The organisers of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship have announced that North Wales based motorsport retailer Lightninghouse.net has teamed up with the series for 2019 to support their two wheel drive challenge.
Throughout the season drivers and co-drivers participating in the challenge will get the chance to win pairs of HRX racing gloves, unique to lightninghouse.net and developed by company director Brynmor Pierce. The main prize for the season, meanwhile, will be two bespoke made to measure racesuits, also manufactured by Lightning House partner brand HRX. Four registered crews will also get the chance to run at the Speed and Rally Show taking place at Oswestry Showground on August 17th next year.
Confirming Lightninghouse’s support, Brynmor Pierce commented, “It’s a great honour to have been in a position to put this together with the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship. Being current competitors in the two wheel drive challenge in our Fiesta ST, based within Wales and huge fans of the steps the series has taken over the past few years, the fit is ideal, In outing this together we wanted those who perhaps have never considered bespoke racewear or have never been able to try it to really benefit. That’s where the two wheel drive Challenge ticks all the boxes.
Welcoming Lightninghouse’s support, Championship coordinator Dave Evison said, “It’s great to have this prestigious Welsh based brand on board and to be able to offer something to the two wheel drive contenders who are an important part of the Championship. We have been working hard over recent months to continue developing the Championship and we will be announcing the 2019 calendar, along with further initiatives very shortly.”
The full range of HRX Racewear can be found at www.lightninghouse.net and the brand will be present at Autosport International. You can find out more about the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship at wnrc.wamc.org.uk, on the Championship Facebook page and on Twitter, @WnRC.
For the 2019 the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally championship has joined forces with “onthepacenoteUk”, a new partnership set up by 2016 BRC Champion co driver Craig Parry and Irish co-driver and established route note producer Killian Duffy.
The partnership will be the preferred note suppliers for each round of the Championship, offering registered contenders notes for each round in a variety of formats at a fixed price of £50 per event including p&p. A two camera angle DVD of every stage will also be available for £20 per event.
In addition to the notes, the duo will also be carrying out a second survey of the stages immediately before each event, with updated information being provided to customers at a briefing to be held at signing on.
Between them Killian and Craig have over 100 WRC starts giving them a wealth of experience in note-making and Craig will be sharing that experience with registered junior Championship contenders through a mentoring programme currently being developed with the series organisers.
The Welsh man was, unfortunately, forced to retire from competitive co-driving because of injuries sustained in a testing accident in August. Now he is looking forward to the next phase of his motor sport career.
Commenting on the tie up with the Welsh Championship, Craig said, “Killian and I are delighted to be linking up with such a popular series which has grown spectacularly in recent seasons.”, adding, “I am also excited by the prospect of working with the next generation of co-drivers and helping them develop their careers.”
Image Craig flying high in Finland
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Issued 21st November 2019
Issued by Peter Hughes Media on behalf of Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship
Llanon driver Dylan Davies has won the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship but in one of the most closely fought seasons that the series have ever witnessed it took a tie-breaker to determine the destination of the crown.
Dylan and Caernarfon co-driver Llion Williams finished equal on points with former champion Matt Edwards of Llysfaen and co-driver Darren Garrod, from Pwllheli, but take the award based on the competitors’ performances within their respective classes.
Third place overall goes to two more former champions, Luke Francis, from Rhuddlan and John H Roberts with Roberts, from Colwyn Bay, also taking senior co-driver honours. The senior drivers category goes to Surrey driver Wug Utting.
Utting and co-driver Bob Stokoe miss out on the Group N award, however, by a single point. That award goes to Scott Faulkner and Aberystwyth’s Gareth Parry after a season long battle with their rivals. Parry also takes the junior co-driver title while top junior driver goes to Matthew Hirst from Doncaster.
Max Utting and Mike Ainsworth clinched the two-wheel drive category while front wheel drive honours go to Shropshire driver Dave Brick and co-driver Keaton Williams from Ludlow. Barry Jordan and Paul Wakely take rear wheel drive honours.
In an equally closely contested RAVENOL Welsh Challenge, top driver is Matthew Hirst ahead of Max Utting and Colin Griffiths. Declan Dear takes co-driver honours from Mike Ainsworth and Church Stretton’s Geraint Thomas.
Confirming the results, Championship co-ordinator Dave Evison said, “We are naturally disappointed that the scheduled final round of the championship, the Wyedean Stages will not happen as the event was set to provide a great climax to the season, but that doesn’t detract from Dylan and Llion’s achievement in what has been a hugely competitive season.”
The championship has attracted a record level of registrations this season, but Dave is adamant that the series organisers are not sitting back on their laurels. “We are looking at all aspects of the Championship to see if there are ways we can improve it and make it even more attractive to competitors. We will be unveiling further details very soon.”
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Issued 17th October 2018
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Issued by Peter Hughes Media on behalf of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship
Matt Edwards and Darren Garrod overcame late dramas on Saturday’s (1st Sept) Eventsigns Woodpecker Stages Rally to take their fourth victory of the year in the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship. That win also secured for them a free entry on Wales Rally GB, part of the Road to Wales initiative of IMS, promoters of the British round of the World Rally Championship.
The Llysfaen driver and his co-driver, from Pwllheli, opened up a 14 second lead on the first of the rally’s seven stages and maintained their advantage all the way to the finish of the event at Ludlow Racecourse. It could have been a different story however, with their Ford Fiesta picking up a puncture on the penultimate stage of the event. They were forced to drive five miles on the deflated tyre with the flailing rubber inflicting significant damage on the car’s bodywork. Despite that they managed to get the Fiesta across the finishing line to take the victory.
Second place went to former champions Luke Francis, from Rhuddlan and his Colwyn Bay co-driver John H Roberts. They were denied the chance to make a late challenge for victory when they too picked up a puncture on their Fiesta World Rally Car.
Third place went to West Country husband and wife team Martyn and Dawn England in their R5+ specification Fiesta while Dylan Davies, from Llanon and Caernarvon’s Llion Williams took fourth place in their Subaru Impreza, ensuring that they take a narrow lead into the final round of the Championship.
Fifth place for Matthew Hirst and co-driver Declan Dear was enough to ensure that the young Mitsubishi Evo IX driver, from Doncaster, takes the 2018 Junior Welsh title for drivers under 23. Group N honours meanwhile went to the similar, but less modified Mitsubishi of Scott Faulkner and Gareth Parry meaning that their Group N title fight with Wug Utting and Bob Stokoe also goes down to the final round.
Another crew to suffer late drama on the event were Max Utting and Mike Ainsworth. A track control arm on their Ford Fiesta ST snapped on the very last corner of the final stage. The duo managed to effect a makeshift repair and got back to the Ludlow Racecourse finish with just a few seconds to spare. That means that the Surrey driver has clinched this year’s two-wheel drive title although co-driver Mike Ainsworth will have to wait until the season finale to see if he can secure a title of his own.
Other title fghts to have been settled include the RAVENOL Freelander class which goes to Alex Howard and George Fleming. Perry Gardner, from Ludlow takes the driver’s title in class W2 with Class W3 driver honours go to Stanton Lacy’s Dave Brick. In Class W4 Steve Deeley from Stourbridge and Alan Proudman of Newport in Shropshire take the driver and co-driver titles respectively and the W5 co-driver’s award goes to Hereford’s Alan Jones. Finally, Treorchy’s Kalvin Green takes the Class N3 driver’s title.
Along with the overall title, Group N title and many of the class awards, the destination of the RAVENOL Welsh Challenge for both drivers and co-drivers will not be settled until the final round of the season, the Winner Garage Wyedean Stages Rally which takes place on November 10th.
The battle for driver honours features Max Utting, Matthew Hirst and Worcester driver Colin Griffiths while Declan Dear, Mike Ainsworth and Geraint Thomas will fight it out among the co-drivers.
Victory on the Woodpecker secured the BTRDA Gold Star title for Matt Edwards, He currently leads the British Rally Championship and is just five points behind Dylan Davies in the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship.
All eyes are now on the Llysfaen driver to see if he can complete an unprecedented Triple Crown.
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Issued 4th September 2018
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Issued by Peter Hughes Media on behalf of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship