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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: 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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