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GWYNNESPEED RALLY CHALLENGE


PIAA suports the GwynneSpeed Rally Challenge, the UK's brand new, single-make, rally championship using Citroen C2 VTR and C2 GT rally cars.
www.rally-challenge.co.uk

 

2017 GwynneSpeed Rally Challenge
1 Red Kite Stages 19 February
2 Get It Sideways Stages 2 April
3 TSH Stages 20/21 May
4 Brawdy Stages 9 July
6 Gareth Hall Memorial Stages, 13 August
7 Peter Lloyd Stages 22 October
8 Wyedean Rally 11 November
9 Rockingham Sunday Stages 9/10 December

 

PRESS RELEASE: 11th July 2017

Hawkins’ joker puts him to the top!

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 for Christopher/Watkins!

The 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 doubled!

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!

The 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 Up Co-Driver.

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.


GWYNNESPEED RALLY

Affordable cars...

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 want.

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 scores”.

Full details can be found on www.glosrallyschool.co.uk

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
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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