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  • Despite heavy overnight rain that produced treacherous conditions for competitors, Shaun Gardener made it back to back maximum points scores in the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship, leading home the series contenders on the Winner Garage Skoda Wyedean Stages Rally.
     
    The Ludlow driver and co-driver Ben Innes headed the Championship cars throughout the event in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 5.9.2. Second place went to Worcester pairing Paul Davy and Roger Allan in their Subaru Impreza while Andrew Jones and Keaton Williams took their Mark 2 Ford Escort to third.
     
    Absentees Luke Francis and John H Roberts had already secured the overall driver and co-driver titles but the lower positions were still up for grabs. Sixth place points were just enough for Surrey’s Wug Utting and co-driver Bob Stokoe to claim the overall runner-up spot. Third in the driver standings was secured by Andrew Jones while Mark Glennerster finishes third among the co-drivers.
     
    While outgoing Group N champions Paul Davy and Roger Allan took maximum points on this event, Utting and Stokoe secured the title for less modified cars. The absent Andy Davies and Max Freeman take second place while completing the drivers’ Group N Championship podium is Simon Dalton. Roger Allan finishes the season as third placed Group N co-driver.
     
    Andrew Jones takes the two wheel drive honours along with the Vital Equipment junior title for drivers under 25. Rear wheel drive honours go to Flying Kiwi Boyd Kershaw and Tim Cains takes the front wheel drive title. Top two wheel drive co-driver is Caron Tomlinson. He takes the place by just a single point from Richard Crozier while Martin Griffiths and Richard May take rear and front wheel drive honours.
     
    Rhydian Price and Jake McKenna complete the Junior driver top 3 while Max Freeman heads the Vital Equipment Junior co-driver standings despite missing the rally. Just one point back, in second place, comes Simon Jones who misses out on the title after finishing behind Keaton Williams on the event. Ahead of Williams and third in the end of season standings is Chris Davies.
     
    McKenna and Price take the drivers’ titles in Class 2 and 3 respectively with Cal McElhinney and Claire Williams heading the class co-driver standings. Bob Vardy and Rhodri Evan are top C lass 4 driver and co-driver while the honours in Class 5 go to Hywel Davies and Richard Crozier.
     
    In Class 6, it’s Gavin Edwards and Bryan Hull who take the laurels with Colin Griffiths and Emyr Hall picking them up in Class 7. 
     
    The hotly contested class 8 goes to Dylan Davies who finishes a single point ahead of Simon Thomas, while Mark Williams is top co-driver.
     
    Despite retiring from this event, Martyn England wins Class WRC1 with Mark Glennerster top co-driver.
     
    Arwel Jenkins will take the crown as leading Class N3 co-driver while top driver and co-driver in Class N4 are Andy Davies and Max Freeman.
     
    Speaking after the rally Championship Co-ordinator Dave Evison commented, “I would like to thank all the competitors, event organiser and marshals who have supported us throughout the season. In particular, I would like to thank everyone involved in making the final event of the year a success in very difficult conditions.”
     
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    Issued 13th November 2016
     
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    Issued by Peter Hughes Media on behalf of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship
  • 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.

     


     

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    A fourth maximum points score in as many rounds contested has secured the 2017 Prelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship for Callum Black.

    With treacherously slippery conditions greeting competitors on the morning stages of the Winners Garage Wyedean Stages Rally, the Brackley driver and co-driver Elliott Edmondson were among many to suffer early spins.

    Despite that, they led the event from start to finish in their 586 Engineering Ford Fiesta R5 to secure their respective Championship titles.

    With Peter Stevenson taking second spot in his Ford Focus World Rally Car, third place was enough for Andy Davies to take runner up spot in the series to add to his Group N title for less modified cars. Despite missing this event, Andy’s regular co-driver Max Freeman also took second place overall and Group N honours.

    The absent Wug Utting took third place among the drivers, one point clear of Scott Faulkner and Simon Rogers with Faulkner just pipping Rogers on countback.

    The slippery conditions early on caught out two wheel drive front runner Colin Griffiths as he went off the road and into retirement. That handed the two wheel drive crown to fellow BMW driver Andrew Fox ahead of Griffiths with third place in the Championship going to Chris Powell. He and co-driver Jim Lewis won the category on the day in their Talbot Sunbeam. They finished ahead of the Escort of Tony Williams and Karen Philps, Rob Dennis and Andrew Boswell finishing third in their Escort.

    Among the two wheel drive co-drivers, Jaime-Lee Fox wins the category after a tie-breaker, having finished on equal points with Ian Jones, while third place went to Toby Brick.

    With Rhydian Price already having secured the Junior driver title for competitors under 23, Elliott Edmondson claimed the co-driver’s crown ahead of Dom Adams and Simon Jones.

    Chris Powell’s performance on the day allowed him to snatch Class 3 honours from Dave Brick while Martin Walters takes Class 4 and Steve Ward Class 5.

    Tony Williams did enough to finish ahead of Rob Dennis in Class 6 and Tim Bevan takes the Class award in Class 7. Class 8 honours go to Simon Rogers with the WRC Class going to Peter Stephenson.

    The RAVENOL Welsh Challenge, run in association with the Championship, was a closely fought affair. Andy Davies takes the top spot but just five points separate the next five drivers. Runner up is Colin Griffiths while third place goes to Martin Walters ahead of Callum Black, Simon Rogers and Wug Utting.

    The opening round of the 2018 Championship will be the Llandudno based Cambrian Rally, organised by North Wales Car Club which takes place on Saturday 11thFebruary. You can find out more about that event on their web site, cambrianrally.co.uk, and about the championship at www.wnrc.wamc.org.uk, on their Facebook page and on Twitter @WnRC.

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    Issued 13th November 2017

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




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    This weekend (Sunday 24th June) sees the 2018 Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship move into the second half of the season with the Red Kite Stages. The series has generated a record number of entries and a tight battle not only for the overall title but also many of the class honours. 

    The first four rounds of the Championship produced three different winners. Aberangell’s Osian Pryce took the honours on the season opener, the Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally but it was a very different car from Pryce and Llanfyllin co-driver Dale Furniss’s R5 Mitsubishi Mirage that took top spot on Round 2.Ford Escort stalwart Nick Elliott, partnered by Dave Price took maximum points on Rally North Wales ahead of the Subaru Impreza of Llanon’s Dylan Davies and Caernarfon co-driver Llion Williams while Pryce and Furniss, out this time in a Mark II Escort themselves, retained their Championship lead with a third-place finish.Having crashed out of the lead on the season opener, Matt Edwards from Llysfaen and Darren Garrod of Pwllheli took victory on round 3, the Rallynuts Stages.The duo followed it up with a second victory on round 4, the Plains Rally with fellow former Champions Rhuddlan’s Luke Francis and John H Roberts of Caernarfon taking their Fiesta to second place for the second event running.Consistent finishing, however meant that Davies and Williams had moved to the top of the table, ahead of Edwards and Garrod with Llangefni’s Keith Parry and Eryl Evans of Llanon in third place.

     

    In Group N, Kalvin Green has been the man on the move, finishing ahead of a number of more powerful cars in his Ford Fiesta ST. That has also made the young Treorchy driver the front runner in the junior category,

     

    Like the overall standings, the two-wheel drive category has produced a close battle so far this year, with different winners in each of the first four rounds.John Rowlands from Ffestiniog and Glenn Latham of Machynlleth took the honours on round 1 before Nick Elliott and Dave Price made it two out of two for Mark Two Escorts on the second round. It was the front wheel drive Fiesta of Surrey’s Max Utting who took top category points in round three before the Volvo powered Escort of Ieu Rowlands finished top of the tree on round four.

     

    The RAVENOL Welsh Challenge is aimed at competitors who have never finished in the top 10 of a National B status event and among the drivers setting the pace in the competition are Mitsubishi Evo driver Matthew Hirst, BMW Compact pilot Colin Griffiths and Group N front runner Max Utting. In the co-driver category, top points scorers include Declan Dear, Mike Ainsworth and Geraint Thomas.

     

    The return to the classic stages of the South Wales Valleys is a welcome prospect for the Championship contenders. Expect some epic battles with Championship points at a premium.

     

    The two-wheel drive contenders in Sunday’s event, organised by Amman and District Club, leave the start at Resolven Mart Ground from 8:30am with the four-wheel drive event getting underway at 1:00pm. Further spectator information is available at the event web site, www.redkitestages.co.uk while you can find our more 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 18th June 2018

     

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

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  • Contenders in the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship face the final round of the 2017 series this weekend (11th November) with the Winners Garage Skoda Wyedean Stages Rally. In the absence of Surrey’s Wug Utting, it’s a straight two horse race for the overall driver’s title.

    Callum Black has only contested a limited programme of championship rounds this season but he has claimed maximum championship points on every round that he has appeared on. A finish on Saturday should be enough for the Brackley driver to clinch top championship honours but, should the 586 Engineering R5 Ford Fiesta strike problems, early season leader Andy Davies could still snatch the title.

    The Lampeter man has already clinched the Group N title for less modified cars as has his regular co-driver Max Freeman. Should Callum Black fail to finish, third place among the championship contenders would be enough for the Subaru Impreza driver to add overall championship honours.

    Third place in the Championship will go to Simon Rogers if the Evo 6 driver can finish ahead of the Evo 9 of Scott Faulkner.

    The Junior drivers’ title has already gone to Rhydian Price but the Wyedean will witness a four-way fight for the Junior co-drivers’ crown.

    The two wheel drive crown has also still to be decided with the drivers’ category featuring a battle of the BMWs of Colin Griffiths and Andy Fox. Escort pilots Rob Dennis and Tony Williams could still influence the destination of the title as could Sunbeam mounted Chris Powell. The two wheel drive co-drivers’ honours look set to go the way of Toby Brick although Ian Jones could still have something to say about that.

    Hereford driver Chris Powell needs a strong finish in his Sunbeam to take Class 3 honours ahead of Dave Brick while Martin Walters is favourite to sew up Class 4 in his Honda Civic.

    The battle for Class 6 looks set to go all the way to the final stage with Escort drivers Tony Williams and Rob Dennis and Manta man John Collins all still in contention. In Class 8, the Championship’s dropped score system means that Simon Rogers driving an Evo 6 could yet edge out Geoff Cottrill in his Evo 9 while the battle for third in class could see Ross Leach edge out  Dylan Davies.

    In the RAVENOL Welsh Challenge, which runs in association with the Championship, points are awarded based on a driver’s performance within their class. The fight for end of season honours looks to be between Andy Davies and Colin Griffiths although Martin Walters, Simon Rogers and Callum Black could all yet have a say in matters.

    The Winners Garage Skoda Wyedean Stages Rally is based at the Vantage Point Business Park in Mitcheldean. The first car will leave there at 09:31 on Saturday to tackle four stages, three of which have not featured on the event for a number of years. Cars will return to Mitcheldean for a lunchtime service halt before a second run through each of the stages. The first car is expected back for the finish of the rally in Mitcheldean around 3pm.

    Full spectator information is available on the rally’s web site, www.wyedeanstages.co.uk, while you can find out more about the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship at www.wnrc.wamc.org.uk, on the Championship Facebook page and on Twitter @WnRC.

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    Issued 6th November 2017

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    Rhuddlan driver Luke Francis secured the 2016 Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship on Saturday (3rd Sept) despite spectacularly crashing his car out of the penultimate round of the series, the Eventsigns Woodpecker Rally.

    While his co-driver, John H Roberts from Colwyn Bay, had already clinched the overall co-drivers’ title, Luke went into the weekend’s Ludlow based event knowing that he could wrap up the drivers’ title by getting his Mitsubishi Evo IX to the end of the rally.

    All hope of that ended on just the second stage of the event when the crew rolled their car, forcing them to retire. That meant that Surrey driver Wug Utting could take the Championship to the final round, November’s Wyedean Rally if he could record a high points score. At the end of the day, however, Wug just missed out and the title was Luke’s and with it a free entry on next month’s Wales Rally GB national rally, courtesy of the World Championship event’s organisers, IMS.

    Maximum championship points went to local driver Shaun Gardener and co-driver Ben Innes on an event on which they have taken outright victory on two previous occasions. Second place went to Dylan Davies of Llanon with Karl Simmons from Southwell third ahead of Lampeter’s Andy Davies who took maximum Group N points.

    While Luke Francis has secured the drivers’ title, five drivers retain a chance of claiming the runner up spot on the final round. Second place is currently held by Andrew Jones from Pwllheli but Utting, Dylan and Andy Davies and Flying Kiwi Boyd Kershaw all retain a chance of claiming the place at the end of the season. No fewer than seven co-drivers could still finish as runner up to John H Roberts in their championship race.

    In Group N, for less modified cars, it is now down to a straight fight between Wug Utting and Andy Davies, while their co-drivers, Bob Stokoe and Max Freeman respectively, will fight it out for their Group N title.

    Freeman, from Stafford also leads the co-drivers’ category in the Vital Equipment Junior Welsh Championship for competitors aged under 25. Two other co-drivers could still pass him, however, Chris Davies from Builth Wells and Mold’s Simon Jones.

    Andrew Jones has clinched the Vital Equipment junior drivers’ title but any one of five drivers could still finish as runner up while Jones still has a battle on his hands with Boyd Kershaw for two wheel driver honours. The Flying Kiwi finished ahead of Jones on this event although it was Caernarfon’s Gavin Edwards who took top points in the category in his Mark II Escort along with co-driver Caron Tomlinson from Bettws y Coed.

    The Woodpecker also produced a shake-up in the Ravenol Welsh Challenge standings. The Challenge, run alongside the Championship, sees points awarded according to drivers’ performances within their class. A prize fund valued at £3000 is distributed among the top 3.

    Andrew Jones now leads the Challenge by six points from Luke Francis while Boyd Kershaw, Worcester’s Colin Griffiths and Hywel Davies from Machynlleth all retain a chance of finishing in the top 3.

    The final round of the Championship, the Forest of Dean based Wyedean Rally takes place on November 12th. You can find out more about the event on their website, www.wyedeanstages.co.uk and about the Championship, including full Championship and Ravenol Welsh Challenge points, on www.wnrc.wamc.org.uk. You can also keep up to date with the Championship on the Facebook page and on Twitter @WnRC.

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    Issued 5th September 2016

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    Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship debutants Nick Elliott and Dave Price took maximum points on the second round of the year, the North Wales Rally Services Rally North Wales on Saturday(March 24th). However, it was another Historic spec Mark 2 Escort mounted crew, Osian Pryce and Dale Furniss, who retained the series lead after finishing in third place.

     This year’s Championship has attracted a record number of registered drivers already this season and looks destined to set a new high for registered co-drivers. So, it was a strong Championship field that headed out from the Dolgellau start.

    The early lead was claimed by Ieaun Rowlands and Emyr Hall, but they were forced out of the event on the second stage with distributor failure on their Hillman Avenger. That promoted Elliott and Price to a lead that they would not concede for the remainder of the day. They faced stiff opposition, however, from Pryce and Furniss who had switched from the modern Mitsubishi Mirage R5 that they took to victory on the opening round the Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally. They might even have repeated their victory on this event last year were it not for a puncture late on in the event.

     

     

     

     

     Second place overall went to Dylan Davies and Llion Williams. The Subaru Impreza crew headed the four-wheel drive field throughout the day to also claim second overall in the Championship standings, their cause being assisted when the Impreza of Andy Davies and Max Freeman suffered turbo failure on the third stage. Second place among the four-wheel drive contenders went to Matthew Hirst and Declan Dear in their Mitsubishi Evo IX. Despite his relative inexperience, Hirst leads the under 23 drivers’ category and the crew head the standings in the RAVENOL Welsh Challenge.

     Third place in the Championship is held by John Rowlands and Glenn Latham who finished top of the modern specification two-wheel drive cars in their Mark 2 Escort. They finished ahead of the Historic specification Escort of Alan Walker who was nonetheless pleased with his performance in such a competitive field. Another very happy driver was Alun Roberts, he and co-driver Aled Edwards claiming a big points haul in their Ford Ka. The finished just ahead of the Fiesta of Max Utting. The Surrey driver saw his stage times improve throughout the day and believes there is more to come.

     Meanwhile, Max’s dad, Wug, and co-driver Bob Stokoe took top points in Group N, for less modified cars. Paul Davy and Roger Allen continue to top the Championship standings in Group N in their similar Impreza. That is despite the fact that they discovered during the course of the day that there was nothing connecting their near side from wheel to the differential and so they were effectively competing in a three-wheel drive car on the closing stages. An impressive third place in Group N and class win went to the Fiesta ST of late entrants Kalvin Green and Tom Wood who now lie second in the Group N standings.

     The battle of the BMWs in the two-wheel drive category went to the Compact of Colin Griffiths, reigning champions Andrew and Jamie-Lee Fox reporting a lack of grip for their 325i which meant they spent much of the day looking through their side windows to see where they were going. Meanwhile long time Welsh Clubman’s Championship competitors David Jones and Glyn Price finished third in class in their BMW.

     Among other contenders to put in strong performances were David Lloyd Roberts who claimed maximum class points in his Ford Escort, as did Perry Gardener in his Nova.  2017 Junior Champion Rhydian Price in his Fiesta  was particularly pleased with the start to his 2018 campaign. 

     Steve Deeley receives a RAVENOL voucher the Peugeot 205GTi driver picking up the award for the biggest improvement on seeding while a second RAVENOL voucher goes to Graham Palmer, the Escort driver competing on his very first event.

     The next round of the Championship is the Rallynuts Stages Rally. The Builth Wells based event, organised by Midland Manor Motor Club, takes place on April 14th.

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    Issued 27th March 2018

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    A dominant performance by Matt Edwards saw the North Wales driver take outright victory on Saturday’s Rallynuts Stages Rally and, with it, maximum points in the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship. It was Llanon driver Dylan Davies, however, who left the third round of the nine-round series leading the Championship.

     

    Machynlleth driver Osian Pryce, who led the series after two rounds, sat out Saturday’s Builth Wells based event while top points scorer on round two, Nick Elliott was sidelined on the opening stage with engine problems on his Ford Escort. Edwards took the early lead as he had done on the season opener, the Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally. While he had crashed out of the lead on the second stage of the earlier event, this time Edwards and co-driver Darren Garrod would head the field in their Ford Fiesta all the way to the finish ramp at the Royal Welsh Showground.

     

    It was another former Welsh Champion, Luke Francis of Rhuddlan and co-driver John H Roberts from Colwyn Bay who followed Edwards home in their WRC specification Fiesta to take second place. Make it a Fiesta 1-2-3, all running on Pirelli tyres, as far as the Championship was concerned was Ruthin driver Hugh Hunter partnered by Rob Fagg.

     

     

     

     

    Another consistent performance, however, by Dylan Davies and Llion Williams of Caernarfon in their Subaru Impreza was enough to ensure that they moved to the top of the Series standings.

    The Group N category, for less modified machinery, produced a close battle between the Mitsubishi Evo IX of Tom Naughton and Will Rogers, and Paul Davy and Roger Allan in their Subaru Impreza. When a tyre failure put the Worcester duo’s Impreza off the road it was Naughton, from Bury, and Cinderford’s Rogers who claimed top points.

     

    While Roger Allan retains the lead in the Group N co-drivers category, Fiesta ST driver Kalvin Green tops the drivers’ points table, demoting Paul Davy. The Treorchy driver also heads the junior drivers’ category after closest rivals Matthew Hirst and Zak Hughes both crashed out of the event. While Gareth Parry of Aberystwyth took maximum junior co-drivers’ points, Ludlow’s Keaton Williams, who partnered Bob Vardy in their R2 specification Fiesta, heads the category.

     

    In the two-wheel drive category, top driver honours went to Max Utting, the Oxfordshire driver bringing his front wheel drive Fiesta home ahead of the ranks of rear wheel drive cars for the first time. Second place went to Swindon duo Rob Dennis and Andrew Boswell in their Mark II Escort with the similar car of Co Tyrone driver Owen McMackin, partnered by Lee Taylor from Llanddarog, finishing third.

     

    Worcestershire’s Colin Griffiths tops the driver standings in the two-wheel drive category and the BMW pilot also heads the RAVENOL Welsh Challenge for drivers how have not finished in the top 10 of a National B status event. With Keaton Williams leading the two-wheel drive co-drivers, top of the RAVENOL Welsh Challenge co-drivers is Declan Dear, the Woking based competitor retaining the lead despite crashing out of the event alongside driver Matthew Hirst.

     

    The next round of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship is the Plains Rally. The Welshpool based event, organised by Knutsford and District Motor Club takes place on Saturday 12th May. More information about the Plains Rally can be found on the 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 08th April 2018

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    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

     


     

  • 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.


     





  • This weekend’s Eventsigns Woodpecker Stages (1st Sept) is the penultimate round of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Rally Championship with the fight for the title set to go down to the final round of the Championship, the Wyedean Stages on November 10th

    The destination of at least one major award will be settled on this event, however. The driver leading the series at the end of the rally will receive a free entry to Wales Rally GB, which takes place from October 4th to 7th.

    The award is provided by IMS, the promoters of the 11th round of the World Rally Championship, as part of their Road to Wales initiative and going into today’s event, no fewer than nine drivers retain at least a mathematical chance of taking the lucrative prize. The same nine drivers could also yet be crowned Welsh champion.

    Two drivers are currently tied at the top of the Championship standings with Llanon’s Dylan Davies and Surrey driver Wug Utting both on 107 points. Their respective co-drivers, Llion Williams and Bob Stokoe also share the lead in their Championship category.

    Utting and Stokoe also top the Group N standings for less modified cars ahead of Ron Hall and Phil Spilsted.

    Third among the drivers is Llysfaen’s Matt Edwards. The British Rally Championship front-runner is 11 points back but has taken maximum points on three out of the four championship rounds that he has so far contested. With competitors dropping their two worst scores, Matt and co-driver Darren Garrod remain well in contention.

    Fourth place is held by Matthew Hirst and the Doncaster driver also leads the under 23 category, eight points clear of Treorchy’s Kalvin Green. Welshpool’s Zak Hughes holds third place in the junior category.

    Lying fifth overall, Max Utting also tops the two-wheel drive category. In his front wheel drive Ford Fiesta, Max currently heads the ranks of rear wheel drive machinery, among them the BMW Compact of Hereford’s Colin Griffiths and Barry Jordan’s Avenger.

    Llangefni’s Keith Parry holds sixth place overall ahead of former Champion Luke Francis while Scott Faulkner and Osian Pryce also remain in contention for top honours.

    The innovative RAVENOL Welsh Challenge recognises the performance of competitors who have yet to finish in the top 10 overall of a Championship round. With prizes worth more than £3000 available, it too is being fiercely contested. Max Utting leads the driver standings from Matthew Hirst with Colin Griffiths in third place.





    Declan Dear leads the RAVENOL Welsh Challenge for co-drivers from Mike Ainsworth and Geraint Thomas.

    Competitors on the event, organised by Sixty and Worcestershire Motor Club, will cross the start ramp at Ludlow Racecourse from 08:31 on Saturday morning, returning there from 16:45. Spectators are welcome at two locations, Haye Park near Ludlow and Radnor Forest in mid Wales. Access to the spectator car parks costs £10 per car and includes a Programme and Entry List.

    The Haye Park car park entrance is on the minor road between Ludlow and Wigmore (OS Map 137 / 474732, post code SY8 2HE). Catering, toilet facilities and a commentary will be available. The cars visit twice, with first car due for SS1 at 08:45 and first car due for SS4 at 12:45. Please arrive and leave the car park from the Ludlow direction NOT via the Wigmore road. 

    The Radnor Forest car park entrance is on the A488 between Knighton and Penybont (OS Map 148 / 189683, nearest post code LD7 1PA). Parking is on forest tracks. The cars visit Radnor Forest twice, with first car due for SS3 at 10:20 and first car due for SS6 at 15:05

    The Eventsigns Woodpecker Stages Rally was chosen as the best event in the 2017 Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship and, with so much still to be settled in 2018 including the destination of many of the class awards, a strong contingent of Championship contenders are once again relishing an epic battle.

    You can find our more about the rally on the official website, www.woodpecker-rally.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 25th August 2018 

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  • 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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    With the second round of the 2018 Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship, the Grooms Garage Mid Wales Stages, postponed due to weather conditions, this weekend’s North Wales Rally Services Rally North Wales (24th March) offers competitors their second chance to score points in the series.

    The opening round, the Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally, saw Osian Pryce and co-driver Dale Furniss pick up maximum points in the overall championship. Behind the wheel of a four-wheel drive Mitsubishi Mirage for that season opener, this weekend they have opted to take on the massed ranks of two-wheel drive machinery in a Mark 2 Ford Escort.

    Dylan Davies is currently six points behind Pryce and he and co-driver Llion Williams, both from Lampeter, will be looking to close the gap to the top of the table in their Subaru Impreza.

    Driving another four wheel-drive Impreza, Andy Davies, who missed the Cambrian will be keen to get his Championship challenge underway. The Bryncrug driver will be teamed up with co-driver Max Freeman in a Subaru Impreza.

    Freeman, from Stafford, was 2016 Champion junior co-driver and 2017 Group N Champion co-driver. He took outright victory on the Cambrian Rally alongside Derbyshire driver Ollie Mellors, but the team were ineligible for Championship points.

    Former Group N Champions Paul Davy and Roger Allen took the honours among the less modified cars in round 1. Their challengers this weekend will include Wug Utting and Bob Stokoe who were absent from the Cambrian. Like Andy Davies, Surrey driver Utting led the overall Championship standings for part of last season.

    Interest in the two-wheel drive category of the Championship continues to grow with nearly forty Championship contenders scheduled to cross the start ramp on Saturday morning. John Rowlands leads the two-wheel drive standings. He and co-driver Glenn Latham took top honours on the Cambrian in their Escort following a late puncture for the Hillman Avenger of John’s brother Ieuan, partnered by Emyr Hall. With Osian Pryce in contention for two-wheel drive points other Escort mounted crews include Rudi Lancaster and Guy Weaver and Norfolk pairing David and James Young.

    Others to watch out for include the distinctive Fiat 131 of Barry Jordan and Paul Wakely while Brynmor Pierce and Alan Jones opt for front wheel-drive in their Ford Fiesta ST. 2017 two-wheel drive champions Andrew and Jamie-Lee Fox will be continuing the defence of their title in their venerable BMW 325i while Worcester’s Colin Griffiths will be out in his BMW Compact.

    The RAVENOL Welsh Challenge is a new addition to the Championship this season and is open to competitors who have not previously finished in the top 10 overall on a Championship round. Matthew Hirst and co-driver Declan Dear currently top the standings in their Mitsubishi Evo IX

    With an array of classic North Wales stages ahead of them for a second time this season, a strong line up of Championship contenders face a challenge worthy of Wales’s premier Rally Championship as they head away from the Dolgellau start.

    With two-wheel drive cars leaving the start-line at Gwyndaf Evans Motors from 7.30am and four-wheel drive heading out from the town’s Farmers’ Market from 1.20pm, spectators will have the chance to view the action in both the Geoff Jones Motorsport Big Ray stage and in “Tim Hobbs” Gartheiniog.

    Full spectator information is available on the event web site, www.rallynorthwales.co.uk and more about the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship at wnrc.wamc.org.uk, on the Championship’s Facebook page and on Twitter @WnRC.

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    Issued 20th March 2018

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    A first maximum points score of the season means that Dylan Davies and Llion Williams retain the lead in the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship with five of the eight rounds completed.

    With the two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive machinery tackling the Red Kite Stages separately, it was Osian Pryce and Dale Furniss who took the initial lead in their historic specification Mark II Escort. Llanfyllin’s Furniss came straight to the event from the PK Memorial Road Rally, where he had driven to victory.

    It looked like being two wins out of two until Llanon’s Davies and Williams from Caernarfon completed the same five stages in their Subaru Impreza that the two-wheel drive competitors had tackled earlier in the day.

    When they returned to the finish at Resolven, they had pipped Pryce, from Aberangell, and Furniss by 26 seconds. With the Escort mounted duo finishing in second place, third went to the Impreza of Surrey driver Wug Utting and co-driver Bob Stokoe, while Scott Faulkner and Gareth Parry were fourth in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX.

    Will Rogers, partnered with Paul Barrett who is not registered for the Championship finished second among the two-wheel drive co-drivers in their Mark II Escort, ahead of the similar Escorts of Steve Bennett and Osian Owen and Rudy Lancaster and Guy Weaver.

    With Davies and Williams leading the title chase, Wug Utting and Bob Stokoe hold second place, three points clear of Pryce and Furniss.

    Utting and Stokoe also top the Group N standings, for less modified cars, ahead of Treorchy driver Kalvin Green who was forced to retire his Ford Fiesta with a broken stub axle. Phil Spilsted, who was teamed up with Ron Hall in an Impreza, lies second in the Group N co-driver standings.

    Despite his retirement, Kalvin Green continues to lead the junior category ahead of Matthew Hirst, who was also a non-finsiher. Rhyl’s Osian Owen is currently top placed junior co-driver, 10 points clear of Keaton Williams who is one point ahead of Gareth Parry.

    Max Utting leads the two-wheel drive category despite having to recover from an off road excursion that left his Ford Fiesta ST with two punctures and only one spare wheel. Ffestiniog’s Ieu Rowlands overcame an early misfire on his Hillman Avenger of hold second place in the Championship standings while Hereford driver Colin Griffiths is third despite rolling his BMW Compact out of the event.

    Clive S Jones is top of the two-wheel drive co-driver standings, three points clear of Corwen co-driver Emyr Hall with Newcastle Emlyn’s Paul Wakely five points further back.

    In the RAVENOL Welsh Challenge for drivers who have not finished in the top 10 overall on a Championship round, Max Utting tops the table ahead of Matthew Hirst and Colin Griffiths. In the co-driver category, it’s Declan Dear who heads the field from Dei Jones and Alan Proudman.

    The next round of the Championship is the Nicky Grist Stages on July 14th. The event, organised by Quinton Motor Club, is based in the Royal Welsh Showground with a Town Centre start in Builth Wells. You can find our more about the rally on the official website, www.nickygriststages.co.uk. More information about the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship is available on their website, wnrc.wamc.org,uk, on the Championship Facebook page and on Twitter @WnRC.

     

     

     

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    ISSUED 25TH JUNE 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 2018 Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship gets underway this weekend with the Llandudno based Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally. The 2017 season ended on November’s Wyedean Rally with the overall title, two-wheel drive honours and many of the class awards going right down to the wire. All the indications are that the 2018 series will produce similarly close battles.

    Reigning title holder Callum Black will be absent this weekend as he is in South Korea for the Winter Olympics so there will be plenty of other crews looking to take an early advantage in the Championship standings. 2016 Champions Luke Francis and John H Roberts will be present, however, in their Ford Fiesta World Rally Car.

    One of the more interesting registered contenders in action will be Pembrokeshire driver Julian Reynolds and co-driver Patrick Walsh in their Ford Fiesta R5. Hugh Hunter and Rob Fagg, meanwhile, will be out in their Word Rally Car version of the same model.
    Among the ranks of Subaru Imprezas will be Keith Parry and Eryl Evans along with Harry Gardner and Elliot Graham while Mitsubishi Evo mounted crews include Simon Rogers and Steven Clark as well as Dan Moss and Sam Allen.

    In Group N, for less modified cars, reigning champions Andy Davies and Max Freeman will face opposition from former champions Paul Davy and Roger Allen, also in an Impreza. Others contesting the class include the two litre Ford Fiesta of Brynmor Pierce and Alan Jones and Mitsubishi Evo IX mounted Dan Moss and Sam Allen.

    The two-wheel drive category was one of the most fiercely contested awards in 2017 and the class battle looks set for more of the same this year. Among those returning to series are John Rowlands and Glen Latham in their Mark 2 Ford Escort as well as the similar cars of Rob Dennis and Andrew Boswell and Steve Ward and Mike Crawford.

    New to the Championship for 2018 is the Challenger title for both drivers and co-drivers. This is open competitors 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. Marking their fourth season supporting the Championship, advanced lubricant technology company RAVENOL will sponsor the Challenger category providing a prize fund valued at more than £3000.

    The first car will cross the start ramp in St Georges Place in Llandudno at 8am on Saturday morning, tackling the opening stage in Penmachno Forest at 9am. Spectators can also see the cars in action on the Llyn Elsi stage from 9:43am. The cars will re-visit those stages at 1:30pm and 2:25pm respectively.

    With the world class rally stages of North Wales ahead of them, the Cambrian Rally promises the perfect start to what looks set to be another classic season for the Pirelli MSA Welsh Championship.
    You can find out more about the Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally at Cambrianrally.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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    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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    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

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    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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