Archer’s perfect asphalt aim

Richard Archer took an astonishing victory on the Jim Clark Challenge Rally after overcoming a 40 second deficit in the final two stages. The rally finale showed just how competitive and coveted the BRC Challenge title has become.

But it was championship newcomer Jack Rowe setting the early pace on the opening Duns spectator stage on Friday night.

The Doncaster youngster, who had never driven a closed road event before, showed his quick learning abilities as he led the field through the Mantis Instant Shine sponsored town centre test. Continue reading Archer’s perfect asphalt aim

The RACMSA Rally of Scotland sees exciting changes for 2011

A bevy of S2000 rally machines will be in action on the Rally of Scotland - Picture by IRC Series.

The spectacular high speed route for this year’s RACMSA Rally of Scotland – the UK’s only round of the high profile Intercontinental Rally Challenge – has been announced with several exciting changes in place for 2011’s event.

Some of the world’s leading rally drivers and teams representing top makes such as Ford, Skoda, Proton, Peugeot and Subaru will be in action on the event that this year takes place on the weekend of 7-9 October on the undulating gravel tracks in the vast forests of Stirlingshire and Perthshire. Continue reading The RACMSA Rally of Scotland sees exciting changes for 2011

Rallyfest gears up for action

Jari-Matti Latvala/Miika Anttila - Picture by WorldRallyPics.

Rallyfest is being run in conjunction with the Severn Valley National Rally, which is also based at the showground over the same weekend. The events will bring World Championship and British-based rally crews to mid-Wales for a day of action that will highlight the extended four day itinerary of 2011’s Wales Rally GB, which runs from 10th to 13th November.

Over the course of the day, open from 11am to 6pm, visitors to Rallyfest will be treated to live demonstrations and static displays by a variety of National, Group B, Historic and Suzuki Swift Rallycross cars, as well as a show by one of Europe’s leading stunt drivers, Terry Grant. The Severn Valley National Rally top finishers will also take to the Rallyfest demonstration area at the close of the day. Continue reading Rallyfest gears up for action

Rally driver and Toyota Aygo Crazy take the Knysna Hillclimb by storm

Leeroy Poulter - Picture by Quickpic.

Team Castrol Toyota rally driver Leeroy Poulter swopped his four-wheel drive two-litre S2000 Toyota Auris for a 1.8-litre turbo-charged Toyota Aygo Crazy and won his class in the Renault Knysna Hillclimb on the southern Cape coast last weekend. Continue reading Rally driver and Toyota Aygo Crazy take the Knysna Hillclimb by storm

Bogie/Rae reign supreme

Defending Scottish champions David Bogie and Kevin Rae capped a “perfect” weekend by winning Sunday’s Jim Clark Reivers Rally in Berwickshire for the third successive year.
It was also their third victory of the 2011 MSA Scottish Rally Championship and followed their triumph the previous day in the fourth round of the Dulux Trade British Rally Championship – which they also lead.

The Reivers win was all the more notable in that Bogie had switched from his familiar Mitsubishi Evo 9 – used for the BRC round – to his family’s 24-year-old MG Metro 6R4, in which his father John had taken top honours on the tarmac event in 2002. Continue reading Bogie/Rae reign supreme

Andreccui aims for another win

Paolo Andreucci - Picture by Pirelli.

There’s no better endorsement for a performance product than results. For a tyre manufacturer, results are not only measured in wins and podiums but also in puncture-free competitive distances. The insight and data gathered in these extreme situations has proven invaluable for lab technicians when designing and engineering newer and more advanced technologies. Paolo Andreucci needs to don a white lab coat on his rallies, as this Italian Rally Championship ace not only wows the spectators but also tests the tyres to their performance limits.

A run of successes in the opening three rounds of the Italian Rally Championship, Pirelli’s official test driver is aiming to make it four wins in a row with this weekend’s Rally Targa Florio. Piloting his Peugeot 207 S2000, this five-time Italian Champion, with co-driver Anna Andreussi, are firm favourites for a win on this specialized event: they have dominated the past five editions! Continue reading Andreccui aims for another win

L’Estage wins Rocky Mountain Rally in Canada

Antoine L’Estage and Nathalie Richard (Rockstar Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X) have claimed another well-deserved win this season, adding the Canadian Rally Championship’s latest round the Rocky Mountain Rally to their growing list.

A full report will appear in this coming week’s issue of Handbrakes & Hairpins, but below is the final overall classification:

Final Overall Classification:
01) A. L’Estage/N. Richard – 43m 23.6s
02) P. Richard/L. Junnila – 43m 28.9s
03) L. Urlichich/M. Brady – 45m 07.4s
04) H. Schmidtke/J. Hall – 48m 14.6s
05) W. Haywood/J. Daly – 48m 53:5s
06) G. Bruce/F. Fyrberg – 49m 19.7s
07) T. Nelson/R. Edwards – 49m 49.3s
08) M. Goodwin/M. Burnley – 50m 33.4s
09) I. Crerar/D. Draper – 50m 34.4s
10) E. Grochowski/K. Morison – 51m 32.1s