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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Massive entry confirmed for Rainworth Skoda Dukeries Rally at Donington Park

This Darrian machine driven by Ashley Field
won last year's  Dukeries Rally at Donington -
image credit Kevin Money.jpg

A huge entry of 80 cars has been confirmed for the Rainworth Skoda Dukeries Rally at Donington Park on Sunday 23 October, the final motorsport event of the 2016 calendar at the East Midlands circuit.

The sold-out entry includes plenty of machines familiar to rallying enthusiasts, including the venerable Ford Escort and Subaru Impreza, as well as more unusual cars including a Vauxhall Adam and a spectacular Darrian T90 driven by last year’s victor Ashley Field. Last year’s runners-up Martin Hodgson and Tony Jones are also back in their Ford Escort.

This is the third rally to be held at the venue in the last 12 months, courtesy of the Dukeries Motor Club, following a lengthy period without this popular spectator sport at Donington. These previous events have also attracted sold out entries, demonstrating the appeal of the circuit for competitors.

The rally will feature eight stages around Donington, which will utilise not just the race track, but other areas of the site too including access roads, the pit lane and the paddock, with stage plans to be released on the day of the event. Other novelties for this event include tyre chicanes and off road segments, while some stages will see the competitors take on the circuit in the ‘wrong’ direction!

The Rainworth Skoda Dukeries Rally is a round of three regional stage rally championships, meaning there’s plenty to play for this weekend, and the competition set to be extremely close.

Donington Park Managing Director Christopher Tate commented: “It’s fantastic that yet again, the Dukeries Motor Club have been able to attract a sold-out entry for the forthcoming Rainworth Skoda Dukeries Rally at Donington Park. Rallying has proven to be an exceptionally popular addition to our calendar in the past couple of years, and we expect another exciting event next Sunday, our final motorsport event of the year.”

Click here to see the entry list.

Tickets for the Rainworth Skoda Dukeries Rally at Donington Park on Sunday 23 October will be available upon arrival at the circuit for just £10. 

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Sixth placed finish at Six Hours of Fuji

Strakka Racing’s hopes of delivering a strong result in Japan for absent team owner Nick Leventis faded in the setting sun after a down on power engine, together with a strategy that didn’t pan out, left duo Jonny Kane and Lewis Williamson finishing sixth at the Six Hours of Fuji.

Having been regularly among the top runners through the first part of the weekend, the team was optimistic it could get a strong result for Nick who had fallen ill in the run up to the race. The opening lap saw Strakka’s car tumble down the order after Jonny was forced to run wide at the first corner, resulting in a fall to eighth in class. The experienced Kane set about a comeback and within minutes had dispatched the SMP Racing car of former F1 driver Vitaly Petrov. With front left tyre wear
an issue for many of the LMP2 contenders, Kane did his best to nurture his to allow him to maintain a consistent pace for the whole 28 lap stint. Kane’s ability to maintain lap times around 1:34 saw him eke out an extra lap of fuel than the original strategy.

Excellent pit work supported Kane’s fightback and after the pit stops, the venerable Gibson 015S was in third place and running smoothly ahead of the driver change to Lewis Williamson. 

Williamson, competing at Fuji for the first time opened his account with a brilliant start and within 25 minutes, had hauled the Gibson back up to fourth and was slashing the gap to the Alpine of Stefan Richelmi before completing a brilliant move to grasp third. With three hours forty remaining and regularly the quickest car on used tyres, Williamson was up to second.

At just over the halfway stage and with Williamson still holding second after three hours of racing, it was time for Jonny Kane to take his second stint behind the wheel. Emphasising the importance to stay hydrated, Strakka’s human performance coach Dean Fouache had calculated Kane had lost 1.9kg of fluids in the opening stint. 

A replenished and recharged Kane was back out and despite heavy tyre degradation and a brush with the KCMG Porsche, he handed the car over to Lewis in third with an hour and a quarter remaining. The final stint was stymied by the car’s engine losing power, meaning the fight for a podium became fruitless and despite everyone’s best efforts, Williamson could make no further progress before the flag fell.

“This was a frustrating weekend that despite much promise, ultimately was very unrewarding,” says team principal Dan Walmsley. “We were already struggling for straight-line speed and an engine down on power put us out of the running. We’d gone into the weekend with a plan for an aggressive strategy that didn’t work as well as we hoped. With just two drivers, we rolled the dice but it didn’t deliver. We dust ourselves down and start our preparations for China this week.”

Despite the disappointment, Strakka has moved up to fifth in the championship with two races to go. The team will resume its campaign in China with the car set to be loaded on a boat bound for Shanghai later this week ahead of the race on the 6th November.


The FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy has announced its draft calendar for 2017.  The calendar, which is subject to confirmation by the FIA World Motor Sport Council, consists of 12 rounds including an all-new race at Killarney race circuit in Cape Town, South Africa (11-12 November).

Barcelona will form the opening round for the first time (1-2 April).  The teams will then cross into neighbouring Portugal for round two at Montalegre which will take place on 22-23 April. A return to the legendary Hockenheimring follows, which will see World RX join the highly-acclaimed DTM series again for its season-opening weekend (5-7 May).

No date changes have been made to World RX rounds in Great Britain, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Canada and France.  The Latvian RX round will take place two weeks earlier next year, with the event scheduled on 16-17 September.  Buxtehude in Germany will once again form the penultimate round of the World Championship, and will also take place two weeks earlier (30 September – 1 October).  The 2017 season will finish in Cape Town as rallycross visits the continent of Africa for the first time (11-12 November).

Building on the success of this year, the FIA European Rallycross Championship will again run at five World RX rounds as it did in 2016, but with Loheac joining the series in place of Belgium (Spain, Norway, Sweden France and Latvia).  The Super1600 Championship will comprise of six rounds (Portugal, Belgium, Sweden, France, Latvia and Germany) while the competitive TouringCar series will be made up of five events (Spain, Belgium, Great Britain, Norway, and Germany).

RX2 – the newly-branded RX Lites Cup – will follow a revised calendar in 2017 and include seven rounds, two of which will be held outside of Europe for the first time (Belgium, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Canada, France and South Africa).

  4. BELGIUM – METTET – 13/14 MAY
  6. NORWAY – HELL – 10/11 JUNE
*Subject to confirmation by the FIA World Motor Sport Council in December

Scuderia Praha Ferrari dominates the Hankook 24H EPILOG BRNO

The Scuderia Praha Ferrari 488 GT3 (#11, Jiri Pisarik/Josef Král/Peter Kox/Tom Onslow-Cole) won the Hankook 24H EPILOG BRNO. After 646 laps, equalling a distance of 3,490.34 kilometres, Jiri Pisarik took the chequered flag to seal the Czech team's second consecutive victory on home soil. The victory also marks a successful debut for the new Ferrari 488 GT3 in the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook. 38 laps behind the winners, the Hofor-Racing Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 (#10, Christiaan Frankenhout/Kenneth Heyer/Roland Eggimann/Chantal Kroll/Michael Kroll) came home second to score a podium result in this car's last race. Third place overall went to the SP2 class winner, the RPD Racing Ferrari 458 Challenge (#444, Lubomir Jakubik/Dusan Palcr/Luis Scarpaccio/Matteo Cressoni/Gregor Zsigo).

Both the GRT Grasser Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 (#963, Rolf Ineichen/Adrian Amstutz/Andrea Caldarelli) and the Precote Herberth Motorsport Porsche 991 GT3 R (#911, Alfred Renauer/Robert Renauer/Daniel Allemann/Ralf Bohn) challenged the Scuderia Praha Ferrari in the opening hours. The Precote Herberth Motorsport Porsche retired after midnight. The GRT Grasser Racing Lamborghini finished in 21st overall after long gearbox repairs.

Behind the RPD Racing Ferrari, the VDS Racing Adventures MARC Focus V8 (#95, Raphaël van der Straten/Thierry de Latre du Bosqueau/Grégory Paisse/José Close/Keith Kassulke) scored the second spot in the SP2 class. Third place went to the True-Racing KTM X-BOW GT4 (#243, Reinhard Kofler/Tomas Enge/Klaus Angerhofer/Hubert Trunkenpolz).

In the 991 class, the MSG Motorsport Porsche 991 Cup (#62, Nico Rindlisbacher/Hendrik Still/Paul Scheuschner/Joachim Bölting) held the MRS GT-Racing Porsche 991 Cup (#78, Charles Putman/Charles Espenlaub/Joe Foster/Xavier Maassen) at bay and won with a six lap margin. The Estonian Est 1 Racing Porsche 991 Cup (#96, Raimo Kulli/Toomas Annus/Thomas Padovani/Raivo Tamm/Raimo Niemi) arrived in third. 

The NKPP Racing SEAT Leon Cup Racer (#125, Harry Hilders/Gijs Bessem/Rob Rappange) won the SP3 class with a consistent drive over 24 hours and a remarkable fifth place overall. Five laps down, the CCS Racing KTM X-BOW GT4 (#226, Charel Arendt/Tom Kieffer/Tommy Rollinger/Uwe Schmidt/Georg Silbermayr) finished second ahead of the JR Motorsport BMW E90 (#102, Martin Lanting/Bob Herber/Ward Sluys/Francesco Castellacci).

The RKC/TGM Honda FK2-Civic Type-R (#99, Ricky Coomber/Thomas Gannon/William Gannon/David Drinkwater/James Kaye) took the glory in the A3 class. Second place went to the Bonk Motorsport BMW M235i Racing Cup (#146, Herrmann Bock/Rainer Partl/Max Partl/Volker Piepmeyer/Axel Burghardt).

After twelve hours, the Hankook 24H EPILOG BRNO had already concluded the 2016 championship standings for the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook and the TOURING CAR ENDURANCE SERIES powered by Hankook. Further information can be found on and on as well as on Facebook (24H Series), Twitter (@24HSeries), and Instagram (24H Series). 


Sweden's Mattias Ekstrom has been crowned the new FIA World Rallycross Champion after scoring enough points at today’s German RX round to secure him the title with one round of the World Championship still remaining. Olsbergs MSE driver Kevin Eriksson took the Germany RX win, claiming his first every victory in the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy. Petter Solberg finished second, while fellow Norwegian Andreas Bakkerud claimed the third podium spot.

Driving for his own EKS rallycross team, Ekstrom finished fifth this weekend and is now 30 points ahead of last year’s World RX Champion Solberg in the drivers’ standings. Even if Ekstrom does not complete the final round of the Championship in Argentina, a maximum score for Solberg would only draw the Norwegian level and Ekstrom would still win on countback of victories.

“This is probably the best day in my whole motorsport career - it feels like I have electricity running through my whole body,” grinned the new rallycross champion, Ekstrom. 

He continued: “I have a lot of amazing memories: from winning the Swedish Touring Car Championship back in 1999, my first DTM title in 2004, my Race of Champions win against Loeb in Paris, and also against Michael Schumacher in 2007, then my second DTM title.  Now I’m the new World RX Champion and this feeling beats it all because when I started EKS from scratch less than three years ago, this was my dream.  I have always wanted to go to an FIA prize-giving ceremony and now I finally can.  This is a huge effort for my family, the team and all the guys who have worked to make this happen.  To become an FIA World Champion is what I have always wanted and it is the best feeling in the world.  Obviously, I owe a lot of gratitude to my employer, Audi Sport. My bosses gave me permission to compete at the Estering in order to maximise my chances of winning the title. That couldn’t be taken for granted, and I’m very thankful for this. I hope that by clinching the big trophy, I was able to put a smile on their faces.”

Today’s event was won by Sweden’s Kevin Eriksson who started on the second row of the grid of the final.  Solberg was fastest to the first corner which awarded him the Monster Energy Super Charge Award, but Eriksson stunned his competitors as he pulled off a sideways move from the outside and managed to take the lead, which he retained for the rest of the race.

“I am speechless,” explained Eriksson, who has become the seventh different winner in World RX this year.  “I saw Petter lead off the start and planned to stay behind him but then I saw an opportunity to go on the outside and hoped for the best. Somehow it worked! I felt I had really good speed throughout the weekend and to beat these guys you need to be driving at your very best. This weekend, everything came together and we got the consistency I needed to take the win.”

Second-placed Solberg was first to congratulate Eriksson on his debut World RX victory.  “I am very impressed by Kevin.  He won the Swedish Championship last weekend and now he has gone one better and take his first World RX victory, which was very well deserved – especially when I had a clear line into turn one and my car is very good on the gravel.”

Solberg continued: “To be honest, I am sad that the Championship is over for me.  I have been fighting all year for my third World RX title and I hoped it would go down to the final round and the team were really motivated. It is so important for me to thank my amazing team - I may be the guy driving the car, but the car was so fast this weekend, I think one of the fastest on the track. I can only say thank you for all the hours they have spent in the last two weeks, making small changes which could make a difference for us. They have worked so systematically; second here is a great win for the whole PSRX team. Finally, Mattias is a very worthy winner, he has won a lot of races this year and been very consistent – big congratulations to him and to EKS.”

Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud was relieved to make it home in third place, after suffering from smoke inhalation for the duration of today’s final.   He took up the story: “I had exhaust fumes and smoke in the cockpit for all six laps of the final – I have never wanted to see the chequered flag so much in my life! Then in the middle of the race, I also lost my gear lever which made life even more difficult.”

Reigning FIA European Rallycross Champion Kevin Hansen continued his fantastic form this season in the Peugeot 208 WRX Supercar to finish fourth overall in Germany. The 18-year-old commented: “It was nice to be back in the World Championship this weekend. The first day was a little difficult but I knew that our work had taken us in the right direction during Sunday morning’s warm-up. I don’t really know what happened in the final. The first turn was just crazy. Someone hit me and I ended up fourth, for the second time this year. With two fourth places and the European title in the bag, I am pleased with my season.”

Meanwhile, Volkswagen RX Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson entered the event with a mathematical chance of taking the Championship to the final round, which continued into the final, but a puncture on lap three while running fourth put him out of contention and he eventually finished the event fifth overall.  Solberg’s second-place finish has seen the Norwegian move back to second in the overall leaderboard – four points ahead of Kristoffersson. 

Sixth place was taken by Ekstrom’s team-mate Topi Heikkinen.  The healthy points score taken by Heikkinen and Ekstrom this weekend has seen EKS extend its lead over Team Peugeot-Hansen in the Teams’ Championship by 17 points going into the final round of the season.

Elsewhere, America’s Tanner Foust started his second World RX event of the season with Volkswagen RX Sweden but was hampered by some minor problems on day one, which meant he did not qualify for today’s semi-finals.

Germany also marked the final round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship for both Super1600 and TouringCars, where both championships went down to the wire.  In the Super1600 Championship, Hungary’s Kirsztian Szabo won in his Skoda Fabia and took the 2016 title by one point over Denmark’s Ulrik Linnemann who finished third in Germany. Egor Sanin finished runner-up in today’s event.  In the overall standings, Kasparas Navickas ends the year third overall. 

The TouringCar Championship proved just as close as Ben-Philip Gundersen triumphed over Sweden’s Magda Andersson by just one point. It was David Nordgard who won today’s event, followed home by Andersson and Anders Braten in third.  Third overall in the points at the end of 2016 is Fredrik Magnussen.

World RX Managing Director for IMG, Paul Bellamy, concluded: “Congratulations to Mattias Ekstrom who has become our new FIA World Rallycross Champion after forfeiting his first DTM race in over 15 years. Both Mattias and EKS have worked relentlessly since entering full-time in 2015 and for Mattias to have won in both DTM and now in rallycross proves what a natural talent he is behind the wheel.  To become World RX Champion is no easy feat - we have some of the best drivers in the world competing in our Championship. Well done to Kevin Eriksson and Olsbergs MSE who took the first win of the year, Kevin’s pace during today's final was extraordinary. Congratulations also to Krisztian and Ben-Philip who are our new Super1600 and TouringCar Champions – it was very exciting to see both Championships being won by just a point and just goes to show how competitive both these categories have become. On top of the exhilarating on-track action, we’ve also had a sell-out crowd in Germany this weekend and it’s always encouraging to see how popular our sport has become.”  

The season-closer to this year’s World RX Championship will take place in Rosario, Argentina, at the end of November as rallycross returns to South America for the third year.

Full results from Germany RX can be found on the following link:

Championship standings can be found at:

Brown bags Belgium podium at Hemicuda Rally

Nissan Kit Car pilot Steve Brown overcomes trip into ditch to take inaugural FIRC class podium

Rochdale rally ace Steve Brown took his first class podium of 2016 in Belgium, finishing third in class 3F at last weekend’s penultimate round of the Flanders International Rally Challenge (FIRC), The Hemicuda Rally.

Despite spending five minutes in one of the infamous ditches on the opening stage of the event, Brown and co-driver Paul Stringer fought back over the remaining eight stages to finish the event 59th overall from a field of 105 crews who would start the event.

The 1300cc Nissan Micra Kit Car is at a significant power disadvantage to its class rivals but Brown has managed to get the most from the machine throughout his FIRC campaign. Buoyed by a class win at last month’s Rally Isle of Man, Brown would head back across the English Channel in a confident mood to tackle over 100kms of closed public roads in the North West of Belgium.

But Brown’s rally was almost over before it began when the Nissan slipped into a deep Belgium ditch on the opening test of the event and became lodged on its side.  However, with the help of many eager rally fans, Brown managed to extract the Micra from the ditch and complete the stage, albeit with a stage time only good enough for third from last.

After a quick check of the car, the 28 year old Questmead Sales Engineer set about making up for lost time and began his fightback up the leader board. Recording times inside the top fifty on the remaining stages in the loop, Brown was back up to 84th place at the halfway point of the event, snatching third in class 3F in the process.

His fine form continued for the rest of the day and a trouble free run over the closing stages saw Brown sneak inside the top 60 as he crossed the finish line in Koekelare to take his first class podium in the series this season.

“We truly thought it was all over on the opening stage this morning” said Brown. “But thanks to the mammoth efforts from the spectators, we managed to get back onto the road and complete the stage. We had discussed driving for a finish at that point but the car felt really good and we built a decent rhythm up through the rest of the morning stages. Once the confidence came back, we pushed on in the afternoon loop and to recover from pretty much last to 59th was a real achievement.”

Brown can now look forward to the final round of the FIRC in November. “We can seal third place the two wheel drive category on the 6u van Kortrijk Rally so I’m really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel again.  It’s been a really fantastic year over in Belgium and hopefully we can end the season on a high”.

Brown is supported in 2016 by Fuchs Titan Race, Questmead Ltd, Mintex Racing 710, PIAA and Pirelli


Toyo BRSCC Porsche Championship Race Report Round 8 Silverstone International - 15-16 October 2016

Richard Avery was fastest in
qualifying and landed a win in Race 1.
Photo copyright © Chris Valentine 2016

The Silverstone International circuit played host to the final three races in the Toyo BRSCC Porsche Championship's 2016 calendar and the winners of two out of three of our individual class championships were to be decided this weekend. Rick Stryin only needed the points from a single race to land him his third Class A Race Boxsters title, where Linda Warren needed two completed races as a relatively high dropped score meant a "free" 16 points would be available from a non-finish or, as it turned out, a missed race.


Richard Avery's engine failed during Friday's test session so he jumped into Taylor's Foundary rental 986 for Saturday's qualifying session. On just the second lap - in a car he'd not driven before - he'd posted a best time of 1:16.706 which table-topping Rick Styrin was unable to match. Philip Waters was set to front the 924s.

#99 Rick Styrin sealed his third overall Race Boxster
 Championship title by completing the first race.
Photo copyright © Copyright Chris Valentine 2016.

Race 1

Avery is first off the line but its Andy Hack making a charging down the left to take third, although the car is proving a handful. Broadley's 924 starts from the back but is up to 2nd by The Loop.

Last year's champion Hayes is back down in 5th. Broadley is now leading the 924s with Warren at the back keeping Darren House company.

Avery is pulling into a lead but Styrin is now up to 2nd. Broadley leads the three way battle for the 924s lead with Waters and Hammond.

Styrin is now breaking away from Goodwin and Lawrence as he chases Avery; the two white 924s of Callender and Johnson are almost inseparable.

Hull is in a Boxsters cluster with Archer, Stocker and guest driver Morris, but then Alex Stocker has a big spin at Club, safely missed by the rest of the field.

Waters is now leading Broadley in the 924s with Hammond third. Andy Baker isn't doing such a good job this time in the sole Class B car, now passed by both Warren and House.

As Waters pulls into a lead, Hammond has now taken 2nd from Broadley. Ed Hayes pulls into the pit lane which turns into a retirement with a failing engine.

Hull defends a challenge from the recovering Stocker but Hack, pushing too hard at turn 1, spins into the gravel at Abbey. Traffic means Styrin drops back in his persuit of Avery; Lawrence and Molyneaux swap places twice as both chase Boxsters' 3rd place.

Goodwin's tyres are starting to lose traction as the final lap approaches, the car struggling for grip as Garry exits Vale into Club, with both Lawrence and Molyneaux starting to close from behind. Avery is now lapping nearly a second quicker than Styrin.

At the flag, it's Richard Avery with an impressive Class A win from Rick Styrin and, with a first podium in his four seasons of BRSCC Porsches, Garry Goodwin in third. Andy Baker brings his Production Boxster home in class B and in the 924s it's a win by a fair margin for Philip Waters ahead of Pip Hammond, and John Broadley, grabbing vital final-weekend points.

Despite Avery's win, Styrin is now a comfortable third-time Race Boxster Championship winner. With a dropped score of 16 points available to her, Warren needs just one more finish to seal her Class C title.

#42 Linda Warren needed just two race finished
 to seal a 924 Class C overall victory for 2016.
Photo copyright © Copyright Chris Valentine 2016.

Race 2

Heavy rain in the morning gives way to blue skies, sunshine and a drying track by the time the cars head out for the penultimate race. Warren opts to start from the pit lane; Hayes retirement yesterday with engine failure means he's a non-starter.

Off the line, Styrin grabs the lead from Avery and Lawrence third as the cars head into a damp turn 1. Hull making a massive improvement over yesterday's race up to 4th but Molyneaux is off at Stowe, hitting the tyre wall.

Hull is after Lawrence for third; Hack from 7th takes both Goodwin and Morris but again his car is proving anything but stable. Baker is doing far better in the wet in the softly-suspensioned Class B car.

Broadley leads Waters and Hammond in the 924s. In 8th, Warren is on more of a charge this round, although she freely admits doesn't really like racing in the wet - unlike Callender who had been praying that the rain had continued.

New best lap times are being set lap after lap as Styrin shows his skill in these challenging conditions; Avery is in second, pulling away from Lawrence and Hull. Johnson and Callender are having another white 924 battle; Waters and Hammond are both challenging Broadley but now Broadley goes wide letting them both through, robbing Broadley of vital points.

The safety car is deployed as Hack crashes out at Stowe with damage both ends, plus a tow eye coming adrift during recovery. Meanwhile #24 Jamie Callender is flagged into the pitlane with a departing exhaust on his 924.

As the safety car withdraws, the 924s hadn't quite caught up with the train and Waters and Hammond put pedal to metal, as do Styrin and Avery, as the track continues to dry. Lawrence becomes yet another victim of Stowe Corner, leaving Hull and Stocker to pursue Avery in the Boxsters. Baker is just keeping ahead of all of the 924s but Hammond is all over the back of Waters as all three cars circulate together.

Styrin takes the win with Avery on the podium again in second and Nick Hull holding off Alex Stocker to grab third. Pip Hammond grabs the 924 lead on the final lap to beat Waters and Broadley.

924 drivers Gavin Johnson and Philip Waters 
battled to the last lap in all three races.
Photo copyright © Copyright Chris Valentine 2016.

Race 3

Linda Warren elects not to race having already accrued sufficient points to seal her class win. Although he's almost certainly secured overall 2nd, the retiring John Broadley when asked "will you race?" responds "I'll be out there to win!". Hack is out with damage and Hayes with suspected engine damage; Lawrence is determined to beat his local rival Avery.

At the start of our traditional and controversial reverse grid for the third and final race of the season, its Archer and guest driver Morris on the front row. Archer holds onto his lead from the lights where Avery is boxed in, but Styrin charges up to 4th.

Hammond from last on the grid is already surging through the pack and just leading Waters in the 924s - the two would continue to swap positions throughout the race. Avery now posts a new fastest lap in persuit of Styrin but Lawrence is hard on his tail.

Calender again pits his 924. Avery and Lawrence trade paint on the run down to Abbey; Waters leads Hammond and Broadly in the 924s. Hull again finds his 987's dry performance somewhat lacking.

Gavin Johnson and Darren House are having their own battle at the back of the Class C field; Avery seems to be having a problem as Lawrence goes through for third.

Hugh Peart spins and drops back from his chase of Broadley; Avery now pits the #6 "Blue Billy" Boxster for assistance.

Hammond and Waters are scrapping for the 924s lead, Hammond desperately trying to keep Waters behind; Baker gives Styrin a fright as he comes up to lap him. Archer is still running a fantastic race in third behind Lawrence, but the Molyneaux/Goodwin pair are close behind.

Waters runs wide at Abbey and he and Hammond swap places again.

Avery's car has received attention and returns to the circuit, but Water's 924 is starting to smoke - Hammond having to drive through the cloud.

Archer is battling with Goodwin for third as Waters continues to smoke his way round the circuit. There's contact now between Hammond and Waters on the run up to Village, Water's 924 now devoid of a front bumper; Hammond spins leaving Waters to pull ahead, but recovers and returns to the persuit.

The drama continues as Archer pits, having held on to third so well, retiring with engine failure; Alex Stocker spins at Village dropping him to 6th.

Styrin takes the Class A win ahead of a relieved Lawrence in second; Goodwin was on track for his second podium of the weekend but was taken on the last lap by Kevin Molyneaux for third.

Waters finishes the final race with a win, his oil leak apparent on the ground in parc ferme, ahead of the recovered Hammond and Broadley third.

Rick Styrin and Linda Warren take the 
overall Class A Boxster and 
Class C 924 titles for 2016.
Chris Valentine © 2016

Friday, 14 October 2016


The penultimate round of this year’s FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy will take place at Buxtehude in Germany this weekend (14-16 October). In the overall driver standings, it’s Mattias Ekstrom that tops the leaderboard with a 27 point lead over Johan Kristoffersson who is second.  If Ekstrom – who has forfeited the final round of DTM to compete in World RX - is able to establish a gap of more than 30 points this weekend, he will win the 2016 title.

Buxtehude also marks the final round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600 and TouringCars. Twenty S1600 cars will compete in Germany where Denmark’s Ulrik Linnemann currently leads Krisztian Szabo by six points. The title race in TouringCars is set to go down to the wire between Ben-Philip Gundersen, Magda Andersson and Fredrik Magnussen who are separated by just ten points. Germany’s Ralf Evers makes his first start in the category driving a BMW E87.

The Estering is the second oldest track in the World RX calendar (Lydden Hill is the oldest), with the circuit having hosted international events since 1973.  Set 30 miles south of Hamburg, the traditional German RX track is only 950 metres long but is among the fastest of the year with a long, downhill run between turns one and two. The 2014 event saw the closest finish in rallycross history when Solberg took the win over Ekstrom by an unbelievable margin of just five thousandths of a second.  Last year’s event was won by Davy Jeanney.

Thirty World RX Supercars have entered Germany RX including reigning World RX Champion Petter Solberg who encountered difficulties at the previous round in Latvia where, for the first time in 35 events, he failed to qualify for the semi-finals. The Norwegian was consequently demoted to third in the standings, 34 points adrift of Ekstrom.  Tommy Rustad will drive for the Muennich Motorsport team in a Seat Ibiza Supercar following his victory at the final round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship in Latvia earlier this month.

Representing Germany on their home event will be Rene Muennich and Andreas Steffen but Ekstrom is a popular name in Germany after competing in DTM (the German Touringcar Championship) for over a decade. "There is still a long way to go,” explained Ekstrom who is determined not to rest on his laurels. “At Estering and at the season finale in Argentina, a total of 60 points are still up for grabs. And the competition is not resting either – one mistake and the lead could be gone in a blink of an eye."

In addition to the permanent World RX teams and drivers, RX Lites Cup Champion Cyril Raymond will make his Supercar debut as his prize for winning the support series. He tested an Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta for the first time in Riga.

American Top Gear presenter Tanner Foust will make his second start of the season in a Volkswagen Polo run by the Volkswagen RX Sweden team, while former Swedish Rallycross Champion Peter Hedstrom will race a similar car. European Champion Kevin Hansen and his Peugeot Hansen Academy team-mate Davy Jeanney will also compete in Riga.

Alexander Hvaal will race the Eklund Motorsport Volkswagen Beetle he has campaigned in Euro RX this season, while his Euro RX team mate Joni-Pekka Rajala will debut a Mitsubishi Mirage in World RX. Italy’s Gigi Galli will make his second appearance of 2016 in his Kia Rio Supercar, following his debut in Latvia.

In the World RX Teams’ Championship, Team Peugeot-Hansen has been closing on EKS who leads the standings by eight points.  Team Peugeot-Hansen – who is represented by team-mates Timmy Hansen and Sebastien Loeb - will be keen to take advantage of a test that they had at the circuit earlier this season.

Loeb, who is feeling buoyed following his maiden World RX win last time out, explained: “For once, I have prior knowledge of the track because I was able to test there earlier in the year. There aren’t many corners but they aren’t easy. The first turn – a tight hairpin – is especially delicate. There’s a bit of asphalt on the inside and it’s quite hard to position the car to optimise exit traction for the long straight that comes afterwards. It’s a corner which has the potential to generate some big gaps. After my result in Riga, I know I can win and having a car that allows you to fight for the victory only adds to your motivation. There is no reason why we can’t challenge for first place again at the Estering, and a top-three finish in the drivers’ championship is still a possibility.”

Paul Bellamy, World RX Managing Director for IMG, concluded: “The Estering is a fantastic traditional rallycross circuit which is renowned for its first corner action and has an exit which runs up to the finish line.  The layout makes for extremely close racing until the final lap; indeed our 2014 race was a prime example of just how exciting this circuit can be as it provided the closest finish in rallycross history with Petter and Mattias separated by the tiniest of margins. The drivers’ title could be decided in Germany this weekend, and the pressure will be on Johan and Petter to score as many points as possible to prevent Mattias from securing the title.  We will also see the 2016 TouringCar and Super1600 Champions crowned, where only a handful of points separate the top drivers in both categories.”

From a Cooper Tire point of view
Paul Coates, General Manager – Motorsport, Cooper Tire Europe, commented: “The Estering rallycross track is another popular circuit and in previous years it has seen some of the closest finishes ever with Petter Solberg crossing the line five thousandths of a second ahead of Mattias Ekstrom in 2014. This may be one of the shortest circuits but the back straight is one of the fastest of the rallycross circuits where speeds can approach 180km/h. This track shows how the Cooper rallycross tyre brings together our extensive multi-disciplinary knowledge and technology to produce tyres that can race at high speeds and, at the same time, are able to cope with the quick changes between gravel and dirt surfaces.”

Public Timetable

Friday 14 October
1600 Drivers’ draw for Q1 grid positions and pre-event press conference with Mattias Ekstrom, Johan Kristoffersson, Gigi Galli and Cyril Raymond

Saturday 15 October
0700 Welcome centre open
0830 Photographers’ Briefing
0930 Open practice: all classes
1200 Q1: all classes
1400 World RX autograph session
1445 Q2: all classes
1615 Q3: TouringCar & Super1600
1700 World RX press conference (top three after Q2)

Sunday 16 October  
0830 Photographers’ briefing
0915 World RX warm-up
1000 Q3: World RX Supercar
Q4: TouringCar & Super1600
Q4: World RX Supercar
1230 Semi-finals: S1600
Semi-finals: TouringCar
Final: S1600
1310 Monster Energy Rig Riot
1450 World RX Driver Introductions
1500 Semi-finals: World RX
Final: TouringCar
Final: WorldRX
1550 World RX podium presentation
1610 World RX press conference at media centre

More information
View the World RX entry list for Germany here
The Euro RX (Super1600 and TouringCar) entry list can be found here
Full TV listings for World RX can be viewed on this link
Event information can be found here

Caterhams headline full weekend of action at Donington Park

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No less than 11 races for the legendary Caterham marque will provide thrills aplenty at Donington Park this weekend (15-16 October) as the circuit hosts action from the British Racing & Sports Car Club (BRSCC).

A total of 21 races in all will ensure plenty of variety of racing machinery across the two days, with contests for a wide range of historic and modern saloon cars as well as for the always spectacular Monoposto Tiedeman Trophy for single seaters. This is the final weekend of the season for the BRSCC championships, so expect to see several new champions crowned by the end of the meeting.

The bulk of the action comes from iconic Caterhams, which are renowned for providing breath-taking racing, especially on fast and flowing tracks such as Donington Park. Five different categories of Caterham will compete, with racing from the Supersport, Academy, Roadsport, Tracksport and the Superlight series. The Superlight category has backing from the company which runs its track days from, and also has the world’s currently top selling Caterham showroom at Donington, ensuring this is very much a home round for the series!

Caterham racing always attracts strong grids, so expect to see plenty of these machines doing battle, especially in the Academy Championship, which features split grids due to the size of the entry.

A big line-up of single seaters will go wheel to wheel for the Monoposto Tiedeman Trophy in two races. This series welcomes a variety of machinery ranging from Formula Ford right through to Formula Three.

Meanwhile, historic saloon cars will race on Saturday in the HRDC Touring Greats and TC63 series for classic cars built before the 1960s, with further historic action from the HRDC Allstars, Academy and A-Series Challenge.

Sunday’s competition will feature slightly more modern machinery from saloons in the Honda VTEC Challenge, the miniscule Smart cars of the 4Two Cup and Volkswagen Golfs in the Production GTi Mk2 and Mk5 series.

Tickets for the BRSCC weekend at Donington Park are available upon arrival at the circuit for £17 per day or £30 for the full weekend. For more information, visit

Showdown in the Czech Republic: Preview Hankook 24H EPILOG BRNO

After the success of its first visit last year, the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook will again be heading to the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic for its season finale. This week’s Hankook 24H EPILOG BRNO (Oct. 14-16, 2016) will see the conclusion of the battle for overall and class honours in the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook. With the scheduled round at Meppen having to be postponed, points for the Touring Car Endurance Series powered by Hankook will be attributed at Brno as well. And on top of that, there is plenty of prestige that comes along with success in the EPILOG event as the traditional season-ending endurance race at Brno.

The outright race winner is most likely to come from the ranks of the A6 class. The question is whether German Porsche team Precote Herberth Motorsport will be able to add another victory to its already impressive record in this year’s 24H SERIES powered by Hankook, or whether local team, Scuderia Praha, will manage to repeat its Brno victory from last year with the Ferrari. Of course, Swiss team Hofor Racing, already having sealed the overall GT and A6 class teams’ titles and the Ladies’ Cup for Chantal Kroll, will be aiming at more success as well, with competition coming from German outfit Car Collection Motorsport and GRT Grasser Racing Team from Austria. Five cars were entered in the 991 class for Porsche Cup cars, with six cars in the SP2 class. In the SP3 category, the two different driver line-ups of Dutch team JR Motorsport will be going head to head for the title, with three other teams entered in class as well. The TCR class includes three SEAT Leon Cup Racers, with four cars entered in the A3 class and two cars racing in the A2 category.

Points at midnight, race honours at noon
As previously announced, points for the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook will be attributed at the halfway point, so this year’s champions are known at midnight. The action doesn’t stop there, however, as the race will continue to complete the full duration of 24 hours, with the finish scheduled at noon on Sunday. For the Touring Car Endurance Series powered by Hankook, the final points of the 2016 season will be awarded at midnight as well. The 2016 24H SERIES and 2016 TCE SERIES champions will be honoured during a special celebration on Sunday at 13.15 hrs following the regular post-race prize-giving ceremony for the Hankook 24H EPILOG BRNO.

After an optional private test session on Friday, October 14, from 9.00 till noon, official track action starts with free practice from 13.30 till 15.30 hrs, followed by qualifying in two groups from 15.45 till 17.30 hrs and night practice from 19.15 till 20.15 hrs. The starting grid procedure will get underway on Saturday, October 15, at 11.00 hrs. The race starts at noon. Motors TV will be broadcasting live on Saturday from 11.30 till 22.30 hrs CET and on Sunday from 10.15 till 12.30 hrs CET. Qualifying, night practice and the race will be streamed in HD quality on the series’ website with live commentary by Regular updates can also be found on Facebook (24H Series), Twitter (@24HSeries) and Instagram (24H Series).

Hankook is the official title sponsor and exclusive tyre supplier of the race, BRM is the official time keeping partner and will provide the awards for the prize-giving ceremony. LED displays from SPAA05 will be installed in every car to show the race position. TM Performance, DRD International, Stand21 and Speedcom will be present with sales and service booths in the paddock at the Automotodrom Brno. Further information about the Hankook 24H EPILOG BRNO and the other rounds of the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook can be found at


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Cornhill farmer Michael Binnie has been one of the biggest improvers of the 2016 ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship, with 2016 being the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V driver’s first season of rallying.

Getting involved in the sport was something Binnie was always interested in, and it stems from his dad.

“I am lucky enough to have a motorsport mad family so all my life I have been indulged in it, predominantly in circuit racing due to my fathers’ past.” He said.

“Rallying always caught my eye, even when I couldn’t legally drive a road car I would pester my dad for a rally car! I have always wanted to rally, it has just been a case of getting college out of the way, then working my socks off to get a budget together.”

Michael caught everyone’s attention on the final round of the SRC, the Armstrong Galloway Hills rally last month, where he steered his older Mitsubishi to tenth overall, seventh SRC and the leading Challenger home alongside Duns co-driver Claire, all this in just his sixth rally.

Binnie recalled: “It felt great! At the start of the season I would never have expected a top ten finish. We set some good times on the Scottish which showed the pace was there so it was nice to back that up at the end of the season after two disappointing DNF’s. To take the Challengers win was the icing on the cake.

“There was no secret to it, but if there was I wouldn’t tell you! I just tried to keep the car as straight as possible, I learnt that from my karting days.”

Binnie finished the 2016 season 24th overall on 36 points, with two top 30 results on the Border Counties (where he kicked off his season) and the Speyside Stages before DNF’s on the Scottish Rally and the Grampian Stages.

But Michael is happy with his first Scottish Rally Championship season.

“The season has been predominantly positive. We suffered DNF’s at the Scottish and also the Grampian because of mechanical failures bur aside from that we have taken some solid results for my first season.

Partnering Michael Binnie this year was experienced navigator Claire Mole, who has competed alongside the likes of Gwyndaf Evans in her career. Working with her is something Michael acknowledges has helped him progress well in 2016.

He said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Claire this year, we clicked from the start. I am very lucky to have such an experienced co-driver sitting next to me, she has helped me improve massively throughout the season.

“The Speyside was our first rally together and it was a real eye opener for me as I didn’t appreciate just how much work co-drivers put in building up to the event. We drivers definitely have the easy job!”

After a good debut season, the plan for next year is just to build on the platform he has built for himself this year.

“We are currently planning on doing the full SRC season in 2017 with the same machinery as this season. Claire will also be sitting alongside me for the full season so we can hopefully take off from where we left.

“Having said that, I’m sure the Snowman could throw a few curve-balls so it might be a case of getting through that one.

“I would like to thank my sponsors for supporting me throughout the season, and also my service crew for the hard work they put in on the car and for giving up their weekends to come rallying. Finally thank you to the organisers and marshals who ran each event smoothly, you are a very dedicated bunch!”

You can keep up to date with the SRC via the website or through Facebook and Twitter (@MSA_SRC).

Race Report - Dunlop Endurance Championship Oulton Park, Saturday 1 October 2016

Neary Nails It in Martin’s Mothballed Mosler
It’s almost tradition now for Martin Short to breeze into a late-season Britcar race and mark his presence. This time it was with current BGT driving partner Richard Neary, and in the Super GT Mosler that hadn’t been fired-up for two years.
Brought out of retirement, the Rollcentre Mosler MT900 took Martin Short and Richard Neary to overall victory
Photo © Paul Cherry 2016
A wet 30-minute qualifying session meant that the times achieved on a dry track in the earlier free practice session wouldn’t be matched; the Mosler posted 1:38.501 then, but with no wet-running data, the Rollcentre team tried a number of set-ups that, at best, placed Richard Neary mid-grid at 1:53.345, nearly six seconds off Calum Lockie’s pole in the FF Corse Ferrari 458, which in turn beat championship contender Nigel Moore’s Audi R8 by 0.205 seconds. Kevin Clarke was on day-release from Intersport’s TOCA duties at Brands Hatch, and placed the ING Sport BMW Z4 shared with Ian Lawson on the second row, with the Century Motorsport Ginetta G55 alongside, Jacob Mathiassen setting the time. Joining Neary’s Mosler on the third row was the Class 3 Invitation entry Orbital Sound Lotus Exige; Joey Foster had impressed mightily in the free practice session, though the wet qualifying conditions had evened things out a little – car owner Chris Headlam would share the driving in the Lanan-run machine. The Jonny Cocker/Chris Murphy Aston Martin Vantage headed the third row, with Class 2 contenders Mark and Peter Cunningham’s Porsche 997 alongside, and the remaining contenders were interspersed with the faster of Britcar Production/GT contingent, who were sharing the grid and the first 50-minutes of the race. The Synchro Motorsport Honda Civic of Martin Byford/Alyn James, the BMW M3 GTR of Sam Alpass/Lee Atkins lined-up a row apart, with two cars with qualifying rows sharing the back row- Fabio Randaccio and Nick Randall missed both free practice and qualifying rectifying a clutch slave cylinder in the Lotus Europa, and the Woodard Racing Mini Cooper had limited running from Daniel Woodard and double-amputee war veteran David Birrell whilst issues were sorted.
Almost constant rain tested the drivers in Saturday's 2 ½ hour endurance race
Photo © Paul Cherry 2016
The rain was pouring as the Pace Car led the field away for two pace laps, and once the pack was let go, Lockie took a lead that Nigel Moore was anxious not to let him have, taking an area of tarmac that Kevin Clarke had set his sights on, the resulting clash sending Clarke’s BMW Z4 off, and rejoining amongst the Production/GT cars.  Neary had hauled the Mosler through the carnage up to third on the opening lap, but gradually lost touch with the leading duo of Lockie and Moore, who were never more than two seconds apart. But not for long – by lap six Moore’s Audi had passed the Ferrari and began to eke out a lead assisted by traffic, and by lap nine Kevin Clarke had cut through the Production runners and was back in touch with the Endurance contingent.

Lap 13 was unlucky for some – observations from out on the circuit told of a coming together of three cars, leaving the luckless Fabio Randaccio’s Lotus parked-up into retirement, and the leading Audi bound for the pit garage, where intrepid pitlane reporter Rob Hedley could only glean that the car had sustained two counts of accident damage and was being sorted. As the first 30 minutes of the race elapsed, Jonny Cocker brought the Whitebridge Aston in for an early mandatory stop, adhering to the Production/GT race (in which it was also competing) ruling; Chris Murphy took over.

The Tockwith Audi lost two laps in the pits, and Phil Hanson was dispatched to make up as much of the deficit as he could. But that was brought to swift conclusion before he could complete a single lap, as, again, there was a clash with Clarke’s BMW. This time the Audi was out for good, the circuit team unable to recover the stricken machine, and Clarke made a visit to the pits, with only 40 minutes of the race so far run. He rejoined after some running repairs, just as Joey Foster, who’s Lotus Exige had been slowing erratically, came to a halt at Deer Leap. He got it going again, into the pit lane, where a fuel pump issue was diagnosed. This was quickly rectified and Chris Headlam was installed for a middle stint, though he did make a further stop next time round to sort out a seat belt issue.

The Production/GT race was flagged-off at 50 minutes with the minimum of fuss, and the Whitebridge Aston made a pit stop – it didn’t have to at this point, but this was unplanned, and the start of the gearbox issues that would plague it’s race. There as a planned stop, though, for the Cunningham’s Porsche, Mark handing over to dad Peter.

David Birrell had been circulating steadily in the Woodard Mini Cooper, but on the hour mark, brought it in due to an overheating issue; sadly, it would not re-appear.

With the slower running due to the wet conditions, it was clear that fuel consumption may not be a significant issue in this race, and indeed, leader Lockie went to half-distance, an hour and a quarter, before bringing in the Ferrari 458 for a service. He jumped back in again, to maintain continuity and deliver his full maximum stint length of 90 minutes. By this time, Jacob Mathiassen had already handed the class-leading Ginetta G55 to Steve Fresle, and Sam Alpass had brought in the Geoff Steel-run  BMW M3 for Lee Atkins to take over. This would be a short-lived stint though, as the BMW was parked-up out on the circuit just a lap later, and would not rejoin.
A clash between the INGSport BMW Z4 and TMS Audi left the latter out for good
Photo © Chris Valentine 2016
So, with the Audi out, and the BMW Z4 delayed, Richard Neary was now just 45 seconds behind the leading Ferrari, which was soon about to make its second stop. The Mosler stretched its fuel consumption, and pitted with just 68 minutes left, Martin Short rejoining at the wheel, still in second place. Kevin Clarke brought the BMW Z4 in too, and Ian Lawson came out retaining third place. It was only a few laps later that Lockie pitted the Ferrari for the final time, and David Mason was installed to take the car to the flag.

Short took the lead while Mason was acclimatising to the conditions, and Ian Lawson unlapped himself from Mason, and began to claw back the deficit. Mason’s lap times began to come down, though Short had grown a handsome lead of nearly two laps, before the Mosler pitted for its final mandatory stop. Neary got back in for the last half-hour of the race, and cruised to victory two laps to the good, in a race that surreptitiously seemed to have been shortened by three minutes to beat the curfew. Ian Lawson had seized second place from Mason on the penultimate lap after a dramatic chase-down, but a post-race investigation by the officials determined that the ING Sport BMW Z4 had contravened the pit-stop regulations. They were awarded a one-minute penalty, dropping them back to third place overall, and in class.

“There were no problems” confessed Martin Short, for a race car that hadn’t seen the light of day for two years, adding “Richard did the lion’s share of the work, I just stroked it”.

Behind the leading Class 1 trio, lone Class 2 contenders Mark and Peter Cunningham came home fourth overall in the Shaws Glass Porsche 997, declaring it one of their best races; “It’s good to finish with no problems and a class win at last” said Peter.
Century Motorsport's Ginetta G55 finished ahead of the Lanan Lotus Exige that had performed so well in qualifying
Photo © Paul Cherry 2016
Class 3 victors Steve Fresle and Jacob Mathiassen were fifth overall, back to normal service for the Century Motorsport Ginetta G55 after a slightly troubled mid-season, finishing ahead of Invitation runners Chris Headlam and Joey Foster in the Lanan-run Lotus Exige, and the Murphy/Cocker Aston Martin Vantage, which had endured gearbox problems for much of the race; “We had so many pit stops, and it was stuck in fourth for the last 20 minutes” exclaimed Jonny Cocker.

Class 5 went again to Synchro Motorsport, the tricky conditions allowing Martin Byford and Alyn James to punch above their weight with the faster machinery in the Honda Civic Type R, and a final, quick, pit stop was due to Alyn’s drinks bottle coming disconnected and sliding around the car. Sadly, the competition with the Woodard Mini Cooper never materialised, but the duo nevertheless competed as they ever would.

The tricky conditions in this race meant that most of the runners, if not all, endured a spin or a missed chicane at some point; most survived, some didn’t. The sad demise of the Tockwith Audi, and the success of the Rollcentre Mosler, put a different complexion on the event, and the points standings. We go to Brands Hatch on November 13th to conclude the championship in the darkness.
Synchro Motorsport's Honda Civic Type-R again delivered another superb performance
Photo © Paul Cherry 2016
Overall results:
1st - Richard Neary/Martin Short - Mosler MT900 - Rollcentre Racing
2nd - David Mason/Calum Lockie - Ferrari 458 GT3 - FF Corse
3rd - Ian Lawson/Kevin Clarke - BMW Z4 GT3 - INGSport