David Stokes Remembered at Rallyday

At this year's Rallyday, organisers have arranged a special tribute to Gloucestershire businessman and rallying legend David Stokes, who sadly passed away in February after a long battle with cancer.
David was a six-time British national rally champion in a career that spanned over 50 years and started in the 1960's with David completing the whole Motoring News road rally series in a 1500 cc Ford Anglia. He then switched to the first of his Escort Twin Cams, and results started to come, but the arrival of the ex-Adrian Boyd RS1600 REV 120K; arranged by Ford, saw his rallying take off. David's well-known multi historic championship winning Mk1 Escort twin-cam will be on display at Rallyday.
Castle Combe circuit opens to spectators from 9:00 am and admission prices are: £18 in advance or £25 on the day. Under 17s: FREE parking and also convenient forward-parking will be available for blue badge holders.
Access the circuit is via the B4039 following brown tourist signs with chequered flag from either Junction 17 or 18 of the M4

Rallyday - Saturday 24th September
Castle Combe Circuit
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22nd September, 2016

IRDC at Rallyday 2016

Once again the familiar IRDC club gazebo will be a prominent feature of the busy paddock this weekend when a number of members will represent the club at the annual jamboree of rallying at Castle Combe Circuit Wiltshire. The club's stand will be situated on the main track-side concourse near the Strawford Centre so members and non-members are welcome to drop in and say hello! Rallyday is one of the country's most popular rallying events where star drivers and epic cars entertain fans both in the paddocks and out on track.

This year there'll be plenty of Group B giants last seen competitively 30 years ago and Rallyday also celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the last RAC Rally held in nearby Bath with an incredible display of the vehicles that took part as well as recollections from those who competed.

Four Time World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen; a Group B and Group A superstar, competitor in the 1986 Bath RAC and all-round rallying legend will make his first appearance at Rallyday, marking 30 years since his maiden WRC championship success. In addition, two years on from his last Rallyday visit, Harri Toivonen returns and also took part in a Bath RAC Rally together with another name from the 1986 Lombard RAC, Louise Aitken-Walker. Rallyday regular, five times former British Rally Champion Rally Jimmy McRae will be there again and has visited Castle Combe on numerous occasions and a firm crowd favourite, driving a Vauxhall Magnum or Firenza V8!

Admission Tickets: £18 in advance, £25 on the day. Under 17s: FREE
Castle Combe Circuit
Castle Combe
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FREE parking available. Forward parking available for blue badge holders.
Access the circuit via the B4039 following brown tourist signs with chequered flag from either Junction 17 or 18 of the M4

20th September, 2016

Elfyn Evans Wins Ulster Rally and BRC

With one round of the revitalised 2016 British Rally Championship still to run, Elfyn Evans and co-driver Craig Parry have won 2016 MSA British Rally Championship title by scoring victory on last weekend's John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally. The DMACK British Rally Team crew made it four wins from six events in Britain's premier rallying championship in their Ford Fiesta R5.

Ulsterman Jonathan Greer, in a Citroen DS3 R5, claimed second, whilst Scottish driver David Bogie took the final step on the podium in his Skoda Fabia R5 on the legendary Ulster Rally which took competitors on 48.62 competitive miles on the first day and 85.24 miles on the second, totalling 133.86 miles through the daunting lanes of Northern Ireland. Heavy rain on both days made the tarmac greasy, creating difficult tyre choices for the crews.

The Ulster Rally also marked a special anniversary as Elfyn's success comes twenty years on since father Gwyndaf won the same title on the Ulster Rally back in 1996. Elfyn becomes the 38th different name on the BRC trophy after a dominant season, picking up four wins along with a third place on the Pirelli Carlisle - the Circuit of Ireland providing the only blot on his copy book as a mechanical retirement forced him out of the event lead.

After the rally Elfyn Evans said, "The event was really tough, in fact it was probably the toughest of the season with the weather changing all the time, stage conditions changing constantly, it was difficult to keep up with everything and do the job in hand. After making a few wrong tyre choices yesterday we played it safe and erred on the side of caution on the second day to make sure we held our advantage and take the win. It feels pretty good to win the BRC title. We had hoped it was possible to wrap-up the title on the Ulster but in rallying anything can happen so we still needed to finish in a certain position and be in front of Tom [Cave] and Fredrik [Ahlin]. To combine it with a win is very special and it's nice to be going home with the championship, especially 20 years since my Dad [Gwyndaf Evans] won the title on this event. It just hasn't sunk in yet, it is amazing. It is a huge team effort from family, friends, the team, everything just clicked and it has been a very good year. We couldn't have asked for much more!"

The final round of the 2016 British Rally Championship is the Manx Rally on the Isle of Man 15/17 September and offering double points. Every driver has to drop one score and all Joker nominations have now been played.

Results - MSA British Rally Championship Round 6 - Ulster Rally

1. Evans (GBR)/Parry (GBR) Ford Fiesta R5 2:11:15.4
2. Greer (GBR)/Riddick (GBR) Citroen DS3 R5 +1:25.4
3. Bogie (GBR)/O'Reilly (IRL) Skoda Fabia R5 +2:00.4
4. Cronin (IRL)/Galvin (IRL) Citroen DS3 R5 +2:07.4
5. McCormack (GBR)/Moynihan (IRL) Skoda Fabia S2000 +4:31.9
6. Moffett (IRL)/ Rowan (IRL) Ford Fiesta R5 +5:53.7
7. Yates (GBR)/ Woodburn (GBR) Ford Fiesta R5 +5:55.4
8. Cave (GBR)/ Morgan (GBR) Ford Fiesta R5 +6:54.3
9. Edwards (GBR)/ Rogers (GBR) Ford Fiesta R5 +7:09.7
10. Laffey (GBR)/ Roughead (GBR) Ford Fiesta R5 +10:24.7

MSA 2016 British Rally Championship for Drivers points after 6 of 7 rounds.

1: Elfyn Evans 135 (Champion)
2: Tom Cave 74
3: Jonathan Greer 66
4: Fredrik Ahlin 65
5: Josh Moffett 52
6: David Bogie 36
7: Desi Henry 29
8: Marty McCormack 18
9: Rhys Yates 17
10: Jamie Anderson 16

23rd August, 2016

Ogier Restores Status-Quo in Germany

Despite a strong showing from Volkswagen team mate Andreas Mikkelsen in the opening stages of the rally, Sebastien Ogier scored his first WRC rally win in 6 months with victory on the 2016 Rally Germany but the smooth asphalt of Germany was always expected to be Ogier's chance to redress the 6 month balance since Sweden in February. But first Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia had to overtake Volkswagen team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen, the Norwegian leading through Friday as Ogier dropped a little time with some small errors and less-than-ideal tyre choices but a stunning run through the famous Panzerplatte stage on Saturday morning was all it took for the reigning world champion to break free from his pursuers.

Jari-Matti Latvala's rally ended early though a gearbox damage on Friday's opener, though he did rejoin under Rally2 rules and scored a couple of useful powerstage bonus points. Team mate Mikkelsen was pushed back to fourth by the Hyundais of Dani Sordo and Thierry Neuville, this being Sordo's first podium of the season and his best finish since taking second behind Neuville in Hyundai's breakthrough one-two in Germany two years ago.

Third Hyundai driver Hayden Paddon finished fifth ahead of Mads Ostberg, helped by Ott Tanak losing fifth place to an alternator failure. The attrition in WRC1 allowed Esapekka Lappi to finish seventh in his WRC2 class winning Skoda Fabia after overcoming early leader Armin Kremer. His factory Skoda team-mate Pontus Tidemand was close behind but chose not to register for class points on this rally!

Results after SS 18:

Pos ..... Driver ..... Car ..... Gap
1. Ogier/Ingrassia Volkswagen Motorsport Polo 3h00m26.7s
2. Sordo/Marti Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai 0.3s
3. Thierry/Gilsoul Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai 0.4s
4. Mikkelsen/Jager Volkswagen Motorsport II Polo 27.2s
5. Paddon/Kennard Hyundai Motorsport N Hyundai 3m34.8s
6. Ostberg/Floene M-Sport World Rally Team Ford Fiesta 4m31.2s
7. Lappi/Ferm Skoda Motorsport Skoda Fabia 8m36.8s
8. Tidemand/Andersson Skoda Motorsport II Skoda Fabia 8m52.5s
9. Kopecky/Dresler Skoda Motorsport Skoda Fabia 9m44.2s
10. Kremer/Winklhofer BRR Team Skoda Fabia 10m10.6s

WRC Championship Positions after 9 of 13 Rounds:

1. Sebastien Ogier 169
2. Andreas Mikkelsen 110
3. Hayden Paddon 94
4. Thierry Neuville 94
5. Jari-Matti Latvala 89
6. Dani Sordo 86
7. Mads Ostberg 78
8. Ott Tanak 52
9. Kris Meeke 51
10. Craig Breen 25

22nd August, 2016

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