PIAA suports the GwynneSpeed Rally Challenge,
the UK's brand new, single-make, rally championship using
Citroen C2 VTR and C2 GT rally cars.
GwynneSpeed Rally Challenge
||Jack Neal Memorial Stages
||Clitheroe & District Motor Club
|| 10 February 2018
||Get It Sideways Stages
||Cheltenham Motor Club
|| 7 April 2018
||South Hams Motor Club
||19/20 May 2018
||Pembrokeshire Motor Club
||8 July 2018
||Chelmsford Motor Club
||9 September 2018
|| Heroes Stages Rally
||Pendle & District Motor Club
||23 September 2018
||Rockingham Sunday Stages
||Middlesex County Auto Club
||1/2 December 2018
Challenge Max class is open to all 1600cc
Our exciting new 2018 Calendar sees a move
towards more events throughout the North and East as well
as the South & West.
Based on market research and feedback from
current competitors, GwynneSpeed are delighted to confirm
that the Challenge Max class will remain open to any spec
of 1600cc Citroen C2 for this season.
There are no restrictions on engine, transmission,
suspension, brakes, tyres etc.
PRESS RELEASE: 22nd May 2018
Newcomer Davies kicks off with maximum
3 of the Championship took place last weekend down in Cornwall
on the super-fast tarmac stages of the TSH Stages. This
event has previously been voted as the best round in the
Challenge thanks to its awesome stages, friendly organising
team and fantastic value for money over 2 days. It was also
a double header meaning that the crews could score points
on each of the 2 days. Keen to continue their domination
of the standard class, David Thorpe and Megan McCarron attacked
Day 1 hard. When they were asked how they were going, David’s
response was “Well, we’re destroying tyres and
having a blast doing so!” Unfortunately, disaster
struck on the last stage of Day 1 when the crew took one
of the fast corners a little too fast and crashed into a
solid hay bale causing significant front-end damage to the
car and injuring Megan’s arm. A check over from the
Doctor in the morning confirmed that she was OK but sadly
the car wasn’t and so they were forced to retire.
Challenge newcomer Russell Davies, co-driven
by last year’s champion co-driver Andy Tomlinson hired
the GwynneSpeed C2 Max car to contest the event. Russell
is used to a 2.0L Astra with around 100bhp more than the
car he used on the event and so the first couple of stages
were very much a case of getting used to it and an unfortunate
spin followed by the hot engine taking time to fire up lost
them around 2 minutes putting them to the back of the field.
However, over the next 7 stages on Day 1, the crew got to
grips with the little French pocket rocket as they called
it and clawed back enough time to put them 5 th in class
and leading the max class. Unfortunately, Marcus Short and
Ryan Gibson had engine trouble throughout Day 1 which they
were unable to resolve and were forced to retire.
Russell and Andy tackled Day 2 hard and over
the next 4 stages, they clawed back enough time to take
3rd in the 1600 class and finish 14th overall – a
great result. The crew also played their Joker on Day 2
meaning that the took the maximum amount of points possible
on one round – good move guys!
The next round is the Brawdy Stages in Pembrokeshire
on 8th July. Hopefully there will be a few more newly built
Max cars out on the event making their debut.
PRESS RELEASE: 15th April 2018
continues with impressive form!
Round 2 of the Championship saw crews contest
the notoriously slippery concrete roads of Down Ampney airfield
with the aptly named “Get It Sideways Stages”
on 7th April.
This round was promising to give a good battle
between 2017 Champion Driver Mat Wheeler with regular co-driver
Jamie Vaughan and Challenge newcomer Marcus Short with Andy
Tomlinson in the hot seat competing in the Max class. However,
bitter disappointment struck for Short/Tomlinson before
the rally with the MSA refusing to issue their competition
log book on a technicality, forcing the crew to withdraw
their entry. This meant the Wheeler/Vaughan just needed
a clear run to take home maximum points.
However, the super slippery concrete bit back
on Stage 2 with the car losing traction and hitting a chicane
at around 60mph. Terminal front end damage brought an abrupt
end to the crew’s day. David Thorpe & Megan McCarron
were confident following their big points haul on Round
1 and knew that they just needed a finish to take another
maximum points and increase their impressive leaderboard
score. A few scary moments thanks to the wet, very slippery
conditions but all in all, another solid performance from
the crew rewarded them with maximum points. Fantastic overall
result as well, starting at Car 61 and improving by 30 places
to finish 31st overall!
The next round is the TSH Stages in Portreath
on 19th/20th May and is always extremely popular.
Hopefully Marcus and Andy will sort out their
technical problem to make their debut and we hope to welcome
some more faces along!
GwynneSpeed Rallying is owned by Andy Gwynne and managed
by Holly Robinson. The company runs a rally school based
on the Gloucestershire/Wiltshire border and offers Rally
Driving experiences to drivers aged just 10 years and older.
Full details can be found on www.glosrallyschool.co.uk
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