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Press release – 19 August 2019
 
Orr dominates BHRC in Ulster
 
Stanley Orr and Graham Henderson were the dominant force in round six of the FUCHS LUBRICANTS Motorsport UK British Historic Rally Championship, the Ulster Rally (Saturday 17 August).
 
The local crew took control of the BHRC pack right from the start of the nine special stages and were fastest on five of the nine tests in their Ford Escort Mk1. By the finish, they had half a minute in hand over fellow local crew Adrian Hetherington/Ronan O’Neill (Escort Mk2) while an excellent third place and good championship points went to event newcomers Simon Webster and Jez Rogers.
 
The Ulster Rally event marked the second asphalt rally of the championship season before the action returns to gravel for the title deciding round in Yorkshire in late September. Historic cars spanning the 1960s and 1970s tackled 94 miles of challenging closed road special stages, running three loops of three stages.
 
As well as being the penultimate BHRC round, the Ulster Rally was also the sixth round of BHRC2 supported by Sherwood Engines, which puts the emphasis on the Category 1 (pre-1968) and up to 1600cc cars in the championship.
 
Orr put a marker down by winning the opening stage and maintained that form through the first two loops of stages, aside from the second run through McGaffin’s Corner when Hetherington was just a fifth of a second faster. Orr went into the final loop of three stages with a 50-second advantage and was able to measure his pace on his way to a famous home victory. “I like the Ulster but it hasn’t liked me. This year we’ve had a bity of luck on this rally for a change,” said Orr after an impressive performance that sets him up for a serious shot at the BHRC crown in Yorkshire next month.
 
Hetherington never stopped chasing but accepted that Orr had taken too much profit on the first loop when the roads were still damp and slippery in places. That evidenced when Hetherington was 30s quicker on the second run of McGaffin’s Corner compared to the opening shot. “Stanley’s taken a fair bit of time out of us,” he admitted before mounting a major attack on the final loop of stages to claw back 20 seconds. “It’s been a really good day with good stages.”
 
Webster accepted that he was a long way behind the two Northern Irishmen in terms of relevant experience but he and Rogers knuckled down and did a great job to claim third, running at a pace that keeps them at the head of the title contest heading for one of their strongest events. “Stanley’s starting to go up a gear now, so we’ll just cling on as best we can,” said Webster after the first four stages.
 
Rudi Lancaster and Guy Weaver had a good run in their Escort Mk2 and stayed clear of trouble to finish fourth of the title contenders, closing to within 13s of Webster at the finish. “A really testing day,” said Lancaster after a great run.
 
Barry Stevenson-Wheeler and John Pickavance also turned in a fine performance in unfamiliar territory to take fifth in the BHRC ranks. Meanwhile, Joe Price and Chris Brooks dropped a lot of time early on, but later got going and set a strong pace, trading stage times with Webster, to pull back up the order and score vital championship points as sixth BHRC crew home.
 
There was no birthday present for Ben Friend, as his rally finished with an off on SS6 while Paul Street/Ian Jones went out after an early off left their Escort Mk2 with damaged steering. Meanwhile, in BHRC2 Malcolm and Ron Mounsey (Talbot Sunbeam) tackled the challenging event and achieved their ambition of getting to the finish and taking a class win in the process.




Press release – 29 July 2019
 
Elliott returns in style on Epynt
 
Nick Elliott and Dave Price made a perfect return to rallying on the asphalt roads of the Epynt ranges in mid-Wales to finish top of the FUCHS LUBRICANTS Motorsport UK British Historic Rally Championship contenders on round five, the Harry Flatters Rally (Sunday 28 July).
 
The Brecon Motor Club event marked the first asphalt rally of the championship season after the opening four gravel rounds. As well as being the fifth of seven BHRC rounds, the Harry Flatters was also the fifth round of BHRC2 supported by Sherwood Engines, which puts the emphasis on the Category 1 (pre-1968) and up to 1600cc cars in the championship.
 
At the end of a tense and exciting event, the top four BHRC crews were covered by just 11 seconds as Elliott/Price headed the similar Ford Escort Mk2s of Joe Price/Chris Brooks and Simon Webster/Jez Rogers and the flying Triumph TR7 V8 of David Kynaston/Val Thompson. Elliott’s winning margin after nearly an hour of rallying was just three seconds while Price edged Webster by one second as Webster clawed back eight seconds on the final stage.
 
Through the afternoon stages, Price belied his limited asphalt experience to set a fierce pace and grab a one-second lead going into the final stage. However, a gearbox problem cost him a little time and Elliott was four seconds quicker to snatch victory. Elliott was making a welcome return to rallying after an enforced three-month sabbatical due to a wrist-breaking accident on the Pirelli Rally at the end of April so BHRC victory on Epynt was the perfect way to rejoin the sport.
 
It was a day of immense competition in dry conditions over the challenging roads and Webster was relieved to finish after a high-speed off that could have gone badly wrong. Damage to the rear of the car showed they had been lucky after a tremendous performance that takes them into a narrow championship lead from Rudi Lancaster and Steve Bennett, who both took strong finishes on Epynt.
 
Ranged against the Escort hordes was Kynaston’s Triumph TR7 V8 and he had a brilliant day to give the TR its best BHRC result to date, finishing just seven seconds down on Webster.
 
However, it was not a good day for the Irish contingent as Stanley Orr/Grahame Henderson made the pace for much of the day in their Ford Escort Mk1 before retiring late in the rally with failing oil pressure. That non-finish is a big blow to Orr’s title bid, but he will aim to get back on track on the next round, his home event of the Ulster Rally in mid-August. Meanwhile, Adrian Hetherington and Ronan O’Neill were hobbled by major transmission problems early in the rally.
 
Among the classes, Chris Skill/Tom Murphy (Escort Mk1) took class C5 and other class wins went to Malcolm and Ron Mounsey (Talbot Sunbeam) and Bob Bean and Malcolm Smithson in their Category 1 Ford Lotus Cortina.

Champions celebrated at RACRMC awards night
The award winners for the 2019 FUCHS Lubricants Motorsport UK British Historic Rally Championship and the FUCHS Lubricants RACRMC Historic Asphalt Rally Championship were celebrated in style at the superb Casa Hotel in Chesterfield on Saturday (2 February).

Over 120 competitors and their guests were on hand to honour the major winners. The evening reflected a tremendous season of competition across the historic categories and pointed to another strong season in 2019 as recent changes to event running order have given historic rallying a welcome boost.

The overall champions in the BHRC were the major award winners as Paul Barrett and Brian Hodgson took the big prizes. Category winners in the championship were Bob Bean/Miles Cartwright, Chris Skill and Craig Simkiss, Stuart Egglestone and Jez Rogers and Rudi Lancaster/Guy Weaver.

Bean and Cartwright capped a great season by winning the BHRC2 category for the older and less powerful cars, while recent Silver Fern Rally winner Matthew Robinson won the BHRC Forest Challenge. The winner of the Under 25 Driver award was Ben Friend, while Warren Philliskirk was the winner of the Over 55 Driver award.

Simon Tysoe (drivers) and Simon Hunter (co-drivers) were the big winners in the Fuchs Lubricants RACRMC Historic Asphalt Rally Championship, while other category winners were Lyndon Barton, David Kynaston and Dick Mauger.

BHRC championship regulations and registration forms will be published in the middle of February and the 2019 BHRC starts with Rally North Wales on Saturday 30 March.



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