Pirelli Motorsport UK Welsh 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.



  • 5,4,3,2,1, 2020 is GO



    The organisers of the Motorsport UK Pirelli Welsh Stage Rally Championship have confirmed that they will continue to enjoy the support of the market leading tyre manufacturers as title sponsors while also unveiling a raft of new initiatives for the 2020 series.

    The Championship calendar will start off with the Llandudno based Cambrian Rally on February 8th. The North Wales event will include classic stages in the Conwy area which, like the majority of the stages throughout the Championship, have benefitted from the maintenance programme carried out by Rally4Wales.

    Round two is Rally North Wales on 28h March based in Dolgellau the event features some of the most iconic stages in the Dyfi forest complex.

    Mid Wales is the base for third round of the Championship, Rallynuts Stages Rally, on April 18th, as last year the event organisers are promising some exciting changes to the route.

    Round 4, on May 16th is the Plains Rally, another event with major changes planned, reduced road mileage and a central servicing.  

    As the Championship moves into the second half of its season it’s down to South Wales with competitors getting a rare chance to tackle the challenging stages in and around the Neath Valley on the Red Kite Stages, taking place on June 14th.

    Round 6 takes competitors to Builth Wells for the popular Nicky Grist Stages on 11th July while the penultimate round takes them over the border to England. While the start of the Woodpecker Stages on 5th September may be in Ludlow, however, the bulk of the stages will be in Wales, specifically Radnor Forest.

    The Championship concludes in the Forest of Dean with the Wyedean Stage Rally on 17th October.  

    Confirming the calendar and the series sponsorship, Dave Evison, Championship Secretary commented, “As an organising team we are delighted to be able to once again offer our competitors the opportunity to tackle some of the best rally stages in the country on events with a minimum of four weeks between each, easing budget and repair concerns.  We are, of course, hugely grateful to Pirelli along with all our other sponsors, including the continued support of RAVENOLUK. We believe that the continued backing of such prestigious companies is a tribute to the superb events that the organisers put on and the competitive nature of our Championship. Meanwhile we have exciting plans for our Under 25 competitors with fantastic prizes, on offer in conjunction with OnThePaceNote.co.uk, for the winning Juniors.

    Dave confirmed that the team, who welcomes Will Rogers, have been working hard to build on last year’s success with its focus firmly to offer contenders a professional yet friendly championship with great competition and outstanding media coverage, expect an announcement soon.

    Also new for this year is an online championship registration form which can be found in the competitor’s section of the championship website together with the championship regulations. Competitors who are urged to register online can do so  at https://bit.ly/2FJC0MW    

     For more information on the championship please visit www.wnrc.wamc.org.uk



  • A Game of Two Halves for Championship Leader

    After an exciting opening round of the 2020 Motorsport UK Pirelli Welsh Rally Championship, in association with Ravenol UK, it was Richmond driver Ian Bainbridge together with new co driver Dale Bowen who emerged victorious. They took maximum championship points after a superb drive to 2nd overall, in the Gypsum Group backed Skoda Fabia R5 on the Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally. 

    Around 100 cars left the Llandudno base in dry cold conditions, on Saturday morning, even storm Ciara stayed thankfully at bay until the evening. 

    The notoriously tough event provided an excellent opener, using the forests of Elsi, Gwydir, Crafnant followed by a 10-mile test in the formidable Penmachno Forest, plus the superb tarmac road of the Great Orme providing the competitors with 42 miles of fast and furious action. 


    But it wasn't all plain sailing for the Skoda driver, who quipped at service despite lying 5th. "I've had an atrocious morning the harder I try, the times are not there, I'm starting to doubt myself, we’re going to make some changes in service, and push hard this afternoon. "But whatever he did worked, he set some terrific times, to lead home husband and wife team Martyn and Dawn England, Fiesta R5
    A delighted Martyn, who finished 4th overall, said, " We've had a very good run. We put some harder sidewall tyres on to take no risks, especially in Penmachno and it’s paid off."

    Completing the podium places in 6th overall was young gun George Lepley with Tom Woodburn on the notes in the WD 40/Pirelli Mitsubishi Evo 10. But it was a case of what might have been for the Newark youngster, after setting good times on the opening tests, a puncture in Penmachno saw the duo loose 2 minutes, and drop from 2nd to 16th, but a good run over the afternoon stages, brought its rewards."It was game over after the puncture for the win, we just tried to salvage some good championship points." stated Lepley.


    But the biggest losers of the day were Russ Thompson and Andy Murphy in the SW Engineering Lancer Evo 9, who had a superb run to hold 2nd overall at service." We've made a lot of changes to the car, and I was a bit rusty first thing, I just wanted a good quick run through Penmachno, that was the key stage for us." said Thompson but it all went wrong on the last stage,Elsi, when they picked up a rear puncture a mile into the final 7 mile test and driving on it to the end, dropping down to 4th Welsh championship crew and 7th overall." We're a bit deflated to say the least". Commented co driver Andy Murphy.


    The impressive Tom Llewellin, together with Peredur Davies, in the Braces Bread Escort RS1800, rounded off the top 5 Welsh contenders, with 9th overall, and 1st 2WD contender home after another excellent drive. "This afternoon stages were pretty tough, but we've had a good day, I had a good push on the last stage and really enjoyed that" said the Haverfordwest youngster.


    Just 13 seconds behind, in 10th overall, were Karl Simmons and Mark Glennerster, in the Melvyn Evans Motorsport run Skoda Fabia R5, the duo ended stage 1 with a slow rear puncture, but unaware of this, they did nearly all of Gwydir with the tyre deflated and dropped a minute. "Shame about the puncture it cost us a minute, but we've had a good day overall."Martin Andrews had a very good day to finish to take 14th overall, with co-driver Steve Greenhill from a start number of 49 in the Subaru Impreza,"Really enjoyed it, we had a few moments along the way, and the car was doing things we didn't understand at times, it went faster than I wanted it to at times." Laughed Andrews


    The spectacular Andy Davison and Tom Murphy, in the 2 litre Sunbeam, had what he described as “interesting” moments in the morning and being “rusty”. An off into a ditch on stage 5, cost them some 20 seconds, but didn't stop them taking 2nd 2WD and 15th overall.
    Hereford duo Chris Powell and Jim Lewis were yet again the giant killers in the Herefordshire Raceway 1400 Sunbeam, taking 16th overall and the early lead in class W3, after an excellent day, although Chris admitted to loosing concentration when he tried to back off on the penultimate stage. 


    Another crew to suffer a puncture that somewhat spoiled their day, were Scott Faulkner and Steve Link in their Lancer Evo 9, after a very good opening two stages the duo dropped nearly 4 minutes on the long Penmachno test. It was then a case of damage limitation, with 18th overall but top Group N runner. Ludlow youngster Perry Gardner had the experienced Andrew Sankey alongside in the TNT Tyres Fiesta R2.  They were another crew who had a trouble-free day to take 19th overall and the W4a Class. "it was nice and simple. " said Gardner.


    Local duo David Lloyd Roberts and Emyr Hall had a very good run, despite it looking to be all over at service, having experienced a persistent misfire in the morning. Some excellent work from Lloyd Roberts’s former co-driver, Dei Jones, who diagnosed a broken rocker arm, Frank Richer at Richer Motorsport stepped in and sourced a replacement.  They finished an excellent 20th overall and 1st in the W5 category, in the 2-litre historic Escort.

    Osian Owen co-drove Maxx Bradshaw to 23rd in the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 2. 

    Ledbury youngster Rob Wilson with co driver Martin Haggett in the Ravenol backed Fiesta R2 had a superb run to 25th and with it runner up in the Junior category, despite admitting to a slow start. Jon Jones and his Machynlleth co-driver Lewis Griffiths were another crew to enjoy the days sport. On only the drivers second gravel rally in the Word are Skip Hire Fiesta R2, to finish 26th. "We've had a really good day, stages have been excellent." said well pleased Griffiths Yet another Machynlleth youngster Gethin Price, with Matt Baddeley in the hot seat, produced a stunning drive to net 30th overall and 3rd junior driver home, in the R Keith Price Haulage 1300 Nissan Micra, despite losing 20 seconds with an overshoot in stage 3. " We've had a really good day, fitting 4 new Pirelli tyres has made a huge difference today instead of our usual secondhand ones." Laughed Gethin.


    After some very impressive times in his new Skoda Fabia R5 West Walian duo Dylan Davies and Llion Williams, started superbly. Just 4 seconds off the lead after stage 2,  the duo stopped at the scene of an accident on stage 3. Once they knew the crew were ok, they drove to the end of the stage slowly with their hazards on and were given the actual time they took. This cost the duo 10 minutes, dropping to 60th and any hope of getting a good result. But they set top 5 stage times on the afternoon's 3 tests to finish 34th overall. "Apart from the third stage incident, we've been on the pace all day which is pleasing given it’s a new car." Said Dylan.


    Just behind was ever cheerful Scotsman Tom Coughtrie with his Isle of Mull co-driver Ian Frazer in the beautiful Mitsubishi Gallant. Despite some off road panel damage they took 35th. The duo’s next outing will be the opening Scottish championship round, The Snowman, before Tom leaves for a tarmac rally in Spain. "At least I've had some tarmac practice today, on the Orme, before Spain". quipped Coughtrie, “And if any championship contenders visit Mull you be will made very welcome in the Frazer coffee House on the Island”.

    North Wales crew Robert and Iestyn Williams had a good run to finish 40th overall in the beautiful Mk 1 RS2000. Despite admitting to being very rusty and finding the stages very slippery. Chester residents Steve Ward and Mike Crawford in the GJM built historic Escort enjoyed a run to 42nd overall. Veteran campaigners Cyril Crook and Mike Wilding in the ex Richard Edwards RWD Astra had an excellent run to 43rd overall. West Countryman Frazer Martin with Abergele’s Ian Jones on the notes, were another to suffer in stage 3, losing 10 minutes with a puncture, in the Slideways Motorsport Lancer Evo 6.The Avenger crew of Manxman Rory McCann with the experienced  Tim Tugwell calling the notes, had a frustrating day, suffering two stage maximums on stages 1 and 6,but soldiered on to finish 52nd overall.  "It's been a character building day, but I really enjoyed that last stage, it flowed so I could throw the car about." smiled the jovial McCann.

     Those who unfortunately never made the finish included, the reigning champions Matt Hirst with co-driver Declan Dear who hit a rock in Penmachno and bent a wheel, the aforementioned rock would account for 3 championship contenders.The much anticipated battle for 2WD honours with the historic Escorts of Tom Llewellin, Nick Elliott and Ben Friend only lasted a few stages, with Friend first to go with gearbox issues on stage 3. That stage also saw Elliott lose a minute when he had to stop to put a flapping bonnet down, but a broken gearbox mount in service ended his day. Damian Pratts and Jonny "Tad" Evans rolled the Tsalta Motorsport Escort out on stage 2. The now famous Penmachno rock also claimed the new Renault Twingo R2 of Zak Hughes with Will Atkins alongside, who rolled heavily. Differential failure saw the end of Steve Ormond-Smith and Simon Jones Evo7 on stage 1.Young Elliot Payne had the experience of Mike Gilbey guiding the Fiesta R2, but they were another stage 3 casualty reason unknown. Tom McKeown and Neil Thomas retired on stage 2 with suspension issues. The BMW of Kevin Metcalfe’s rally ended in Penmachno reason unknown. 

    Newtown duo Alun Horn with Ian Beamond calling the notes in the 2 litre Escort, completed the stages, despite a maximum on the last stage, but were OTL at the end. Dave Brick and Rob Woodhouse retired their Nova with engine problems on stage 3.  Meanwhile sons, Freddy and Toby Brick rally ended in stage 5.James Dunkley and Colin Jenkins lost drive in stage 5 in the Vauxhall Corsa.

    There is no doubt the event proved to be a tough opener on the tight twisty roads of the North Wales forests.

    The next Motorsport UK Pirelli Welsh Championship round, North Wales Rally Services Rally North Wales takes place on March 28th.  Entries are sure to be at a premium for this very popular rally which will see crews head to the wide fast flowing roads of Dyfi Forest and the superbly testing roads of Pantperthog.


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    In recent days there have been more developments that have impacted upon the planned championship 2020 calendar and changes outside of the sport in relation to the Covid 19 pandemic.

    Friday’s cancellation of the Woodpecker Stages, plus the recent announcements from Rally North Wales and Rallynuts Stages, have seen the number of scoring rounds within the championship dramatically reduced.

    We now feel, as the championship promoters, that, with only a maximum of three possible rounds being run in 2020, we are unable to fulfil a worthwhile series and to crown a worthy champion.  With this in mind we have taken the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Motorsport UK Pirelli Welsh Rally Championship in association with Ravenol UK with immediate effect.

    Both the remaining events, that were to be the final rounds of 2020, the Winner Garage Skoda Wyedean Stages October 17th and the rescheduled Nicky Grist Stages November 28th, are progressing with their preparations within the government guidelines, imposed by COVID 19. We would like to wish both events every success and ask championship registered crews to support both rallies if possible.

    The championship promoters would like to announce that entries will be rolled over to the 2021 championship for those of you who registered in 2020.

    The plans for the 2021 championship are now well advanced, and we will have some new and very exciting announcements for next year in due course.

    We also would like to take this opportunity to thank Motorsport UK, the Welsh Association of Motor Clubs, all our stake holders, our sponsors Pirelli, Ravenol UK, Restruct and ONTHEPACENOTE.co.uk.  The team at Special Stage, Howard Davies and all event organising teams, during what very difficult and unprecedented times for all concerned.

    Finally, I ask you all to take a moment to remember the 40,000+ lives COVID 19 have taken here in the UK at the present time, some of whom were friends and colleagues from the World of Motorsport. They will be sorely missed by us all and this puts things very much in perspective. Stay safe everyone and we will keep you updated with news and developments as and when we can.

    The Team at Motorsport UK Pirelli Welsh Rally Championship

    Image Round 1 Cambrian Rally 







    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

    Credit for the image:- RallySport Media




    Dylan Davies and Llion Williams go into the 6th round of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship, the Nicky Grist Stages, (14th July) with a 17 point lead.

    With competitors counting their best six scores from the eight-round series, however, the battle for the title remains wide open. Dylan, from Llanon and Caernarfon co-driver Llion can expect stiff opposition from another healthy championship entry as they tackle the Builth Wells based event in their Subaru Impreza.

    Among those chasing championship points will be top seeds Tom Cave and James Morgan in their Mitsubishi Mirage, while Matt Edwards and Darren Garrod, competing in a Ford Fiesta, will be looking to add to their two wins so far in this year’s Championship to improve on their current 7th and 6th places respectively in the Championship standings.

    Other front-runners should include former champions Luke Francis and John H Roberts in their Ford Fiesta WRC and West Country husband and wife team Martyn and Dawn England in the R5+ version of the same model.

    Surrey driver Wug Utting and co-driver Bob Stokoe currently lie second overall in the Championship but also lead the Group N category for less modified cars in their Subaru Impreza. Treorchy driver Kalvin Green, co-driven by Osian Owen lies just 13 points behind in the Group N standings, however, in the less powerful Ford Fiesta ST.

    Kalvin and Osian also lead the junior categories for competitors aged under 23 but Kalvin has a narrow four-point advantage over Mitsubishi Evo driver Matthew Hirst, co-driven by Declan Dear.

    Front-wheel drive Fiesta driver Max Utting heads the ranks of rear-wheel drive cars in the two-wheel drive category. With second placed Ieu Rowlands absent this weekend, there will be an opportunity for third placed Hereford driver Colin Griffiths to make up ground in his BMW Compact while reigning two-wheel drive champions Andy and Jamie-Lee Fox will be another team looking for a strong points haul in their BMW 325.

    In the RAVENOL Welsh Challenge, for competitors who have never finished in the top 10 of a National B status event, Max Utting will be keen to consolidate his lead in the drivers’ category ahead of Matthew Hirst and Colin Griffiths. Declan Dear currently leads the co-drivers’ category from Dei Jones and Alan Proudman,

    Competitors on the Quinton Motor Club organised event will leave the formal start venue outside Strand Hall in the centre of Builth Wells from 09:01 on Saturday with opportunities for spectators to see the cars in action on the Route 60 stage from 10:05 and again from 14:12 and the Halfway stage from 10:32 and 14:39.

    More information about the rally can be found on the event website, www.nickygriststages.co.ukand 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 10th June 2018

    Issued by Peter Hughes Media on behalf of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship
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  • Nine Pine Their Hopes on Woodpecker Success

    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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    Issued by Peter Hughes Media on behalf of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship. For more information call 07768 095156.




    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

    Credit for the photographs :- Rally Sport Media

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