Sunday, 12 August 2018

Winner Garage Skoda Wyedean Stages 2018 Marshal Request

The Winner Garage SKODA Wyedean Stages Rally will take place on Saturday 10th November 2018, and The Forest of Dean Motor Club is seeking assistance to put together a Radio and Stage Marshal Team. The proposed format of three stages, each run twice, will require coverage equal to, if not over and above,
that of last year.
The 2018 Wyedean will be a qualifying round of:
WAMC National Championship, WAMC Historic Championship, WAMC Junior Challenge, Restruct Ltd & Jelf Welsh Mixed Surface Rally Championship,  
MSA English Rally Championship, HRCR Stage Masters, FMP Rally Challenge
ASWMC Stage Rally Championship, and ANWCC Forest Stage Championship.

Forest of Dean Motor Club have also recently announced the launch of The David Stokes Historic Challenge, which will pay tribute to one of stage rallyings’ most respected competitors.
I am sure that the 43rd Wyedean will attract a quality and entertaining entry, and with the experience and skills that MSA registered volunteer marshals possess we will ensure the safe running of the rally.

Please contact me and confirm any Marshals travelling with you, your callsign (If applicable), MSA Reg No, Mobile No, Red Flag Y/N, 4 x 4 Y/N.

MSA Registration is not essential, but it is recommended that the qualification is acquired. ( )

Be assured that information provided will be used to satisfy requirements of the Safety Plan, and will not be shared outside of the rally.

Best regards,
Neil “H” Henderson

Mobile: 07777 658369

Woodpecker Stages 2018 Marshals Request

It is that time of year again and we are looking for marshals for the event 

We appreciate that some of you may well be volunteering through Stage Commanders already, if you could also respond to me as well that would be great as it helps with allocation and numbers.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks

Jeremy Hancock Woodpecker Rally

Woodpecker Stages Marshalls Link 

David Stokes Historic Challenge on the Wyedean Rally 2018

This years Winner Garage Skoda Wyedean Stages will see the Forest of Dean Motor Club pay tribute to the late David Stokes, with the Calico Interiors/Ashmores David Stokes Historic Challenge.
The former Dursley baker passed away in February 2016 after a short illness, after a rallying career spanning over 45 years, he was BTRDA National Rally Champion in 1975, in fact he finished second overall to Graham Elsmore on the very first Wyedean in October 75 his best ever Wyedean finish, other than winning the historic section in 2010, he was then crowned Castrol Autosport Champion in 76 and was a Ford supported driver from then on he formed part of the famous Team Avon Tyres with Graham Elsmore and the late Gordon Batchelor, he was then a strong title contender each year in the Autosport series, until a huge accident on the Gwynedd Rally in 1980 which saw him sustain horrific injuries, he then took a sabbatical to build up his bakery business returning only sporadically for the odd event, until 2002 when his brother Andy persuaded him to return, but it will be the 4 British Historic titles he will be fondly remembered as well has his enthusiasm for the sport he loved.

"David and I were friends for many years, he was one of the old school who rallied in the golden era first time around, but he will never be forgotten and even when he wasn't competing he'd be down to watch the Wyedean with friends, so when we started our Wyedean press days not only would he bring his car to give people rides, but supply all the rolls, bread, cakes for everyone, he was a very good friend to the Motor Club over the years". Said Paul Willetts  

"But there was so much more to David he had so much enthusiasm for rallying and he was the first big name to return to the historic's and raised the bar to make the championship what it is today, his passing left a huge hole that will never ever be filled, so I went to the Wyedean committee with the idea they were fully supportive, so here we are, the idea is to get has many historic crews old and new out as possible to really celebrate David's career in rallying, he loved the whole historic thing, his fellow competitors, organisers marshals, and the spectators loved him with his never say die attitude and sideways driving style,
I would like to thank David's long time co-driver Guy Weaver and Pauline & Brian Nash from Calico for sponsoring the challenge, also  Christophe Jacob, Malcolm Wilson Steve Harkness and Peter Wood for donating items for the draw.
The word legend is easily thrown around today, but David Stokes is a worthy recipient of that accolade ,so we hope to do him proud on November 10th and it would be nice to see his old rivals Graham Elsmore, Terry Brown and Jimmy McRae out on the event as well".
The Challenge will be open to all categories of Historic cars including FIA and every entrant in the challenge will be entered into a prize draw, for a free entry to one of the best tarmac events in Europe, 2019 Salamandre Rally in Belgium, Harkness Competition Tyres offers 2 tyres ,M Sport a trip for 2 to Dovenby Hall, Michelin Tyres team clothing.

Clerk of the course Martyn Walby stated "When Paul come to me with the idea, it was an easy yes let's do it, I got to know David over the years and his enthusiasm for the sport knew no bounds he'd do a rally every day of the week if he could have, and always willing to give advice to others, so we hope his fellow competitors will come and support it".
Stokes former co-driver Guy Weaver said" I had the best years of my rallying career with David, and its a fantastic gesture by the Forest of Dean Motor Club to honour him, he loved the event and guys down there, he had a lot of respect for them, and was always happy to help Paul and Martyn anyway he could."
His former mechanic Wayne "Eric" Ball said" A shining light went out on historic rallying when David died, and this is a wonderful thing to celebrate him, he'd be really chuffed by this and credit to Paul and the club for doing it".
Reigning Historic champion Jason Pritchard said" David was a great character who is very much sadly missed by the whole rallying community, he was a fierce competitor, but great fun and always made you feel welcome".

David's famous championship winning Escort RS1600,is now back in hands of brother Andrew and will be out on the event.
Regulations for the event will be available soon, which will again follow the popular format of the previous two years, but with the route mixed up again with old and new roads introduced.
For all details go to

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Harry Flatters Rally August 29th 2018 by Paul Willetts

Last weekends Harry Flatters Rally saw both the Fuchs British Historic and RAC Asphalt historic series arrive on the notorious Epynt ranges near Sennybridge for 70 miles of competition.

The Brecon Motor Club event saw a mixture of 95 modern and historic crews doing battle over the 11 tests, in atrocious conditions.

And it was Damian Cole and local boy Craig Drew who emerged victorious overall in the modern event in the Get Connected backed Ford Fiesta WRC, this was Cole's 20th outright win on the ranges, and for Drew who's taking a mid season break from his Subaru USA commitments, a chance to do a rare UK event, the winning margin was just 19 seconds from Scots man Alex Laffey in his Fiesta R5,who was preparing for next month's Ulster Rally.

"Its nice to come and do an event with Damian, and we just kept our noses in front in such dreadful conditions". Said Drew "But it was all the marshall's who deserve huge credit today, for sticking it out in these conditions"  
Ian Skipp with Russell Joseph calling the notes took 19th overall & 5th in class, in the Vauxhall Astra Alan Marriage/ Colin Jenkins finished 25th & 7th in class in the Dave Jenkins Motorsport run Escort RS In the historic event there was some great battles between the local crews for top honour's and it was Simon Tysoe with Ross Motor Club member Paul Morris calling the notes in the Jondel Engines Escort RS1600,who emerged with that accolade after a trouble free day, finishing a superb 10th overall, 1st in class and  category two victory. 

Cinderford duo Jason Gardner & Ade Williams in the Brecon View Plumbing Escort RS1800 finished 15th overall & 7th in class despite  a bad misfire on stage 6, which was cured by new set of plugs, just behind them were Ben Friend & Cliffy Simmons in the Allglass Escort RS, tarmac is not Ben's preferred surface and they finished 17th overall & 11th in class, just a few seconds behind were Andy Stokes & Adrian McNally in the Escort RS1600 finishing 18th & 2nd in class and 2nd in category two.  

Ross garage owner Steve Bennett was driving a Ford Escort on tarmac for the first time in 31 years,his last time was the JJ Brown rally in North Wales,which was the final ever iconic  Motoring News road rally championship event.
But together with Osian Owen on the notes they held a top 15 position until a broken shaft brought retirement.

The historic event was won by Gareth James/Steff Evans in the immaculate Escort RS1800

Paul Willetts Motorsport Media

Gareth Hall Memorial Rally 12th August

Ref: Gareth Hall Memorial Rally 12th August on Trawsfynydd Ranges

Note sent in for assistance:- Good small tarmac event for practice

Just a final push for entries and Marshals for our event on the 12th of August - we're a little short on both!

Entries are still available via they finally close a week today

Marshals are still needed if anyone can help either by contacting or our Chief Marshal Brian Roberts on 07811 092135

Please feel free to pass this onto any fellow club members or anyone you think that might be interested

Thank you 

Monday, 16 July 2018

Nicky Grist Stages 14th July 2018 by Paul Willetts

Husband and wife duo Nigel and Karen Jenkins continued in there quest for 1400 BTRDA championship points with 41st overall and 5th in class in the NJ Autos Vauxhall Nova on last weekends Nicky Grist Stages.

The event a round of both BTRDA and various Welsh championships attracted 113 crews to the Royal Welsh Showground at Builth Wells for what was a blazing hot and dusty day for all competitors who tackled the 8 stages that were on offer, consisting of two loops of 4 tests totaling some 45 miles, including a brand new gravel stage in the Drovers Arms area of the Epynt ranges. 
For Nigel/Karen it was a trouble free day despite the heat and being slowed by dust, they were well pleased to reach the finish with a good haul of points.

Drybrook's  James Dunkley with Colin Jenkins on the notes, were another crew to have a trouble free day in the Dunkley Autos 1400 Vauxhall Corsa, the duo finished 63rd overall and 2nd in class, despite James admitting he didn't get going till the afternoon stages.

Richard Cole / Abi Haycock had another good run in the Cole Contracting Escort RS finishing 53rd and 7th in class to collect more BTRDA points.  

Amongst the retirements were local crews Bob Morgan/ Ade Williams in the Winner Garage Skoda a leaking fuel tank ended there rally at service while lying inside the top 20.Ross Motor Club,s Paul Morris co-drove for Steve Black in the Suzuki Swift, Paul's first event for many months after having a bad cycling accident in Belguim, but a broken engine on stage 6 ended the event for them Sacha Kakad/James Aldridge ended there event when they rolled their Fiesta R5 in stage 4 Another Ross on Wye resident Tim Phelps with Elwyn Manuel alongside went OTL in there Escort RS. Graham Waite/Gill Cotton retired the Toyota Corolla with brake issues on stage 6. 

Matt Edwards / Darren Garrod continued there domination of British rallying with yet another victory in the Swift Group/ M-Sport Fiesta R5 by taking victory by 58 seconds.

Paul Willetts Motorsport Media 

Monday, 25 June 2018

Red Kite Historic & Red Kite Stages 24th June by Paul Willetts

Irishman Paul Barrett with Ross Motor Club's  Will Rogers on the notes scored a superb 2nd overall in there Escort RS1800 after a terrific drive on last Sundays Red Kite Historic Stages the latest round of both Fuchs MSA British Historic and Pirelli Welsh series.

The event has been based in Llandovery for the past 20 years, but this year the rally was moved to its new base in Resolven and used the superb forests of Rheola, Margam and Resolven for the first time.

For Barrett and Rogers the first time pairing were embroiled in a four way ding dong battle for 2nd place from the off but they held on to 2nd by just 9 seconds after 45 miles in dry dusty conditions, and it was Ross garage owner Steve Bennett who with regular co driver Osian Owen in the Bennett Tyres Escort RS1800 who emerged with third place on the final stage taking 4 seconds from Simon Webster to pinch 3rd place by 1 second, in fact just 11 seconds covered 2nd to 5th.

In 7th was regular pairing of Ben Friend/Cliff Simmons in the Allglass Escort RS who yet again thrilled the spectators with yet another thrilling class battle with Stuart Egglestone in his Escort RS, but it was Penrith driver who took the class win by just 7 seconds.

Jason Gardner/Graham Cox in the Brecon View Plumbing Escort RS were after Welsh Historic series points and they took 24th overall & 7th in class maximum Welsh historic points in the class although somewhat fortunate to finish having broken a tooth on the crown wheel, and had to be very careful on the final 9 mile test.

In the National B event it was the pairing of John Collins/John Smart who were in honours with 13th overall & 1st in class in the Opel Manta 2 litre Charles Hopkinson/Gavin Haycock finished 19th & 3rd in class in the Dave Jenkins Motorsport run Escort RS.

Also in the National B event Bob Morgan/Adrian Williams in the Winner Garage Skoda were using the event to test suspension and anti roll bar settings, they caught a car on the opening test but were still 6th fastest, and then sadly the turbo blew on stage two and retirement.

The overall winners of the historic event were Osian Pryce/Dale Furniss in G&M Pryce backed Escort RS1800,they totally dominated with fastest on every stage and took victory by 1 minute 25 seconds in only his second event in a rwd car.
Dylan Davies / Llion Williams took a comfortable victory on the National B rally in their Subaru Impreza.

Paul Willetts Motorsport Media