Historic Motorsport Round-up: Inaugural Rally 2WD entry full

Over 100 cars will compete in the first-ever Rally 2WD event, plus news from the Goodwood Members' Meeting

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Huge turn around for Rally North Wales

The new Rally 2WD concept will get off to a flying start on Rally North Wales on Saturday with 110 two-wheel drive cars completing their stages in the morning ahead of the four-wheel drive field.

R2WD was designed to re-vitalise gravel rallying, notably for the groups most impacted by the move to run all rallies with one seeded block of entries.

The initiative has worked spectacularly well and Rally North Wales had a capacity fully paid entry in less than two weeks, with 80 historics including 18 Category 1 (pre ’68) cars.

In 2017, the same event ran with 88 starters and is the first UK gravel rally this season to run on a secure financial footing.

Clerk of the course Richard Hinton from Wolverhampton and South Staffs Car Club said: 'We are delighted to be working with the guys behind Rally 2WD. Rallying in 2017 was depressed with low interest from competitors and challenging financial times for rally organisers. Having been involved in event organisation for over 20 years we have been amazed at the response from competitors.'

Simon Wallis from R2WD added: 'The response to Rally North Wales has been incredible. To have a full and fully paid entry in two weeks is unheard of for an event of this type in the current era. We applaud the organisers for having the foresight to make major changes and we now expect a similar response to the Red Kite Stage in June, which will also run the R2WD format.'

Ex-works Volvo joins Gerry Marshall Trophy

A rare Volvo 242 Turbo not raced for more than 30 years joined the Gerry Marshall Trophy grid at Goodwood in the hands of new owner Phil Perryman and John Young.

First raced in France with works support in 1981, Perryman says it had not run since 1982. He has spent the last 12 months rebuilding it for Goodwood and, he hopes, the Historic Touring Car Challenge.

'The French Production series in period was called Group 1B and the car was raced in 1982 and then went into storage. It is the first Volvo to run in the Gerry Marshall Trophy and it is a bit different. But we’re still learning about. We tested at Goodwood but it was very cold.'

After qualifying mid-field, they retired from the two-driver race with new car teething issues.

BTCC returnee Tordoff get a Porsche 356

British Touring Car Championship racer Sam Tordoff debuted his newly-acquired Porsche 356 in the Moss Trophy race at Goodwood.

Tordoff, a Goodwood regular in period touring cars, wanted to have a classic race car of his own and the 1954 car fitted well with his family’s Porsche motorsport heritage.

'We love coming to Goodwood and it’s great to be here with our own car,' said Tordoff who shared it with his racing manager Tim Sugden in the two-driver race.

Previously the car was owned by John Ruston and raced occasionally by Gareth Burnett. Tordoff now plans to contest the Pre ’63 GT series and the Le Mans Classic.

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Rare Formula 3 Lotus returns

The one-off Lotus 41X Formula 3 car, developed and raced by John Miles in 1968, ran in the UK for the first time since that debut season when Italian Enrico Spaggiari qualified at Goodwood.

The one-litre F3 car is not thought to have raced since Monza in 1970 and was found in Tuscany in 1999. Spaggiari’s crew have restored it to immaculate over the last three years, but he elected not to start Sunday’s snow-hit race.

'It has been in Italy for 50 years,' said Spaggiari. 'It was the first Lotus with a wedge shape. When we found it, there was a 1600cc Lancia engine in it.'

In 1968, works Lotus racer Miles raced it in the UK and Europe.

Glover's busy year

Historic single-seater racer Neil Glover will split his time between a Formula 1 Arrows A5 and his regular Formula 5000 Chevron B37 this season. Glover will also debut a freshly-built Ford Mustang in Pre ’66 Touring Cars and plans to run the Simon Hadfield-built car alongside the two single-seaters wherever possible.

Cancelled Cultra

The Cultra hillclimb in Northern Ireland, planned for June 9, has been cancelled. The annual classic event in the grounds of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum has been lost to a major organisational review of museums in Northern Ireland. However, it is hoped that it will return in 2019.

Bolster opener for Darbyshire

Intrepid Morgan three-wheeler racer Sue Darbyshire opened her 2018 season in the John Bolster Cup race at Goodwood. She twice raced the 1928 Morgan at the Goodwood Revival about a decade ago. Her season will include Vintage Sports Car Club races and another trip to the Isle of Man Classic at the end of April.

Lenham for Guards

Former hillclimbers John Waggitt and Peter Needham will share Waggitt’s Lenham sports-racing car in this year’s Guards Trophy. The Lotus twin-cam powered car did not run last year but Waggitt hopes that they can trouble the standard-setting Chevron B8s. The Yorkshiremen previously shared Mallocks in hillclimbing.

Escort Special

The Historic Sports Car Club has received a good response to its plans to celebrate 50 years of the Ford Escort with two special one-model races at Brands Hatch on September 23. So far more than 25 cars have been identified as ready to race. Three cars are committed from the Classic Competition team in Holland, including a pair of RS1600s, while another RS1600 is due from France.

Silverstone Celebration

Silverstone will honour its 70th anniversary season during the British Grand Prix (July 6-8) with three parades featuring some of the cars and drivers that have starred since the first British Grand Prix on October 2, 1948. The parades will take place on each day of the race weekend.

BHRC2 to begin

Saturday’s Rally North Wales will be the first round of the new BHRC2, which has been created to turn the spotlight on the Category 1 (pre-1968) and up to 1600cc cars in the championship. Well over 20 cars will line-up and it is the class 1600cc Escort Mk1 of Adam Milner and Roy Jarvis that will be expected to set the pace.

Images courtesy of Paul Lawrence and LAT

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