Bogie heads BRC’s Bulldog big guns

David Bogie/Kevin Rae - Picture by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

With the month between Rallye Sunseeker’s initiation as the season’s first event and round two all but gone, the Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship heads to the Bulldog International Rally North Wales with the opening skirmish still fresh in everyone’s minds.

Having set the benchmark on round one of both Scottish and British series, leading from stage two, right to Bournemouth’s sea-front podium, David Bogie and Kevin Rae arrive in Welshpool this weekend with a perfect hat-trick.

The Border Counties Rally on 19th March saw their third win in three events in their familiar Mitsubishi Evo 9, giving them tremendous momentum for their “Bulldog” foray. However they will need better luck in Wales this year, having suffered in 2010 with a down-on-power car, resulting in a disappointing eleventh place. Continue reading Bogie heads BRC’s Bulldog big guns

Andreucci and Pirelli claim Ciocco victory

Reigning Italian Rally Champion Paolo Andreucci has got his title defence with Pirelli off to a perfect start by claiming his fifth victory on the Rally del Ciocco.

The opening round of the Italian Rally Championship is also Andreucci’s home event, which he and co-driver Anna Andreussi won by 22 seconds this year, claiming eight of the 13 stages in their Peugeot Italia 207 S2000 and leading from start to finish.

Andreucci is also Pirelli’s test and development driver, and on the Rally del Ciocco he used the tried and trusted RX7 rubber, which is specifically designed to find traction on slippery asphalt in low temperatures. The RE7 rain tyre and RX9 softer slick was also available in case of rain and mixed conditions, but the weather remained dry throughout the event. Continue reading Andreucci and Pirelli claim Ciocco victory

Kaur wins opening WRC Academy event on Pirelli tyres

The opening round of the all-new Pirelli-supported FIA WRC Academy concluded on Vodafone Rally de Portugal on Saturday evening (March 26) and signalled the emergence of several stars of the future.

Following almost 200 kilometres of demanding stage action on the gruelling gravel roads of Portugal’s Algarve region, it was Estonian Egon Kaur who shone brightest by guiding his Ford Fiesta R2, equipped with Pirelli’s K4 gravel tyre, to victory by a slender margin of 16.4 seconds over Swedish driver Victor Henriksson.

Kaur was one of 18 competitors, including this year’s six Pirelli Star Drivers, who started the rally’s opening superspecial stage on closed roads in the capital Lisbon on Thursday afternoon in front of a crowd of 40,000 fans. Continue reading Kaur wins opening WRC Academy event on Pirelli tyres

Paddon delivers biggest winning margin in production car class in Portugal

Hayden Paddon in action in Portugal.

New Zealanders Hayden Paddon and John Kennard have won the production car category at Rally Portugal – a perfect outcome for their new Subaru-based international campaign. And to top it off the Kiwis delivered the largest winning margin – 7 minutes, 39.3 seconds – in the history of the feeder series to the World Rally Championship.

“We’re so happy,” said the 23-year-old who finished third in the Production Car World Rally Championship last season and, this season, aims to take out the P-WRC title with his newly-formed New Zealand World Rally Team. Continue reading Paddon delivers biggest winning margin in production car class in Portugal

Tommy Doyle and Liam Moynihan win Rally New York USA 2011

Tommy Doyle and Liam Moynihan - Picture by Liviu Hrituleac/LHImages.com.

The Irish team of Tommy Doyle and Liam Moynihan (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) became first-time winners of Rally New York USA this weekend. They finished the 300 miles of Catskill Mountain roads (including nearly 100 miles of high-speed “special stages”) 23 seconds ahead of the field.

Tom Lawless, the 2006 winning driver, placed second with Irishman Martin Brady co-driving (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo). They were a minute and a half in front of the third place entry, Danny O’Brien/Brendan McCabe (Subaru Impreza WRX). The up-and-coming team of Matt Gottlieb/Austin Gager (Subaru Impreza WRX) placed fourth. Continue reading Tommy Doyle and Liam Moynihan win Rally New York USA 2011

Top ten finish for Aussies in World Rally debut

Australian rally crew Molly Taylor and Rebecca Smart have finished eighth outright after making their debut in the first event of the 2011 FIA WRC Academy Cup, the Rally de Portugal.

The event started in Lisbon on Thursday, March 24 with a timed special stage through the centre of the city, before moving to the forests of the beautiful Algarve region in the south of the country. Continue reading Top ten finish for Aussies in World Rally debut

Tom Cave looking for more BRC success on “home” event

Tom Cave/Craig Parry - Picture by Jim Blackstone Communications Ltd.

Teenage rally driver Tom Cave will be looking for more success on the next round of the 2011 Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship, the Bulldog International Rally of North Wales next weekend (2 April). The event, based in Welshpool, is the closest thing to his home round of the series and he and co-driver Craig Parry will be looking to maintain the momentum that recently saw them claim a class and an overall win in the same weekend.

Following their excellent performance on the BRC opener in February, where they took second place behind David Bogie, Tom and Craig have been busy. They contested the Malcolm Wilson Rally and the Mid Wales Stages event on the same weekend, claiming the GroupN win on the Malcolm Wilson and outright victory on the Mid Wales, at the wheel of Tom’s 2004 GpN Subaru Impreza on both occasions. Continue reading Tom Cave looking for more BRC success on “home” event