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
||Red Kite Stages
|| 19 February
||Get It Sideways Stages
|| 2 April
||Gareth Hall Memorial Stages,
|| Peter Lloyd Stages
||Rockingham Sunday Stages
PRESS RELEASE: 11th July 2017
Hawkins’ joker puts him to the
Round 4 of the GwynneSpeed Rally Challenge
saw 4 crews travel to West Wales to contend thev Brawdy
Stages on Sunday 9th July. The rally was held on Brawdy
airfield and offered around 60 miles
of fast, technical tarmac stages.
Alex Hawkins and Jordine Wadge needed a trouble-free
run on this event having had problems on the last 2 rounds
but an unfortunate seeding position caused them to catch
a car and lose time on Stage 1. Tyre problems for Ryan Gibson
and Phil Chicken saw them understeer off the stage and lose
time but they were not quite quick enough to beat Hawkins/Wadge
and therefore missed out on 5 bonus points for fastest first
stage time, handing these points to Hawkins. David Thorpe/Jordan
Bond were also suffering with understeer. An injured shoulder
for Challenge leader Mat Wheeler
forced him to withdraw his entry from this round.
Over the next 5 stages, Hawkins/Wadge continued
their pace to set fastest stage time on every stage and
go on to finish 3rd in the 1600cc class of the rally. The
crew also played their Joker on this event which doubles
their points putting them to the top of the leader boards.
Another consistent run for Gibson/Chicken rewarded them
with 2nd place and Thorpe/Bond secured 3rd place. Neil Matthews
and Marcus Short were our only contenders in the Max class
on this event and were lucky to overcome some mechanical
gremlins, thanks to the help and support of the other crews.
They put in a consistent run and managed to get to the finish
to claim maximum points, putting them into 3rd place on
the Max leader board.
Ryan Gibson/Phil Chicken are awarded £75
JD Motorsport Tyres voucher for their efforts in totally
destroying one of their front tyres on Stage 1 and coming
back in complaining of understeer! David Thorpe/Jordan Bond
and Alex Hawkins/Jordine Wadge won the prize draws. David
and Jordan win a pair of Rally Challenge polo shirts while
Alex and Jordine win a Powermaxed Gift Set with defining
wax. The next round is a new event in the calendar –
the Boconnoc Motorsport Carnival in Cornwall on 13th August.
PRESS RELEASE: 21 May 2017
Thrills & spills on Round 3!
Round 3 of the GwynneSpeed Rally Challenge
saw 7 crews travel to the fast, challenging tarmac stages
that make up the 2-day TSH Stages on RAF Portreath in Cornwall.
This event was the first of our double headers
this season meaning that crews scored points on each day
of the rally. A number of crews also took this opportunity
to play their jokers. A strong battle kicked off from Stage
1 with Alex Hawkins and Jordine Wadge setting fastest first
stage time with Mat Wheeler and new co-driver Karen Pickering
just 9 seconds behind. Hawkins continued his pace on stage
2 but then Wheeler took time out of him on stages 4 and
5. An over exuberant attack on stage 5 caused Wheeler/Pickering
to leave the road, getting stuck and losing around 5 mins
whilst mechanical problems for Hawkins/Wadge saw them take
a stage maximum putting both crews well down the leaderboard.
Ryan Gibson and Phil Chicken took fastest stage 5 time but
then later went on to take a stage maximum putting them
way down the leaderboard as well. A roll on Stage 1 for
Julian Strong and Matthew Roberts was not how they wanted
to kick off their event but they got the go ahead to continue
from the Scrutineers.
At the end of a challenging Day 1, challenge
newcomer David Thorpe and Jordan Bond came away with maximum
points with Mat and Karen taking 2nd place points and playing
the joker doubled these points. Unfortunately, neither max
car finished Day 1 due to mechanical gremlins. However,
due to rally rules the crews could re-scrutineer and start
Day 2 in order to score points.
So, Day 2 – another challenging one!
David Thorpe and Jordan Bond had a poor start with a broken
gearbox. However, they managed to fit their spare to get
back out only to break the spare gearbox but managed to
nurse their car around to get a finish and 4th place points.
Wheeler/Pickering continued their pace together with Hawkins/Wadge
but another stage maximum for Hawkins/Wadge on stage 12
put them out of contention. However, a massive moment for
Wheeler/Pickering on the last stage saw them spin off the
track at around 90mph and losing a lot of time but not enough
to lose maximum points. Hawkins/Wadge finished 2nd with
Ryan/Phil in 3rd
Despite their best efforts, Julian Strong/Matthew Roberts
retired on Day 2.
Max class crews Trevor Short/Andy Tomlinson
and Neil Matthews/Marcus Short both started Day 2 under
trophy rally rules. Continued engine problems for Matthews/Short
forced them to retire early whilst a consistent run from
Challenge newcomers Short/Tomlinson together with fastest
first stage points on Day 1 and Day 2 together with playing
their joker on Day 2 saw the crew walk away with maximum
possible points of 55.
Alex Hawkins/Jordine Wadge are awarded £75
JD Motorsport Tyres voucher for most fastest stage times
and David Thorpe/Jordan Bond are awarded £100 C2MotorsportParts.com
voucher for perseverance and managing to get a finish despite
breaking 2 MA gearboxes! Neil Matthews/Marcus Short and
Trevor Short/Andy Tomlinson won the prize draws. Neil and
Marcus win a Powermaxed Gift Set with defining wax whilst
Trevor and Andy win complimentary 2018 South Hams Motor
Club Membership. The next round is the tricky Brawdy Stages
in Pembrokeshire on 9 th July
PRESS RELEASE: 2nd April 2016
Round 2 welcomed several crews competing
in the new “Max” class & encouraged a great
battle in the standard class.
Round 2 of the GwynneSpeed Rally Challenge
saw 7 standard class crews and 3 max class crews head to
Down Ampney airfield in Gloucestershire on 1st April to
tackle the tricky, slippery concrete Get It Sideways stages.
We were delighted to welcome several new faces to both the
standard and the max class. Ed Robinson/Marcus Morphew lead
the max cars at Car 21 with Charlie Robinson/Sam Davies
at Car 22 leading the standard cars.
Ed/Marcus started as they meant to go on,
setting fastest stage times ahead of Paul Bonner/Craig Cameron
on stages 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 but then a broken mount on
stage 6 brought an end to Bonner/Cameron’s rally.
However sheared wheel studs on stage 7 forced Robinson/Morphew
out of the event. A consistent run from challenge newcomers
Ian Evans/Kevin Butler saw them take maximum points in the
max class. The team also played their Joker and therefore
doubled their points – a great start to their season.
Charlie/Sam started their season with a determined
attack setting fastest stage times on 8 of the 10 stages.
However, a fuel pipe problem on stage 5 forced them to stop
on the stage and lose 2 minutes. 2016 Challenge Runners
Up Mat Wheeler/Jamie Vaughan put in a committed, calculated
run and, despite a couple of altercations including getting
held up on the stage, they came away with the win, 23 seconds
ahead of challenge newcomers Alex Hawkins/Jordine Wadge.
Hawkins/Wadge are a new team in a new car. This event was
Hawkins’ first rally for 4 years and Wadge’s
2nd ever rally. Ryan Gibson and new co-driver Phil Chicken
pulled a cracking drive out of the bag and tied on time
with Hawkins/Wadge and so, on rally count back rules, Hawkins
was awarded 2nd place bybeating Gibson on stage 1 by 11
seconds. Robinson/Davies took 5 bonus points for fastest
first stage time and also played their joker.
Charlie and Sam are awarded the £75
JD Motorsport Tyres voucher for setting highest number of
fastest stage times and Alex and Jordine won the prize draw
– a £50 voucher and a selection of goodies from
local motor factor, Cotswold Motaquip.
The next round is the ever popular, TSH Stages
– a 2 day event of fast, challenging tarmac stages
at RAF Portreath in Cornwall. This event is a double headed
meaning that crews will score points on both days. If yesterday
is anything to go by, there will certainly be another good
battle. Game on!!
PRESS RELEASE: 19 February 2017
Huge points haul on opening round
opening Round of the 2017 GwynneSpeed Rally Challenge invited
crews to travel to Llandovery to contest the gravel roads
of the Red Kite Stages on 19th February 2017.
Due to most our registered crews simply not
having the budget to contest the more expensive gravel events
of the calendar, just 1 crew, Mark Christopher and Kevin
Watkins (2015 Championship Runners Up) entered the event.
Despite challenging wet, foggy conditions,
the team put in another super consistent run to bring the
C2 back into first service with no dramas – a minor
front end nudge was quickly repaired by the Service Crew
and the team headed back out onto the infamous Epynt Ranges
for the second leg.
Another hassle-free run in the ever-reliable
Citroen C2 saw the crew return to Finish bagging maximum
points, fastest first stage time points and, as the crew
played their Joker on this event, their total points were
With 9 competitors already entered into the
next Round, the Get It Sideways Stages on 1st April, a typical
Challenge battle is guaranteed.
Photo Courtesy of Black Mountains Media
PRESS RELEASE: 4th December 2016
Giddings & Johnson crowned 2016
Champions after tense final round!
final round of the 2016 GwynneSpeed Rally Challenge comprised
of a double header event at Rockingham, the 2-day Rockingham
Stages. With points to score on each day and considering
dropped scores, bonus points and joker points, the leader
board was nowhere near decided.
Dan Johnson had already been crowned 2016
Champion Co-Driver and James Giddings went into the event
25 points clear of Mat Wheeler. However, mechanical gremlins
plagued Giddings/Johnson throughout Day 1 causing them to
take stage maximums on 3 of the 5 stages. Mat Wheeler and
Jamie Vaughan made a determined start taking 5 bonus points
on Day 1 for fastest first stage. At the end of a tense
first day, Wheeler/Vaughan came away with 25 points, Ryan
Gibson and Alex Hawkins finished 2nd with 18 points and
Giddings/Johnson managed to nurse their poorly C2 around
the last couple of stage to get a finish and bag 16 points.
In true Challenge spirit, fellow competitor
Charlie Robinson collected the parts which Giddings needed
to repair his car and drove them 100 miles up to the Corby
race track. Giddings/Johnson then started Day 2 as they
meant to go on, setting fastest first stage time. Tyre choice
became an issue for all the crews and Gibson/Hawkins had
a spin costing them considerable time. However, further
mechanical problems throughout Day 2 forced Giddings/Johnson
to put in a tactical drive and just get around, taking stage
maximums on 4 of the 6 stages. Wheeler/Vaughan continued
their consistent form and Gibson/Hawkins grew into confidence
throughout day setting fastest time on stage 11. Giddings
managed to keep his nerve and nurse his C2 GT to finish
Day 2 granting him the 2016 Championship title – many
congratulations! Mat Wheeler and Jamie Vaughan won this
round with Ryan Gibson and Alex Hawkins finishing 2nd. Mat
is awarded 2016 Runner Up Driver and Jamie Vaughan is Runner
The Challenge awards party will take place
at The Eliot Arms, South Cerney GL7 5UA on 21st January
2017 from 7:30pm and all are welcome. We are delighted to
announce that we have some new sponsors for 2017 and some
fabulous new prizes on each round. With the Max class being
opened up to any 1600cc C2 as well, 2017 promises to be
an exciting year for all involved.
The Challenge organisers would like to take
this opportunity to thank everyone who has made the it such
a success again this year – the competitors, sponsors,
officials, rally organising teams and marshals and we look
forward to doing it all over again next year. The first
round will be the Red Kite Stages on 19th February 2017.
Using Citroen C2 VTR’s with changes
allowed to the transmission for reliability purposes, the
emphasis is very much on keeping budgets low and providing
a fair championship for like minded people to compete against
one another on a level playing field
Low entry costs...
With a championship registration fee of just
£48 for drivers, £42 for co-drivers and with
prizes on every round, we hope to deliver what clubmen competitors
We’ve carefully selected 8 exciting
qualifying rounds of which 5 scores will count. All of the
events offer fantastic value for money together with exciting,
challenging stages. 3 of the qualifying rounds are gravel
rallies and so for those of you who don't want to take your
car on gravel, you can use these rounds as your “dropped
Full details can be found on www.glosrallyschool.co.uk
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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