RallyDay Castle Combe 23rd September

The familiar IRDC club gazebo will be a prominent feature of the busy paddock this weekend 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 VIP & Driver's Lounge so members and non-members are welcome to drop in and say hello! Rallyday is the UKs most popular rallying events where star drivers and cars entertain fans on the paddock interview stage and in their natural habitat - being driven quickly on tarmac or loose surface .

Saturday is fast shaping up to be one of the best in the events 18-year history, with British rally heroes David Llewellin, David Bogie and Ryan Champion all confirmed and looking forward to an action-packed day at Castle Combe. Llewellin and Champion are no strangers to Europes finest and most fever one-day rally show, but its all new for superstar Scot David Bogie.

Admission Tickets: 25 on the day. Under 17s: FREE
Castle Combe Circuit
Castle Combe
SN14 7EY

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

21st September, 2018

Hat-trick win for Tanak in Turkey

Toyota's Ott Tanak scored a hat-trick of World Rally Championship event wins on Rally Turkey, after title rivals Sebastien Ogier of M-Sport and Hyundai's Thierry Neuville retired in one of the toughest rallies in recent memory, as they returned to Turkey for the first time since 2010.

Tanak was well out of the victory battle and as low as ninth on Friday, but surged through the field to capitalise in the tricky conditions before inheriting the lead as Andreas Mikkselsen hit trouble on Saturday afternoon. Once Tanak was established in the lead on Yesilbelde, SS11, Toyota confirmed it would use team orders to keep him ahead of Jari-Matti Latvala, who started the event seventh in the championship while Tanak is thick in the fight for a first WRC drivers' title.

The win moves Tanak into second in the WRC driver standings, 13 points behind Neuville and 11 ahead of Ogier and Toyota now leads the manufacturers' standings.
The title battle between Neuville and Ogier was epic on Friday, with three tenths splitting them in that order to close out the day. But Neuville's broken-suspension enforced retirement handed Ogier the lead on Saturday morning before he went off and beached his Ford Fiesta after SS11 and was unable to return until the next day.

Neuville also returned on Sunday, and took the loop easy to save tyres for the powerstage, which he won earning five additional bonus points, while Ogier suffered a rear left puncture but still took four points for second on the last stage. M-Sport had Elfyn Evans check-in early to give his team-mate Ogier an extra place on Sunday morning, which paid off as Ogier got a point for 10th in the overall classification.

Hayden Paddon completed an uneventful rally in third for his best result of the year after two consecutive fourth-place finishes, ahead of M-Sport's Teemu Suninen who took the event equally as cautiously to avoid trouble.

Mikkelsen lost the lead as quickly as he had inherited it on Saturday morning, as his car was reduced to rear-wheel drive and he fell back to an eventual fifth overall. Jan Kopecky won in the WRC2 championship as he continued his 100% record in this year aboard his works Skoda Fabia R5 and took seventh overall. European Championship frontrunner Chris Ingram earned a podium in third on his series debut. The youthful Henning Solberg took a brilliant sixth overall.

Leading finishers
Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Ott Tanak, M.Jarveoja Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT 3h59m24.5s
2 Jari-Matti Latvala, M.Anttila Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT 22.3s
3 Hayden Paddon, S.Marshall Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT 1m46.3s
4 Teemu Suninen, M.Markkula M-Sport Ford WRT Ford 4m10.9s
5 Andreas Mikkelsen, A.Jager Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT 7m11.7s
6 Henning Solberg, I.Minor Henning Solberg Skoda 13m40.6s
7 Jan Kopecky, P.Dresler Skoda Motorsport II Skoda 18m25.2s
8 Simone Tempestini, S.Itu Simone Tempestini Citroen 19m37.1s
9 Chris Ingram, R.Whittock Toksport WRT Skoda 20m21.3s
10 Sebastien Ogier, J.Ingrassia M-Sport Ford WRT Ford 20m51.2s

Drivers' standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Thierry Neuville 172
2 Sebastien Ogier 149
3 Ott Tanak 136
4 Esapekka Lappi 88
5 Andreas Mikkelsen 65
6 Dani Sordo 60
7 Jari-Matti Latvala 55
8 Elfyn Evans 52
9 Mads Ostberg 48
10 Craig Breen 47

16th September, 2018

Neuville leads from Ogier in Turkey

On Rally Turkey, WRC title rivals Thierry Neuville and Sebastien Ogier are just 0.3 seconds appart in their lead battle after a highly dramatic Friday afternoon. The pce from the top two coupled with chaos elsewhere in the field, particularly for Citroen, turned the running order inside out during the second loop.

Ogier leapt from seventh to second behind Andreas Mikkelsen with a win on the Cetibeli stage that began the afternoon, which was also where Citroen's rally fell apart. Craig Breen had been leading for part of the morning with team-mate Mads Ostberg in third, but both picked up tyre damage on SS6. They fell from second and third to eighth and fifth respectively, before Ostberg went out of the leg completely when his front suspension broke on the following Ula stage, where Breen sustained another puncture.
Neuville had been surprised to be one of those leapfrogged by Ogier on the first stage, and suggested the M-Sport Ford driver must be taking a lot of risks in the very rough conditions.

Neuville then raised his pace on the following Ula stage and won it for the second time in the day, which took him back past Ogier and to within 1.9s of rally-leading Hyundai team-mate Mikkelsen, who had been carrying a puncture on that stage. Short of good tyres for the concluding run of Cicekli, Mikkelsen fell to third as Neuville and Ogier hit the front. The top three will therefore start Saturday covered by just 2.6s.

Fellow title contender Ott Tanak felt Toyota simply lacked grip and pace on the Turkish roads, but managed to go fastest on Cicekli and is now fifth behind team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala. Tanak still has Hayden Paddon and the third Toyota of Esapekka Lappi right on his tail. The disconsolate Breen remains eighth ahead of Teemu Suninen, who started the afternoon with a surprise second-fastest time before reverting to being off the pace.

Suninen's M-Sport team-mate Elfyn Evans went out with suspension damage on the Ula run while already outside the top 10 following an error and differential trouble in the morning.

14th September, 2018

Barrie 'Whizzo' Williams 1938 - 2018

The death of Barrie Whizzo Williams on Saturday 8th August at the age of 79, following a brief illness, has robbed British motorsport of one of its most imperishable characters. For over 50 years Barrie raced and rallied anything with four wheels, later becoming a renowned exponent of historic racing, helped by his sublime car control and an uncanny ability to extract the maximum pace from even the most fractious of cars. But aside from his innumerable on track success, his effervescent and magnetic personality created a unique charisma that endeared him to everyone he met, Formula 1 drivers to race and rally fans.
Born into a reasonably affluent family in rural Herefordshire November 1938, Barrie was the only child of Kaye and Frank, better known as Brian, who ran a garage and engineering business in Bromyard and was involved in the early days of karting, so Barrie inevitably raced karts from the age of 11.
After attending Hereford Cathedral school, Barrie left to take up an engineering apprenticeship at David Brown Tractors in Huddersfield where he promptly joined the local motor club to compete in a wide variety of events with a dubious selection of sports and saloon cars, including a Singer Le Mans special and an unlikely Austin A40 Devon saloon. His first car race was at Easter 1960 at the now defunct Rufforth airfield circuit in Yorkshire driving his trusty Morris Minor, thus started 600 plus motor races over 6 decades.
In 1962, Barrie left David Brown Tractors to return home and manage the family motor business when his father became ill but he continued competing in all types of motor sport, fast earning a reputation in the West Country as the young driver to watch. Fame finally arrived in January 1964 when he won the first International Welsh Rally in his new 1071 cc Mini Cooper S reg 120 MNP, a rally victory he had became synonymous with.
Barries Welsh Rally success caught the attention of BMC Competitions manager Stuart Turner who provided some works support for Barrie to compete in all the major UK rallies and several overseas events including the Geneva and Swedish Rallies during 1964/5, but the loss of his road licence after a road accident put paid to his chances of a place in the official BMC team and Tony Fall got his seat.
In 1967 with support from Ledbury winemaker Alan McKechnie, Barrie tried his hand in Formula 3 and memorably won first time out in extremely wet conditions at Silverstone but his Cooper T83 was uncompetitive in subsequent dry races despite his best efforts. He was then invited to race Rob Becks 7 litre Ford Galaxie engine Jaguar E type, known as the Jaguar EGAL and his subsequent circuit exploits in the fearsome and outrageous behemoth further enhanced his reputation for uncanny car control.
The 1970s & 80s saw Barrie carved a successful career racing a wide array of saloon and touring cars. Third in the first Ford Escort Mexico series in 1971 and his outstanding performance in a Mazda RX3 in the saloon car race supporting the 1975 British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1975 earned him the Crompton Driver of the Day award over all the Formula 1 drivers.
He was a member of the works Mitsubishi Colt team in the British Touring Car Championship and a star in Production Saloons and became a one make star with titles in Ford Fiestas, Honda CRX and Renault 5s. He competed in all three race & rally Avon Tour of Britain events which were tailor made for his driving versatility.
In the 1980s Barrie won the Ford Fiesta Championship twice and the 1987 Renault 5 GT Turbo title. In 1989/90 he won the top class of the Porsche Production Championship driving a Carrera RS and in 1992 he contested a number of endurance races in a BMW M3, winning the Group N class at the Nurburgring and Spa 24 Hour races. Barrie also featured among the front runners in the Snetterton Willhire 24 Hour races, finishing second in the 1989. In 1998 Barrie co drove a Porsche RSR to win the GTR Euroseries four hour race at Paul Ricard.
In the 1990s Barrie became a prominent driver in historic racing and his legendary ability behind the wheel was ideal to slide a car to outrageous angles yet keep it firmly under control. He was known to rarely inflict any damage to the cars he raced.
Barries historic racing encompassed in all manner of sports, saloon and single-seaters including ERA R3A, Ford Galaxy, Jaguar E types, Connaught A-type, BRM P261, Aston Martin DBR4, Maserati 250F, Ferguson P99 and the colourful Turtle Drilling Special amongst others. He was a familiar face and won several times at Goodwood, notably in the inaugural TT Celebration in 1998 in Nigel Corners Jaguar E type. As his health sadly deteriorated, he reluctantly announced his retirement at the end of 2017 and thus called time on a most remarkable and enviable motor sport career.
Out of the car Barrie was unfailingly approachable and never short of a witty quote delivered with that customary grin. He cared passionately about the sport that gave him so much and was always keen to encourage and coach younger drivers. He was a witty, erudite and much sought after raconteur, President of the British Motor Sport Marshals Club and for many years, an instructor at Silverstone racing school. Since 1971 he had been a proud member and former director of the BRDC as well as an enthusiastic honorary member of the International Rally Drivers Club and long time member of Ecurie Cod Fillet.
Its truly impossible to do full justice to the remarkable personality and talented racing driver that was Barrie Whizzo Williams in just 1000 words. Suffice to say he will be sorely missed within our sport as one of a last line of characters who could have walked straight out of the pages of Boys Own Paper. We extend our condolences to Barries partner Kathy, his remarkable mother Kaye and his many friends throughout the world. Rev in Peace Barrie, it was a pleasure to have been one of your very many friends.

14th September, 2018

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