRDA Rally Series awards will be presented at the Awards Evening and Dinner on Saturday 9th January at the Raddison Penns Hall Hotel Sutton Coldfield. B76 1LH.

Photo of Rhys Yates / Tom Woodburn on the Woodpecker Stages courtesy of MCR Motorsport Media

Rhys Yates now leads the 2015 English Rally Championship

The penultimate round of the 2015 MSA English Rally Championship was the Trackrod Forest Stages which took place over forest stages in North Yorkshire on Saturday 26th September. There were 40 MSA English Rally Championship crews amongst the large entry.
The hotly contested 1400 category saw another close contest between Ashley Slights / Alex Lee (Toyota Yaris) and Dave Bennett / Alistair McNeil (Corsa) on their local event.  This time it was Slights who opened up an early lead in Langdale and extended it over the next two stages and although Bennett took time back on stages 4 and 6 it was not enough, and the Toyota driver came out ahead by some 26 seconds.
Boyd Kershaw / Bryan Hull (Ford Escort Mk2) won class E5 ahead of Jody Bowcott / David Millard (Ford Escort Mk2), whilst Tony Simpson / Ian Bevan (Fiesta ST) took the points in class E4.
Rhys Yates (Ford Fiesta R2) accompanied by Tom Woodburn was again the winner of the large E3 class and Rhys now moves into the overall lead in the driver championship.
Nick Carr / Joe Sturdy (VW Lupo) also took the maximum points in the E1 class for standard cars, finishing ahead of Sion Ellis / Caron Tomlinson (Micra). This result brings Nick and Joe back into championship contention but they will have to score well on the final round.
After Round 6 (of 7) the leading drivers in the 2015 MSA English Rally Championship are:-
1   Rhys Yates             Chesterfield                      121
2 David Bennett         York                              119
3   Ryan Weston           Aberdeen                          105
4   James Hutchings       Telford                            104
5   Nick Carr             York                                101
23 year old Rhys Yates is also the leading junior driver in the championship.  The prize for the winning driver of the MSA English Rally Championship is a free entry to the Wales Rally GB National Rally.
There are 135 drivers and 110 co-drivers who have scored points on the 2015 MSA English Rally Championship and a full list of all the points scorers can be found under CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS  (Best 5 scores to count) The final round of the 2015 MSA English Rally Championship is the Tempest 2 Rally on Saturday 7th November.
Photo is of Rhys Yates / Tom Woodburn (Fiesta R2) on the Trackrod Forest Stages. Courtesy of RalliPhotosWales

Huge entry for the Eventsigns Woodpecker Stages

BACK TO WORK!…

Following its traditional summer break, the MSA English Rally Championship moves into the second half of its season. With current leaders Ryan Weston / Mark McCullock missing this event, Keith and Mairi Riddick (MG ZR) are the leading championship crew present on the Woodpecker, followed by Dave Bennett / Alistair McNeil (Corsa) and Kieran Darrington/Pam Mitchell (Corsa). It is definitely a case of 1400s ruling the roost at the moment but, with a class-based Championship, the eventual winner could come from any one of the five capacity classes.

One of those class leaders is Rhys Yates (Fiesta R2) who currently at the top of Class E3 and who already has two maximum scores.  Meanwhile Dave and Freddy Brick (Nova) also scored maximum points on the Carlisle Stages and will want to make their local knowledge pay (you can see their farm from the Rally HQ)

The Eventsigns Woodpecker Stages, which is based at Ludlow Racecourse, has attracted 66 MSA English Rally Championship crews. The first car starts at 8.30am on Saturday and returns for Service during the day before the crews begin returning to Ludlow Racecourse for the finish from 3.40pm.

Photo is Dave & Freddy Brick (Carlisle Stages).  Photo courtesy of Ralliphotoswales