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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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PREVIEW | WRC | RD 6 – RALLY CHILE

Part two of the FIA World Rally Championships south American adventure will arrive after a 16 hour drive across the Andes Mountains to the newcomer, The Copec Rally Chile for Round 6. A WRC newbie it maybe but rallying is not new to Chile, with some 19 years of history from its own National Rally Mobil Championship, it finally reaches the World Stage to offer up a fresh exciting new challenge to the world’s best. Last time out in Argentina Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville got the job done for his second…

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BHRC | RD2 – PIRELLI HISTORIC RALLY

Since 2007 The Furness Motor Club has run the Pirelli Historic Rally alongside the international event which caters for the more modern machinery; however the Historical element of this event stretches way back to the 1970’s. The event formally known as the Tour of Cumbria has been a part of many Championships and rally series throughout its lifespan, such as the Castrol Autosport and Mintex National Championships. Also gaining International status as part of the British Rally Championship, for which it continues to play its part in today, it once…

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BRC | RD3 – PIRELLI INTERNATIONAL RALLY

Since 1992 this Furness Motor Club event has been sponsored by and known as The Pirelli Rally. It has a rather impressive list of winners with names such as: McRae, Burns, Wilson and Vatanen along with British Rally Championship contenders of the past: Head, Evans, Higgins and Champion. More recent BRC winners include David Boogie, Keith Cronin, Osian Pryce and Fredrik Ahlin, then we arrive at last year’s winner Matt Edwards. For round 3 of the 2019 BRC the contenders leave the wet tarmac of Ireland behind and head onto…

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WRC | RD5 – RALLY ARGENTINA

Rally Argentina has always been a bit of a lottery when it comes to the weather and its conditions, this year was no different. With 18 challenging stages through some dramatic scenery, the route of some 347km provided conditions which fell somewhere between the Safari Rally of the past and Wales Rally GB. Heavy rain in the days leading up to the event completely altered the stages between recce and Shakedown on Thursday Morning, where we first got an indication of how this event would pan out. Toyota’s Ott Tanak…

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CWR | INTRO

As you all may remember, a few weeks ago we gave you a small taster of updates through an event with Chris Wheeler Rallying, Xlerate will be covering Chris’s progress throughout his events in 2019. Chris will soon be competing on the Manx National Rally on the 10/11 May which will be the first main event we will be following this season. Before this event we would like to give you an introduction about the team & Chris himself. Chris Wheeler Rallying is a small family run team based in…

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