WRC | RD9 - NESTE RALLY FINLAND NEWS & FEATURES RALLY 

WRC | RD9 – NESTE RALLY FINLAND

The summer break was over and it was time for the FIA World Rally Championship to resume its battle for the 2019 title and take over the city of Jyväskylä in Finland for Round 9, “The Grand Prix on Gravel”. Although having history dating back to 1951, the event was a round of the first World Rally Championship in 1973 and has been known as the rally of 1000 lakes. The rally which has been dominated by Finnish drivers winning 55 of the past 68 editions has super smooth gravel…

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BTRDA | RD5 - NICKY GRIST STAGES NEWS & FEATURES RALLY 

BTRDA | RD5 – NICKY GRIST STAGES

Heading into round five of the 2019 BTRDA Rally Series, Championship leaders Euan Thorburn and Co-Driver Paul Beaton were on the brink of the Championship title. All that stood in their way was 8 gravel stages in and around the Military ranges of Llandovery, Wales for the Nicky Grist Stages. After winning all four previous rounds the pair set off from Builth Wells in their Ford Focus WRC knowing that their season could be all wrapped up by the end of the day. They led the 127 strong field into…

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CWR - WHEELER FINISHES TOUGH RALLY NEWS & FEATURES RALLY 

CWR – WHEELER FINISHES TOUGH RALLY

Last week Chris Wheeler & Shaun Layland took on the Carryduff Forklift Down Rally in their DS3 R3T.  The rally was held over 11 special stages covering fifty five stage miles. This would be Chris & Shaun’s first time competing in Ireland together & Chris’s second time in Ireland, first time being the Ulster rally back in 2013. The aim for the event would be to complete the rally & to gain valuable experience & knowledge of the stages. The team would have a fourteen hour journey to reach the…

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CWR | WHEELER HEADS TO IRELAND NEWS & FEATURES RALLY 

CWR | WHEELER HEADS TO IRELAND

The Chris Wheeler Rallying team are soon to be back on the stages, the next stop on their calendar is the Carryduff Forklift Down Rally held in Northern Ireland In County Down. This rally will be Chris & Shaun’s first time competing in Ireland together so this is going to be a big experience. The event has eleven stages covering up to fifty five stage miles through the narrow lanes, this event is not for the faint hearted, crews will have to tackle jumps, tight hairpins, blind crests & much…

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WRC | RD8 – RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA

For round 8 of the FIA World Rally Championship it was time to “Jump in the dust” on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Sardinia; where Italy’s round of the championship has been held since 2004. But this was to be no relaxing beach holiday for the WRC crews as this tough event would once again deliver a cruel blow in a dramatic end to the rally. Last year this event delivered a thrilling end on the final power stage where Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville snatched the win from Sébastien Ogier by…

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BTRDA | RD4 – PLAINS RALLY

With a revised format this year, the Plains Rally organised by the Knutsford & District Motor Club returned to the forests of Mid Wales for Round 4 of the 2019 Jordon Road Surfacing BTRDA Rally Championships. Opting to give the Dyfi Forest Complex a rest this year, the forestry allocation for the event featured five gravel stages totaling some 42 competitive stage miles. With double use stages in Dyfnant & Aberhirnant and a single stage in Llangower to round the day of with for the crews to contend with. After…

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WRC | RD7 – RALLY DE PORTUGAL

One of the oldest and most supported rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship, Rally De Portugal signified the start of a string of European events. First held in 1967, this classic rally was one of the founding WRC events in 1973 and has been awarded “Best Rally in the World” on no less than five occasions and always delivers an atmosphere out on the stages. After the recent addition of Rally Chile to the calendar Portugal moved to a couple of weeks later this year. This means temperatures were…

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WRC | RD6 – COPEC RALLY CHILE

With no prior knowledge, data, reference points, previous pace notes or onboard videos that could be studied in advance; The Copec Rally Chile with its 17 gravel stages totaling 325km, offered up a fresh exciting new challenge for Round 6 of the FIA World Rally Championship, becoming the 32nd host country in the history of the WRC. The stages in parts looked very similar to that of Wales, Hyundai’s Andreas Mikkelsen who spent a decent part of his early career in the forest of Wales topped the shakedown timings on…

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CWR | WHEELER BRINGS HOME THIRD PLACE

Chris Wheeler & Shaun Layland competed on the Manx National Rally last week in there Citroen DS3 R3T. The Manx Rally is an iconic event known for its technical roads & history.  Over recent years the Chris Wheeler Rallying team have not had the best of luck on the Isle Of Man, but this time they went to the island with anything but not finishing in mind. The last time Chris finished this rally was back In 2012 In a Ford Fiesta MS1. The event held two days of competition which…

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