Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Architexture Ltd Dixies Challenge Rally Sunday 5th May 2019 by Paul Willetts

Rally Update Achitexture Challenge & Corinium Stages by Paul Willetts 

Local co-driver Jamie Vaughan had a weekend to remember with overall victory on Saturdays Corinium Stages at Down Ampney, and followed it up with 3rd overall on last Sundays Architexture Architects Dixies Challenge, the event organised by both Forest of Dean Motor Club and Forresters Car Club.

45 miles over 10 tests were on offer on the Epynt military ranges for the maximum entry of 80 cars, the event was a round of the HRCR Stage Masters series and Minisport Mini Cup. 

For veteran Tony Rees with Jamie Vaughan alongside in the Darrian GTR, got off to a good start with fastest on stage 1 by a second, but by stage 4 had dropped back to 3rd but it was all very tight at the front all day, and a spin on stage 9 was there only issue and finished a very creditable 3rd overall complete a memorable weekend for the Monmouthshire co driver. 

Jason Gardner with Will Rogers calling the notes in the Brecon View Plumbing Escort RS1800 were another local crew in the awards with a fine run to 12th overall & 2nd in class. 

Ian Skipp had Kevin Lane calling the notes the Astra GSI and took 22nd overall & 4th in class 

Ryan Taylor and Hollie Churchill had a very good day, finishing 31st overall, 2nd in class and 3rd Mini home.

Ryan's father Paul had his daughter, the ever smiling Jemma in the hot seat in his Mini Cooper, they finished 54th & 7th in class, making a good day in the Taylor household. 

Those not fortunate to see the finish were Alan Marriage and Colin Jenkins who rolled there Escort RS1800 on stage 3 when the car snapped under heavy braking for a chicane, the car suffered minimal damage and the crew ok.  

Matt Davis and Abi Haycock in there Cooper S retired on stage 4 with head gasket failure, but not before leading the Mini Cup contenders after stage 3. 

Matt's father Eric with Russ Joseph on the notes in the Dennis Motorsport Mini, retired on stage 3,after sustaining a double puncture.  

The overall event winners were Damian Cole and Paul Spooner in the Get Connected Ford Focus WRC. 

Saturdays  Cirencester Car Clubs Corinium Stages held at the former WW11 airfield, saw Jamie Vaughan take his first ever outright win alongside Josh Payton in his 2.5 Escort RS by just 5 seconds, after a titanic battle with two 4wd cars in the shape of Tim Self, s Fiesta R5 and Lee Kedwards Evo 3,with Payton holding an immediate lead after stage 4, but this was washed away, with a persistent misfire on stages 5,6,&7, which was traced to a wire from the fuel injection system, with just 1 stage left they held 3rd place, 7 seconds behind leader Self, but with the car now 100 %, the duo attacked to take 12 seconds from the Fiesta driver to win by just seconds after 50 miles of competition. 

"Its been a great weekend for me, to win my first event Saturday, and now 3rd here today on Epynt, both rallies went down to the final stage, but really enjoyed today, it's been a very well organised event, and good stages." said Vaughan. 

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

All the information you will need for thius weekends:-

Architexture Ltd Dixies Challenge Rally - Sunday 5th May 

co- promoted by

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Monday, 25 February 2019

HRCR Dean & Marches Film Night 25th Feb 2019


Motorsport Film Night  -  The Palace Cinema Cinderford GL14 2AA -  Monday 25th February 

7.30pm Prompt please - all welcome 

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Club Membership Night

Club membership night : - Thursday January 24th at 8pm

The Orepool Inn, Chepstow Road, Coleford GL16 8LH

You will be able to join the Forest of Dean Motor Club and get your club card. 

Also anyone wishing to assist with organising the Wyedean Stages 2019 will be more than welcome. 

Friday, 28 September 2018

Wyedean Stages Rally 2018

Press Release:

Friday 28th September 201818.30hrs 

It is with huge regret that after a great effort on the clubs part, that Forest of Dean Motor Club has no choice but to cancel the 2018 Winner Garage SKODA Wyedean Stages Rally. The reasons for the cancellation are many, far too many to be overcome in the short time left before the event was due to run.  We can assure you this decision was not taken lightly, but rather than run an event which would have been below our usual high standard, the decision has been made to cancel the 2018 event. We apologise unreservedly to the many competitors who have already entered for this year and for any inconvenience we may have caused. Full refunds will be made as soon as possible to those competitors who have paid their entry fee. The club would also like to apologise to the championship organisers, competitors and marshals for the situation we and they now find ourselves in.

Bob Morgan Chairman FODMC


Saturday, 8 September 2018

MSA to optimise cost of safety equipment for competitors

The Motor Sports Association (MSA) has committed to an in-depth review of competitor safety equipment over the next two years. This will explore a raft of initiatives, including strategies to reduce the burden on competitors of the unnecessary replacement of seats and harnesses, while ensuring suitably high standards of safety are maintained in the sport.

A cornerstone of this new initiative will be to provide greater education for competitors in respect of their own safety and to place more responsibility on the competitor to maintain a level of safety equipment, above a defined MSA minimum standard.

As a first step, the MSA will recognise an extended life for certain FIA-homologated seats and harnesses in the UK. The MSA Board has approved the following Motor Sports Council recommendations with immediate effect:

  • In stage rallying, seats homologated to the FIA 8855-1999 standard are granted a two-year extension at the end of their initial five-year life
  • Across disciplines requiring a homologated harness, the MSA will recognise a ten-year life for harnesses homologated to the latest FIA 8853-2016 standard. This homologation is for six-point harnesses as a minimum, and is tested with higher loadings than the previous standard.

These regulation changes are detailed in a document on the MSA website.

The MSA will be publishing new guidance on installing seats and harnesses, while giving scrutineers further training in this area. The governing body will also be reiterating scrutineers’ powers to retain or invalidate homologated equipment if they have serious concerns regarding its condition or know it has been involved in a major accident.

Looking ahead, the MSA is investigating new ways of tracking homologated components as well as evaluating more cost-effective accident data recorders (ADRs) for wider use.

David Richards CBE, MSA Chairman, said: “As the governing body, one of our principal roles is to grow motorsport at grassroots level while promoting safety within the sport at a realistic cost for competitors. I firmly believe the time has come for a wholesale review of our approach to safety across the entire motorsport landscape and this review will be delivered by 2020. It’s therefore appropriate to allow our competitors to continue using their recently purchased seats at least until then, when the outcome of this review will be published.”

Editor’s notes:

The MSA is the sole national governing body for four-wheel motor sport in the UK, as recognised by the world governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). The MSA is a not-for-profit organisation (limited by guarantee) comprising around 750 affiliated motor clubs, which are represented by 13 Regional Associations nationwide. The MSA represents approximately 30,000 competition licence holders, 10,000 volunteer marshals and 3200 officials, and issues around 5,000 event permits every year.

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Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Event Signs Woodpecker Stages 2018 by Paul Willetts

Last weekends Event Signs Woodpecker Stages saw a very mixed bag of results for local crews.

The event based at the beautiful Ludlow racecourse attracted a quality entry of 135 cars mainly due to the new MSA directive of running 2wd cars first on the road, offered 45 miles of Radnor, Haye Park and Wigmore.

Once again both BTRDA and Welsh championships came together to provide a competitive day of competition in all classes. One of the drives of the event came from husband and wife team Nigel & Karen Jenkins in the NJ Autos 16v 1400 Nova  up against a strong local BTRDA 1400 line up they soon settled into a strong 3rd place behind locals Neil Weaver and Dave Brick, but on the penultimate test in Radnor forest disaster struck when the duo clipped a bale at a chicane and burst the radiator and brought instant retirement and to rub salt into the wound, 1400 leader Weaver retired on the final stage, which meant a certain 2nd place was on the cards.

"We are gutted, Nigel just out braked himself and clipped the bale but it was enough for the radiator to go "said Karen "I am thinking of getting him a bale for the garden he seems to like them, its the second one he's hit this year" she laughed. So it was Ross on Wye based Geoff Phelps/ Pete Wilson who took the local honours in the Dave Jenkins Motorsport run Escort RS1800 finishing 30th overall & 5th in class. 

Jason Gardner & Graham Cox in the Brecon View Plumbing Escort RS1800   took 33rd overall & 6th in class. 

Scott Partridge & Chris Ridge were 70th & 14th in class in the Belfry Inn Subaru Impreza Charles Hopkinson & Gavin Haycock finished 73rd & 11th in class in there Escort RS But amongst the high number of retirements were Bob Morgan / Ade Williams in the Winner Garage Skoda holding 14th overall after stage 2, but fuel pressure problems led to there retirement on the next test Ross on Wye's Tim Phelps with Elwyn Manuel on the notes, had a very short event with a split fuel pipe brought the 2.2 Escort to a halt on the opening stage. Rich Cole and Abi Haycock had the engine let go on stage 4 in the Cole Contracting 1400 Escort Steve Black reunited with Paul Morris in SBG 1400 Suzuki Swift retired with alternator failure on stage 3 James Dunkley & Colin Jenkins retired on stage 6 with a broken shaft in the Dunkley Autos Vauxhall Corsa.

Keith and Joshua Bounds were out in a hired VW Lupo and with results showing them 85th and 1st in class at the end but they were sadly OTL.   

Yet again it was Matt Edwards & Darron Garrod who took another victory and with it wrapped up the BTRDA title in the Swift Group Fiesta R5.

Paul Willetts Motorsport Media