Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship 

 

MID WALES

  • The organisers of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship have unveiled a new initiative for 2018 specifically with the club competitor in mind. Supported by advanced lubricant technology company RAVENOL the RAVENOL Challenge category carries with it a prize fund valued at more than £3000.

    The competition is open to drivers and co-drivers who have not finished within the top 10 overall on any round of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship or any equivalent status championship on more than one occasion between 1st January 2007 and 31st December 2017.

    Points for the RAVENOL Challenge driver and co-driver will be awarded on the same basis as for the overall championship.

    This is the fourth year that RAVENOL have supported the Welsh Championship and confirming their backing of the RAVENOL Challenge series, RAVENOL UK Managing Director, Brian Chase, commented “Our support of the Welsh Rally Championship over the last three years has been both rewarding and successful and we have made many friends along the way. We have no hesitation in renewing our agreement for another three years and recommend anyone planning a season in stage rallying to enter what has to be one of the UK’s best organised, and certainly most friendly, rally championships. “

    Championship coordinator, Dave Evison, welcomed RAVENOL’s continued support adding, “club competitors are the life blood of our championship and our sport and I know that supporting them is important to RAVENOL. The RAVENOL Challenge title is a way of giving something back to these crews. With the qualifying events offering some of the best forest stages available anywhere, we believe this initiative will make the championship even more attractive to competitors regardless of what class they are competing in.”

    In addition to their support of the RAVENOL Challenge initiative, RAVENOL UK have also confirmed that they will pay the championship registration fee for any crew entering the championship in a Land Rover Freelander

    You can find out more about the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship, including the RAVENOL Challenge category at wnrc.wamc.org.uk and about RAVENOL’s range of advanced lubricants at www.ravenol-direct.uk.

     


     

  • The EventSigns Woodpecker Stages is the Subject of Ongoing Economic Benefits Survey


    The Ludlow based event used to gather evidence of financial benefits rallying brings to local communities.

    This year’s EventSigns Woodpecker Stages is a round of several major championships will be used to gather information from event officials, spectators, marshals, competitors and their support teams to help establish their direct financial input into the local economies.  

     

    The 60 & Worcester Motor Club organised event takes place in and around the area of Ludlow and Mid Wales over the first weekend in September and will see around 150 crews from around the United Kingdom and beyond contest the event in the world renowned forest stages near the town.

    Conducted by The Welsh Association of Motor Clubs, the study will be used to gain a valuable insight into the economic value a motor rally brings to the area during an event. Thankfully many villages, towns and cities recognise the many economic opportunities this brings as they welcome motorsport into their villages halls, hotels and businesses.

     

    The importance of the ‘value’ of the motorsport ‘pound’ spent locally during events was brought to the attention of many following the successful Rally4Wales campaign in 2016.

     

    Managing Director of Rally4Wales Contracts, Jamie Edwards is well aware of the benefit rallying brings to local communities in Wales.  “Every penny makes a difference to the rural Welsh economy. It's no secret that the sport brings tourism revenue of around£15 Million per annum into Wales - but I urge everyone to play their part in helping further showcase the financial and economic benefits that rallying brings to Wales. Whilst we cannot imagine a Wales without rallying, there are many businesses in Wales who would struggle without the added financial benefits a rally brings to their town. We all need to play our part in supporting the local businesses and local economy in Wales by giving a clear insight as to the true value of motorsport in Wales.”                                           

    We would like to thank the event organisers for helping us promote the questionnaire. The event is one of the several chosen during the year to gather the information that is so important when it comes to selling our sport to the wider community.

    The survey can be completed online and is available for completion on any device. Note it can be started and finished later if not all the information is to hand. Don't worry if you don't have time in the build up to the event although the survey is live now it will remain live for a minimum of two weeks post event.  If you are asked to participate again, please do so as it helps us build a bigger picture locally and nationally. 

    To participate simply use the QR code  below or visit:  http://rallydata.co.uk/465915     THANK YOU

     


     

  • Matt Edwards put in another dominant performance to claim back to back championship wins. The result lifts Edwards to second in the championship standings behind Dylan Davies, who decided to miss this round.

    Some overnight rain eased dust concerns and led to almost perfect conditions as 117 competitors left the Welshpool start to visit four stages in Dyfnant and Garth before a lunch break in Dolgellau followed by a repeat of the mornings tests. 

    Matt Edwards, Llysfaen, with Co-driver Darron Garrod, Pwllheli, set fastest times on seven of the eight tests. It did not all go to plan, however, on the opening test a puncture resulted in a destroyed wheel which left Edwards in thirteenth place, 28 seconds off the lead.

    The lead was held by Rhuddlan’s Luke Francis, who with Co-Driver John H Roberts, Colwyn Bay, had stormed through the first test in their Fiesta WRC. Francis held onto that lead until just after the rest halt. Edwards, though, was on a charge and claimed the lead on the second test of the afternoon run and then went on to win by a margin of twenty seconds. 

    Meanwhile the remaining podium place was keenly contested between Bury's Tom Naughton Mitsubishi Evo 10 and the Volvo powered Escort of Ffestiniog’s Ieu Rowlands. Tom Naughton and Co Driver Will Rogers held the upper hand into the lunch halt but on the opening afternoon test the pair rolled heavily near the stage finish stopping the stage. Ieu Rowlands and Co Driver, Emyr Hall, Bala, who had been in the top four all day were now third whilst Llangefni's Keith Parry and Co Driver Eryl Evans, Lampeter, pushed their Subaru through the final test to finish fourth, just one second ahead of the Mk 2 Escort of Nick Elliott and Dave Price. The result lifts Parry into third place in the championship standing on equal points with Doncaster’s Matthew Hirst. 

    Hirst, who had rolled his Mitsubishi Evo 9 out of contention on the previous round, was more than happy with his days’ work and together with Co-Driver Declan Dear, the pair have now built a seven point lead in the RAVENOL Welsh Challenge which is aimed at drivers who have not previously claimed a top 10 finish. Colin Griffiths, Worcester, lies in second place whilst Surrey’s Max Utting is third.

    In the Group N category for less modified cars, Kalvin Green, Treorchy, has seen a consistent run of results in his Fiesta ST lift him to the top of the standings, ahead of the more powerful Subaru of Surrey’s Wug Utting who has one less score.

    On the day Scott Faulkner, Solihull, together with new Co Driver Gareth Parry, Aberystwyth, took maximum points and at the finish declared himself very happy with the car’s set up. Championship regulars Tom Naughton, Bury, and Co driver Will Rogers, Ross, were heading the standings until a very heavy roll on the fifth test resulted in Tom Naughton needing medical assistance.

    Kalvin Green’s consistency means he leads the Junior category as well though Matthew Hirst claimed his third maximum score on the Plains. In the Co-drivers, Osian Owen, Rhyl, heads Ludlow’s Keaton Williams.  

    The very well supported Two Wheel Drive category has seen four different drivers take maximum points on the opening four rounds. This time it was the turn of Ffestiniog’s Ieu Rowlands and Emyr Hall to take top score. Meanwhile it was Surrey’s Max Utting and Co-Driver Mike Ainsworth who now head the category standing. Their front wheel drive Fiesta ST heads an impressive line-up of rear wheel drive machinery. Colin Griffiths is on equal points in his BMW whilst an impressive list of Escorts includes Rob Dennis, Owen McMackin, John Rowlands, Nick Elliot and Ieu Rowlands will see this category "go to the wire". Rudi Lancaster, Woolacombe, with Guy Weaver, Wolverhampton, also put down a marker taking fourth in the category on the day.

    Meanwhile in the RAVENOL Freelander Category, Alex Howard, Colchester, with George Fleming, Chelmsford, have enjoyed some excellent results and tops the category from Ian Linford Stevenage, who together with Demelza Scholes, achieved their first finish on the Plains. 

    The next round of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Rally Championship is the Red Kite Stages. The Neath based event, organised by Amman and District Motor Club takes place on Sunday 24th June.

    More information about the Red Kite can be found on the event website  www.redkitestages.co.uk  and about the Pirelli MSA Welsh Rally Championship at www.wnrc.wamc.org.uk, on the Championship Facebook page and Twitter @WnRC.

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    Issued 15th May 2018 

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    Issued by Peter Hughes Media on behalf of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship.


     

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    The organisers of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship have unveiled details of a special mid-season bonus for Championship contenders.

    Geoff Jones, Managing Director of Geoff Jones Motorsport is to provide a day’s training for the competitors who lead the Overall Championship, the under 23, Group N, and two-wheel drive categories and the RAVENOL Challenge following the fifth round of the nine-round series, the Plains Rally.

    The day will cover car set up and preparation as well as driving technique with the venue and exact date to be announced very shortly.

    Announcing the plans, Championship co-ordinator Dave Evison said, “We are very grateful to Geoff and his team for their support. Geoff is, of course, a leading car preparation specialist as well as being a hugely experienced driver. I’m sure the training that he can provide will be invaluable for any Championship contender.”

    Confirming his support, Geoff Jones commented, “We are delighted to put something back into rallying in this way. We hope the day will be an enjoyable one for everyone present but, more importantly, a useful one.

    You can find out more about Geoff Jones Motorsport at www.geoffjonesmotorsport.com and about, the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship at wnrc.wamc.org.uk, on their Facebook page and on Twitter @WnRC.

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    ISSUED 15TH FEBRUARY 2018

    Issued by Peter Hughes Media on behalf of Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship

     


     

  • Competitors in the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship head to Welshpool this weekend (Saturday 12th May) for the fourth round in the 2018 series, the Plains Rally.

    Leading the competitors away on the event, organised by Knutsford and District Motor Club, will be round three winner Matt Edwards. The Llysfaen driver and co-driver Darren Garrod from Pwllheli followed up their victory on that event, the Rallynuts Stages, by taking their Ford Fiesta to victory on the opening round of the British Rally Championship, the Pirelli Rally.

    Hard on their heels will be former champion Luke Francis, from Rhuddlan and Colwyn Bay co-driver John H Roberts who took second place on the Rallynuts Stages in their Fiesta World Rally Car. With Championship leaders Dylan Davies and Llion Williams scheduled to sit this event out, other crews looking to capitalise on their absence include Nick Elliott and Dave Price who took maximum points on round two, Rally North Wales, in their Mark II Ford Escort.

    Also hoping to be among the points this weekend, despite a heavy crash on the Rally Nuts Stages in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, are Doncaster driver Matthew Hirst and co-driver Declan Dear while Steve Simpson and Mark Glennerster will be making their first Championship appearance of the year in their S2000 specification Ford Fiesta.

    Llangefni driver Keith Parry and co-driver Eryl Evans, from Llanon, will be in action in their Subaru Impreza while Tom Naughton and Will Rogers will be chasing points in the Group N category, for less modified cars, in their Evo IX after taking maximum points in the category on the previous round. Other crews looking for Group N points include Surrey’s Wug Utting and co-driver Bob Stokoe in their Subaru Impreza and Solihull’s Scott Faulkner, co-driven by Gareth Parry from Aberystwyth in their Evo IX.

    Max Utting took maximum two-wheel drive points on the Rallynuts Stages but the Ford Fiesta driver and co-driver Mike Ainsworth can expect strong opposition not least from Nick Elliott and Dave Price and top two-wheel drive points scorers on the opening round, the Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally, John Rowlands from Ffestiniog and Machynlleth’s Glenn Latham in their Mark II Escort.

    Another Escort crew, David and James Young will be making the lengthy trek from East Anglia while current two-wheel drive leader Colin Griffiths of Worcester will be out in his BMW Compact with Mike Wilding alongside him. Meanwhile, reigning two-wheel drive champions Andrew and Jamie-Lee Fox will be out in their BMW 328.

    Matthew Hirst will be keen to build on his current second place among the junior drivers while those chasing points in the junior co-driver category will incude Keaton Williams, teamed up with Bob Vardy in the R2 Ford Fiesta. The Ludlow co-driver currently leads the category by two points from Rhyl’s Osian Owen. Osian will be sat alongside current leading junior driver Kalvin Green from Treorchy in the Fiesta ST.

    The RAVENOL Welsh Challenge is aimed at competitors who have not previously claimed a Top 10 finish in the Championship. Colin Griffiths currently leads the drivers’ category by a single point from Matthew Hirst with Kalvin Green a further five points back. In the co-drivers’ category Declan Dear holds an 11 point advantage over Mike Ainsworth while Andy Boswell, absent from this event, is in third place.

    Spectators can see the cars in action on the Dyfnant South stage from 08:45 and again from 12:57 and on Gartheiniog West from 10:15 and 14:27.

    More information about the rally is available on the official event web site, www.plainsrally.co.uk and about the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship at wnrc.wamc.org.uk, on the Championship Facebook page and on Twitter @WnRC

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    Issued 9th May 2018

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    Issued by Peter Hughes Media on behalf of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship

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    The 2017 Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship reaches its penultimate round this weekend (September 2nd)with competitors tackling the Ludlow based Eventsigns Woodpecker Stages Rally. There is plenty at stake, too, with the overall title fight, as well as many of the class battles, still wide open.

    The cancellation of the Red Dragon Rally means that competitors will now count their best four results from six events meaning there is a good opportunity for competitors to improve their championship standing with good results on this event and the final round, the Wyedean Rally in November.

    Surrey driver Wug Utting took the lead at the previous round, the Nicky Grist Stages, and now has a 10 point advantage over early season leader Andy Davies. With Dylan Davies in third place, fourth placed Callum Black has taken his R5 Fiesta to maximum points in each of the two rounds that he has contested so far.

    The championship front-runners, however, can expect stiff opposition from, among others, Hugh Hunter and Rob Fagg in their Ford Fiesta WRC while Martyn and Dawn England have taken second place in each of the last two rounds and would love nothing more than to go one better in their R5+ Fiesta this weekend. Meanwhile, veteran Peter Stephenson will be looking to give some of his younger rivals a run for their money in his Focus World Rally Car.

    Wug Utting’s co-driver Bob Stokoe leads their overall championship standings, 11 points clear of reigning Junior co-driving champion Max Freeman while Llion Williams is in third place.

    Utting and Stokoe also head the Group N standings for less modified cars ahead of Andy Davies and Max Freeman while Scott Faulkner and Dom Adams are in third place.

    Colin Griffiths leads a close fought two wheel drive category in his BMW Compact but Andy Fox will be looking to make up ground in his BMW 328.

    In the Junior driver category, Rhydian Price, driving a Ford Fiesta, looks on course to take the title and with it a free entry to the National Rally on Wales Rally GB, provided by the organisers of the British round of the World Championship, IMS as part of their Road to Wales initiative.

    Things are much closer in the Junior co-driver category and one competitor who could move up the standings this weekend is Elliott Edmondson, sat alongside Callum Black.

    The RAVENOL Welsh Challenge runs alongside the Championship. With a prize fund valued at £3000, drivers gain points based on their performance within their class. Colin Griffiths tops the standings by just a single point from Andy Davies with Wug Utting three points further back.

    Championship competitors can look forward to a break following this weekend before the final round, the Wyedean Rally on November 11th, so we can expect them to be pushing to the limit on the Woodpecker’s challenging stages as the stake their claims for a top honour at the end of the season.

    With competitors leaving Ludlow Racecourse from 8:30 on Saturday morning, spectator information is available on the event website, www.woodpecker-rally.co.uk. There is more information about the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship on their website, www.wnrc.wamc.org.uk , their Facebook page and on Twitter, @WnRC.

     

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    Issued 29th August 2017

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    Issued by Peter Hughes Media on behalf of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship

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    The third points scoring round of the 2017 Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship takes competitors to Builth Wells this weekend (June 3rd)for the Rallynuts Severn Valley Stages.

    The two opening rounds saw top points going to two different crews with Osian Pryce and Dale Furniss taking the honours on Rally North Wales while the similar R5 Ford Fiesta of Callum Black and Elliott Edmonson picked up maximum points on the Plains Rally. Two consistent performances by Ieuan Rowlands, however, mean that the Ffestiniog driver and co-driver Emyr Hall currently top the table.

    Two points behind the Ford Escort crew are Andy Davies and reigning junior co-driving champion Max Freeman and they will be keen to close that gap this weekend in their Subaru Impreza.

    In third place lie Rudi Lancaster and Guy Weaver in their Escort RS1800, two points ahead of Daniel Moss and Sam Allen driving a Mitsubishi Evo 9. Meanwhile, Dylan Davies and co-driver Llion Williams will be looking to get their season back on track after following up their second place points score on Rally North Wales with a non-finish on the Plains.

    Among the ranks of Fiesta drivers in action this weekend will be former Champion Conor McCloskey and co-driver Jon Rowan in their World Rally Car and Martyn and Dawn England in their R5+ version.

    Andy Davies also leads the Group N category for less modified cars with an eight point advantage over Dan Moss. In third place is Surrey’s Wug Utting with another Impreza pilot, Welshpool’s James Watkins, in fourth. Simon Dalton, meanwhile, will be looking to make up ground after a troubled start to the season in his Subaru.

    The two wheel drive standings are headed by overall Championship leader Ieuan Rowlands ahead of Rudi Lancaster with Ieuan’s brother, John Rowlands making it an all Escort top three.

    Among the junior competitors, aged under 23, looking to build a points haul in the category is Osian Owen, co-driving the Ford Escort RS of Steve Bennett.

    The RAVENOL Welsh Challenge awards points based on a driver’s performance within their class. The lead is currently shared by Andy Davies and Rudi Lancaster with Ieuan Rowlands one point back in third place.

    Competitors will cross the start line at the Royal Welsh Showground from 8:30 on Saturday morning to tackle seven classic Mid Wales forest stages before returning to the Showground from 16:00. More information about the event is available on their website, www.severnvalleystages.co.uk with information about the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship available on www.wnrc.wamc.org.uk, on the Championship Facebook page and on twitter @WnRC.

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    Issued 30th May 2017

    Credit for the attached photograph:- Rallysport Media.

    Issued by Peter Hughes Media on behalf of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship.


     

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    Competitors in Wales’s premier rally championship will be in Welshpool this weekend (Saturday 13th May)for round 3 of the series, the Plains Rally. With the opening round of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship cancelled due to adverse weather conditions and competitors able to discount their worst result of the season, everything is up for grabs. Indeed, the eventual champions may have yet to score any points.

    That’s good news for defending champions Luke Francis and John H Roberts. The Rhuddlan driver and his Colwyn Bay co-driver John H Roberts find themselves in exactly that position having missed the previous event, Rally North Wales due to car problems. They will be keen to pick up a big points tally this weekend.

    Current championship leaders Osian Pryce and Dale Furniss are not entered for this event so a strong performance for either Llanon driver Dylan Davies or for David Howells could see one of the Subaru Impreza drivers move to the top of the standings. As well as the threat from Francis and Roberts, however, they can expect stiff opposition from Bala based Ieuan Rowlands and Emyr Hall as well as from Lampeter’s Andy Davies partnered by reigning junior co-driving champion Max Freeman.

    Other crews in contention for top honours should include Callum Black and Elliott Edmondson in their R5 specification Ford Fiesta and Keith Parry and Eryl Evans in their Impreza while Hugh Hunter and Rob Fagg come fresh from victory on last weekend’s Manx National Rally in their Ford Focus World Rally Car.

    While Andy Davies currently tops the standings in Group N, for less modified cars, a strong performance from Daniel Moss, Wug Utting or James Watkins could see them move to the top of the table.

    We can expect a close fight for two wheel drive championship points as well. Ieuan Rowlands and Emyr Hall currently lead the way but Rudi Lancaster will be looking to keep up his challenge for the title as will another Escort driver, John Rowlands. David Young and Hywel Davies currently make it an all Escort top five but expect Colin Griffiths to try hard to spoil the Ford party in his BMW Compact.

    The battle for junior driver points is set to be between current leader Rhydian Price, in his Ford Focus and Toyota Yaris mounted Ed Fossey while Hannah McKillop, in the Subaru Impreza of Ross Leach, will want to extend her advantage in the junior co-driver category.

    There’s currently a four way tie in the Ravenol Welsh Challenge where points are awarded based on a driver’s performance within their class. Dylan Davies, Ieuan Rowlands, Andy Davies and Rudy Lancaster all currently have 15 points with Hywel Davies just one point back.

    Competitors will leave Welshpool from 8:00am to tackle eight special stages all in the Dyfi Forest complex. Spectator information is available on the event web site, www.plainsrally.co.uk. Information about the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship is available on the series web site, www.wnrc.wamc.org.uk, the championship Facebook page and on Twitter @WnRC.

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    Issued 9th May 2017

    Issued by Peter Hughes Media on behalf of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship


     

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