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Bulldog International Rally

Welsh Pride as Evans Wins Bulldog International Rally

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In only his second event in a four-wheel drive car, Welshman Elfyn Evans took his maiden win on the Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship with a scintillating victory on today’s Bulldog International Rally of North Wales. 

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The 22 year old from Dolgellau along with fellow Welsh co driver Andrew Edwards brought his Pirelli-sponsored Subaru Impreza home 17.7 seconds ahead of Scots pairing David Bogie and Kevin Rae’s Mitsubishi Lancer with Adam Gould and Sebastian Marshall surviving a late scare with a broken oil cooler to clinch third in their Subaru.

With overnight rain making the stages slippery, the first casualty of the event was local ace Tom Cave and co driver Craig Parry who slid off the road and into retirement on SS1 meaning he couldn’t add to his runner-up placing in round one.

Bristolian Gould grabbed the early initiative and led for the first loop by 4.1 seconds ahead of Evans with Bogie a further ten seconds back in third. Evans took the lead on SS5 and held sway from there onwards as the battle raged behind between Gould and first round winner Bogie.

Into the final two stages and Evans held nearly half a minute advantage which he comfortably controlled as behind the drama was unfolding. TEG Sport team-mate Adam Gould slowed when he suffered the oil cooler problem which necessitated him to extinguish a small under-bonnet fire at the end of the stage but worse still was he had to drive steadily through the final test, dropping half a minute in the process.

Bogie’s second place was his first defeat in three rallies but means he still holds the championship lead going into the Pirelli International Rally later this month by just two points ahead of the resurgent Evans with Gould well placed in third to tackle the daunting Kielder Forest which awaits crews on April 30.

As darkness fell at the Welshpool finish ramp, Evans said: “What a fantastic day! I’m surprised the win has come on only my second event and to have proven myself so soon is a bonus. It means a lot to win this rally and sets us up for a championship challenge this season.”

Runner-up Bogie was gracious in defeat: “Elfyn drove really well today and the best result I could have hoped for was second place. I always knew it was going to be tough and I’m happy enough with second place and to maintain my lead in the championship.”

For Gould, who crawled over the finish ramp with his stricken car, he was left to reflect on what might have been: “After leading the rally, third place isn’t what I wanted but I was lucky to get to the finish. It wasn’t our day today but two strong finishes in the opening two events is small consolation, I need a win to challenge Elfyn and David.”

There was an intense battle in the Dulux Trade MSA British Formula Two Championship which eventually went the way of Mark Donnelly and Barry McNulty who emerged victorious in their Renault Clio Maxi by 6.8 seconds over Martin McCormack and David Moynihan’s Citroen DS3. McCormack held sway for much of the day and got to within 0.2 of a second of Donnelly on the penultimate stage as they swapped places but couldn’t quite reclaim the lead.

Third place and the class R2 victory went the way of Craig Breen and Gareth Roberts in their Ford Fiesta R2 but the series lead is maintained by Estonian student Siim Plangi who brought his and co driver Marek Sarapuu’s Renault Twingo R2 home in fourth position.

In the Bulldog Challenge Rally, which comprised a qualifying round of the 2011 BRC Challenge, Matt Edwards and Sam Collis took a comprehensive start to finish victory in their MG ZR, winning in the end by over two minutes ahead of Phil Scholes and Bradley Johnson’s Ford Fiesta and the similar car of Damien Smith and Ella Flynn in third.

In doing so, Edwards clinched class honours in RC2 with Scholes doing likewise in RC4 along with taking the victory in the Fiesta Sport Challenge 2011. Andrew Wheatley and co driver James Aldridge won class RC5 in their Ford Fiesta as Mark Turner and Sasha Heriot claimed the RC3 class in their Peugeot 106. John Hardman and Andy Marchback won the S1000 class (RC1) in their Nissan Micra.

In the Bulldog Historic Rally, which formed the second round of the Dunlop/WONAGO MSA British Historic Rally Championship, the class B4 Volvo PV544 of Ian Beveridge and Peter Joy inherited the Category 1 win after early pace setters Simon Wallis/Graham Wride rolled out of the lead in their Lotus Cortina and in Category 2, a day-long battle between the Ford Escort RS1600s of David Stokes/Guy Weaver and Belgians Stefaan Stouf/Joris Erard went the way of the British crew by an eventual 19.3 seconds.

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However, there was drama for the overall victory and Category 3 when, after leading Julian Reynolds and Ian Oakey throughout the event, Nick Elliott and Chris Brooks showed as dropping around 40 seconds on the Llangywer stage meaning times had to be checked by the hardworking officials but in the end they ruled in favour of Elliott although Reynolds took the consolation of sharing the series lead with David Stokes. Will Onions and Dave Williams took third in their Ford Escort.

Bulldog National Rally honours went the way of Shaun Gardener and Ben Innes who brought their Mitsubishi Lancer home ahead of the Subaru Impreza of David Howells and Julian Wilkinson by just 2.6 seconds with Alex Allingham and Mark Glennerster taking third place and class N4 honours in their Subaru. Class wins went the way of Boyd Kershaw/Bryan Hull (Ford Escort B11), David Poyser/John Orme (Honda Civic N3), Robert Wheeler/Chris Wheeler (VW Golf B10), Jochen Walther/Phil Clarke (Volvo 940 B12), Dave Lewis/Steve Southall (Ford Escort H2) and James Watkins/Siobhan Pugh (Nissan Micra B8).

Bulldog International Rally of North Wales Results

1 Elfyn Evans/Andrew Edwards, Subaru Impreza, 1:21:15.4
2 David Bogie/Kevin Rae, Mitsubishi Evo, 1:21:33.1
3 Adam Gould/Sebastian Marshall, Subaru Impreza, 1:21:59.6
4 Jonathan Greer/Dai Roberts, Skoda Fabia S2000, 1:22:20.1
5 Jason Tauber Pritchard/Robbie Durant, Subaru Impreza 1:22:29.9
6 Tom Clark/Alistair Wyllie, Subaru Impreza, 1:25:56.4
7 Mark Donnelly/Barry McNulty, Renault Clio Maxi, 1:26:25.3
8 Martin McCormack/David Moynihan/Citroen DS3, 1:26:32.1
9, Craig Breen/Gareth Roberts, Ford Fiesta R2, 1:27:53.1
10, Callum Black/Paul Wakely, Suzuki Swift S1600, 1:29:05.0

Pictures attached, courtesy of Jakob Ebrey (www.jakobebrey.com):  Elfyn Evans and Andrew Edwards on the podium celebrating their victory on the Bulldog International Rally of North Wales today, and Nick Elliott and Chris Brooks on their way to victory on the Bulldog Historic Rally.

Town Centre Start Proves Popular For Bulldog International Rally of North Wales

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The second round of the Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship got underway tonight as a healthy crowd turned out to watch the ceremonial start in Welshpool.

Hundreds of people converged on Church Street car park whereby Welshpool Town Council had arranged a market, fairground and live band as all of the international crews and most of the challenge and historic competitors mingled with the crowds whilst being interviewed and signing autographs.

First away from the start line was Martin McCormack and co driver David Moynihan in their Citroen DS3, with championship leaders David Bogie and co driver Kevin Rae also being flagged away before the rally starts in earnest tomorrow morning.

Scotsman Bogie commented:  “It’s fantastic to see so many people here and I think it’s a great idea to bring the rally into the town centre where we can meet the locals who otherwise might wonder what is going on.  I hope more events follow this lead as I think it’s very worthwhile.”

The international element of the Bulldog International Rally of North Wales starts from Welshpool Livestock Sales at 07:30 with crews expected back at the finish around 19:00.  The Bulldog Historic Rally starts at 07:00 and finishes at 14:42.  The Bulldog Rally Challenge commences at 07:15 and finishes at 14:22 with the Bulldog National Rally getting underway at 09:00 and finishing at 16:10.

For more information and live results please visit www.bulldog-rally.co.uk or www.rallybrc.co.uk.

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Town Centre Ceremonial Start for Bulldog International Rally of North Wales

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With just a week to go to the second round of the Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship, competitors on the Bulldog International Rally of North Wales will be heading for the centre of Welshpool next Friday evening prior to the action getting underway in earnest on Saturday.

Welshpool Town Council has arranged a market, fairground and live band for the new ceremonial start which will take place in the centre of the town on Friday from 6pm meaning both rally fans and local residents can get up close and personal with the crews and cars in Church Street car park.  Organisers are hoping the townsfolk of Welshpool and the surrounding areas will take the opportunity of seeing the rally without necessarily having to trek off into the forests the following day.

Amongst the competitors who will be appearing are series leading Scottish pair David Bogie and co driver Kevin Rae who took the win on round one whereby they’ll be hoping to get the better once again of fellow Mitsubishi pairing of Welshmen Tom Cave and his co driver Craig Parry on their local event.

Another Welsh pairing in the shape of Elfyn Evans and Andrew Edwards brought their Subaru home in third place on the opening round, just ahead of team-mates Adam Gould and Seb Marshall so they too will be looking to score maximum points on home soil.

With a quality entry assembled for the 51st running of the Wolverhampton & South Staffordshire Car Club Ltd-organised event which is sponsored by Bulldog Security Products Ltd of Much Wenlock for the 15th consecutive year, as well as the main BRC field, there are plenty of additional classes and championships being contested.

Estonian student Siim Plangi leads the British Formula 2 Rally Championship, Rally 2 and Junior classes in his Renault Twingo ahead of Finnish team-mate Mikko Pajunen whereas Rally 3 is headed by British driver Callum Black. Bogie heads Rally 4 and the Privateers Cup with Louise Cook in the lead of the Ladies Cup. In the one make series, Irishman Desi Henri leads the Citroen Racing Trophy with fellow countryman Craig Breen heading the Fiesta Sport Trophy. In the Teams Championship, Autosport Technology holds the advantage arriving in Welshpool.

In the Dunlop/WONAGO MSA British Historic Rally Championship, Welsh ace Julian Reynolds won the opening round in his Ford Escort but as well as the usual opposition, he’ll face French ace Francois Delecour who will drive a Porsche 911 on the classic Welsh stages.

The event will be based for the second year at Welshpool Livestock Sales at Buttington Cross, which also hosts the finish on Saturday afternoon, and as well as the international rally, it also incorporates The Bulldog Historic Rally, The Bulldog Challenge Rally and The Bulldog National Rally. As well as the main British Rally Championship, the Bulldog International Rally of North Wales incorporates qualifying rounds of the Hankook MSA Welsh National Championship, BRC Challenge, Brian Dennis Welsh Historic Championship and ANWCC Championships.

Whereas the final closing date for the International event has passed, there is still time for Historic, Challenge and National competitors to enter before the closing date of Tuesday 29th March 2011.

A shakedown is scheduled for Thursday 31st March 2011 and will be run by PEC at Corwen, west of Llangollen on the A5. Documentation for competitors wishing to participate in the Recce will be at Rally Headquarters on the evening of Thursday 31st March 2011 and the Recce will take place from 08:00 to 17:00 approximately on Friday, 1st April 2011 and competitors will have two passes at each location.

Further information, including the comprehensive ‘Rally Guide 1′ which contains most information relating to the Bulldog International Rally of North Wales as well as media accreditation forms, marshalling and accommodation links is available at the official website www.bulldog-rally.co.uk.

A fully seeded entry list and spectator information is also available on the website and information on the Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship can be found at www.rallybrc.co.uk

Entries Roll in for Bulldog International Rally of North Wales

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With the opening round of the Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship providing a thrilling spectacle on last weekend’s Rallye Sunseeker, thoughts are now turning to another epic battle to be played out when round two of the series visits the Bulldog International Rally of North Wales on Saturday 2nd April 2011.

Down in deepest Dorset, Scottish pair David Bogie and co driver Kevin Rae took the win in their Mitsubishi but their eventual winning margin of 21.8 seconds didn’t reflect the intensity of battle between the fellow Mitsubishi pairing of Welshmen Tom Cave and his co driver Craig Parry who could hardly be separated during the day.

Making his BRC debut in a four-wheel drive car, Elfyn Evans brought his Subaru home in third place in Bournemouth, just ahead of team-mate Adam Gould and with just over half a minute separating the top four crews at the finish, battle will be resumed when they converge on Welshpool in less than a month’s time.

Already entries are rolling in for the 51st running of the Wolverhampton & South Staffordshire Car Club Ltd-organised event which is sponsored by Bulldog Security Products Ltd of Much Wenlock for the 15th consecutive year.

In addition, the organisers have secured a deal with Citroen Midland, who have branches in Coventry, Birmingham and Redditch, who are providing a number of official Citroen C-Crosser 4 x 4 vehicles including the Spectator Safety Officer and Chief Marshal as they carry out their duties at the head of the field.

The event will be based for the second year at Welshpool Livestock Sales at Buttington Cross and as well as the International rally, it also incorporates The Bulldog Historic Rally, The Bulldog Challenge Rally and The Bulldog National Rally. As well as the main British Rally Championship, the Bulldog International Rally of North Wales incorporates qualifying rounds of the Dunlop/WONAGO MSA British Historic Championship, Hankook MSA Welsh National Championship, BRC Challenge, Brian Dennis Welsh Historic Championship and ANWCC Championships.

Final closing date for the International event will be Wednesday 23rd March 2011 with final closing date for Historic, Challenge and National competitors being Tuesday 29th March 2011.

A shakedown is scheduled for Thursday 31st March 2011 and will be run by PEC at Corwen, west of Llangollen on the A5. Documentation for competitors wishing to participate in the Recce will be at Rally Headquarters on the evening of Thursday 31st March 2011 and the Recce will take place from 08:00 to 17:00 approximately on Friday, 1st April 2011 and competitors will have two passes at each location.

A media day is also being planned and further details will be advised once this is finalised.

Further information, including the comprehensive ‘Rally Guide 1′ which contains most information relating to the Bulldog International Rally of North Wales as well as media accreditation forms, marshalling and accommodation links is available at the official website: www.bulldog-rally.co.uk.  

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Regs Available for Bulldog International Rally of North Wales

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With less than two months to go until the event, 2011 will see the third running of the Bulldog International Rally of North Wales which will be based in the market town of Welshpool for a second successive year.

The rally, which takes place on Saturday 2nd April 2011, is the second round of the Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship and regulations for the Wolverhampton & South Staffordshire Car Club Ltd-organised event are now available.

Once again offering a unique challenge to competitors as it follows a compact route around some of the best forest stages the United Kingdom has to offer, the 2011 event will be the 51st running since it started as a road rally in 1958 and for the last 15 years, the rally has been sponsored by Bulldog Security Products Ltd of Much Wenlock.

The event will be based for the second year at Welshpool Livestock Sales at Buttington Cross and as well as the international rally, it also incorporates The Bulldog Historic Rally, The Bulldog Challenge Rally and The Bulldog National Rally. As well as the main British Rally Championship, the Bulldog International Rally of North Wales incorporates qualifying rounds of the Dunlop/WONAGO MSA British Historic Championship, Hankook MSA Welsh National Championship, BRC Challenge, Brian Dennis Welsh Historic Championship and ANWCC Championships.

This year, the organisers have also formed a close partnership with Welshpool Town Council and are hoping to set up a number of activities for all ages on the run up to the event.

Final closing date will be Wednesday 23rd March 2011 with a Shakedown scheduled for Thursday 31st March 2011 and will be run by PEC at Corwen, west of Llangollen on the A5. Documentation for competitors wishing to participate in the Recce will be at Rally Headquarters on the evening of Thursday 31st March 2011 and the Recce will take place from 08:00 to 17:00 approximately on Friday, 1st April 2011 and competitors will have two passes at each location.

A media day is also being planned and further details will be advised once this is finalised.

Further information, including the comprehensive ‘Rally Guide 1′ which contains most information relating to the Bulldog International Rally of North Wales as well as media accreditation forms, marshalling and accommodation links is available at the official website: www.bulldog-rally.co.uk.

BULLDOG RALLY – LATEST NEWS

LEMBIT OPIK MP TO PRESENT AWARDS ON BULLDOG RALLY NORTH WALES
The well known and popular Liberal Democratic Member of Parliament for Montgomeryshire, Lembit Opik, will be visiting the Bulldog Rally of North Wales and present awards to the winning crews.
Originally from Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland, Lembit is no stranger to exciting action sports as in 1998 he had a near fatal paragliding accident when he broke his back in 12 places, as well as his ribs, sternum and jaw. Despite this accident Lembit continues with his interest in aviation. He is also a huge motorcycle fan and has a keen interest in motorsport in general.
Dilys Trevethick, Bulldog Rally Media Manager, said:"Lembit is something of a celebrity MP and we are delighted that he has agreed to come and present the awards. I feel sure the winning drivers, whatever their political persuasion, will be pleased to have photographs taken showing them receiving an award from someone their non-rallying friends will instantly recognise when they see the picture sitting on a sideboard or hanging on an office wall. Also, given the social and environmental issues which might pose a threat to our sport in the future, we welcome the opportunity to show an MP what rallying is all about."
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CALLING ALL YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHERS!

For the second year running one talented young photographer is set to benefit from a tie up between the Bulldog International Rally North Wales, Writtle Photographic of Bridgnorth and the Rally Show at Chatsworth.

Following last year’s competition the rally organisers were so impressed by the high standard of entries and also by the interest and enthusiasm generated by the young people that they have decided to run the competition again this year.

The competition is open to any amateur photographer aged 21 and under, who takes pictures on the event and submits them to the event organisers within 14 days for judging. The winner will receive a framed print of their winning photograph donated by Writtle Photographic and a pair of complimentary tickets for both days of the Rally Show at Chatsworth on 5th & 6th June given by the show’s promoters.

Mark Writtle explained: “When I was a teenager I can remember picking up my camera and going to a rally and standing for hours in a forest taking pictures of the cars. In my case my hobby turned into my profession and I think myself very lucky to be making a living from something that I enjoy so much. This competition is all about giving an incentive to some young person who might be looking to follow that route or might simply enjoy rallying and photography.”

Mark continued: “Last year’s winner, Jamie Blandford, spotted me taking photographs on a recent rally and introduced himself. He is certainly still pursuing his rally photography and told me how much he enjoyed the Rally Show at Chatsworth despite the fact that the weather was so wet.”

Malcolm Neill, Managing Director of The Rally Show, stated: “I am delighted to be involved with the Bulldog Rally and Writtle Photographic once again in this venture to encourage young photographers to get involved within our great sport. By providing them with tickets to both days of the Rally Show we will be offering them an opportunity to become snap happy for the weekend amidst our spectacular array of rally cars both on display and on the timed stages.”

Further information and an entry form are available for download from the event website www.bulldog-rally.co.uk.

BROOKES HELPS RECRUIT MARSHALS FOR BULLDOG

UK rally legend Russell Brookes is helping the Bulldog Rally organisers to recruit marshals by offering a prize for their Marshals’ Draw. One lucky marshal will win a ride in a rally car with the twice British Champion, at the Kick Energy sponsored Rally Show at Chatsworth on 5th and 6th June.
For the prize ride Russell will use either the Opel Manta that took him to the 1985 British Championship title or the Talbot Sunbeam Lotus which he drove on the 1981 RAC Rally. Both cars are still resplendent in the colours of Russell’s long-time sponsor Andrews Heat For Hire.
Russell says:  "Safety on special stages is paramount and having plenty of marshals is a major factor in this. If offering this ride encourages more people to volunteer then that can only be a good thing. Malcolm Neill, Managing Director of The Rally Show, has kindly allowed me to take the winning marshal in the co-driver’s seat around the special stage at Chatsworth and also donated a pair of tickets for the winner and friend to attend the show."
Bulldog Rally’s Chief Marshal, Becky Hinton, commented:  "We are already getting strong interest from marshals but we can always do with more. We are running five different events and utilising eight stage locations so we need plenty of help. I would like to thank Russell, Malcolm and the rally car owners for offering this exciting prize. We are getting some other fantastic prizes donated but this has to be the one that most marshals will hope to win."
Anyone thinking of volunteering as a marshal can find further information in the marshals; section of the event website www.bulldog-rally.co.uk.

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BULLDOG RALLY TO SUPPORT TWO CHARITIES

Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire Car Club, the organisers of the Bulldog Rally which takes place on Saturday 27th March, has chosen two charities which their event will support. They are the Welsh Air Ambulance and When You Wish Upon a Star.
It is the third year that the event has supported the Welsh Air Ambulance, whose flying base is situated at Welshpool Airfield, literally just down the road from the event headquarters at the new Welshpool Livestock Sales.
Clerk of the Course, Kevin Witton, explained "Rally drivers know that if they have a serious accident during the event the WAA is always on hand to come to their assistance. The very least that events such as ours can do is to raise some money for them. It is the competitors’ way of showing their gratitude."
Kevin continued, "We are also supporting When You Wish Upon a Star.  One of our committee members told us about the wonderful work done by this charity that grants wishes for children with life threatening and terminal illnesses from all over the UK. We are working with the North West branch which covers the North Wales area."
Rally driver Mick Jones from Guilsfield will host a rally day for some of the children and their families.  Mick commented, "All my children are into rallying so a couple of years ago I built a rally special stage track on our land to give us somewhere to practice.  It will be a great place to give the kids a ride around in our rally cars. My whole family are really looking forward to meeting the children and their families and I sincerely hope we can provide a few hours of respite and a bit of enjoyment for them at a very difficult time in their lives."
Samantha Farmer, the "Wish Fairy" who co-ordinates the wishes on behalf of the charity said, "We have several older children interested in motorsport so this will be a lovely trip out for them and we are indebted to the Bulldog Rally for offering this exciting opportunity."

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