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Issue No. 1 June 2018

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GP3 debut podium for Calum Ilott

Barcelona - Ferrari Academy Driver Callum Ilott kicked off his 2018 season with a podium on his debut in the GP3 Series Championship Ilott, racing for the first time for ART Grand Prix, took a third place in Saturday’s Feature race; the curtain-raiser to the FIA F1 race weekend at Circuit de BarcelonaCatalunya. Combined with a seventh place in Sunday’s wet sprint race, Ilott now sits fourth in the championship. “Coming into the weekend, my goals were to learn as much as possible about the car in race conditions, whilst banking the points,” says Ilott. “To finish my first main feature race on the podium, first-time out was a good feeling.” Ilott, who made a good getaway from fourth, had moved up to third on the first lap and then proceeded to hunt down his team mate Hubert. Having closed the gap, Ilott passed Hubert on lap 12 to take second place on the run down to the first corner.

“Once I moved up to third, I focused on consistently closing the gap on Anthoine and with DRS and maybe using slightly more of the tyres in the first half of the race, I closed in and passed him. The tyres did drop off just at the end, so it became a little harder for

me, and Anthoine regained the place,” explains Ilott. “But it was good clean racing which is what it’s all about and we both enjoyed the tussle. I learned a lot about the tyres and working with the dirty air behind a car in a race setting, which is a big contrast to when you are testing.” “A podium for my first race is a solid start to the season and hopefully I can show more of my true pace next time out.” Sunday’s reverse grid race saw the drivers face mixed tracks conditions and Ilott got away well from the lights on the greasy track. “The wet sprint race was always going to be more challenging with me not yet knowing how the GP3 car behaves in those wet race conditions,” explains Ilott. “In hindsight I should have pushed harder initially. The plan to save the tyres for a later push backfired unfortunately, what with the multiple safety cars. Then the combination of the set up and the rapidly drying track meant I just didn’t have the traction at the end of the race. There are definitely things I would have done differently, but the key is to learn from the mistakes and build from here.”

“There’s lots more to come as I build my knowledge of the GP3 car and it’s a long season ahead,” says Ilott. “It’s good to finally be back racing after such a long winter. The tracks we have coming up next are where I have won before and plan to do so again.” The next round of the series will again support the FIA F1 World Championship and take place at Paul Ricard in France next month.

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Bobby Thompson appointed brand ambassador for air ambulance

British Touring Car Championship rookie Bobby Thompson has been confirmed as an ambassador for eight Air Ambulance charities during the 2018 season. The popular Hornchurch based 21-year-old, who drives the #19 Team HARD with Trade Price Cars VW CC in Britain’s premier domestic race series, will be promoting and helping to raise money for the Air Ambulance throughout the 2018 BTCC season. Earlier this year, Rio Soft Drink became an official sponsor for the reigning VW Cup Series Champion's debut year in the ultra-competitive BTCC, which boasts complete live television coverage on ITV4 and Rio’s brand owners, Hall & Woodhouse agreed a two-year charity partnership with the eight local air ambulance charities. The eight charities that Thompson and Rio will be promoting and helping to raise funding for are Devon Air Ambulance, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance, Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance, London’s Air Ambulance, Thames Valley Air Ambulance and Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Prior to the start of the 2018 season, Bobby visited both London’s Air Ambulance and Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance where he spent time with the crew and learnt more about their lifesaving work.

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I’m really proud to be able to support the Air Ambulance charities in these eight regions” said Bobby. “They provide an incredible service to the public but also in the world of motor sport when they’re needed at the circuit and when on occasion, the inevitable serious incident happens. I’m really looking forward to the year ahead working with the team, helping raise awareness for the charities and helping to raise funds through the Hall and Woodhouse & Rio Soft Drink partnership.” Lucinda Gray, sixth-generation of the Woodhouse family and Hall & Woodhouse Charity Champion, commented; “Supporting worthy causes is an important part of our culture at Hall & Woodhouse. These local air ambulance charities cover the counties where our managed houses are located and each of them work tirelessly to care for critically ill or injured patients within our community. We are extremely proud to be working with Bobby to support the work of these fantastic charities.”

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WTCR Hungaroring Tarquini keeps the advantage

Gabriele Tarquini is standing by the predictions that considered him as a main contender for the WTCR title. After the first two events of the FIA World Cup's inaugural season, the Italian driver leads the standings having won three races out of six in his Hyundai i30 N car. Not many would have thought of Yann Ehrlacher as his closest competitor. Yet, after challenging his uncle Yvan Muller for a podium finish in Marrakech, the 22-year-old French claimed an authoritative victory in the first race at the Hungaroring and climbed to second in the standings. Starting fifth in his Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic, Ehrlacher took advantage of the fight for the lead between pole sitter Norbert Michelisz and Esteban Guerrieri. The two of them made contact at Turn 2, opening a gap that Ehrlacher was ready to fill. He managed to keep his own teammate Guerrieri at bay and gave Honda its first WTCR victory. Behind the leading duo, Muller did his best to defend third place from Michelisz, but could not prevent the Hungarian from passing on the penultimate lap. In Race 2, Rob Huff became the fourth different winner in five races, beating guest driver Dániel Nagy. Huff’s victory was also the maiden one for the Golf GTI in the championship and Volkswagen joined Hyundai, Audi and Honda as a race-winning brand. Muller finished third ahead of Tarquini and Guerrieri. Michelisz started Race 3 from the pole in front of his cheering fans, but he was pipped by Tarquini at the start. A sudden rain shower prompted the red flag and when action resumed Tarquini led from his BRC Racing teammate until the end. Michelisz finished on the podium for the second time in the weekend, but failed to win any of the three races on his home soil despite starting twice from the pole. Muller completed the podium and a Hyundai 1-2-3; he was followed by Ehrlacher, Benjamin Lessennes who secured a brilliant fifth place and Dániel Nagy who scored in all three races on his WTCR debut. Tarquini’s point-toll went up to 118, 36 clear of Ehrlacher, with Muller just a further five points adrift. The third WTCR event will take place at the Nürburgring Nordschleife on May 11 and 12.

Double Glory for Luigi Ferrara and Alfa Romeo

TCR Italy kicked off at Imola with a double victory of Luigi Ferrara in the V-Action Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta. The Italian car showed its potential from Qualifying, when Ferrara set the third fastest lap despite missing most of the session after a contact with another car. However, luck changed and at the start of the first race Nicola Baldan (Hyundai) stalled from the front row and pole sitter Eric Scalvini (Hyundai) took the lead from Ferrara and Marco Pellegrini (Honda). The race was disrupted twice by the safety car, the second time when Pellegrini crashed at the Variante Alta and before it resumed again Scalvini retired with throttle issues. Ferrara inherited the lead for the final lap and Salvatore Tavano (Cupra) took second in his return to racing, beating Enrico Bettera (Audi) in the final sprint. Race 2 started behind the safety-car due to a shower and with Giovanni Altoè on pole. It was an intense show on a drying track. Honda drivers Jürgen Schmarl and Lorenzo Nicoli took turns in the lead until the latter served a drive-through because of an infringement during the safety-car period. Andrea Larini (Cupra) took the lead ahead of José Rodrigues (Honda), Schmarl, Ferrara and Bettera. The Alfa was the fastest and most effective car on track and seven minutes from the end, Ferrara overtook Larini who lost also the second place to Bettera. The race was red-flagged in the last lap due to an accident between Gabriele Volpato (Cupra) and Plamen Kralev Audi). The TCR Italy will resume at Le Castellet on May 11/12.

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British F4 News: Hoggard takes maiden win in round 4 at Donington

· Johnathan Hoggard was flawless from start to finish to convert pole into a maiden victory in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Donington Park. Having taken his first pole position in the series just hours earlier in treacherous conditions, Hoggard followed up with a s ublime lights-to-flag win around the wet Leicestershire circuit. A clean getaway saw him escape the clutches of the chasing pack into turn one and he quickly set about building a margin over second place man Sebastian Priaulx (Arden). The latter making an excellent move at the first corner to swoop past team -mates Patrik Pasma and Dennis Hauger. A Safety Car to enable the recovery of Kiern Jewiss’ stricken racer following contact further down the field on lap seven saw Hoggard’s two second lead wiped out. However, he continued to not put a foot wrong, mastering the restart to put daylight betwee n himself and Priaulx and take the chequered flag several laps later. “It feels great to get pole and the win in the same day,” said Hoggard. “I’m over the moon with the result. “Brands Hatch was a bit of a heartbreak really, finishing first on the road, but losing out on the win due to a time penalty for a false start. It was tricky out there today. I had to make sure I didn’t make any mistakes, but push at the same time to try to build a gap. “The Safety Car restart made things harder, bringing everyone closer to me, but I managed to pull a little bit of a gap again and hold it.

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“Getting this first win is definitely a weight off my shoulders and hopefully there will be a lot more wins to come.” Added Fortec Motorsports team owner Richard Dutton: “Brands Hatch was disappointing because Johnathan went off the track in qualifying which meant he was down the order and on the back foot; even though he won a race on the road, but lost out due to a penalty. “It was very frustrating so it’s nice that Johnathan has been able to win the first race this weekend and I’m sure there will be many more. He has progressed a lot over the winter. He has come on leaps and bounds and he has been quick everywhere he’s been. As long as he can qualify like he did this morning, then the race weekends should be a lot easier for him.” “I had a good start,” commented Priaulx. “I went around the outside and I wanted to try to keep the others tight on the inside. I stuck to the outside, had grip and just powered around them to take P2. “It all comes down to feeling in situations like that. I didn’t want to run anybody onto the grass and I was fair with the room I gave. I’m really happy with the move and my race. “Hoggard and I were pretty close in terms of pace so it was hard to pass and I didn’t want to risk making a move that would take us both out.

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F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost Provisional results Round 4 Donington Park, 28 April, 2018 12 laps / 23.74 miles 1 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 17m 12.680s / 82.65 mph 2 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +1.215s 3 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +7.061s 4 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +7.331s 5 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +9.965s 6 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +10.216s 7 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +10.595s 8 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +11.830s 9 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R +12.128s 10 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +12.442s etc. Fastest lap: Jewiss 1m 20.988s / 87.97 mph Rookie class: 1 Doohan, 2 Hauger, 3 Alvarez, 4 Skelton

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British F4 News: Jewiss wins from back of grid in round 5 thriller

Kiern Jewiss took victory at Donington Park in round five of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost after pulling off what will be remembered as one of the finest drives in the history of the series. Starting from the last row of the grid the Double R racer stormed his way up to sixth by the end of the opening lap. Jewiss had plenty more in store for spectators, lapping quicker than any other driver and by lap six was up to fourth and in the hunt for the lead which was occupied by Dennis Hauger. The Arden driver having boldly run around the outside of poleman Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) at turn one to take charge of the race. Ericsson soon had to settle for third behind another fast-starter in the form of Ayrton Simmons who had wasted no time in making his way from sixth on the grid to fight for the win. The JHR Developments ace dived down the inside of Ericsson into Redgate with a perfectly judged late braking manoeuvre on lap six. Three laps later it was Jewiss’ turn to try to pass Ericsson and he did so in spectacular fashion with a move that’s an early contender for overtake of the season. It saw him run around the outside of Ericsson through the long right hander at Coppice, Jewiss br avely hanging on at the limit of adhesion. The race would later become even more frustrating for Ericsson, with an off at Roberts just two laps from the end. Jewiss’ third place soon turned into second after on-track leader Hauger received a five second time penalty for exceeding track limits. Hauger was unable to build a gap over the hard charging Simmons and Jewiss behind and the stage was set for a thrilling finale. It didn’t disappoint, as the pair jostled for position. Simmons defending brilliantly.

MB Partners and FM Conway backed Jewiss was relentless however. On lap 14 he got a better exit out of Roberts onto Wheatcroft Straight to power past Simmons on the run down to Redgate. From then on he kept Hauger in his sights and Simmons at bay to secure a memorable maiden British F4 win.

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“This win feels amazing,” said an ecstatic Jewiss. “I couldn’t have done any of this without Double R Racing. Big thanks to them, MB Partners, FM Conway and HCL. “We’re really good at getting the tyres up to temperature so we can perform really well from the outset. “I got as much heat in my tyres as I could for the opening lap and pushed as hard as possible. I threw caution to the wind an d went all the way around the outside at the start to make up places. “I realised Ericsson wasn’t carrying as much speed as me through Coppice so kept my foot in and went on the outside. I just had enough momentum to get by him before the chicane at the end of the straight. “I didn’t know who was in the lead. My pitboard was showing P2, but I didn’t know whether it was Ayrton or Dennis who had the penalty. Then once I overtook Ayrton the board showed P1 so there was plenty of emotion going on in the cockpit.

“I tried to get Simmons at the Craner Curves, but waited patiently, got a better drive out of the last chicane and took my opportunity to pass him. “For the next race everyone is going to be on scrubbed tyres so it’s going to be about getting the moves done early and then looking after tyres at the end. It will be easy to make mistakes and it will be all about avoiding them." Added Simmons: “It was a pretty hectic race starting from sixth and it’s great to get a podium. “At the start of the weekend we weren’t sure about our pace. Qualifying P10 wasn’t ideal, but we’ve improved during the weeke nd and we’ve now shown that in the dry we’ve got excellent pace. “We were four or five tenths off Jewiss in free practice and now we’re able to match him so that just shows how far we have c ome. “It’s really nice to get this podium on my birthday. I went from sixth to third on the first lap and to be honest I wanted to get past Ericsson as well because I had thoughts of Senna’s amazing opening lap at Donington, even though that was in the wet. I wanted to emulate his heroics.” Commented Hauger: “It’s really sad to lose out on a win in this way, but I’m proud of the fact that I finished first on track. Hopefully we can get the win in race three.

“The start was really good. I discussed it with the team beforehand and we had a plan going into the race. It was great to pull it off. “I pushed on track while not taking any risks out front. Fifteen points from this race is good for the championship, but I’m disappointed because it could have been more.”

Behind the leading trio finished Jack Doohan (Arden) and yesterday’s race winner Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports). The latter stealing fifth from Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) with a move at Redgate on the final lap. Meanwhile, Double R Racing had another driver fly up the order with Paavo Tonteri performing brilliantly from last on the grid to finish seventh and ahead of fellow Finn Patrik Pasma by just 0.001s. Although Pasma finished sixth on the road, he dropped back to eighth as a result of a five second penalty for exceeding track limits. Sebastian Alvarez’s ninth place meant that all Double R Racing-prepared cars finished in the points, while Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) completed the top 10 having emerged triumphant from an entertaining scrap with Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports), Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) and Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments).

F4 British Championship certified by FIA - powered by Ford EcoBoost Provisional results Round 5 Donington Park, 29 April, 2018 18 laps / 35.62 miles 1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 21m 07.080s / 101.10 mph 2 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +0.826s 3 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +3.694s 4 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +3.808s 5 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +10.982s 6 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +20.914s 7 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +21.492s

Dominant win for Hoggard in dramatic round 6

Less than 24 hours after taking his first single-seater victory, Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard was back on the top step of the podium after another flawless drive in round six of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Donington Park. Starting from second on the grid, Hoggard made a better getaway than poleman Patrik Pasma (Arden) and flew around the outside of the Finn into turn one to lead the way on the opening lap. There was plenty of drama behind with championship leader Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments), Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports), Jack Doohan (Arden) and Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) tripping over each other at Craner Curves. All four drivers took to the grass, but all were able to re-join the race safely. More action followed moments later as Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) and Manuel Sulaiman’s (JHR Developments) race came to an end after coming together at the Roberts chicane. Meanwhile Lucca Allen’s race was halted at the same corner. The Safety Car was deployed to enable the stricken cars to be removed, with the racing getting underway again on lap seven. Hoggard did well to keep Pasma at bay at the restart and as the race progressed was in a league of his own as he pulled away from the chasing pack, crossing the finish line with a winning margin of 11.575s. “Getting the lead off the line and building that gap as soon as possible was key,” explained Hoggard. “I didn’t get the best of restarts after the Safety Car, but still managed to defend well and then set about building a gap. “It would have been nice to win all three races this weekend, but I’ll take two wins after what happened at Brands Hatch. “I’m over the moon with the result. I cannot thank the team enough. They’ve done a great job all weekend. Wet or dry we’ve ha d the pace. “We’ve definitely shown how good we can be. Hopefully there are many more weekends like this to come. “I’m looking forward to Thruxton in a few weeks. Preparation will be crucial so we can qualify well and get more good results.” Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing) stayed out of trouble on the adrenaline-fuelled opening lap to make his way up to fifth behind Arden’s Dennis Hauger and Sebastian Priaulx. As Hauger attempted to overtake Pasma on lap seven, Priaulx saw an opportunity to pounce, but in doing so left the door open to Jewiss. The next target for Jewiss was Hauger who put up a resolute defence, but ultimately succumbed to Jewiss’ attack on lap nine. The Double R racer pulling off a forceful move through the Roberts chicane which saw Hauger skip through the gravel and relegated to 10th. Jewiss found himself surrounded by Arden runners, with Pasma defending second place robustly and Priaulx and Doohan snapping at his heels. “That wasn’t the result that we wanted, but I’m pleased to have scored all these points,” said Pasma. “Although we couldn’t get the win, it’s another podium which means plenty of points at this early stage in the championship. “We’ve made a lot of progress, especially in terms of qualifying. We’re getting quicker and quicker and that bodes well for the rest of the season.” Commented Jewiss: “I got another good start and made up a lot of places, although it wasn’t quite as many as the last race. “I got through the field well, but when I got to Patrik he defended so hard and at times I was on the grass.

“I was in a bit of an Arden sandwich and it was tough, because I was trying to attack and defend at the same time. It was a hard battle, but I held my nerve. “It’s been another really good weekend with regard to scoring points. The first race didn’t go so well, but the second and th ird races were brilliant and I put that down to everyone at Double R Racing and Ford for putting together an excellent car and championship.” Doohan bounced back brilliantly from his opening lap off track excursion to finish fourth after getting the better of Priaulx in the closing stages and almost Jewiss. The Aussie also recorded his third Rookie class win of the season to leave Donington Park leading the chase for the Rookie Cup. Although Hoggard was clear out front, Pasma’s defence created a grandstand finish as the entire field from second to 10 th was covered by just several seconds. Championship leader Simmons profited most, recovering from the back of the field after his opening lap travails to finish sec ond and salvage valuable points for his championship hopes. Sharp was another who recovered well to finish in the points, ahead of Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) and Paavo Tonteri (Dou ble R Racing), with Ericsson’s race ending two laps from the finish at McLeans. Following the race Pasma was awarded a five place grid penalty for unsafe manoeuvres and Simmons was awarded a 10 place grid penalty for contact. Both are to be taken at the next available opportunity.

Round 6 Donington Park, 29 April, 2018 15 laps / 29.68 miles 1 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 20m 54.573s / 85.07 2 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +11.575s 3 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +11.799s 4 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +12.262s 5 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +12.395s 6 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +13.475s 7 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +13.916s 8 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +14.072s 9 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +14.127s 10 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +15.425s etc.

Fastest lap: Hauger 1m 08.781s / 103.58 mph Rookie class: 1 Doohan, 2 Skelton, 3 Tonteri, 4 Hauger Provisional championship standings 1 Simmons 102 points; 2 Jewiss 88; 3 Priaulx 85; 4 Hoggard 78; 5 Doohan 62; 6 Hauger 51; 7 Pasma 40; 8 Tonteri 33; 9 Ericsson 19; =10 Skelton 15; =10 Sharp 15 etc. Provisional Rookie Cup standings 1 Doohan 123 points; 2 Hauger 110; 3 Skelton 83; 4 Tonteri 73; 5 Alvarez 39


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Photo Credit Prestone MSA British Rally Championship

Matt Edwards and co-driver Darren Gartheir first ever Prestone MSA British Rally Championship round at the recent Pirelli International Rally (Saturday 28 April). Driving the latest Ford Fiesta R5 for Cumbrian firm M-Sport, the pair from Wales netted their dream result by just 8.5 seconds to launch their championship campaign. The Welsh duo didn’t have it all their own way as young gun Rhys Yates and navigator Elliott Edmondson in a Skoda Fabia R5 stormed to their best BRC result with second. Reigning champions Keith Cronin and Mikie Galvin made it a three-way fight for victory in a new Hyundai i20 R5 with the Irish crew eventually finishing third – making it three different marques of cars on the first podium of the year. The opening round of the eagerly anticipated 60th anniversary year got underway with 80 fast and furious gravel miles through the legendary Kielder Forest. Starting from the Pirelli factory in Carlisle, the BRC crews were cheered into the eigh tstage event by the Mayor of Carlisle, Trish Vasey, local MP John Stevenson and thousands of spectators. The English round of the series always provides drama aplenty and this instalment was no different as the first stage claimed its first victims – David Bogie and John Rowan. Driving for Carlisle-based firm CA1 Sport, Bogie rolled his DMACK-supported Skoda Fabia R5 out of contention. Thankfully both crew members were left unscathed but this paved a way for their rallying rivals.

Reigning champions Keith Cronin and Mikie Galvin put their new Hyundai i20 R5 through its paces on the Cumbrian gravel. Cronin began his quest for a fifth title - to match series history maker Jimmy McRae - in fine fashion. The Michelin-supported star initially held the lead before an on-form Edwards mounted his charge. Suffering with a lack of competitive miles in the new

car, Cronin struggled with pace in the afternoon loop and went too tight to a chicane bale and had to reverse to get going ag ain – haemorrhaging time to the top two.

Matt Edwards and Darren Garrod lost out on their first BRC win by one tenth of a second last season, and the Welsh pair were out to set the record straight in 2018. Reeling in Cronin throughout the morning, Edwards fired into the lead and never looked back, punching in five out of eight fastest times in the Swift Group Fiesta to clinch an emotional first win in Britain’s premier rallying series. Edwards’ win also provided Pirelli a much coveted home win in the process After a strong run on the European championship round in the Azores, Rhys Yates continued his excellent form in his brand new Skoda Fabia R5. Showing speed and consistency throughout the day, the Derbyshire-based driver hunted down Cronin in the closing stages, overhauling the Irishman with a fastest time on stage eight to clinch second by just 3.3 seconds – and in the process his BRC result to date. Fellow Skoda Fabia R5 driver Marty McCormack and co-driver David Moynihan came out of the blocks on the opening stage to sit second but soon after discovered gearbox gremlins. With no spare, and limited time to rectify any problems the Irishman adopted a mechanically sympathetic approach to bring his Kumho-shod Skoda Fabia R5 into a well earned fourth. Rounding out the top five was Jonny Greer, contesting his tenth Pirelli Rally – this time in his recently-acquired Ford Fiesta R5. The Pirelli-supported driver with Kirsty Riddick calling the notes gathered momentum with every stage mile to secure fifth at the end of their first loose surface event in the car – a solid start to their championship campaign.

Super Steve Røkland dominates Junior series Norwegian Steve Røkland and British co-driver Tom Woodburn performed a front-wheel drive masterclass in the Prestone Motorsport News MSA Junior BRC to take their first win in the series by a comfortable 1 minute 13.3 second victory in a Peugeot 208 R2. Chalking up all but one fastest stage time on the fast and flowing gravel, the pairing didn’t put a foot wrong as the y lead the championship after the first round. Welshman James Williams and co-driver Ross Whittock were a new partnership in a Vauxhall ADAM R2. The Network Q team started off slowly in fifth but played a patient day-long game as they chipped their way up the field through blistering pace and took advantage of faulting rivals to seal their best BRC finish yet. William Creighton and Liam Regan won the Pirelli Rally in 2017 and after a slow start on the rally the Irish duo clawed their way onto the podium to put their Peugeot 208 R2 into the final rostrum position.

Prestone MSA British Rally Championship Round 1 – Pirelli International Rally 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Matt Edwards (GBR) / Darren Garrod (GBR) Ford Fiesta R5 – 1:13:53.8 Rhys Yates (GBR) / Elliott Edmondson (GBR) Skoda Fabia R5 +20.5s Keith Cronin (IRL) / Mikie Galvin (IRL) Hyundai i20 R5 +21.8s Marty McCormack (GBR) / David Moynihan (IRL) Skoda Fabia R5 +1:02.8s Jonny Greer (GBR) / Kirsty Riddick (GBR) Ford Fiesta R5 +1:29.8s Alex Laffey (GBR) / Patrick Walsh (GBR) Ford Fiesta R5 +5:18.7s Lawrence Whyte (GBR) / Stuart Louden (GBR) Ford Fiesta R5 +5:58.7s Thomas Preston (GBR) / Max Freeman (GBR) Skoda Fabia R5 +6:06.8s Sasha Kakad (GBR) / James Aldridge (GBR) Ford Fiesta R5 +6:12.6s Steve Røkland (NOR) / Tom Woodburn (GBR) Peugeot 208 R2 +8:28.3s

Prestone MSA British Rally Championship Standings (Drivers) after round 1/6 1. Matt Edwards - 25 2. Rhys Yates - 18 3. Keith Cronin - 15 4. Marty McCormack - 12 5. Jonathan Greer - 10 6. Thomas Preston - 9* 7. Alex Laffey - 8 8. Lawrence Whyte - 6 9. Steve Røkland - 6*

10. Sacha Kakad - 2 Prestone MSA British Rally Championship Standings (Co-drivers) after round 1/6 1. Darren Garrod - 25 2. Elliott Edmondson - 18 3. Mikie Galvin - 15 4. David Moynihan - 12 5. Kirsty Riddick - 10 6. Patrick Walsh - 8 7. Stuart Louden - 6 8. Max Freeman - 4 9. James Aldridge - 2 10. Tom Woodburn - 1

(* = Joker nominations have been played. Dayinsure Wales Rally GB is a double-header with two points-scoring opportunities.)


Freddie Milne is hopeful of achieving more success after a breakthrough result on round two of the 2018 ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship (SRC). Milne and co-driver Patrick Walsh guided their Subaru Impreza WRC to fourth overall and third in the SRC on the McDonald & Munro Speyside Stages, which was the first podium finish of Milne’s career. After tasting success, Milne is keen to keep up the momentum as the SRC heads to Lockerbie for the RSAC Scottish Rally. “It was very nice to be handed a bottle of champagne and get my picture taken, and I didn’t even know [I’d taken third] until I reached the finish and was told to reverse my car in front of the arch. I was beaming ear to ear at that point,” Milne said. “I said to Melvyn [Evans] if I have a bad day at the Speyside I’m definitely going to take a back step from it this year, jus t because I’d had such a bad day at the Snowman. The biggest thing is to enjoy it, it’s for fun and at the Snowman I was just so terrified of damaging the car in the changing conditions I didn’t enjoy it. “Part of me kind of hoped I’d have a bad day at the Speyside as it would save me a lot of money, but after the podium our entry for the Scottish was guaranteed!”

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Milne has driven a Mitsubishi Evo in recent seasons, but hired an Impreza WRC for the Grampian Stages last year and hasn’t lo oked back since. After starting three events in the car, he is slowly but surely getting used to the characteristics of it. “I’m not doing anything special,” Milne admitted, “it’s just a combination of probably one of the best cars in the field and a really good navigator, I’m definitely the weak link. “The thing really is wild. I remember Shaun Sinclair saying to me you get your money’s worth just from the launch. It’s so pleasing, it’s like a stallion booting you in the back with every gear change. “It all is down to the car though, we couldn’t be finishing this high without this thing. With a thing like that we should be on the podium every time otherwise you’re doing something seriously wrong. “They are tricky things to drive, you can go into a corner and get a lot of understeer and then suddenly you get massive over steer. They are very driveable, but it’s a bit like if you’ve not been on a bicycle for 10 years, it grabs your attention, for the first mile or so you’re a bit like ‘woah.’” With the Scottish Rally less than a couple of weeks away, Milne’s full attention is now on ensuring he can try and replicate his performance from the Speyside. “I’d be happy to be around the top five area but am certainly shooting at the same as the Speyside or better,” he said. “The one thing that has filled me with a bit of confidence is that the Speyside was probably the first rally I’ve ever done where I never looked at the notes beforehand. I just said to Patrick that I trust him as I was too busy with work stuff so I only had a quick run through of the DVD the night before. I’m definitely going to be paying the notes as much attention as I can for this one! “I’m going to try and do the remaining events, definitely. It was a shame to drop down so much on the Snowman with our road penalties, we would have been ok without that, got some points, so I guess we have to finish every round now.”

The 2018 ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship is partnered by Pirelli Motorsport, Reis Motorsport Insurance and KNC Groundworks Ltd. The championship consists of seven forest events across Scotland, taking in over 300 competitive stage miles . The next round of the SRC is the RSAC Scottish Rally on Saturday 19th May.

Donnelly happy with Hyundai performance at the Lakes

Five-time Irish Tarmac Champion Eugene Donnelly secured another solid performance in the series last weekend as he took his Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing i20 R5 to seventh overall at the Rally of the Lakes in Killarney (5 th/6th May). Along with co-driver Mark Kane, Donnelly continued to develop the MRF Tyres-shod Hyundai for the Irish lanes, further adding to their ninth overall on the West Cork and Easter Stages earlier in the season. Their result was the highest finish for the i20 this season and was bolstered by a top three stage time over the 13 th stage of the event. Just days before hand, four-time British Rally Champion Keith Cronin used the Hyundai at the opening round of the series in the Kielder forest and it would be a race against time for the Philip Case Rally Sport team to return the car to asphalt spec for Donnell y. The Magherafelt driver had been away from the Irish championship for over two years and despite being a previous winner of th e event, he would head to Killarney in a bid to find more pace and additional data for the Hyundai i20 as part of a three year plan fo r the Korean built machine. Donnelly admits “podium positions are not on the radar at the moment”, but would look to make further inroads on the gap to the leaders as he becomes more familiar with the R5 machinery. Sixteen stages and over 120km of special stage action would lie ahead over the two-day event but it would be a slow start for Donnelly who suffered from a misfire over the opening loop on Saturday morning. This left him languishing down in 10 th spot until the issue could be rectified at service. The remainder of the opening leg was left playing catch up and Donnelly would continue to adapt the set up and tyre choice to the widely acclaimed set of stages including Molls Gap, Healey’s Pass and Ardgroom. As the miles passed, the pace increased and the times tumbled, ending the day in a confidence boosting seventh overall. An early start on day two didn’t affect Donnelly, as a new tyre choice and set up transformed the i20 and the gap to the top six would begin to narrow. A broken rim didn’t hamper progress to any significant degree as the stage times became more impressive. The reward for his perseverance was third quickest time on the 13 thstage as he continued to get to grips with the car.

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Crossing the finish ramp in Killarney on Sunday evening, Donnelly was happy with his best result of the season so far. “It certainly was a bit of a rocky start to be honest so to be seventh after some of the toughest stages on the calendar is really pleasing for us as we continue to develop the car for Irish soil” he says. “The roads down here definitely throw up some unique challenges and despite my previous experience on these lanes I`m still learning all the time, especially as it’s the first time here in the Hyundai. The encouraging thing is that we are getting qu icker with each passing event and we are heading in the right direction with the car and that’s really important for me and the tea m. We are working really hard to get the right set up in the car and getting the tyres to work, so that third quickest time is a real turning point for us. It shows the pace is there and we just need to carry that over to Donegal from the off now”. The next round of the series, the Donegal International Rally takes place from 15 th-17th June. Donnelly is supported by Divers Hyundai, MRF Tyres, Sligo Pallets, PPP Group, Midland Tyre Services, McPartland Group, Philip Case Rally Sport, Protune Ireland, CBM Signs and the CFM Group.

Tejpar bids for Peugeot Cup experience at WRC Portugal

British rally driver Nabila Tejpar will make one of many trips to mainland Europe this week as she embarks on a season in the Iberican Peugeot Sport Cup, beginning with round six of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Vodafone Rally de Portugal (17th – 20th May).

After sealing the Prestone MSA British Ladies Rally Championship title in 2017, the Maldon rally ace has secured a deal to head to the ultra-competitive series after making the upgrade to the latest specification Peugeot 208 R2 at the beginning of the season. Richard Bliss from Weston-Super-Mare will return to the co-driver’s seat once again in 2018. The opening round of the single-make championship offers one of the toughest events on the World Rally Championship calendar and the best drivers in the world will tackle the dusty and rocky mountain roads of the Porto region in Portugal. Iberican Cup contenders will compete across the first nine stages of the event which amounts to over 150km of competitive action. At just 24, Tejpar has only been rallying competitively for just over two years and has only recently managed to complete her very first WRC event in October when she tackled the British round of the series, Wales Rally GB. Portugal will throw up a very different challenge as she will need to concentrate on not only getting round the infamous stages, but to rack up valuable points in the Iberican Peugeot Sport Cup to boot.

Just three months ago, Tejpar was due to embark on her third season in the British

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However, she was offered an opportunity by Portuguese preparation firm PT Racing to contest the single-make Peugeot series. In a bid to further progress her skills behind the wheel, Tejpar worked hard to secure the funding to contest the six-round championship which contains two rounds of the WRC. The first of which, in Portugal, kicks off the series and Tejpar is anticipating one of the hardest week of her rallying care er ahead. “This really is going to be one of the toughest things I have ever done but at the same time I`m so excited to be competing in the Iberican Peugeot Sport Cup, and what a way to start it off with a round of the World Rally Championship” she says. “There is nothing like throwing yourself in at the deep end but to a certain degree I think that’s what I need. Doing the Cup over there is all about progressing myself as a driver and there is no better way to learn than getting stuck in and I guess, learning the hard way. WRC Portugal is an amazing event so it will be a feat in itsef, but I do have to have one eye on the points tab le for the Cup too”. Tejpar and Bliss tackled the Rali de Mortágua in April as a pre-season warm up and despite ending the event with broken steering, believe it was a valuable lesson for the season ahead. “We were having a really good run but I just cut a corner too much and clipped an unseen boulder which damaged the car so we retired on the spot. But I think I learnt more in those 4 stages than maybe a whole event here in the UK so I do think I`m ready for the task ahead. It won’t be easy, but at this stage of the season I want to enjoy the experience and get to the end, so that will be the ultimate goal this week”.

The Vodafone Rally de Portugal takes place between 17 th – 20th May with the start on Thursday evening, followed by a spectator stage around the Lousdada RallyCross Circuit which offers the chance to get settled in before the first full day on Friday. Day two of the event heads north for eight stages and after a repeat run of the 18km and 26km tests before another super spec ial stage in the town centre of Porto rounds off the event for the Peugeot crews. Tejpar is sponsored for the third year by Pump Technology and newly acquired support from Matrix Construction, as well as con tinued

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New Zealand rally return offered “amazing experience” for Hall

Mansfield based co-driver Phil Hall guided New Zealand rally ace Rhys Gardner to a top twenty finish at last weekend’s International Rally of Whangarei (4th-6th May), after overcoming engine woes which blighted their performance in the Asia Pacific Rally Championship qualifier. After running well inside the top ten for much of the opening day, a reoccurring power issue would force the Mazda 2 AP4+ down the leader board throughout the rally and Hall would not be able to beat his previous result of sixth overall alongside the K iwi at the event last year. The backed co-driver has enjoyed a packed schedule in recent months which have included events in Paraguay and Europe when his commitments in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship alongside fellow Brit Tom Williams allow. Hall would head back to New Zealand to partner Gardner after forging a successful partnership on the rally in 2017. The North Island based rally would offer over 290km of special stage action with most of the action taking place on Saturday and Sunday. Friday would play host to the popular ceremonial start before a double run of a short spectator super special stage g ot the action underway that evening.

Despite finishing the opening leg in 20 th overall, the tests would certainly not be representative of the rest of the rally and Hall would guide Gardner to an impressive top ten stage time on the first of Saturday’s stages in the forests. Mixing with the best of the crews from the Asia Pacific Championship, Hall soon began to settle back into the Mazda during the opening loop, with the duo firing in fifth fastest time on stage five.

However engine issues would blight their progress on the eighth stage of the event and despite tracing the issue and fixing it at the side of the road, were hampered by further engine problems throughout the remainder of the day. Intermittently throughout the weekend, the full power of the AP4 specification four-wheel-drive machine would be restored and this allowed Hall to take Gardner to a handful of top 15 times across the remaining stages of the event. But the damage was done as despite the best efforts of the team and the crew, Hall crossed the finish ramp on Sunday night in 20th overall. “Sadly it was one of those events where the result and the stage times were not really representative of just how hard we were pushing all weekend and it was a shame the issues blighted progress during the weekend” said Hall. “The stages were absolutely incredible and it was a real honour to be tackling such iconic roads which have shaped the WRC event and which I remember watching in awe as a child. When the car was working it was insane and Rhys drove perfectly but it just wasn’t to be on the day. It was an amazing experience and to come back to New Zealand to compete with Rhys is truly fantastic. I`m looking forward to having another chance at competing on those stages, but with full power next time”. In typical fashion, Hall will have no time to dwell on his result as this weekend he re-joins Tom Williams in the Ford Fiesta R2 to tackle the Plains Rally, a little closer to home in Welshpool. The duo will use the event in a bid to gain seat time ahead of their next WRC outing in Portugal in just a weeks’ time

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Photo credit: Lindsay Photo Sport

Alan Dickson can’t wait for the 2018 ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship (SRC) to resume next week as he continues to enjoy his comeback to the sport after a 12-year hiatus. Dickson, who last competed in the SRC back in 2006 in a Subaru Impreza WRC, lies seventh overall and second in the Challengers championship ahead of the RSAC Scottish Rally behind the wheel of Mark McCulloch’s old Mitsubishi Evo IX. After spending over a decade on the side-lines, the Glasgow driver has been tempted back into competition after visiting the McRae Gravel Challenge in September last year, and is enjoying the Scottish Rally Championship more than he ever has done. “I walked away from rallying after 2006, and didn’t really look over my shoulder until recently,” Dickson admitted. “My children are now both in their late teens so I started thinking to myself ‘if I don’t go back and have another go at 54, when will I,’ because you really do miss the feeling of driving. “I’ve been very careful with my comeback into this. I wanted to come in at a level we can afford, so the Lancer ticked all th e boxes for me. I’ve got Martin [Forrest] back with me which is great and most of my old service crew too, so from lunch time o n Friday until we get home we just have a non-stop laugh.

“We let the guys in the WRCs and the R5s slug it out in the way we used to do it, but we are not in that fight and it’s quite nice not to be, and to be happy coming home regardless of the result: if we get a top 15 we are delighted! There’s much less pressure to deliver and the difference that has made with enjoyment is immense. I’m enjoying my rallying more now than I ever have, I can’t wait for the Scottish.” The way Dickson goes about his rallying is vastly different now to when he was fighting former champions Barry Johnson and Dave Weston for the 2006 title, but he is still looking to achieve the best results he possibly can even if he’s not fighting at the very front. “I’m amazed how quick these Group A cars are nowadays, they feel almost as fast as my World Car did 12 years ago,” he revealed.

“Having been out for such a long time I did question whether I’d still be able to do it, but it’s amazing how quickly the feeling comes back. We were trying hard all day on the Speyside but could only manage 20 th, which with hindsight was probably down to choosing the wrong tyres so we will use Pirellis on the Scottish to try something new. Dickson is on paper in serious contention for Challengers honours this year, but he it’s not something he’s necessarily aiming for given the strength of the competition. “The Challengers will be incredibly difficult because there are a couple of guys there with R5s and a lot of them are youngsters unlike me,” Dickson said. “Lawrence Whyte is a hot tip for that one, and there’s going to be others as well. You’ve got to remember we finished the first two events and a lot of others haven’t, and that has helped us. “It’s the same way that we can look at the overall table and see we’re lying seventh, but look who’s behind us. I’ve got David Bogie behind me and I’ve got Jock Armstrong behind me and two or three others that are well capable of beating me soundly but for whatever reason didn’t do the Snowman. “I’m trying not to get myself dragged into that whole championship thing as sometimes it makes you go and do events you otherwise wouldn’t, and we’ve been fortunate enough in a previous life to be have been there and done that near the front. “I just look forward to it far more than I ever used to and it’s because we just want to go out there and drive the car fast in the forests and that’s really what it’s all about. If we get a decent result then all the better but it’s not going to spoil our day.” The 2018 ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship is partnered by Pirelli Motorsport, Reis Motorsport Insurance and KNC Ground-


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Sebastien Loeb scores second World RX career win to move to second in Drivers’ Championship Petter Solberg and Timmy Hansen complete Belgian podium Reigning Champion Johan Kristoffersson maintains points lead

France’s Sebastien Loeb scored an emphatic victory at the wheel of Team Peugeot Total’s Peugeot 208 WRX in the Coyote World RX of Belgium, round three of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy. PSRX Volkswagen Sweden’s Petter Solberg finished as runner-up in his Volkswagen Polo R Supercar, while Timmy Hansen made it a double podium for Team Peugeot Total by taking the third podium spot. In a dramatic final, EKS Audi Sport’s Mattias Ekstrom finished fourth, taking his joker on the final lap and beating Championship leader Johan Kristoffersson to the line. Sweden’s Kristoffersson was fifth and continues to lead the World RX Drivers’ Championship, nine points ahead of Loeb, who moved up to second with his Belgian victory. PSRX Volkswagen Sweden continues to head the Teams’ Championship..

“It’s just great to win here, it’s been a long time trying. It’s not easy, the battle is always really intense and the level is really high, so it’s a nice achievement,” said Loeb. “I’m really happy for the whole team, it’s a new team this year and to be able to bring them their first victory is really a pleasure. I thought that Mattias [Ekstrom] had already jokered before [in the final], so I was fighting for second and in the last corner he went to the joker and I won. I didn’t expect to win, so it’s even more of an incredible feeling when it’s like that.” Two-time World RX Drivers’ Champion Solberg finished second, despite being fourth on lap one after a side-by-side moment with team mate Kristoffersson, who’s Polo was sent onto two wheels at the first corner. “It’s been a very tough weekend. Yesterday went well, we were lucky there, but today, in the rain this morning and the cold conditions you know it’s pretty tricky to get a good start and to get a clean run,” commented Solberg, who won the Monster Energy Super Charge Award for the quickest reaction off the start line. “I don’t know what happened in the first corner [of the final]. I was fourth out of the first corner and then I jokered and, honestly, I went absolutely flat out and took a little bit of risk. It was very close, but still I’m very happy with a podium.”

25-year old Hansen celebrated his first podium of the season. A collision at the start of semi-final two left him last but a strong recovery drive to third allowed him to progress to the final. As high as second after a good start, Hansen ended the event in third place “I had a massive moment in the final, I thought I was going to roll, when I finally got the car to the apex of the next corne r I thought that it was definitely broken, but it was still in one piece and I could continue following Sebastien [Loeb] which was quite interesting because I started sixth and exited the first corner second behind Seb. I was chasing him all final. We jokered together and Petter came out in the middle between us. This victory for Seb and the double podium that we got together, Team Peugeot Total has really earned it,” said Hansen.

EKS Audi Sport’s Andreas Bakkerud rounded out the top six, battling with team mate Ekstrom in the final. Just missing out on a place in the final was GRX Taneco’s Niclas Gronholm and Team STARD’s Janis Baumanis, who were fourth in semi-finals one and two respectively. All six of the permanent World RX teams were represented in the semi-finals. GC Kompetition’s Guerlain Chicherit finished fifth in semi -final two, but Olsbergs MSE’s Robin Larsson was forced to retire from semi-final one.

Fan favourite Francois Duval raced a Comtoyou Racing Audi S1 RX Supercar in his home round of World RX and just missed a place in the semi-finals. He qualified 13 thin the Intermediate Classification.

In the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercar, reigning Champion Anton Marklund raced from the second row of the grid to lead the final from the first corner to claim his first win of the season. Round one winner Reinis Nitiss was second and reigning RX2 International Series Champion Cyril Raymond concluded his maiden Euro RX Supercar appearance on the podium in third, having started from pole position. Norway’s Ben-Philip Gundersen won the opening round of the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires to begin his first campaign in the single-make category in style. Compatriot Sondre Evjen finished second having qualified sixth in the Intermediate Classification, while newcomer Henrik Krogstad made it an all-Norwegian podium in a top-four lock-out for the JC RaceTeknik team. Gundersen took the points lead, three points ahead of Vasiliy Gryazin, who retired after contact in the firs t corner of the final. The first round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship for TouringCar was won by Sweden’s Fredrik Salsten, driving his title-winning Citroen DS3 from 2015. He claimed victory through an early joker lap strategy to beat Belgium’s Steve Volders and 2014 TouringCar Champion Daniel Lundh. Volders leads the Championship standings.

Paul Bellamy, World RX Managing Director for IMG, concluded: “The fans in Belgium are some of the most passionate in the world, and the 27,000 that attended Mettet over this weekend were treated to some incredible action. That all three of the manufacturer-backed teams set a fastest time in qualifying and battled for victory in the final shows just how close the competition in World RX is this year, it really is too close to call. Congratulations to Sebastien Loeb and Team Peugeot Tota l for their first win of the year, it was very well deserved and we can’t wait to see the Championship battle continue at Silversto ne in two weeks’ time as part of the Speedmachine Festival on May 25 – 27.”

Results Full results from the Coyote World RX of Portugal can be found at the following link: Standings Full Championship standings can be found at the following link:

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Huge entry commits to first Cooper Tires World RX of Great Britain to be held at Silverstone Three British drivers to fly the flag on home soil Speedmachine festival sets the stage for a huge weekend of motorsport and entertainment on 25-27 May

The eagerly-anticipated Speedmachine festival is shaping up to be a major highlight of the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy both on and off-track, after revealing a maximum Supercar entry of 25 drivers. With Speedmachine offering a packed bill of entertainment, including headline live music, Esports, drifting and the unique op portunity for attendees to get behind the wheel of a performance car and drive the world-famous Silverstone Formula 1 circuit, a full complement of World RX Supercar starters will deliver a spectacular centrepiece of action-packed racing. In the first World RX of Great Britain to be held at the famed ‘Home of British Motor Racing’, ten round-by-round entries join 15 permanent competitors at Silverstone, including three British homegrown drivers in Andrew Jordan, Mark Higgins and Oliver Bennett. Jordan will make his latest World RX of Great Britain appearance at the wheel of an MJP Racing Team Austria Ford Fiesta, the 2013 British Touring Car Champion eyeing a repeat of his hugely popular podium finish on home soil in 2014. He is partnered with two-time World RX race winner Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen, who returns at Silverstone for his first start of 2018.

Making the transition to rallycross this season, three-time British Rally Champion Higgins is set for his World RX debut in an Albatec Racing Peugeot 208, while Bennett in his MINI Cooper S will have the opportunity to race in front of his home fans in what will be his third outing of the campaign. In all, 25 drivers representing 11 nationalities and 15 teams will compete for World RX of Great Britain glory at Speedmachine. This includes superstars Petter Solberg, Sebastien Loeb, Mattias Ekstrom and Johan Kristoffersson as they continue their burgeoning World RX title battle. Ma Qinghua will become the first Chinese driver to compete in World RX as he joins Janis Baumanis in an expanded Team STARD driver line-up. Ma has record book entries as the first Chinese driver in F1 (Italy 2012) and the first Chinese winner of an FIA World Championship event (WTCC, Russia 2014). He has tested STARD’s Ford Fiesta Supercar ahead of his World RX debut. Reigning FIA European Rallycross Champion for Supercars Anton Marklund will be considered a potential front-runner in the Marklund Motorsport Volkswagen Polo, while the experienced Tommy Rustad returns to the World RX ranks driving a sister car under the Marklund-HTB Racing banner. Former British Rallycross Champion Ollie O’Donovan flies the flag for Ireland in a Ford Fiesta, while Frenchman Herve “Knapick” Lemonnier returns to World RX action in a Citroen DS3 and Hungary’s Tamas Karai competes in a Karai Motorsport Egyesulet Audi A1. World RX Managing Director for IMG, Paul Bellamy commented: “World RX is at the heart of Speedmachine, so it’s wonderful to see teams embracing what promises to be a truly memorable weekend. The fact so many drivers want to be part of the first World RX event to take place at Silverstone is testament to the circuit’s attraction as a first-class facility and its status as one of motorsport’s most prestigious venues. "Add to that Speedmachine’s enticing festival elements, such as live music, Esports and a unique opportunity to drive the Silverstone grand prix circuit and we’re certain Cooper Tires World RX of Great Britain will set a new standard for what fans can expect from a motorsport event.” In addition to the on-track action and live music from Dizzee Rascal, Lethal Bizzle and Ministry of Sound, Speedmachine will thrill motorsport enthusiasts with a host of classic Group B rallycross and rally displays and demonstrations, an exhibition of legendary machinery from Prodrive – including MG 6R4s and WRCwinning Subaru Imprezas – and a show of spectacular metal from The Players custom car experts. Meanwhile, e-gamers will get the chance to taste victory themselves behind the virtual wheel of a World RX Supercar as DiRT 4 takes over a section of Silverstone’s iconic Wing paddock. Book advanced tickets now and save £20. Weekend, camping and day tickets are available at

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Photo Gallery— MSVR Race Day April 21st 2018

Photo Gallery— MSVR Race Day April 21st 2018

Photo Gallery— MSVR Race Day April 21st 2018

Photo Gallery— MSVR Race Day April 21st 2018

Photo Gallery— MSVR Race Day April 21st 2018

Photo Gallery— BTCC Race Meeting April 2018

Photo Gallery— BTCC Race Meeting April 2018

Photo Gallery— BTCC Race Meeting April 2018

Photo Gallery— BTCC Race Meeting April 2018

Photo Gallery— BTCC Race Meeting April 2018

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More news and features JULY ISSUE 12TH June 2018


A new magazine featuring the many forms of motorsport outside Formula 1.


A new magazine featuring the many forms of motorsport outside Formula 1.