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EVANS AND BARRITT STAR IN ‘PERFECT’ DAYINSURE WALES RALLY GB The 2017 Dayinsure Wales Rally GB was hailed as the ‘perfect weekend’ for UK rallying, with unprecedented crowds watching MSA Academy graduates Elfyn Evans and Daniel Barritt become the first home winners since Richard Burns and Robert Reid 17 years ago. The historic result means that the UK now has two active WRC rally winners – last seen in 2003 with Burns and Colin McRae – in Evans and Northern Ireland’s Kris Meeke, who won the previous round in Spain. Evans, aged 28 from Dolgellau in north-west Wales, was hand-picked for the MSA Academy’s Team UK programme in 2010 and graduated two years ago after reaching the WRC. His previous career highlights include winning the WRC Academy title in 2012 and the MSA British Rally Championship in 2016. Barritt (37) has also benefitted from the governing body’s talent development programmes. “Dayinsure Wales Rally GB 2017 will be remembered as one of the greatest weekends in the modern era of UK rallying,” said Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive. “As products of the MSA Academy, we’re absolutely delighted for Elfyn and Dan; we never had any doubt that they would reach the pinnacle of the sport and we know just how hard they’ve both worked to get there. They’re an inspiration to the next generation of British rally talent.” The new generation of World Rally Cars, the undecided title battle and the prospect of a British winner generated renewed interest in Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, which is run by the MSA’s event organising subsidiary, International Motor Sports (IMS). An estimated 100,000 people visited the forest stages and the Deeside service park across the weekend, following a 30 per cent rise in pre-event ticket sales. “We could not have dreamed of a more perfect weekend,” said Ben Taylor, IMS Managing Director. “It was a wonderful showcase for Wales as a destination. We must thank the Welsh Government, our principal funding partner, for its long-standing enthusiasm and support, as well as all our other partners and sponsors.”

twitter feed Wales Rally GB @WalesRallyGB Nov 5 A week on and we still haven’t recovered. The first all British win in 17 years. First win for @ElfynEvans and @danielbarritt and the first win for @DMACK_Tyres! WRGB #WRC Sébastien Ogier @SebOgier Nov 3 9 years between my 1st and 500th @OfficialWRC stage win (Both in Sweet Lamb) 5 #WRC titles 40 victories (65 Podium) 500 stage wins Wales Rally GB @WalesRallyGB Nov 2 Thanks @HarperAdamsUni for providing 22 volunteers. @HAmotorsport also ran the first University car on a @OfficialWRC event. #WRGB #WRC Matthew James Wilson @mattyjim1 Oct 29 I’m totally speechless at the minute! The best day in the history of @MSportLtd I could not be be more proud of my Dad! What an achievement! M-Sport @MSportLtd Oct 29 CHAMPIONS!! M-Sport secure the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers!!! #WRC #WRGB #Champions Elfyn Evans @ElfynEvans Oct 29 It’s been a very special day, to take my first ever @OfficialWRC win on home soil is something I could only dream of. Thanks to all the fans

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“Dayinsure Wales Rally GB 2017 will be remembered as one of the greatest weekends in the modern era of UK rallying. As products of the MSA Academy, we’re absolutely delighted for Elfyn and Dan”



M-SPORT ADDS TO BRITISH GLORY WITH WRC TITLE The M-Sport World Rally Team consolidated Britain’s position at the pinnacle of world rallying by securing the FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers, Drivers and Co-Drivers on Dayinsure Wales Rally GB.

“It really was the Triple Crown, and a very emotional day for all of us,” said Malcolm Wilson. We have a great team of people”


The team enjoyed what Matthew Wilson, son of founder Malcolm Wilson, described as, ‘The best day in the history of M-Sport’. It included not only the Manufacturers title for the Cumbria-based team but also another crown for Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia. “It really was the Triple Crown, and a very emotional day for all of us,” said Malcolm Wilson. “We have a great team of people and their hard work has resulted in something truly amazing. We’ve been on the podium at every event and we’re the

only team to have had all three drivers secure a win this year. The Fiesta has proven itself to have the performance and the strength, and that is down to the tireless hours that every single member of the team has put into this incredible achievement.” Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, added: “For M-Sport to win the WRC Team’s title is just awesome, especially as privateers. Congratulations to Malcolm Wilson and his entire team at Cockermouth – they have done UK motorsport proud.”

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PRESTON BREAKS SCOTTISH STRANGLEHOLD ON NATIONAL RALLY History was made not only on the main event at Dayinsure Wales Rally GB but also on the supporting WRGB National Rally, which produced new winners in Tom Preston and co-driver Andrew Roughead. Preston became the first Englishman to win the rally since it moved to North Wales, with Scottish competitors having dominated for the previous four years. It was also Preston’s first ever win, taken aboard his Hippo Motor Group-sponsored Skoda Fabia R5. Last year’s winner, Bruce McCombie, had to settle for second in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, with Roger Duckworth – a long-time supporter of the event – completing the podium

in his familiar Subaru Impreza World Rally Car. “We were desperate to win and although there were only three short stages on Sunday, it was still possible to mess it up,” said Preston. “The only problem we had was the spin on Saturday. I went too quick into a left-hander on the third stage, cut the corner and it dug in – we spun and stalled. I had to turn it around.” Just outside the top 10, Shawn Rayner put a season of asphalt rallying to bed with victory on gravel in the Historic classes. Alasdair Currie earned a dominant B2 class win on his debut in a Ford Fiesta R2, while Gary Wright won the 1400 category in his MG ZR.

results WRGB National Rally 2017 results: 1. Tom Preston/Andrew Roughead (Skoda Fabia R5) 1h04m14.4s 2. Bruce McCombie/Michael Coutts (Mitsubishi Lancer E9) +23.2s 3. Roger Duckworth/Mark Broomfield (Subaru Impreza WRC) +47.5s 4. Dylan Davies/Llion Williams (Subaru Impreza) +59.7s 5. John Wink/John Forrest (Hyundai i20 R5) +1m 04.1s


Cover Q&A

DAVE TOWN Clerk of the Course WRGB National Rally What were the most enjoyable aspects of the role?

How did you become Clerk of the Course for this event?

This was my fifth Wales Rally GB but for the first three years I was working in the results team. Luckily for me we were based in the same room as rally control, which meant I got to see and experience some of what goes on. For 2016 I was offered the opportunity to be deputy Clerk of the Course for Andy Jardine and then I was very pleased to be asked to step up as Clerk of the Course this year.


It’s a cliché but the event is a huge team effort and no more so than in rally control. It’s a long weekend that can be high pressure at times, so that is important. But the best feeling is knowing that you, as part of a team, played a part in making the event a success.

What were the weekend’s biggest challenges?

We’re remote from the stages and have a great team communicating back to us via the radio systems but you do have to be on the ball to keep things on track. It’s doubly tricky on WRGB as there are two events running at the same time, to two different schedules and at different locations. A minor but sometimes amusing challenge comes from my lack of Welsh language

skills. Coming from Kent this doesn’t usually present a problem but the pronunciation of obscure Welsh village names was tricky for me!

What did you learn that will help in future years?

To relax a bit more! Nobody wants to mess up on such a high-profile event on their first time in the role, so I think I looked fairly stern and grumpy most of the weekend! Confidence comes with experience so hopefully I can be a little more relaxed in the future.

Will you be back?

I hope so! However next year is tricky as the earlier event date now clashes with my brother’s wedding and I suspect his fiancé doesn’t have Deeside on her list of wedding venues!

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The latest briefing from your governing body

New legislation has made events like the Ulster Rally possible in England

ESSEX RALLY SET TO BECOME FIRST TO USE NEW CLOSED-ROAD LAWS A stage rally near Clacton-on-Sea is set to become the first event to run under new legislation facilitating closedroad motor sport in England, after the MSA granted an Event Organising Permit to Chelmsford Motor Club (CMC). The Corbeau Seats Rally Tendring will take place on 22 April 2018. CMC confirmed that the rally will be based on the Western Esplanade in Clacton with the special stages spread across the Tendring peninsula. There will be three loops of five different stages, 15 stages altogether, totalling approximately 45 stage miles and 100 road ‘link’ miles.


Event Director Tony Clements said: “The special stages are a good mix of technical and challenging country lanes and we hope that a successful first running will allow the rally to grow in subsequent years. This is the beginning of a huge new chapter for motorsport and particularly rallying in the UK and I would personally like to thank everybody for their help and support.” Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, added: “The granting of this MSA Permit is a landmark moment for British motorsport; we campaigned long and hard to achieve closed-road legislation and now the first event is

within sight. We have been working closely with Chelmsford Motor Club and will continue to do so, to help ensure that the local area benefits from a safe and successful event that paves the way for others to follow.” Independent research commissioned by the MSA and conducted by the Sport Research Institute at Sheffield Hallam University has shown that local communities across Britain could generate up to £40m of additional revenue by closing roads to host a limited number of motor sport events.

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LECONT TYRES CHOSEN FOR KZ2 AND KZ UK The MSA and the Association of British Kart Clubs (ABkC) have entered negotiations with LeCont as the preferred supplier of tyres to the KZ2 & KZ UK classes from 2018-20. The slick tyre will be the Prime LP, which showed impressive performance and durability during testing; it is expected that lap times will drop to a level commensurate with the prestigious status of the classes.

The retail prices will be £153 for a set of slicks and £171 for a set of wets, including VAT. Zip Kart, the UK distributor and agents for LeCont, will provide a substantial rewards package – with a value of more than £21,000 over the agreed period – to the promoters of the MSA British Championship for KZ2 and ABkC Super 4 Championship for KZ UK.

John Ryan, MSA Technical Director and Chairman of the Selection Panel, said: “We were very pleased with the interest from the tyre manufacturers and the quality of all their proposals. We ran a comprehensive testing programme for all tyres on the shortlist at two different circuits; the data gave us a clear choice and we are confident that the LeCont LP Prime tyre will be ideal for both KZ2 and KZ UK classes.”

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The MSA has launched a tender process for the right to be the sole supplier of slick and wet tyres for both the MSA OK (Vortex) and OK-Junior (Vortex) classes with effect from 01 January 2018 up to and including 31 December 2018. To view the tender document, please click here:



WRC 2018 TO LAUNCH AT AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL The 2018 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) will be launched at Autosport International (11-14 January 2018) ahead of the seasonopener in Monte Carlo a fortnight later. All the leading drivers, codrivers and team principals will be on hand at Europe’s biggest pre-season motor sport show. Each manufacturer team will display its 2018 rally car on the Autosport stage on Thursday 11


January in what is being billed as a ‘WRC takeover day’. Elfyn Evans, winner of the 2017 Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, said: “The Autosport show is something that the likes of myself, Kris [Meeke], Craig [Breen] and all of our co-drivers have grown up with. There’s a bit of everything from across all aspects of motorsport and for the WRC to be right at the heart of that is very good news.”

M-Sport’s Malcolm Wilson added: “I’ve been going to Autosport International since it began and it really is seen, industry-wide, as the start of the season, so to have an event with this sort of global reach is fantastic for the WRC. Coming at it from the other side, I’ve always championed more rally content at Autosport International and next year we’re going to have more than ever!”

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News twitter feed Dan Trent @trent_dan Nov 13 What I learned at @MM_RoR: 1) Motorsport is awesome. 2) Conflict leaves injuries you can’t see as well as ones you can. @Missionmotorspt Dare To Be Different‫@ ‏‬D2BDofficial Nov 11 We are so excited for our #D2BD Community Connect event today at The British Motor Museum! Join our community so you can meet like minded people who are interested in motorsport and working in motorsport! #DrivingFemaleTalent

GINETTA TO LAUNCH LMP1 CAR AT AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL Ginetta is set to launch its LMP1 car at Autosport International, having committed to a production run of ten chassis for the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). The Ginetta LMP1 will be unveiled on Thursday 11 January on stand 6430. Lawrence Tomlinson, Ginetta Chairman, said: “The show represents the ideal environment to introduce our latest model to the media, industry and fans who are the lifeblood of British motorsport.”


Petter Solberg RX @Petter_Solberg Nov 9 It’s hard to believe it’s been 14 years since one of the greatest and proudest days of my life as I became WRC champion on this day in 2003! Autosport Show @Autosport_Show Nov 8 BREAKING: The 2018 @ OfficialWRC season will be launched at #ASI18! All competing WRC teams, drivers, co-drivers and team principals will be present at #ASI18 during the four-day event MSA @MSAUK Nov 6 We operate an anti-doping programme in conjunction with @ukantidoping. Don’t get caught out. More info here http://bit. ly/2aAOlCo MSA‫@ ‏‬MSAUK Nov 1 Our Club & Volunteer of the Year awards closed yesterday, with 20 clubs & 54 different volunteers nominated. Winners announced in December.


The MSA has teamed up with Autosport International once again to offer members an exclusive £5 discount on tickets to the two trade days at Birmingham’s NEC on 11-12 January. To claim the discount, CLICK HERE and then follow the link to complete the registration form, inserting your MSA licence number when promoted. The offer is limited to one ticket per MSA licence holder; if purchasing multiple tickets, all licence numbers must be inserted. The MSA will return to Autosport International with a stand in the usual location, just inside the main entrance. As always, staff from the governing body will be on hand throughout the event to handle queries on licensing, sporting, technical and other matters. More details will be confirmed in due course.

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MCCORMACK WINS ROGER ALBERT CLARK RALLY Britain’s longest special stage rally, the Roger Albert Clark Rally, made a triumphant return last weekend (10-13 November) after a break of three years and drew a fantastic response from competitors, service crews, marshals and spectators. Marty McCormack and Barney Mitchell won after four days, 270 stage miles and 29 special stages in the forests of Wales, Northumberland and Scotland.


The Northern Irish crew battled hard with Jason Pritchard and Phil Clarke over the first two days and moved ahead when Pritchard was sidelined by a broken halfshaft. Once ahead, McCormack continued his stunning pace to win by 1m44s from fellow former winners Matthew Robinson and Sam Collis, while Roger Chilman and Bryan Thomas turned in a star performance for third. The concurrent Open Rally was won

convincingly by the Ford Escort Mk2 of David Hutchinson and Jeff Garnett. The incredible atmosphere of camaraderie and adventure made this a stand-out event of the season and each of the finishers was elated to complete the rally.

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Spinal column

Nathalie McGloin The MSA Extra columnist on her first outright podium sport again by the end of the year. I entered myself into the BWRDC all-comers race in November with one single objective: to have fun!


otor sport is full of highs and lows, and unfortunately the lows often rear their ugly heads more than the highs. I’ve had a pretty tough season this year and I’ve seen some pretty dark days. I’m not ashamed to admit that, at times, I was so broken by it all that I almost gave up.

Testing was really relaxed and although I was a bit rusty at first, I really started to make some progress throughout the day. Hanging out with my teammate Katie Milner for the weekend was really good for me too, as our times were within tenths of each other and we knew we may be battling it out for podium places in the race. Even though she is still in her teens, she is a shining example of how to go about preparing for a race and I learned a lot from her and her dad, Jonny, about mental toughness during the weekend.

When I used to play wheelchair rugby, a teammate told me that you have to hate losing more than you love winning – a philosophy I never really agreed with in rugby terms but which I’ve now started to appreciate. My last race of the Porsche Club Championship season was at Croft and I hated every single second. I would rather have been anywhere else than sitting in that race car on that track. I felt that my passion had become something I had come to dread and I started to forget what it was that had made me fall in love with racing. After that weekend, I made a pact with myself – I would learn to love my

The views expressed by the individual contributors are not necessarily those of the MSA.

“When I used to play wheelchair rugby, a teammate told me that you have to hate losing more than you love winning – a philosophy I never really agreed with but which I’ve now started to appreciate”

The race was the best race I have ever competed in. By the first corner I was leading, having qualified fourth. A quick Ginetta G50 and another car soon overtook me but I was running in second place for nearly the whole race until a couple of laps from the end. Katie and I crossed the finish line nose-to-tail, with Katie just pipping me to second place. My first ever podium! It felt like a win and it was just what I needed to end my year. If I’ve learned one thing this season, it’s that loving success is definitely better than hating failure. If you want something badly enough, you’ll always find a way to achieve it.




Lewis Hamilton, F1 World 16

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ulations What: Lewis Hamilton wins fourth F1 title Where: Mexican Grand Prix When: 29 October 2017

“Lewis had already earned his place in F1 history but this fourth world title ensures that he will go down as the most successful British grand prix driver of all time. We are privileged to have witnessed such a remarkable career, from Lewis’s early days in cadet karting to this latest record-breaking feat at the pinnacle of motor racing” Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive

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British karter Brett Ward was victorious in 125 MAX at the Rotax Grand Finals at Portimao in Portugal (11 November). Ward’s countryman Jordan Brown-Nutley led the field into the first few turns and held on for the first half of the race. Belgium’s Felix Warge took his turn in the lead but ultimately Ward moved out in front, where he remained until the chequered flag. Ward’s success capped a sunning few weeks for British karting talent on the international stage. In October, Oliver Hodgson won the X30 Senior class and Harry Thompson took X30 Junior in the IAME International Final at Le Mans. And of course, Danny Keirle and Dexter Patterson were crowned the CIK-FIA OK and OK-Junior World Champions at PFI in September.

FOURTH RACE OF REMEMBRANCE A BIG SUCCESS Over 150 drivers and 45 teams contested Mission Motorsport’s latest Race of Remembrance, a 12-hour endurance race at Anglesey that has become a key event in the UK racing calendar. The race included touring car and GT professionals, competing alongside beneficiaries from the Mission Motorsport charity. Team SKF prevailed in the Caterham


class, while a Lotus run by Rob Boston Racing and driven by a team of stuntmen won the Heroes Trophy. At 11am on the Sunday morning, racers, teams, officials and spectators gathered on the track for a remembrance service, supported by a Welsh male voice choir and attended by hundreds of service men and women, veterans, their families as well as civilian supporters. MSA Extra / November 2017


RENEW YOUR LICENCE ONLINE The online renewal service for 2018 Competition Licences is now live at Competitors can apply via the MSA website if: • They are aged 18 or over • They are applying for exactly the same licence grade(s) held in 2017 • They do not require a Resting, or Stress-Related ECG and/or Medical • They are a British passport holder and therefore do not require authorisation from another ASN. Anyone who has never renewed their licence online or does not have a member login will need to request login details through the website. Those requiring assistance can contact the MSA Licensing Department directly on 01753 765 050.

news in brief JLT MSA CLUB AND VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARDS Nominations for the JLT MSA Club & Volunteer of the Year awards closed last month (31 October), with 20 clubs and 56 different volunteers nominated.

The judging panel will meet at the end of November, with the winners announced in December.


Callum Black and Elliott Edmondson MSA Welsh Rally Champion 2017


News congratulations

Nathan Heathcote MSA British Rallycross Champion 2017

Martin Gould and Simon Kerfoot MSA British Cross Country Champion 2017 20

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News congratulations

Dan Clark MSA British Superkart Champion 2017

Jonny Greer and Kirsty Riddick MSA Northern Ireland Rally Champion 2017


Technical Updates, clarifications and advice

VEHICLE PASSPORTS AND DAMAGED VEHICLES Competitors are reminded that if their vehicle suffers serious structural damage to either the shell or the Roll Over Protection System (ROPS), the scrutineers will retain its Vehicle Passport and forward it to the MSA. This procedure allows for the damage to be logged appropriately on the vehicle’s record. The MSA will return the Vehicle Passport directly to the competitor, who will be advised that the vehicle will need to be inspected by an MSA-licensed scrutineer before it competes again. Inspection by a local scrutineer can be arranged, or the competitor can wait until preevent scrutineering at their next event, having ensured that satisfactory repairs have been carried out. The Vehicle Passport is for the vehicle as a whole and is not transferable with a change of bodyshell. If there is a change of bodyshell, the existing Vehicle Passport should be returned to the MSA for cancellation and an MSA Scrutineer will need to re-inspect the vehicle for a new Vehicle Passport.


In the recently published MSA regulation changes, there was notification of a new regulation covering the use of non-lead acid batteries as the main vehicle battery, Lithium Ion being the most common non-lead acid battery. The new regulation requires any non-lead acid battery pack to be from a manufacturer registered with the MSA. This registration includes a declaration that the batteries produced by this manufacturer conform to all relevant statutory standards and are suitable for motor sport use. For further details on the manufacturer registration and to request the registration forms, please contact the MSA Technical Department by emailing



Competitors are reminded that any modification to a helmet render it invalid, including the addition of cameras by any form of attachment (unless homologated). Modern cameras may be lightweight but helmet weight is critical; the lower the helmet’s weight, the lower the risk of any neck injuries. Attaching a camera to a helmet may also lead to a concentrated impact load in the event of an incident. Additionally, the rounded profile of a helmet helps to deflect any impacting object and a camera must not be allowed to interfere with this.


The MSA has received reports about potential hazards in vehicle cockpits, particularly in single-seater cars. These include concerns over sharp edges on exposed chassis members and bodywork around the cockpit, and exposed bolt threads etc. Scrutineers have been advised to check for any such hazards, therefore competitors are advised to rectify them in advance of their next event.


The 2018 MSA regulations for Historic stage and road rallying have been amended to remove the requirement for a vehicle to have been registered within the relevant period. The period eligibility is now defined by the vehicle’s period specification being correct. For example, for a vehicle to be eligible in Category 4a (up to 31 Dec 1985) the regulation previously required the specific car to have been registered before 31 December 1985. However, a vehicle built and registered in 1986 or later is now eligible, providing that it is of identical specification to a car from the period and complies fully with the specification homologated within the period. MSA Extra / November 2017

Training Updates from the MSA Training Team

2018 SEMINAR SERIES The MSA is pleased to announce dates for the 2018 Seminar Series for Club and Event Officials. These roles typically include Club Stewards, Secretaries of the Meeting, Unlicensed Clerks, Chief Marshals, Safety Officers and Safeguarding Officers, all of whom are welcome to apply. There is no requirement for those that act solely as a licensed Official to attend the 2018 seminar series. The invitation is open to all MSA registered Clubs and Recognised Groups from all disciplines. Clubs may nominate up to five individuals to represent them at the seminar. Newcomers are especially welcome as these seminars provide an opportunity to gain and share relevant knowledge and information with other clubs from their region. Running in parallel with the seminars this year will be the Safeguarding Training Workshop. Safeguarding Officers are invited to attend the morning’s session as well as the Safeguarding Workshop in the afternoon. The seminars are likely to run between 10.00am and 4pm, however full details will be given closer to the event date.





20th January 2018

South West; Exeter area


21st January 2018

South Wales; Newport area


27th January 2018

North; Northallerton area


10th February 2018

South East; Gatwick area


11th February 2018

Channel Islands; Jersey*


18th February 2018

Northern Ireland


17th March 2018

North West; Haydock area


18th March 2018

Midlands / East; East Midlands Airport area


25th March 2018

Scotland; Pitlochry area

For more information email or click HERE to nominate club representatives to attend a seminar in 2018 please click here to complete the online form.


Volunteers News and updates from the orange army

WRGB BOSS THANKS VOLUNTEERS In an open letter, Ben Taylor, Managing Director of Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, thanked the hundreds of volunteers who helped make the event such a great success. Taylor said: “As ever with an event of this scale, there is a huge team of people that puts it all together. I would like to thank all of the volunteers, marshals and officials that contributed to one of the best events of recent years. Their professionalism, dedication and expertise ensured that the whole rally passed off without any major incident and meant that we were able to cope (for the most part) with the massive influx of people trying to see the action. “To everyone involved: a sincere thanks for playing your part.”


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MSA STAFF MARSHALLING Members of MSA staff were pleased to offer their assistance as volunteers on two stage rallies last weekend. Alan Page, MSA Training Executive, performed rescue duties on SS1 and SS5, the Flax Ley stage, of the Wyedean Stages Rally on Saturday (11 November). Meanwhile MSA Communications Officer Sarah Tibbetts and former Development and Communications Assistant Mark Gold followed the Roger Albert Clark Rally around the country, spectator marshalling on two stages in Kielder and manning a junction on Monday morning’s Newcastleton stage.

WALES RALLY GB MERCH FOR PRIZE DRAW WINNERS Dave Rawling, Charlie Denny, Roger Tolley and Wayne Pugh have won the latest MSA monthly marshals prize draw and will each receive a Dayinsure Wales Rally GB bag, signed by MSA British Rally Championship stars including Fredrik Ahlin, Euan Thorburn, David Bogie, Tom Cave and Osian Pryce.

Denny, a bus driver from Aberdeenshire, started marshalling in 1997 when he was asked to help out at the Perthshire Hill Rally as he was the only person with a 4X4. He enjoyed it so much he is now Secretary of the Scottish Hill Rally Club and active in the promotion and organisation of Hill Rallies in Scotland.

Rawling, from the Isle of Man, has been active in motor sport for over 30 years as a marshal and competitor and is regularly seen out on events.

Tolley has been a member of the Owen Motoring Club for over 50 years and over that time has marshalled on all types of events including International Rallies, race meetings and all other

club level motor sport. Over the years Roger has made a lot of friends and contacts and his advice to younger members of clubs is ‘get involved!’ Pugh is a rally marshal from Hereford. Each month at least one person will be picked at random from the MSA’s database of registered marshals. They will each win a special prize and receive a signed certificate of recognition from Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, on behalf of the governing body.

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Volunteers VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: KAREN SPENCER Meet Dayinsure Wales Rally GB’s first female stage commander for 25 years accredited marshals with the MSA but as rally and race have “seasons” we can help each other all year round and enjoy different types of motorsport.

How many events do you do a year?

I do about 25 events per year, but some of them take months of preparation. I started on WRGB in April, with meetings in Wales and stage visits which curtails your event tally for the year. I am also an MSA training instructor and thoroughly enjoy our training sessions in Stockport, York and Cambridge.

What’s your day job?

I’m a hydraulics engineer and specialist in commercial vehicle legal and technical issues.

How did you get started in motorsport?

I guess I was always a petrol head, I remember playing with cars as a girl and I enjoyed motorsport on the TV. BTCC was a favourite of mine and then I discovered rallying, joined a local club and found myself as service crew. Then I started marshalling.

How long have you been a marshal?

I have been marshalling for 22 years now in stage marshal, radio, timing and event official roles from Secretary of Meeting to National B Clerk of Course.

How many years have you been marshalling on Dayinsure Wales Rally GB? Six years with Buccaneer Motor Sports Club running stages. It’s great to see the event evolve and improve.

Are you mainly a rally marshal, or do you volunteer on events in other disciplines?

Just rally at the moment but I am looking forward to trying circuit marshalling; there are many marshals who do several disciplines and we can all learn from each other. The last few years has been difficult to staff rally stages as fully as we have done in previous years (maybe we are all getting older and choosy). There doesn’t appear to be a shortage of registered/

I really enjoy being stage commander on the Manx Rally in May; we are working together to provide training on the Island for marshals and the organising team are very helpful - it’s not easy to plan a stage when it’s on a different island! I am currently working with Neil Cahill of Corsair recovery and Jon Binns of Buccaneer MSC to provide a new training course for the Island. Mark Quayle and Mark Ellison of Manx Rally are also involved.

What makes you come out on regular weekends?

Friendship with my fellow marshals and motor club members, safety for the event and being in the outdoors. We always have a great time when away from home for a few days, a beer or two in the evening helps the jovial atmosphere of being a team member.

Would you recommend marshalling to others?

Yes, especially for women. Motorsport has no boundaries, it’s up to you how far you go. Age and sex do not play a part in it, it’s all down to you and your abilities.

Do you compete, what are your other roles? I used to navigate in a Maestro, not the greatest car in the corners as you get to see the world from a 90 degree angle, but it taught me a lot in how to set up stages and it gave me an understanding of the pressures some crews feel.

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MSA Extra / November 2017

Volunteers twitter feed Dayinsure @Dayinsure 7 Nov We want to say a big thank you to all the marshals, officials and volunteers for making Dayinsure Wales Rally GB so special! #DayinsureIt @rallytravel Oct 30 Thanks to everyone involved @WalesRallyGB Organisation, Volunteers, Marshalls for giving all of us an event to be proud of... see u in 2018! Alex Williams @WaldoWilliams5 Oct 29 Rally GB over for another year, brilliant first year marshalling thanks to fellow marshals and see you next year #thanksmarshal Ben Taylor @ben_taylor_msa Oct 30 Quite simply a perfect @WalesRallyGB weekend. Huge thanks to those that made it happen: volunteers, marshals and officials. You’re the best! Stuart Loudon @stu_loudon Oct 30 Big thanks to all the marshals and volunteers who helped at @WalesRallyGB Ryan M @RyanTank82 Oct 30 Thoroughly enjoyed my 2 days on radio! That hot jacket potato 1/2 way through Dyfnant went down a treat instead of sandwiches again Leigh-Jayne @x_yummeigh_x Oct 29 Had an amazing weekend as a marshal at #WRC #WalesRallyGB but really is glad to be home again! #ThanksMarshal




Latest results across the different types of motor sport goverened by the MSA

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PIRELLI MSA WELSH RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Callum Black and co-driver Elliott Edmondson claimed the top step of the podium on the Wyedean Rally as event winners and Welsh Rally Champions. Provisional championship standings 1 Callum Black – 120 points (Champion) 2 Andy Davies – 96 3 Wug Utting – 88

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Justin Birchall took his second win of the season at Walters Arena as Martin Gould finished third to retain his championship title.

Jonny Greer and co-driver Kirsty Riddick finished second on the Sunset Stages Rally at Nutts Corner to clinch the 2017 MSA Northern Ireland Rally Championship.

Results 1 Justin Birchall/Jonny Koonja (Lofthouse Freelander) 01h44m02s 2 Andy Degiulio/Paul Jones (Milner R5) 01h46m32s 3 Martin Gould/Simon Kerfoot (Buxton 4x4 Rivet) 01h47m36s

Provisional championship standings 1 Jonny Greer – 59 points 2 Derek McGarrity – 58 3 Alan Carmichael – 40

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Dan Clark secured the 2017 championship with a calculated drive to third place in the opening race at Oulton Park.

Nathan Heathcote claimed victory in the final round at Croft Circuit and secured the championship title for the LD Motorsports team.

Roland Uglow won the Roy Fedden sporting trial trophy, one of the oldest in the sport, for the third successive year.

Provisional championship standings 1 Dan Clark – 319 points 2 Gavin Bennett – 305 3 Jack Layton – 297

Provisional championship standings 1 Nathan Heathcote – 190 points 2 Julian Godfrey – 187 3 Oliver Bennett – 181

Results 1 Roland Uglow/Beth Carroll (Crossle) 57 points 2 John Fack/Andy Gowen (MSR) 65 3 Peter Fensom/Liz Fensom (Hamilton) 68



MSA Extra / November 2017

Academy Equipping the UK’s most promising young drivers

HOW MEYRICK HELPED MORRIS Team UK’s Seb Morris has revealed how his relationship with Performance Manager Andy Meyrick has improved his driving and ultimately helped him become the British GT Champion. In a discussion filmed at Wales Rally GB, the pair reflected on their relationship over the past three years and Seb’s progression since he started on the MSA Academy pathway eight years ago.

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“Andy’s bespoke coaching has definitely helped my career, even this year compared to last year my relative performance has improved thanks to things we’ve been working on” Seb Morris

Morris said: “Andy’s bespoke coaching has definitely helped my career, even this year compared to last year my relative performance has improved thanks to things we’ve been working on. We cover everything from fitness, to mental preparation, to how to work with a manufacturer and how to portray your image. I know that I can call Andy if I’ve got an idea or I’ve had a thought I need to run through and he will answer.” Meyrick added: “Seb has had a fantastic season this year and I’m proud to see how much he has accomplished. The work Seb and I have done over the last three years isn’t just tailored to him as an individual, its tailored to his needs at that time. Looking back, throughout our journey, you can see how my coaching and our relationship has changed as he’s moved from a GP3 driver to becoming British GT Champion.” The pair met up with fellow Team UK star Chris Ingram who went on to win the twowheel-drive class in the International event.



ACADEMY CO-DRIVERS AT WRGB The newly selected MSA Academy co-drivers spent a day at Dayinsure Wales Rally GB watching stages, touring rally HQ and meeting members of the M-Sport and Hyundai World Rally Teams. Accompanied by renowned co-driver Paul Spooner and MSA Performance Manager James Wozencroft, the cohort spectated at Sweet Lamb before heading to the Newtown regroup and tyre fitting. After a day on the stages the co-drivers returned to the Deeside Service Park to tour M-Sport Rally Control with team Logistics Manager Iain


Tullie, before meeting Hyundai World Rally Team Manager Alain Penasse. Penasse offered the co-drivers an insight into what it takes to make it into a leading WRC team, before they witnessed a live WRC Service from inside Hyundai. During service, the Academy athletes met WRC co-driver Seb Marshall, who spoke about his time on the Academy just a few years ago.

While five of the nine co-drivers spent the day with the Academy, Keaton Williams, Harry Thomas and Osian Owen competed in the international event while, Jon Hawkins competed in the national rally. The MSA Academy wishes to thank M-Sport and the Hyundai World Rally Team.

MSA Extra / November 2017

Go Motorsport

iZone MSA YOUNG DRIVER OF THE YEAR 2017 AASE programme, a three-year course delivered in conjunction with Loughborough College. The MSA Academy’s Young Driver of the Year Award has relaunched for 2017 with new partner iZone Driver Performance. The accolade is awarded each year to a member of the MSA Academy’s

The Silverstone-based simulator and driver training facility is offering a Winter Training Prize Package worth over £1000. The victor will also receive a trophy at the MSA’s prestigious Night of Champions ceremony at the Royal Automobile Club in January.

The six finalists selected for the award are: Angus Fender (17) Katie Milner (17) Max Marzorati (17) Tommi Meadows (17) Dan Seager (17) Will Tregurtha (17) They will take part in a shootout at iZone on 1 December for the coveted accolade.


GoMotorsport Developing club motorsport for people of all ages and backgrounds

MSA Motor Sport Development Fund The MSA Motor Sport Development Fund (previously known as the Club Development Fund) exists to help support MSA affiliated clubs and organisations. Funding is available to help grow motor sport and to improve the quality of delivery and experiences for new and existing participants. There are different funding streams available and different levels of grants available depending on the funding stream. The areas covered are known as themes and some of them are: ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

Volunteer recruitment Development Promotion Education.

Grants vary but the maximum would be 50 per cent of the whole cost, but could be less and the club must be able to fund the remaining cost.

How do clubs claim?

Claims can be made either online or by post, but the first port of call is the MSA website – – where all of the information and application forms can be found. You can either print off the application form and send it in with the required documentation or you can make an online application.

Case study

Chelmsford Motor Club needed to replace and update its worn out promotional gazebo. Club Membership Secretary Gary Nicholls made an application for funding towards the cost of the equipment, which included printing on the material so that the club’s information is clearly seen when the gazebo is being used at events to promote the club. The application was successful and the club was granted 50 per cent funding towards the cost.

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MSA Extra / November 2017

Go Motorsport club spotlight


Heidi Woodcock, Yorkshire RDO, tells the story of the newly formed South Yorkshire club 24/7 Motorsport Club was formed in July 2017 by Ray White and Jon Shepherd to provide affordable events for motor sport enthusiasts in and around Barnsley, South Yorkshire. With more years of experience than either would care to remember, they have competed in most events from club treasure hunts to international asphalt and forest stage events, including the RAC rally back when it was run over four days and covered more than 2,000 miles. They are determined to provide grassroots entry level motorsport for anyone who is interested.

“We present affordable, non-specialist events for road cars that are equally enjoyable for new starters and ‘hardened’ competitors alike,” says Jon. “The format presents first timers with the opportunity to compete at level terms and maybe show us ‘knowit-alls’ a thing or two about driving a car quickly around a couple of corners.” Ray continues: “Our goal is to create the atmosphere that we enjoyed back when we first started out, when clubmen competed together, carried tools and mucked in, helped each other, swapped stories and built strong and lasting friendships along the way.”

Their first event was the Lightwood Classic Autosolo which attracted 30 entries and was deemed a brilliant success by all. For 2018, the club has plans for club nights, 12 car events, navigational events, scatters, point-to-point events, autotests, autosolos Targa Rallies, fun days and more. Club nights will include guest speakers, quiz nights and social events with full details available in early 2018. Watch this space!!


GoMo event spotlight

RHYL & DISTRICT MOTOR CLUB AT WALES RALLY GB Normally associated with marshalling at the ceremonial start and finish on Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, this year Rhyl and District Motor Club (RDMC) was given the opportunity to have a stand in the rally’s Deeside Service Park to promote local grassroots motor sport. The club approached Go Motorsport for promotional literature and display banners. Club Competitions Secretary, Barry Bartlett, explains: “A few emails and phone calls to Howard Davies, our Go Motorsport Regional Development Officer, and Suze Endean, MSA Development Manager, gave us all the help we needed. They even supported us with an application for an MSA Development Fund grant which we used for Rhyl & District Motor Club banners and leaflets showing how to get into motorsport.


“The enthusiasm within the club to make the WRGB stand a promotional success was evident, with over 25 members helping with setting up the stand, displaying their club cars, and staffing the stand from 10am to 10pm every day. Their efforts were resulted in 28 new members and one renewal. There was also a lot of interest with many taking membership forms away and expressing an interest in entering our next Autotest as an easy and affordable entry into motorsport. Interest in the stand also came from a couple of foreign visitors who in their own clubs in Sweden and America were seeing declining membership and were looking for anything that would promote their clubs.” “The stand throughout the weekend saw thousands of visitors, school children, families and a few celebrities, including five-time World

Rally Champion, Sébastien Ogier, European rally star Chris Ingram and the new MSA Chairman David Richards who was on the Rhyl & District clubs committee back in 1973!” “The benefit of this experience and the support and grant of Go motorsport will allow us to set up similar recruitment displays at our events throughout the year.”

“A few emails and phone calls to Howard Davies, our Go Motorsport Regional Development Officer, and Suze Endean, MSA Development Manager, gave us all the help we needed” MSA Extra / November 2017

Go Motorsport volunteers

Spotlight on... JAY BROWN Chairman, Plymouth Motor Club What’s your day job?

I’m currently in the process of setting up my own company.

What or who inspired you to get into motor sport?

My love and passion for motorsport started with the BBC’s television coverage in the 1980s and the infamous Group B monsters. In fact even now if I hear Propaganda’s ‘Duel’ on the radio it brings back memories of William Willard in front of the notice board bringing the viewer up to date with the day’s activities on the ‘Lombard RAC’. In the early ‘90s I worked for the local BBC and convinced them to cover The Tour Of Cornwall Stage Rally. This assignment provided myself with the opportunity and contacts to launch a parallel career path of ‘Motor Sport Volunteer’. A season or two of marshalling on various stage rallies saw me getting ‘up close and personal’ with the machinery that I had previously only been able to admire from a distance.

How long have you been volunteering for? Rewinding several decades, the seed of enthusiasm for motor sport was planted in my mindset by the spectacle of stage rallying back in the halcyon days of the 1980s. I progressed into marshalling and other volunteer roles around 30 years ago. I have enjoyed an interesting and varied journey through the sport, culminating in my present role as Event Safety Officer and Chief Marshal on many events in the South West. In addition, I also play my part each year on the UK’s flagship event, Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, this year I was part of the Timing Delivery Crew.

What’s your brief volunteering CV?

Having now taken on the role of Chief Marshal within the committee of Plymouth Motor Club, I knew my heart lay heavily in Stage Rallying. That said I apply my enthusiasm and professionalism equally to all events and disciplines that I get involved in. Working on both Plymouth Motor Club’s and neighbouring clubs’ events I quickly progressed through the roles of ‘Assistant Chief Marshal’ through to ‘Event Safety Officer’. Such opportunities have seen me expand my passion and experience on Stage Rallies to such a level that I am now well respected and often get called on for events further afield. I am also a licenced MSA Radio Operator and with my wide (and expanding) portfolio of skill sets my appearance can often be found in regular roles on events such as the Wyedean, Woodpecker, Brean and Somerset Stage Rallies - and of course WRGB.

What’s the best thing about being a motor sport volunteer?

For me it’s being involved with organising and running events and being part of the motorsport family. I’m always learning as well, it’s great to be able increase the skill set to help the team.

What piece of advice would you give to a new volunteer?

Firstly enjoy yourself, you will find out very quickly you are part of a friendly, helpful community. I use the word family because that is what it is. We all help and support each other.

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MSA Extra, November 2017  

The MSA newsletter for British motor sport.

MSA Extra, November 2017  

The MSA newsletter for British motor sport.