Pirelli Motorsport UK Welsh Rally Championship 


  • 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

    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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    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


    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


  • Championship Updates - Covid 19

    Round 6 - Nicky Grist Stages, Postponed - Statement 


    Round 5 - Red Kite Stages, Cancelled - Statement  


    Round 4 - Plains Rally, Cancelled - Statement 


    Round 3 - Rallynuts Stage Rally, Cancelled - Statement 


    Round 2 - Rally North Wales, Cancelled - Statement 


    Motorsport UK COVID-19 Update Tuesday 17 March 2020

    It is with regret that Motorsport UK is suspending all organising permits and Certificates of Exemption until at least 30th April 2020. This suspension follows the latest guidance issued by HM UK Government in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. This position will be constantly reviewed given prevailing information.

    As the National Governing Body, we would ask all Motorsport UK members to act responsibly and follow the Government’s guidance during this difficult time.

    We thank all of our members, organisers, officials, volunteers, staff and their families for their support during these unprecedented times.  We will continue to monitor the situation and will resume sporting activity as soon as we are able. We also have a responsibility and duty of care to our staff who will be working from home, so please be patient with any queries you may have.

    David Richards, chairman of Motorsport UK, explained, “Clearly we live in challenging times and exceptional measures are required. The decision to suspend Motorsport UK permits on a temporary basis is not one that was taken lightly as the industry employs many thousands of people. However we have an over-riding responsibility to our members and the friends and families of our community. Furthermore, our social responsibilities extend to the broader population and the potential drain on valuable public health resources on which we are all reliant.

    “The situation is very fluid and we will continue to monitor developments over the coming weeks and hope that we can resume the annual motorsport calendar at the opportune moment. In the immediate short term our efforts need to be focused on ensuring that the industry that backs up the sport has the financial support that it requires from the Government in order that it can be sustained beyond this extraordinary scenario.”


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






    It’s showdown time this Saturday (9th November)for competitors in the Pirelli Motorsport UK Welsh Forest Rally Championship. The crews will head out from the start of the final Championship round, the Winner Garage Skoda Wyedean Stages Rally with the overall Welsh title, along with many class awards, still at stake.
    The fight for overall honours is effectively a two-way battle between Russ Thompson/Andy Murphy and Matthew Hirst/Declan Dear with both crews in Mitsubishi Evo IXs.
    Tom Llewellin has already clinched the RAVENOL Welsh Challenge for drivers but 2 nd and 3 rd places and the prize fund that go with them could go to any over four drivers. It’s Andy Fox who currently holds second place ahead of Josh Taylor but Hywel Davies and Perry Gardener remain in contention.
    In the RAVENOL Welsh Challenge for co-drivers, it’s Tom Murphy who has sewn up top honours but any of the next eight co-drivers in the standings could end up in the top three.
    Tom Llewellin has also claimed overall Two Wheel Drive honours but both front and rear wheel drive titles remain to be decided. Chris Powell, Andrew Fox, Hywel Davies and Andrew Davison could all still take the rear wheel drive crown, although Powell has opted to enter this event in a four-wheel drive Subaru Impreza. In front wheel drive the battle is between Perry Gardener, Callum Black, Tony Simpson, Steve Black and Dan Evans.
    Any of the top three rear wheel drive co-drivers could still take that category with the battle similarly open among the front wheel drive co-drivers.
    In class 4 for cars up to 1400cc, the fight is between the top 4 drivers and co-drivers while in Class 4, Martin Walters and Steve Deeley are battling it out for the title with the top 4 co-drivers in contention.
    Hywel Davies and Simon Jones have secured the titles in Class 5 but Escort driver Ron Morgan or Volvo man Ken Davies, whose company KGD Industrial Services is supporting the Wyedean could still finish as second placed driver.
    Class 6 is the most open class in the Championship with any of the top 7 drivers and the top 9 co-drivers while in Class 7 the fight is between the top 8 drivers and top 7 co-drivers.
    In Class 13, matters are complicated by the destination of the overall title. Josh Taylor leads the way, but he is just a single point clear of Matthew Hirst but if Hirst takes the overall drivers’ title he will not be eligible for a class award. Keith Gapper, meanwhile, in his second season in the Championship could secure a second trip to the end of season awards evening.
    Declan Dear appears favourite to secure class 13 co-drivers’ honours but could still be pipped at the post by Heather Merrison.
    Finally, in class N4, Russ Thompson and Wug Utting are tied on points and, with drivers counting only their six best scores from the season’s eight championship rounds the mathematical permutations are many and varied.
    As competitors face up to six classic Forest of Dean stages, therefore, there is still plenty to play for. Spectator information about the event, organised by Forest of Dean Motor Club, can be found on the official event web site, wyedeanstages.co.uk. More information on the Pirelli Motorsport UK Welsh Forest Rally Championship can be found at wnrc.wamc.org.uk, on the Championship Facebook page and on Twitter @WnRC.

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    NOTE TO EDITORS: Credit for the image below of Russ Thompson/Andy Murphy should be given to paulmitchellphotography@gmail.com
    Credit for the image of Matthew Hirst/Declan Dear should be given to rallysportmedia.com.



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




    Llanon driver Dylan Davies has won the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship but in one of the most closely fought seasons that the series have ever witnessed it took a tie-breaker to determine the destination of the crown.

    Dylan and Caernarfon co-driver Llion Williams finished equal on points with former champion Matt Edwards of Llysfaen and co-driver Darren Garrod, from Pwllheli, but take the award based on the competitors’ performances within their respective classes.

    Third place overall goes to two more former champions, Luke Francis, from Rhuddlan and John H Roberts with Roberts, from Colwyn Bay, also taking senior co-driver honours. The senior drivers category goes to Surrey driver Wug Utting.





    Utting and co-driver Bob Stokoe miss out on the Group N award, however, by a single point. That award goes to Scott Faulkner and Aberystwyth’s Gareth Parry after a season long battle with their rivals. Parry also takes the junior co-driver title while top junior driver goes to Matthew Hirst from Doncaster.



    Max Utting and Mike Ainsworth clinched the two-wheel drive category while front wheel drive honours go to Shropshire driver Dave Brick and co-driver Keaton Williams from Ludlow. Barry Jordan and Paul Wakely take rear wheel drive honours.




    In an equally closely contested RAVENOL Welsh Challenge, top driver is Matthew Hirst ahead of Max Utting and Colin Griffiths. Declan Dear takes co-driver honours from Mike Ainsworth and Church Stretton’s Geraint Thomas.


    Confirming the results, Championship co-ordinator Dave Evison said, “We are naturally disappointed that the scheduled final round of the championship, the Wyedean Stages will not happen as the event was set to provide a great climax to the season, but that doesn’t detract from Dylan and Llion’s achievement in what has been a hugely competitive season.”

    The championship has attracted a record level of registrations this season, but Dave is adamant that the series organisers are not sitting back on their laurels. “We are looking at all aspects of the Championship to see if there are ways we can improve it and make it even more attractive to competitors. We will be unveiling further details very soon.”

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    Issued 17th October 2018

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





    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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  • Faulkner is Fastest in the Forests



    A second successive maximum points score means that Scott Faulkner leads the 2019 Pirelli Motorsport UK Welsh Forest Rally Championship by a single point as the series reaches its Halfway stage.

    Having taken top points score on the previous round, the Rallynuts Stages, a similar performance on the weekend’s Plains Rally, organised by Knutsford and District Motor Club, moved Scott clear at the top of the table while co-driver Gareth Parry moves into second place overall in his part of the Championship.

    From the start in Oswestry, competitors tackled five special stages in Dyfnant, Aberhirnant and Llangower. Scott and Gareth took the lead among the championship contenders on the opening stage ahead of Russ Thompson and Andy Murphy in a similar Group N specification Mitsubishi Evo IX. Third place was held by joint series leaders going into the event, Matthew Hirst and Declan Dear but they would be among a number of competitors to suffer punctures in stage 2, Aberhirnant 1.

    That promoted Richard Hill and Patrick Cooper to third place in their Subaru Impreza although they conceded it to the Mark II Ford Escort of Ieuan Rowlands and Emyr Hall on the following stage. Hill and Cooper reclaimed the position on the following stage, holding on to it to the finish.

    Fourth place was enough to ensure that Matthew Hirst left the event just one point adrift of Faulkner while his co-driver Declan Dear continues to lead that section of the Championship two points clear of Gareth Parry.

    Another strong run in the Historic specification Ford Escort means that former series leader Tom Llewellin lies in third place, four points off the lead.

    Faulkner and Parry also lead the Group N Championship, five points clear of Surrey based duo Wug Utting and Bob Stokoe in their Subaru Impreza.

    Tom Llewellin leads the driver standings in the two-wheel drive section from Chris Powell and Perry Gardener although it was Callum Black and Michael Gilbey who took top two-wheel drive points for the second event running in their MG ZR. Top two-wheel drive co-driver is Jim Lewis ahead of Caron Tomlinson and Keaton Williams.

    Tom Llewellin also tops the junior drivers category from Gethin Price and Zak Hughes. Leading the junior co-driver standings is Tom Murphy with a five point advantage over both Keaton Williams and Rhys Stoneman.

    It is Llewellin as well who leads the RAVENOL Welsh Challenge for drivers ahead of Perry Gardener and Tony Simpson. Heading the RAVENOL Welsh Challenge for co-drivers is Tom Murphy from Keaton Williams while Ian Bevan and Tom Woods are in joint third place.

    The next round of the Pirelli Motorsport UK Welsh Forest Rally Championship is the Red Kite Stages. Based in Resolven in the Neath Valley and organised by Amman and District Motor Club, the event takes place on June 23rd.

    You can find out more about that event on their website, www.redkitestages.co.uk and about the Championship at wnrc.wamc.org.uk, on the Championship Facebook page and on Twitter @WnRC.


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

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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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




    Matt Hirst and Declan Dear took the 2019 Pirelli Motorsport UK Welsh Forest Rally Championship in style on Saturday (9th November)by taking outright victory on the final round.
    It was Russ Thompson and Andy Murphy who led the series going into the Winner Garage Wyedean Stages Rally, needing just a solid finish to take the title. When they retired on the very first stage of the rally, however, with mechanical problems that opened the door for Hirst and Dear in the similar Mitsubishi Evo 9.
    It would be no easy task for 2018 Welsh Junior Champion Hirst and his co-driver with only an outright victory allowing them to claim the crown. With the heavy rain in the days leading up to the rally leaving conditions in the stages treacherously slippery, the slightest driving error could be heavily penalised. While those conditions suggested it would be a day to favour four-wheel drive machinery, at the finish eight out of the top 10 cars were Ford Escorts.
    Lying third overall after the opening stage, Hirst and Dear moved up to second place on Stage 2 before taking a lead on the next stage which they retained all the way to the finish of the event in Mitcheldean.
    That enabled them to snatch the title from the unfortunate Thompson and Murphy by just two points.
    Following the event, Matt admitted they had written of their chances of winning the Championship three events ago. He sympathised with their rivals who lost out so narrowly following a great season-long battle, but he said the win was a great follow up for him and Declan to their victory in the RAVENOL Welsh Challenge last season.
    Second place points from the event sealed third place overall for Tom Llewellin, the Historic specification Ford Escort driver adding this to his already settled Junior and Two-wheel drive victories. The young Pembrokeshire driver had to survive a first stage spin and a trip into a ditch on Stage 3 and described the achievement as a great finish to the year adding that the Welsh series is a great championship with great competition.
    Third place on the rally went to Richard Ceen and Hamish Campbell. On only his second rally in the R5 Fiesta, Richard took a slightly cautious approach for the first run through the stages, upping his pace second time through.
    Josh Taylor and Heather Merrison went into the event leading class B13 and were looking for a finish to take the Championship class honours. Electrical problems cost them four minutes on the opening stage but they bounced back to take seventh quickest time on Stage 2. Josh later described what happened on the very next stage, “We went a little fast into a slippery downhill square right. We avoided the tree but then ended up crashing into a rock face which almost sent us down into the River Wye which meant rally over. I guess after a year without an off we were due one.” Despite that they still take the Championship Class award ahead of Richard Hill and Keith Gapper.
    Keith Gapper and Jordan Wilkinson tackled the first three stages without a heated screen leaving them with limited visibility. They then suffered a spin on stage 5 before completing the final stage without an intercom.
    With Tom Llewellin having already secured the drivers’ category in the RAVENOL Welsh Challenge, co-driver honours went to Tom Murphy. A strong run by BMW pairing Andy Fox and Jaime-Lee Fox secured second place for them with third place amongst the drivers going to Josh Taylor while Simon Jones finished third amongst the co-driver.
    Over 130 competitors registered for the 2019 Pirelli Motorsport UK Welsh Forest Rally Championship and it is reflection of the competitive nature of the series that after eight rallies and more than three hundred stage miles just two points separated the top two crews.
    All the award winners will receive their trophies at the annual WAMC dinner which will take place at The Hotel Metropole in Llandrindod Wells on January 25 th.
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    Issued by Peter Hughes Media on behalf of the Pirelli Motorsport UK Welsh Forest Rally Championship.





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


  • Matt's Deflation Turns to Elation


    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

    Credit for the images  RallySport Media

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