Weekend Review – 21st-22nd August 2021
This past weekend had plenty to offer competitors and spectators alike, from rallying championships and events. We look back at some of the motorsport events in our latest weekend review.
Northern Ireland Rally Championship – Round 3 at Loughgall Stages
The Northern Ireland Rally Championship was back for round three at the Loughgall Stages with a capacity entry of 100 crews. Jonny Greer and Kirsty Riddick secured victory after the six tree-lined stages in their Citroen C3 and reclaimed their championship lead over Desi and Mark Henry. After experiencing a puncture early in the weekend, it seemed as if Greer and Riddick would struggle to sustain their championship position. However, the drivers pushed themselves to the limit to secure the Loughgall Stages win.
Competitors can now enjoy a two-month break and come back fresh for the next round, the Tour of the Sperrins in October. Find out more about the championship here.
The British Motor Show
A great weekend was had by all at the British Motor Show at Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre, which offered automotive enthusiasts an abundance of live action varying from historic and new-age cars to jaw-dropping performances from the Paul Swift Stunt team.
Throughout the weekend, the Motorsport UK team spoke with members of the public about getting closer to the trackside action, affordable pathways to motorsport and the various volunteer roles available. Special guests including 2021 Driftworks driver Tessa Whittock, MG Trophy Championship driver and Motorsport UK Academy member Joe Dalgarno, as well as 2019 and 2020 Junior Autotest Champion Charlie Lower helped us showcase officially recognised Motorsport UK championships each morning in the live action arena. Find out how to get involved in motorsport here.
The Historic Rally Festival
The inaugural Historic Rally Festival took place at Weston Park in Shropshire at the weekend. Our three lucky competition winners were there to enjoy the Group B rally cars in action on Sunday. Head over to the Historic Rally Festival social media channels for the latest action shots!
Le Mans 24Hours – Circuit de la Sarthe
It was a triumphant weekend for reigning British sports car driver Mike Conway, alongside his teammates Kamui Kobayashi and José María López, who took victory at the 89th 24 Hours of Le Mans overall and in the Hypercar class. The drivers started the gruelling endurance race in pole position, allowing them to take an early advantage and hold position throughout the 1,440-minute race.
Another notable performance was made by LMP2 driver Tom Blomqvist, who finished second alongside his teammates Sean Gelael and Stoffel Vandoorne in the Jota Sport car. Followed by the Panis Racing team featuring British driver Will Stevens and the all British driver line-up in the #23 Oreca 07 of the United Autosports team.
In LM GTE Pro, Brit James Calado in the #51 AF Corse car took class victory alongside Alessandro Pier Guidi and Côme Ledogar. And Callum Ilott racing in the Iron Lynx team finished the famous endurance race in P3 in the LM GTE Am category, with all British team TF Sport finishing in eighth position.
Congratulations to Mike Conway and all the British drivers across the various racing categories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.