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The World Rally Championship is entering the last leg of 2014: four events remain. This past weekend’s ADAC Rallye Deutschland proved to be a massively entertaining event from start to finish, and we feature 10 pages of WRC action this week. Also inside is a look at last weekend’s Ojibwe Forests Rally (Rally America National Championship) and a preview of this weekend’s ERC Barum Czech Rally Zlin that promises to be highly competitive.
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This past weekend saw Handbrakes & Hairpins cover the Toyota Cape Dealer Rally, Round Six of the 2013 South African National Rally Championship in the Malmesbury farming region of the Western Cape.
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A few short days after what would have been Richard Burn’s 42nd birthday, Pirelli and the Cumberland Sporting Car Club confirmed that one of the most established and enduring rounds of the MSA British Rally Championship would adopt Richard’s name in its event title, enshrining the 2001 World Champion’s identity in a key event in his native national rally series.
The event, which Richard won in 1993 on his way to becoming the youngest ever British Rally Champion, will be renamed the Pirelli Richard Burns Foundation Rally, and as the second round of the BRC, will run under its new identity for the first time on 4th/5th May this year.
The rally, which grew out of the Tour of Cumbria that commenced in 1975, is headquartered at the Carlisle Racecourse and features some of Britain’s most renowned gravel stages in the Kielder Forest complex. The Kielder stages formed the backbone of Richard’s home WRC event during his competitive zenith and the rally has played host to a rolecall of home and international stars over four decades, with the winner’s honours being claimed by drivers from Ari Vatanen to Jimmy, Alister and Colin McRae, from David Llewellin & Gywndaf Evans to Russell Brooks, Robbie Head, Malcolm Wilson, the Higgins Brothers and in more recent times, Guy Wilks and Kieth Cronin.
Instrumental in ensuring that the name of England’s only World Rally Champion is prominently visible in his home championship, Pirelli’s Motorsport Director and Richard Burns Foundation Trustee, Paul Hembery, said, “The Richard Burns Foundation is currently focusing on raising funds to provide a travelling ‘Brain Bus’ which will open up to a wider audience the issues and treatment needed for brain and spinal disorder. Pirelli are delighted to lend our support to this fantastic cause by ensuring Richard’s name remains usefully visible to help the Foundation with its fund-raising efforts for the Brain Bus.”
For more information about the Pirelli Richard Burns Foundation Rally, please visit the event’s official website at http://www.thepirellirally.co.uk/ or visit the official MSA British Rally Championship site at http://www.rallybrc.co.uk/index.php/events/pirelli-rally. For more information about the Richard Burns Foundation, please visit: www.richardburnsfoundation.com.
The state of rallying in South Africa, by Evan Rothman.
With the largest collection of Class S2000 rally weaponry competing in a national rally championship in the world, with near on 15 two-wheel drive crews, four manufacturers represented and the cream of South Africa’s motorsport sponsors, how can the 2011 South African Rally Championship not be a showpiece of excitement, drama and spectacular driving? Well, it was all that and a bag of chips. Continue reading Open letter to South African rallying
The father and son team of Hermann and Wichard Sullwald pounded the opposition into submission in battlefield territory to win the Atlas Copco 400, round three of the Absa Off Road Championship, which ended here today.
The Biggarsberg region is home to some of South Africa’s most historic battlefields and the Sullwald’s, in the Sullwald Racing SVR, brought out some heavy artillery to subdue some spirited opposition. The Sullwald’s won with more than six minutes to spare, but behind them just 26 seconds separated the next three cars. Continue reading Atlas Copco 400 triumph for Sullwald team
In historic battlefield country in the Biggarsberg the Castrol Toyota Hilux team won the skirmishes and the war on the Atlas Copco 400, round three of the Absa Off Road Championship, which ended here today.
Former champion Duncan Vos and Rob Howie led home team-mates Anthony Taylor and Chris Birkin to give the factory team a crushing one/two victory. Vos and Howie took control of matters on the second of four loops that made up the race and at the finish were around six minutes ahead of Birkin and Taylor. Continue reading Atlas Copco 400 double for Team Castrol Toyota