Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship 

 

Wales,

  • Gardener Digs In For Wet Weather Win





    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
     
     Credit for the attached photographs given to rallysportmedia.com
     
    Issued by Peter Hughes Media on behalf of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship
  • BLACK ATTACK NETS THE TITLE

     

     

    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

    Credit for the photos Gasmark Media (Mark Chappell)

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




  • Coverage from the Final Round The Winner Garage Skoda Wyedean Stages

     

     


     

  • DOWN TO THE WIRE ON THE WYEDEAN

    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

     Credit for the photograph  given to Rallysport Media

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


     

  • Francis Takes Welsh Rally Title

     

     

    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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  • HELP US TO PROTECT THE FUTURE OF RALLYING

    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

     


     

  • Welsh Competitors Knocking on Championship Door at Woodpecker Rally

     

     

    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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  • WELSH TITLE CHASE REACHES MID WALES

     

    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.


     

  • WELSHPOOL TO PLAY HOST TO WIDE OPEN WELSH CHAMPIONSHIP

     

    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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