PRESS RELEASE: 1st February 2021
Brown to mount British Rallycross
campaign in 2021
a successful debut season in the British Rallycross Championship
in 2019, Rochdale driver Steve Brown will once again swap
the rally stages for circuits as he makes a return to
the popular BMW MINI series in 2021.
After his rallying plans were put on hold last year due
to the pandemic, Brown only managed two stage events and
one circuit outing, meaning much of the season was spent
on the side-lines. With the uncertainties continuing over
the return of stage rallying in the UK in 2021, Brown
has elected to switch his attention back to the track
and a second campaign in the BMW MINI championship.
“I certainly didn’t think I`d be returning
to the British Rallycross Championship so soon but now
we have put the final piece of the jigsaw in place I`m
very excited to head back to the series for a second time”
“Rallying is going through a tough time at the moment
and I wanted little more certainty to my 2021 season after
a nightmare in 2020. I`d been considering a return for
a while and the more I looked into it the better proposition
it became and it soon became an easy choice”.
As part of the 5 Nations British Rallycross Championship,
the hotly contested single-make BMW MINI formula will
provisionally visit five different race circuits in the
UK, plus a visit to the iconic SPA Francorchamps track
in Belgium to close out the season.
After spending most of his competitive career contesting
stage rallies, a one-off guest appearance in the BTRDA
Rallycross series in 2017 offered a new avenue to explore
with a full campaign in the British Championship being
offered in 2019.
His campaign didn’t get off to the best of starts,
with power and steering failure in the opening round final
at Silverstone putting him on the back foot from the off,
but a host of podiums followed which led to Brown finally
securing an impressive third place in the BMW MINI series
standings on his maiden rallycross season.
Brown has his sights set on going one better in the championship
this time around.
“I learnt a lot about rallycross in a very short
space of time in 2019 so hopefully that means I can hit
the ground running this time,” he says.
“It wasn’t so much about the car control
or handling, it was the race craft aspect of the discipline
which was tough to get my head around but I soon learnt
how to get the most from the qualifying sessions and final.
It would be nice to do better than third and with my previous
experience that’s certainly going to be the aim.
It’s really great to be back and big thanks must
go to my long-standing backers for sticking by my throughout
the season once again”.
Steve is sponsored by Fuchs Lubricants, Mintex, PIAA
and Questmead, 710 Oils, Magnum Motorsport, Brake Prep
and Wired Remote for Go Pro.
PRESS RELEASE: 8th December 2020
Brown ends convoluted season with
Dukeries Rally class podium
Steve Brown scooped a class podium
at a tricky Donington Park
Micra Kit Car ace Steve Brown rounded out a quieter than
normal season with third in class at the Dukeries Rally,
which took place at Donington Park Race Circuit on Sunday
Acting as the opening round of the winter-based Motorsport
News Circuit Rally Championship, a bumper entry saw a
healthy battle for Class 1 honours, with Rochdale based
Brown and regular co-driver Paul Stringer overcoming several
hurdles throughout the day to take the final class podium
spot and 60th overall at the damp Leicestershire venue.
With COVID-19 impacting the motorsport calendar in the
UK and Europe like many, Brown has sat out much of the
season, managing selected outings during the year but
falling short of completing a full championship. With
his original plans to head back to Belgium put on hold
and a freshly revitalised Nissan Micra ready to go, he
was pleased to be able to contest the Cotswolds Stages
Rally last month, grabbing a class podium in the process.
With the MSN Circuit series taking place in the `closed
season`, and the only rally series to survive the pandemic,
Brown elected to head to Donington in a bid to further
reacclimatise himself to the machine after two years away
from the driving seat of the Nissan.
Over 100 entries headed to a cold and damp circuit to
tackle 48 miles of special stages, utilising the perimeter
roads, car parks and the race circuit itself throughout
the day. Conditions were treacherous during the morning
loop of stages and with temperatures failing to rise much
above freezing, it would be a tentative start to the day
A misted windscreen would prevent an early charge on the
opening stage of the event, leaving him down in fifth
in class. The second stage wouldn’t bring much more
luck for the Micra driver, a spin in the slippery conditions
further hampering any progress up the leader board.
As Brown’s confidence improved during the day, his
fightback began and with only six special tests to improve
on his position he would have to lay down an impressive
marker of times to creep into the podium positions. By
the fifth test, Brown had grabbed third in class and an
all-important buffer to fourth made even more valuable
thanks to suffering a damaged gearbox on the final stage
of the rally.
Limping across the line of the final test, Brown had built
enough of a gap to fourth to be able to secure the final
class podium on what is set to be his final outing of
“It was a trying day, but I`m really pleased with
the stages that we managed to do cleanly and it shows
that the Micra certainly has the potential for the future,”
“I was a little disappointed with third if I`m honest,
but with the issues we had in the morning and the fact
that the car is not quite suited to the venue, it’s
not a bad outcome and its nice to come away with some
silverware to end the year. It’s been a very hard
year for everyone so I`d especially like to thank my partners
and everyone who has stuck by me throughout the season.
We are certainly hoping 2021 will be much better and we
can get back to some kind of championship assault and
show what we can really do”.
Image credit: Chicane Media
Steve is sponsored by Fuchs Lubricants, Mintex,
PIAA and Questmead, 710 Oils, Magnum Motorsport,
Brake Prep and Wired Remote for Go Pro.
PRESS RELEASE: 2nd December 2020
Donington beckons for Brown
Steve Brown heads to Donington for
the Dukeries Rally this weekend
Rochdale based rally driver Steve Brown
will contest the first stage event to take place after
a nationwide lockdown this Sunday (6th December), as he
tackles the Dukeries Rally at Donington Park Race Circuit
in his familiar Nissan Micra Kit Car.
The opening round of the Motorsport News Circuit Rally
Championship has attracted a capacity entry, with over
100 cars set to tackle the popular event, with Brown’s
Nissan contesting the event at number 70 seed, such is
the quality of the field.
With regular co-driver Paul Stringer alongside, the duo
will aim to capitalise on their Cotswolds Stages Rally
class podium, achieved last month in Gloucestershire as
a warm-up to the MSN Circuit series which was eventually
put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brown has had a quiet season behind the wheel, as have
many thanks to events being cancelled or postponed in
2020. He was fortunate to try his hand at circuit racing
in a historic Ford Mustang, coincidentally at Donington
Park in September, but has always had his eye on returning
to the stages in the potent Micra.
With limited options available and his plan to head into
Belgium once again put on hold, Brown elected to contest
selected events in the UK, and having been out of the
driving seat of the Nissan for over two years, used the
Down Ampney event to re-acclimatise himself to the machine.
After some first stage technical issues were ironed out,
Brown enjoyed a top twenty result and was ready to head
straight into the MSN Circuit opener the week after. Sadly
that was postponed, but he kept his entry to the Dukeries
Rally this weekend and will head back out onto the stages
“I’m really excited to be competing again
this weekend, I think its very fortunate that we are able
to still be out there contesting events and that’s
thanks to the protocols that the governing body and motor
clubs have put in place” says Brown.
“It’s not my usual style of event that’s
for sure, and competing at a circuit in a rally will feel
a little odd but Down Ampney certainly gave me an indication
of just how good the Micra is after the work we have carried
out over the last year or so and it will be interesting
to see how it goes.”
With a high calibre entry list and a lower than usual
start number, Brown is focusing more on the experience
than an outright result.
“It’s a mega entry and there is a very high
chance we will be catching cars during the day so I`m
not going concentrate on outright results too much. Another
class podium will be nice but as I say, I`m just pleased
to be out there competing. The rally uses both he circuit
and a lot of the perimeter roads and paddock, so my racing
outing here a few months ago probably won’t help
too much either. That said, it should be a good day and
it will be great to push the limits of the car a little
Steve is sponsored by Fuchs Lubricants, Mintex, PIAA
UK , Questmead, 710 Oils, Magnum Motorsport,
Brake Prep and Wired Remote for Go Pro.
PRESS RELEASE: 5th November 2020
Cotswold class podium on Brown's
was behind the wheel of his Nissan Micra Kit Car for the
first time in 2 years last weekend
Steve Brown ensured his return to the stages
was a positive one, as the Rochdale driver scooped a class
podium at the Cotswolds Stages Rally in Gloucestershire
last Saturday (31st October).
Despite being out of the driver's seat of his Nissan Micra
Kit Car for over 2 years, Brown proved that he had lost
none of his flair by taking 20th overall and third in
class at the tricky Down Ampney based event.
Brown, co-driven by Paul Stringer was also due to head
to Oulton Park for the opening round of the Motorsport
News Circuit Rally Championship this weekend, but COVID-19
restrictions have forced postponement until a later date.
As a rally driver at heart, Brown has been longing to
return to the stages thanks to a change of direction during
the 2019 season. After a ‘one-off’ outing
in a BMW MINI and the BTRDA Rallycross series in 2018,
he was offered the chance to contest a full campaign the
following year in the Toyo Tyres British Rallycross Championship.
The transition was a success, claiming third place in
the series but, aside from a further outing in a historic
Ford Mustang at Donington Park, Brown has been eager to
return to rallying since his last event in October last
Sadly, after putting together a programme of Belgian
events for the 2020 season, the pandemic cut short his
plans and like many others, he has sat out most of this
The South West event would mark Brown’s first foray
back to the stages and offered the perfect shakedown ahead
of the MSN Circuit Championship which he was aiming to
contest thanks to most of the rallies taking place over
the winter period.
A traditional airfield style `single venue` stage event
is often a simple affair, but the very nature of the surface
and conditions meant the Cotswolds Stages would be anything
but easy for the returning rally man. A technical glitch
on the opening stage of the event cost Brown a significant
amount of time, but once fixed, he was able to settle
back into a rhythm and climb the leader board.
Being seeded outside of the top fifty, 20th overall was
a welcome result for Brown who professed to enjoy the
difficult and muddy broken concrete stages.
“It's great to be back rallying again, I`ve really
missed this,” said Brown.
“Down Ampney is not my usual choice of event but
we were eager to get some seat time ahead of the Oulton
Park rally and make sure the car was running as it should.
That proved valuable after our stage one problems but
once they were sorted it all fell into place. I`ll admit
I was a little rusty. It’s been two years this month
that I`ve driven the Nissan so twentieth overall was a
positive result considering the amount of time I`ve been
away and that it was a full entry list. We have got out
of this what we needed so I`m happy with the outcome,
the changes we made to the car have certainly worked”.
With the current lockdown restrictions, Brown has had
to re-evaluate his plans for the rest of the year.
“Of course it is disappointing that the first few
rounds of the MSN Circuit Championship have been postponed
until next year but there is no other choice at all. We
were lucky to have competed last weekend at all so there
are more important things going on right now. Either way,
we will be ready to head back out onto the stages when
it is safe to do so”.
Steve is sponsored by Fuchs Lubricants, Mintex, PIAA,
Questmead, 710 Oils, Magnum Motorsport, Brake Prep and
Wired Remote for Go Pro.
PRESS RELEASE: 22nd
Brown heads back to the stages with
popular Nissan Kit Car
a successful racing debut at Donington Park last month,
Rochdale driver Steve Brown will finally return to the
rally stages, piloting his iconic Nissan Micra Kit Car
at the Cotswolds Stages Rally in Gloucestershire (31st
The South West event will mark the 12-month anniversary
since Brown has competed in a stage rally, and the South
West based event will be the pre-cursor to the opening
round of the Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship
at Oulton Park the week after which he has also entered.
Brown enjoyed a busy and successful season of Rallycross
in 2019, taking a podium place in the Toyo Tyres British
Rallycross Championship BMW MINI series but his last stage
event sadly ended in retirement in Belgium behind the
wheel of a MINI Cooper last October.
However, his passion for stage events meant the plan would
be to return to rallying in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic
halted most events in the UK and Europe, leaving him on
the sidelines. A one-off outing in a Historic Ford Mustang
gave him his racing circuit debut in September, but Brown
would always have his sights set on a return to the Nissan
Micra which had enjoyed a pre-season rebuild in the down-time.
With many rally championships being forced into cancellation
and many Belgian events also on the sidelines, he had
eyed the MSN Circuit series as a viable alternative, lodging
an entry to the opening round in November. Well aware
that heading straight into his first rally for 12 months
would be a steep learning curve, he elected to contest
the Cirencester based event with regular co-driver Paul
Stringer returning to the passenger seat of the Nissan.
Whilst the single-venue airfield event is a far cry from
the closed public roads of Belgium that Brown has been
used to in the past, the 42-mile asphalt rally should
provide a suitable shakedown for the following weekend’s
“I hope I remember how to do this,” said Brown.
“It’s been far too long since I have competed
in a rally and although I`ve enjoyed my outings in Rallycross
and circuit racing, my heart and passion lie on the stages
and of course in the Nissan. We have been waiting patiently
for an event to do and of course, at the moment the current
guidelines have meant many rallies cannot run which is
understandable. Of course, it’s not quite the roads
of Belgium but we are just really grateful to be able
to compete right now”.
The Cotswolds Stages Rally takes place entirely on a disused
airfield and has attracted a full entry, but the more
forgiving nature of the venue will allow Brown to settle
back into the Nissan.
“I started my rallying career on airfield events
like this so it's nothing new, but there is no pressure
at all which means we can concentrate on making sure the
car is right before we head to Oulton Park the following
week. The MSN Championship is the only series left to
run in 2020 so it made sense that we try and do that this
year. It’s a rally, based at a circuit so it should
suit me really, I've got no excuses after my racing outing
last month! But let's get the first weekend out the way
first and see how we get on. We have made a few changes
to the Micra over the closed season that need testing
properly, but I`m delighted to be back”.
Steve is sponsored by Fuchs Lubricants,
Mintex, PIAA and Questmead, 710 Oils,
Magnum Motorsport, Brake Prep and Wired Remote for Go
PRESS RELEASE: 30th Sept 2020
Brown enjoys successful maiden historic
circuit racing outing
rally driver Steve Brown made the most out of his racing
circuit debut by enjoying two positive race finishes at
the wheel of a 1965 Ford Mustang as he contested the Classic
Sports Car Club meeting at Donington Park on Sunday 27th
Usually found at the wheel of his Nissan Micra Kit Car
on stage rallies across the UK and Europe, Brown turned
his attentions to the iconic race circuit in Leicestershire
to make his racing debut in the CSCC - Toyo Tires / Watchdogapp.com
Jaguar Saloon Championship and Verum Builders Open Series
races over the weekend.
Not only would Brown have to adapt to a full tour of a
racing track for the first time, but he would also be
driving a powerful 4.7 litre Ford Mustang 289cui, the
very car used to take a class win at the famous Spa Six
Hour Race. With very little rear-wheel drive experience
and having never contested a full race previously, the
pressure would be on to bring the car home in one piece,
made even more prevalent thanks to a packed grid of experienced
During 2019, Brown contested the Toyo Tyres British Rallycross
Championship in a BMW MINI, offering him a taster of competition
against other cars on track. However, with the mixed surface
nature of the sport, it would offer little help when getting
behind the wheel of the Mustang for the first time on
Friday meaning he would need to work hard to learn both
the car and the necessary racecraft required to contest
an event such as this.
Luckily a test session on Friday allowed Brown to acclimatise
to his new surroundings and he took to the track for a
handful practice laps ahead of the weekend’s meeting.
The tricky circuit is infamous for its fast and flowing
nature, ready to catch the unwary and inexperienced but
Brown bedded himself in slowly, building the pace as the
session progressed and building the much-needed confidence
ahead of Saturday’s qualifying session.
With 42 cars out on track, all eager to get a time good
enough for a prime starting position on the opening race
of the day on Sunday, Brown found grabbing a clean lap
tricky thanks to the traffic on track, but he continued
as he left off on Friday, building a steady pace to line
up 33rd on the grid on Sunday morning.
Two races were on offer and Brown stayed out of trouble
throughout the day to bring the Andy Yool Racing Mustang
home to a trouble-free sixth in class in both events.
“It has been a nerve-wracking weekend being in charge
of such a fantastic car on a very difficult race circuit
but I`ve enjoyed every moment,” said Brown.
“Pretty much everything has been new to me this
weekend, the car, circuit and team but it wasn’t
long before I started to feel at ease. It was important
to get a good test session on Friday and that went well
and set me up for the rest of the weekend. I also managed
a quick trip to the Speedworks Motorsport Driver Development
simulator to get an idea of the track layout beforehand
which helped massively.
The racing itself was very close and I was mindful that
we needed to bring the car back undamaged to didn’t
take too many risks. Donington is one of those circuits
that can really catch you out so I basically drove my
own races and was really pleased with 27th and 22nd overall
as well as sixth in class, despite being a long way out
of my comfort zone.
I must say a huge thanks to Andy Yool for the amazing
opportunity to drive such a classic car, it was a superb
experience and a great chance to get behind the wheel
in such challenging times”.
Image credit Matt Bristow
Steve is sponsored by Fuchs Lubricants, Mintex, PIAA
and Questmead, 710 Oils, Magnum Motorsport, Brake Prep
and Wired Remote for Go Pro.
PRESS RELEASE: 18th February 2018
Brown brings back Micra for packed
Rochdale rally driver Steve Brown will aim to put the
disappointment of last season behind him as he plans to
return to the sport with an interesting mix of events
and cars for his 2018 campaign.
After a turbulent and rather sporadic year which saw him
take to the wheel of a Honda Civic and Mitsubishi Lancer,
Brown will embark on an assault on the Flanders International
Rally Challenge (FIRC) in his popular Nissan Micra Kit
Car which has undergone a series of development work during
His season in Belgium will be complemented with selected
outings back in the UK, contesting the HRCR Mini Sport
Cup, behind the wheel of a Mintex supported classic Mini.
If his year was not looking packed enough, Brown has also
been invited to compete in the Rallye Festival Trasmiera
with the Micra which takes place near the Spanish city
The 29-year-old Questmead Sales Engineer is well known
for his impressive results in the Nissan and has taken
several class titles in the National Asphalt Championship
and FIRC podium positions. With a desire to further develop
the under powered Micra after 2016, Brown was offered
the loan of a more powerful Honda Civic but his season
was cut short due to mechanical issues. Aside from sporadic
outings in the Mitsubishi, a full championship assault
has not been forthcoming.
Now, Brown will look to consolidate last year’s
misfortunes and ensure he makes the most out of the season
ahead. His first outing will be at the opening round of
the FIRC in April, Rallye Salamandre where he will return
to the event in which he claimed a class 3F podium in
2017; at the wheel of his old, borrowed Nissan Micra.
After the Rallye Festival Trasmiera, Brown will resume
his FIRC championship aspirations at the ORC Canal Rally
in May and is keen to get the season underway in the popular
Micra Kit Car.
“It really felt like I couldn’t do anything
right last season and we had some really wicked bad luck,”
knew I had to develop the Micra Kit Car further but didn’t
want to take a whole year out so was grateful for the
support I got from people who loaned me cars to enable
me to compete, but we just couldn’t pull it all
together and not doing a full championship wasn’t
much fun. So now the Micra is back on the road I`ll be
heading back to Belgium and see what we can do with chasing
down the two-wheel drive and class honours. We will mix
that with the invitational outing in Spain which I`m really
looking forward to. It's going to be a fun year I hope!”
As well as competing in the Micra, Brown will also try
his hand at Historic rallying, with selected events in
the Questmead owned Mini Cooper starting with the Tour
of Flanders in August. He will then make his first UK
outing at the Cheviot Rally across Otterburn in the North
East at the end of the year in the machine.
“It will be a different animal all together but
thanks to changing cars so much last year I have learnt
to adapt to that and I`m really looking forward to the
close competition in the Mini Cup,” he says.
“They are great fun to drive and despite only having
two outings, I won't be there just to make up the numbers.
Historic rallying is certainly very buoyant at the moment
so it will be fantastic to be part of that. It will be
a good mix of events too, both in Belgium and back home
so I think it will round off the year nicely. It's going
to be a busy one!”
You can follow his progress throughout the season via his website
Brown is supported in 2017 by Fuchs Titan Race, Questmead Ltd, 710, PIAA, Brake Prep and Pirelli.