Welcome to issue 134 of HANDBRAKES & HAIRPINS, your favourite free source of rally entertainment!
With the WRC Vodafone Rallye de Portugal kicking off tonight with the SSS, we already have photos from our roving photojournalist Eva Kovkova from this morning’s Shakedown Stage accompanying out event preview special article.
We also feature the thrilling fourth round build-up of the South African Rally Championship, the Rally of South Africa. Taking place this weekend, it is expected to be a battle royal between the Ford, Toyota and Volkswagen S2000 crews, not to mention the intense rivalries in the lower classes…
The 2010 Kick Energy Fiesta SportTrophy (FST) UK and Fiesta SportChallenge (FSC) championships reach their halfway point next weekend, 28 – 29 May, on the Jim Clark International Rally and the Jim Clark Challenge Rally. The Kelso Racecourse based event is the first of three consecutive all Tarmac events for the championship and is one of the only closed-road Tarmac rallies on the UK mainland.
The weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the event, which was set up in memory of the late Formula One driver Jim Clark, one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport. The event kicks off on Friday evening with a one and a quarter mile special stage through the town centre of Clark’s hometown, Duns, which see cars race through the tight, twisting streets at speeds close to 100mph. The International competitors will then battle it out over 140 miles of Tarmac stages around the Scottish Borders and Berwickshire with each stage being tackled twice. The
competitors in the FSC also start with the Duns town centre stage and then tackle seven stages totalling 70 competitive miles. Both events start and finish in Duns with Rally HQ and service based at Kelso Racecourse. Continue reading Fiesta SportTrophy takes to the Tarmac→