Updates from the British and National Championships



Round two: West Cork Rally, 16-17 March 2019

Welshman Tom Cave scored his first BRC win in a four-wheel-drive car with victory on the West Cork Rally.

Along with co-driver James Morgan, Cave won by a mere 4.8 seconds in his Hyundai i20 R5, ahead of reigning champion Matt Edwards (Ford Fiesta R5) in second. Defending Irish Tarmac champion Josh Moffett (Ford Fiesta R5) completed the podium.

Cave’s victory is the first BRC win for the Korean manufacturer Hyundai since 2004, when David Higgins was at the wheel.

Results (Top three championship finishers)
1 Tom Cave/James Morgan (Hyundai I20 R5) 1h51m55.9s
2 Matt Edwards/Patrick Walsh (Ford Fiesta R5) 1h52m00.7s
3 Josh Moffett/Keith Moriarty (Ford Fiesta R5) 1h53m40.5s

Provisional championship standings
1 Matt Edwards – 43 points
2 Marty McCormack – 27
3 David Bogie – 26


Round one: Border Counties Rally, 16 March 2019

Euan Thorburn and Paul Beaton in action on the Border Counties Rally

Two-time Scottish Rally Champion Euan Thorburn stormed to a superb victory on the opening round of the season, the Border Counties Rally.

The Ford Focus WRC driver beat Garry Pearson’s Ford Fiesta R5 by 33 seconds to take the win, with Freddie Milne grabbing third place championship points in his Mitsubishi Lancer.

Competitors battled through difficult conditions throughout the event, overcoming snow, heavy rain and strong winds.

1 Euan Thorburn/Paul Beaton (Ford Focus WRC) 40m51s
2 Garry Pearson/Dale Bowen (Ford Fiesta R5) 41m24s
4 Freddie Milne/Steven Brown (Mitsubishi Evolution 9) 42m29s


Round three: Stuart Butterfield Trial, 16 March 2019

Simon Kingsley overcame difficult conditions to take his third consecutive win on the Stuart Butterfield trial.

Trialling novice Jonathan Hughes led into lunchtime until nerves during the afternoon saw him slip back to third. Andrew Woodhead drove consistently on his championship return to finish two points behind Kingsley in second.

Mike Salton won the live axle class in fourth overall, with Alan Baker winning the blue live axle class.

1 Simon Kingsley, Crossle, 51 points
2 Andrew Woodhead, Jedi, 53
3 Jonathan Hughes, Hamilton, 58

In a landmark development for motorsport in Scotland, new laws have been signed permitting motorsport to take place on closed public roads, paving the way for prominent events like the Jim Clark Rally and Mull Rally to return to the annual calendar. Read more

The Rali Bae Ceredigion (Cardigan Bay Rally) was launched in impressive style at Aberystwyth University last week. Read more

Sir Chris Hoy, the six-time Olympic cycling gold medallist, will compete in the World RX of Catalunya in Spain, the second round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy. Read more

Spinal Track opened the doors to the UK’s first Rally Experience designed specifically for disabled drivers, on 10 April 2019. Read more

Motorsport UK has paid tribute to Charlie Whiting, who sadly passed this morning (14 March). He was 66. Read more

In one of the most significant changes to the administration of motorsport in the UK, the governing body has adopted new articles of association, which bring it in line with Sport England’s Code of Governance and best practice. Read more

Meet the young women representing the UK in the FIA Girls on Track Karting Challenge at Le Mans this weekend (8-10 March). Read more

Double British Sprint Champion Heather Calder enjoyed her first experience of the BRDC British F3 car at Snetterton today (7 March), completing more mileage in just a few hours than she would do usually in an entire season of sprinting. Read more