Rockingham Stages 5-12-16
Bruce Edwards and Jim Smith had a great run on this weekends Rockingham Stages. They finished the first day in fourth overall in a close battle with with second and third place crews, the gap to second was just eight seconds. On Sunday Bruce and Jim quickly got into their stride and turned that eight second deficit around eventually finishing in a strong second place overall, eighteen seconds ahead of fellow Scots Alan Kirkaldy and Cameron Fair. A great performance in a very strong field.
Ian Sutton and Karen Phelps had a solid run over the two days finishing in 25th place overall.
Smith and Simkiss are Double 2016 Champions 30-11-16
Congratulations to Brandon Smith and Chris Sharpe-Simkiss for winning not one but two championships this year is Brandon's Darrian T9.
Their performance on this weekend's Hall Trophy Rally at Blyton, where they finished 6th overall in tough competition, was enough to clinch them the ANWCC championship and the SD34 Motorsport Group Championship for 2016. We look forward to more great results for Brandon and Chris in 2017 and hopefully a successful championship defence!
Patriot Stages 25-09-16
There were some great Darrian results at this years Raintite / Curzon Wealth Management Patriot Stages held in Caerwent in South Wales.
Jeremy Straker, who has had some great results at the venue before, co driven by Neil Harrison in their Darrian T9 ended the day in 5th overall and first in class. In such a strong field it was a great result.
Ian and Alex Sutton finished just outside the top ten but it was enough to bag them third in class in their Darrian T90.
There was also another class win for Trevor Morgan and Jack Bowen in the new GTR+.
Promenade stages 05-09-16
Well done to Brandon Smith and Terry Martin for their performance in last weekends Promenade Stages in New Brighton. By the end of the second day they had climbed their way up to fifth overall and second in class. A great drive in some tough competition and some very difficult wet conditions on the sea front.
Eagles Rock Hillclimb 31-08-16
Seamus Morris has only just taken delivery of his new Darrian T90 GTR+ and already, in his first event in the car, he has got some great results. He was fourth overall and first in class 11, the rally car class, in the Eagles Rock Hillclimb which is part of the ANICC Millers Oils Hillclimb Championship in Northern Ireland. In fact Seamus broke the course record for the rally car class by two seconds and with this being just the first event for the car things are only going to get quicker!
There was also success for Stephen Nevin who was third in class 9 in his Darrian T90.
Mewla Rally 28-08-16
Well done to Huw Reed and Anthony Hackett who had a great run on the Mewla rally on Epynt this weekend. They they brought the Darrian T90 GTR home at the end of the day in sixth place overall which gave them first in their class, by over a minute to their nearest rivals, and first two wheel drive. They spent the afternoon posting times firmly in the top five mixing it with the WRCs and R5s. A great result.
Hall celebrates milestone with two wins at Thruxton 22-08-16
Ian Hall recently celebrated 50 years of racing with two wins out of three races at the Thruxton CSCC meeting. Hall, who is a regular front runner and race winner with his Darrian T98 Wildcat, took the first win on Saturday which then put him 11th on the grid for the next race. He managed to fight his way back up to finish fourth. For the third race he was back on top taking the win after a great battle, taking back the lead with two laps to go and staying there.
Myles Castaldini was also out competing in his Davrian Mk8 in the future classics race. Unortunately he had to start from the back of the grid but he managed to fight his way right back up to second before transmission problems ended his race with three laps to go.
Harry Flatters Rally 31-07-16
This years Harry Flatters rally brought mixed fortunes for the Darrian crews. Andy Fraser and Michael Calvert were having a great run which saw them leading after the morning stages but unfortunately their event came to an abrupt end within sight of the finish line at the end of the day. A great pity after their performance.
Gareth Richards and Ian Jones had a great day in the Darrian T90. They showed great pace throughout the day and finished up in fourth place overall and first in class.
Huw Reed and Anthony Hackett also had a good run and finished eigth overall and third in class. Having had a bit more time in the GTR they are showing some promising pace.
Geoff Roberts and Terry Martin had another good day and finished in 17th. There is still a lot more to come from Geoff and Terry but the important thing for them is getting plenty of seat time up on the ranges before they really push the pace.
Well done to all the finishers and thanks to all the marshals.
Brawdy Stages 18-07-16
It was a good day for Darrians at this weekends Hirefit Brawdy Stages with John Lewis and Jason Thomas taking fourth place overall and first in their class with more than two minutes to their nearest class competitor.
Trevor Morgan and Jack Bowen also had a good result finishing 12th overall and second in their class. They only missed out on the class win by four seconds which shows that with a little bit more time in the new T90 GTR+ and some more rallies under his belt Trevor is showing some better pace. Well done to both crews.
ALMC Stages 04-07-16
Ashley Field and Janice Moore took the new T90 GTR+ for it's first visit to the Irish lanes this weekend for the ALMC stages. The event drew an incredibly strong field of WRCs, R5s and Escorts so they had some hard work ahead of them to get a top result. They started the day very well finding themselves in 7th overall after three stages and leading their class. There were a lot of very fast crews in the top ten and Ashley and Janice eventually finished the day in 10th place overall, unfortunately missing out on the class win by just five seconds. It was a great Irish debut for the new car though and we look forward to more good results throughout the year.
JRT Enville Stages 04-07-16
Well done to Geoff Roberts and Terry Martin for their third place finish on the JRT Enville stages at the Anglesey Circuit. They didn't do it the easy way though. After damaging a shock absorber on the first stage Roberts and Martin were down in 40th place overall. Thankfully they were able to get the car back out on the stages and throughout the day they clawed their way back up to third overall and first in their class. A great drive!
Also making their Darrian debut on the event were Wayne and Darrel Thomas in the ex John Indri T90 GTR. They had a great run for most of the day, getting used to the car, and they managed to get up into second place overall before engine problems on the last stage cost them 30 seconds and dropped them down the order. Certainly a promising debut in the car.
Mach 1 Stages 04-07-16
Bruce Edwards has yet again been racking some great results. After winning the Crail Stages a couple of weeks ago Edwards, co driven by Jim Smith came so close to winning the Mach 1 stages held at the Machrihanish Airfield. In fact they were the quickest crew overall at the end of the two day event only to incur a 30 second penalty for hitting a straw bale chicane on the last stage. Without the penalty they would have won but second is still a great result in the difficult conditions over the weekend.
Lawrence Landfill Dale Stages 22-05-16
Well done to John Lewis and Paul Jones for their performance on this weekends Dale Stages. They powered their way to fourth overall and first place in class 2 with just over a minute to their nearest class competitor.
MSVR Bolton Midnight Stages 15-05-16
Although the championship win wasn't possible this year for Ashley Field he finished off the series with a comanding win on the MSVR Bolton Midnight Stages at Snetterton. Co driven again by Janice Moore they won by quite a margin, having fastest times on every stage throughout the day.
There are a lot of might have beens and maybe's about Ashleys championship campaign but he did certainly show that he and the new Darrian are both very competitive on the race tracks and in the lanes. We look forward to many more great results in the future.
Manx National Rally 10-05-16
Ashley Field and Janice Moore headed over to the Isle of Man last weekend to give the Darrian T90 GTR+ it's first closed road rally outing. After spending the last few months competing in the MSVR Circuit Rally Championship it was going to be a very interesting event to see what the new car can do in the lanes.
Straight out of the starting blocks the car was quick. Ashley and Janice were leading after three stages with three fastest times overall but a mistake on the later stages put them back to third in an incredibly competitive field.
For day two of the event conditions were a little trickier with rain and greasy roads but they were still putting in the quick times right at the head of the field but unfortunately they would retire the car later on on day two. After some inspection after the rally the problem turned out to be just a faulty sensor which meant that they could have carried on.
Even though they didn't finish, the event was certainly enough to prove that the new car has got what it takes to be a front runner in the Irish/Manx lanes!
Toyota Harlech Stages 1-05-16
There were three great Darrian finishes in very wet conditions on this weekends Toyota Harlech Stages. Bruce Edwards made the long trip from Scotland to Harlech and, co driven by Jim Smith, managed a fine third place overall and first in class. Finishing in fourth place overall and second in the same class were Brandon Smith and Chris Sharpe-Simkiss. Not quite able to stick with the leaders pace but still a great result.
Dai 'Dot' Davies and Gerwyn James also had a good run in the bad conditions and brought their Darrian T9 home in eighth place overall and third in the 2 ltr class.
Horiba D'Isis MIRA 2016 25-04-16
Congratulations to Andy Fraser and Michael Calvert who had a dominant win on this years Horiba D'Isis rally at the Mira proving ground. Their eventual winning margin was almost two minutes over the second place crew. Fraser and Calvert overcame some early problems to set some blisteringly quick times over the rest of the day, comfortably quickest on every stage.
There was also success for Chris Woodhouse and Rachel Inns who fought their way up to third overall and first in the 2 litre class. Another great result for them in strong competition.
JC Motor Services SMC Stages 2016 25-04-16
Well done to Brandon Smith and Chloe Louise Thomas for their second place at the JC Motor Services SMC Stages. As well as their second place finish they also had the award for best mixed crew and Chloe picked up the best under 23 award. Quite a good haul of trophys to take home!
Alan Healy Memorial Rally Cadwell Park 11-04-16
Ashley Fields dominant run at this weekends Alan Healy Memorial rally at Cadwell Park was unfortunately cut short by a drive shaft faliure. With Janice Moore back in the co drivers seat Ashley took only five stages to build up a 50 second lead over the nearest competition and eventual rally winners David and Alice Tinn in their Proton Millington.
Ashley will now be changing over to genuine Darrian/PDS driveshafts for the last round of the championship at Snetterton.
Get it Sideways 2016 5-04-16
Chris Woodhouse and Rachel Inns took a comanding victory at last weekends Get it Sideways rally. For their first outing in the Darrian T90 it was an impressive performance and they took the win by two minutes at the end of the day.
There was also a good result for Trevor Morgan and Tom Marrot who took third in class in Trevors new GTR+
Tour of Caerwent 2016 28-03-16
Well done to Jeremy Straker and Chris Thompson for their second place finish at yesterdays Tour of Caerwent Rally. Despite some trouble with kerbs they brought the Darrian T9 home with more than two minutes advantage over the thrid place crew but they were not quite able to match the pace of rally winners Dave Willet and John Davies.
Lee Holland Rally 2016 24-03-16
Well done to Ashley Field and Jack Benyon for winning last weekends Lee Holland Rally held at the Ty Croes Circuit in Anglesey.
For this latest round of the MSVR Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship Ashley Field was joined by first time Co Driver and Motorsport news national rallying editor Jack Benyon. It was a very dominant win too, Field and Benyon were fastest on all eight stages through the day. What a debut for Jack!
There was also a great result for father and son Dessie and Richard McCartney. They finished the day in fifth place overall amongst some very strong competition. An early birthday present for Dessie perhaps who turned 72 the day after the event.
NI Sprint Championship 2016 23-03-16
Dessie McCartney started off his Northern Ireland Sprint Championship campaign with a class win, eighth overall and best rally car at the season opener at Nutts Corner race track. Dessie had huge success with the car last year and it looks like he will continue his success this year too.
MGJ Brands Hatch Stages 2016 02-02-16
Ashley Field and Ryan Vickers had another good run in the Darrian T90 GTR+ at Brands Hatch at the weekend. They survived some very tricky conditions to finish second place at the end of the day. Yet again though, they were the first championship runners which bagged them some great points.
Jeremy Straker and Simon May did not have such a good day in the Darrian T9. They picked up road penalties in the morning which sent them all the way down the order but later on they were posting some good competitive times. Better luck next year hopefully.
Jack Frost Stages 2016 18-01-16
Well done to Ashley and Fred Field for their second place finish at yesterday's Jack Frost Stages. After a slow start on the icy stages Ashley and Fred went on to set three fastest stage times and by the end of the day they found themselves in a strong second position. Although the win was just out of their reach today they were the first MSN Rally Championship crew over the line. Another great result for the latest evolution of the Darrian GTR
Walter Hayes Trophy 2015 18-11-15
It's always nice to see the older cars still racing and doing it competitively. Myles Castaldini consistantly delivers top results in his stunning Davrian Mk8 Modsports. At the recent Walter Hayes Trophy meeting at Silverstone a wet qualifying saw Castaldini in second position just 0.2 seconds off the pole. When it came to race day, in dry conditions, keeping up with the lead car, a Chevron B6, wasn't possible but his performance was still well above that of the rest of the field and he crossed the line 35 seconds clear of the third place Chevrolet Camaro.
Ian Mcbay also had a great result in his Davrian Mk8 and he finished in fourth place. A pretty good day for the Davrians!
Darrian Circuit Success Continues 5-11-15
Phil Gale has had another great year in his Darrian T9 finishing 3rd overall and first in class A in the Castle Combe Sports and GT Championship. Phil first competed in the championship in this car in 1991 and the car continues to be competitive 24 years on! This is an incredible achievement, well done Phil.
Darrian Wins at Donnington 26-10-15
Congratulations to Ashley Field and Ryan Vickers for winning the Rainworth Skoda Dukeries Rally held at the Donnington Park race track. This was the first event for the latest evolution of the Darrian, the T90 GTR+, and a win on its first outing is a truly fantastic result.
Field and Vickers started off steadily in the morning stages but as the day progressed their stages times got quicker and quicker until they were swapping fastest stage times with the event leaders. At the end of the penultimate stage they were in fourth place overall with just a night stage left to reel in the front runners. They had an almighty final stage, overhauling two of the three cars in front and then the retirement of the rally leaders meant that Field and Vickers took the win.
This event was the first ever rally for Ryan Vickers. A win on his first event, lets hope he keeps up his 100% success rate!
The car looked stunning and certainly showed that the front running pace was there but there is a lot more to come from this car yet.
Patriot Stages Caerwent 27-9-15
Well done to David Morgan and Emma Todd for their second in class finish at this weekends Patriot stages in Caerwent. A slower start meant that they had to play catch up to the class leaders. In the afternoon stages they put in a run of fastest in class times to finish second, not quite able to reel in the leaders. Second in class and 11th overall was a good result and enough to get them the best mixed crew award as well.
Darrian Showdown in Wexford 14-9-15
This years Wexford rally promised to be an interesting one with two very rapid Darrian crews right at the top of the seeding. Mark Straker and Michael Coady were car 1 and on a high from already winning the ALMC stages this year. Starting just a couple of places behind were James Stafford and Richie Cleary. James has already proven his pace and after sitting the summer out he was ready to get back to winning on his local event again.
Straight away on day one the two Darrians took control of the rally with Stafford setting fastest times on five of the six stages but with Straker and Coady gaining the upper hand at the end of the day after Stafford lost a lot of time on stage four. It was looking like Stafford might have to retire the car at that point but Straker kindly helped out giving Stafford the spare part he needed to carry on. Two Darrians at the front are better than one!
Day two began with Straker and Coady having just under a minute lead over Stafford and Cleary and on stage eight the lead was reduced by twenty seconds. It looked like there might be enough stages left for Stafford to claw back the lead but unfortunately on stage nine Stafford left the road in dramatic style. This left Straker and Coady with a pretty healthy lead to the chasing pack but they could not relax yet as there were a number of very fast crews still pushing the pace. Mark and Mike were in control though and they finished with a lead of almost a minute. These two make a great team in the Irish lanes, well done to both and hopefully we will see a re-match next year!
Dessie Sprints to victory 14-9-15
Dessie McCartney continues his success in the Northern Ireland Sprint Championship winning the Larne Motorclub sprint at Kirkistown this weekend. As well as winning his class Dessie was the highest placed non race car again, well clear of his nearest competitors.
Dessies car actually came second in the class as well! Dessies son Richard finished in 15th overall which was enough to give him second in the class. Richard has got a bit of work to do yet to challenge McCartney senior but it was still great to have them both at the top of the class in the same car.
Dessie has now had five wins from five starts in the NI sprint championship, a great year.
Mewla Rally 2-9-15
This years Mewla Rally on the Epynt Ranges started out with good dry conditions but, as is often the case on Epynt, they didn't stay that way and by early afternoon it was back to the familiar wet weather.
Tony Rees and Geraint Thomas were enjoying the dry morning stages and by stage six they were up to fourth place overall in the ex works T90 GTR. In such a competitive field this was a huge improvement for Rees and Thomas and this pace shows real promise for future events. As the rain came down, lack of wet weather confidence saw them drop down the order but they still finished the day with a strong class win.
Second in the same class were Ray Horton and Paul Williams, another good result on the ranges for them.
David Morgan and Richard Suter attacked the ranges with their usual pace, keeping a good class lead all day. Unfortunately at the end of the last stage they suffered a fuel problem which meant they couldn't get to the rally finish in Builth Wells. Bad luck after such a good performance throughout the day.
Ulster Rally 2015 17-8-15
Well done to Dessie McCartney and Maurice Jellie for their fine performance on this years Todds Leap Ulster Rally. They finished the two day event in and 16th overall in the national B category and fifth in their class. In a such a strong field this is a great result for Dessie who won the rally 35 years ago. He may not have been challenging for the top honours this time around but it was still a great result. There's always next year!
Ian Hall dominates CSCC at Mallory Park 17-8-15
Ian Hall produced another dominant performance at the Mallory Park CSCC meeting earlier this month, winning two out of the three races in his Darrian T98 Wildcat. Hall won the first and the third races from pole position but starting the middle race from 11th on the grid he climbed his way up the field to finish second.
Ian would get a bit swamped by the field at the start of the race, losing a few places as he was starting in second gear and letting the torque of his Wildcat Rover V8 do the rest. A couple of laps into the race and he was back out front again and no one could challenege him.
Carfax Stages 17-8-15
Well done to John Lewis and Chris Williams for their great result at this years Carfax Stages Rally in Oxfordshire. They finished fourth overall and first in class by over three minutes! A great drive.
Dessie continues his great form in NI Sprint Championship 17-8-15
Dessie McCartney continued his great run of first in class finishes in the Northern Ireland Sprint Championship with another win at Erne at the begining of the month. As well as first in class he finished 12th overall and was the highest placed non race car on the day in a field of 74 starters
2015 ALMC Stages 6-7-15
Congratulations to Mark Straker and Michael Coady for another amazing performance, this time winning the ALMC Stages, in Marks stunning Darrian T90 GTR. There was a strong field of WRC and four wheel drive Millington powered machinery that might be considered to have an advantage in the changeable weather conditions but Mark and Michael were more than capable of keeping them behind. They finished the day with a small margin over Steve Wood and Keith Moriarty in the Subaru WRC and with more than a minute to third placed Simon Mauger and Jon Hawkins in the Millington Metro.
Marks brother Jeremy Straker were also competing on the same event with Aileen Kelly navigating in the Darrian T9. They had a great run finishing 21st overall and third in class. Speed must run in the family!
Another familiar Darrian on the ALMC stages was Tony Rees' ex works T90 GTR. Tony and Marc Clatworthy had a cautious morning but found some more speed as the day went on eventually finishing in 26th place overall.
Sadly, in the later stages of the rally, some spectators and fellow competitors were hit by a car leaving the road. This serves as a reminder that motorsport is dangerous and can be unpredictable at times. We wish all involved in the incident a speedy recovery.
2015 Mini Epynt Stages 31-5-15
There were some good Darrian results in this weekends Apex Motor Parts Mini Epynt stages. As is often the case on Epynt the early stages were very wet and slippery making it a tricky morning for all the crews.
As previous Epynt winners Ray Horton and Paul Williams weren't eligible for an overall result but they did get first place in class 7. Based on total time they would have been 3rd overall, only missing out on second place by three seconds.
Huw Reed and Anthony Hackett continue their great form and had a great run in their T90 and finished 4th overall and first in their class.
Jonathan Davies and Vince Mosely finished and as it was Jonathans first visit to the ranges a finish is a good result! As the day wore on he was starting to learn the ranges and feel a bit more comfortable. His drive also earned him the Epynt Virgin award, maybe next time a class award might be possible.
2015 Carlow Stages 13-5-15
Mark Straker and Michael Coady put in another stunning performance on last weekends Carlow Stages. It was a very competitive field and they were in the mix at the top end of the leaderboard the whole day. Eventually they finished the day in fourth overall and first in class. They decided to take a gamble on tyres for the last stage and put a set of inters on but the rain never came. If the rain had come then the result could have been quite different but unfortunately it wasn't to be. It was still a fantastic result and gives Straker and Coady even more confidence that an outright win in the irish lanes will come soon.
2015 Circuit of Ireland 6-5-15
Well done to Dessie McCartney and Maurice Jellie for finishing the 2015 Circuit of Ireland Rally. They had a good run over the weekend and finished in 22nd overall and 6th in their class. Dessie enjoyed the rally but he was only just getting into his stride when the rally finished. Not like the the Circuit of Ireland of old! Still it was a great result in a very strong field.
2015 Epynt Dixies Historic Challenge 6-5-15
Congratulations to Huw Reed and Anthony Hackett for their performance on sundays Dixies Historic Challenge held on
the famous Epynt ranges. At the end of a day of changeable conditions they finished 6th overall and first in class proving that the car goes as well as it looks!
2015 Bob Shaw Memorial Stages 14-4-15
Congratulations to Nigel Gibbard and Kevin Lewis for winning the Bob Shaw Memorial Stages at Talbenny on Sunday. At the end of the day they were actually tied on time with the second place crew, Phill Turner and Simon Anthony, but as Gibbard and Lewis had a quicker first stage time they took the win. It really couldn't be any closer but they did enough to stay at the top.
John Lewis and Chris Williams also had a very good day in the Darrian T9 winning the 1600cc class and finishing ninth overall.
2015 West Cork Rally 16-3-15
Well done to Mark Straker and Michael Coady for a solid performance on this years West Cork Rally. Their main objective this year was to get to the finish which would be an improvement on last years misfortunes. They finished the tough two day event in 11th place overall and third in class, taking it easier on the rough stages but posting some good times on others. So considering the strength of the entry to this years rally an 11th place finish is very respectable. Well done to both and hopefully we will see you going back there to move further up the results next year.
Tour of Epynt Rally 9-3-15
There is always a lot of talk and speculation about the weather before any Epynt rally and this years Tour of Epynt started very wet and misty which proved to be quite a challenge for even the experienced crews.
John Indri and Peter James had a very bad start to the event with an off on stage one which put them almost dead last at the end of the stage nearly a minute and a half off the rally leader. After this Indri and James put on a big charge and fought their way up through the field making their way to a fine third place overall finish. How's that for a comeback, 96th to 3rd, a stunning drive.
Richard Merriman and Kath Curzon had a good day and a strong finish in ninth place overall and first in class getting their Welsh championship underway after some misfortune at the first event.
Dave Morgan and Richard Suter had another strong drive in the Darrian T9 to finish 33rd overall and first in the 1400cc class by a good margin.
Eurocables Stages Rally 18-2-15
Well done to Dessie McCartney and Maurice Jellie for their excellent performance on the Eurocables Rally held at the Kirkistown circuit in Northern Ireland. The pair finished 12th over all, 2nd in class and 3rd two wheel drive in a very strong field.
The event attracted many of the big names in Irish rallying and being able to compete with them shows that Dessie is still a force to be reckoned with!
South Downs Stages 18-2-15
Another great performance from Dean Thomas and Rich Knowlton at the Sherrards Resourcing South Downs Stages held at the Goodwood circuit. Thomas and Knowlton brought the Davrian MK8 home in first over all, just six seconds ahead of Paul King and Alicia Miles.
Rali Cwm Gwendraeth 18-2-15
2015 has started very well for Chris Simmons and Andy Moss. They showed great pace in Pembrey and secured second place over all and first in class in their Darrian T9. Also showing great form and finishing 11th over all and second in class was the Darrian T90 of Ian and Alex Sutton.
Unfortunately it wasn't to be a good start to the season for Richard Merriman and Kath Curzon when they retired on stage two. No doubt they will be eager to make up for this on the Tour of Epynt next month.
Championship success for Phil Gale 22-12-14
Congratulations to Phil Gale for his success in his Darrian T9 this year. Phil was second overall in the Castle Combe Sports and GT Championship and first overall in the over two litre class.
It's always nice to see Darrians excelling on the track and Phil Gale in his Darrian has been having great results for 23 years now!
Hope you have another great year in 2015 Phil.
Patriot Stages rally report 29-9-14
There were some good Darrian results in yesterdays Patriot Stages held at the Caerwent military ground in South Wales.
Tony Rees showed that he is definitely getting to grips with the Ex Works T90 GTR. Co driven by Ian Meakin, Rees finished the day with a fourth place and second in class in some very competitive company.
There was also a class win in the 1400cc class for David Morgan and Richard Suter in the Darrian T9. Finishing just one second ahead of them was Brandon Smith and Simon May in another Darrian T9, they finished 4th in their class.
Well done to all three crews.
Wexford rally report 29-9-14
This years wexford rally drew a very good entry of fast Darrians. Of course, right at the head of the field, James Stafford and Amy Ryan were out to win their home event which would have secured Stafford a three in a row hat trick of wins. The shock of the first day was that Stafford was not the quickest Darrian on the first stage, Mark Straker was. Co driven by Michael Coady, Straker was flying but Stafford and Ryan were not far behind at all making it a Darrian one two. On stage two Stafford and Ryan showed the amazing pace that we are used to seeing and got ahead of Straker and Coady. Unfortunately a penalty put Stafford and Ryan well down the results table but this did not stop them producing fastest times over and over again. This left Straker and Coady with the lead at the end of the first day.
Unfortunatly day two did not go to plan for either crew with various problems putting them both out of the rally before the end of the day. Both crews certainly showed that the Darrian is a force to be reckoned with on the Irish lanes, it's just a pity that bad luck and penalties got in the way of what could have been an amazing result.
Also, in their second event in the Ex Works T90 GTR, Tony Rees and Geraint Thomas had a very good run but they unfortunately didn't get to the end of day two either. Rees and Thomas certainly show some promise with their pace and once they have had more seat time they will definitely be moving up the time sheets.
Mewla rally report 26-8-14
The August bank holiday can only mean one thing to rally fans in Wales, the Mewla rally! Held on the Epynt ranges, and being part of the REIS National Asphalt championship, the event always attracts a strong entry from all over the UK. The usual names dominated the top of the entry list including John Indri who was back in his Darrian again after a trying a Subaru WRC for a few events. A few months out of the Darrian meant he was a little rusty in the early stages but he was soon back on the pace later on posting several fastest times. Indri and navigator Peter James eventually finished the day in third place overall and first two wheel drive.
Another well known T90 GTR made an appearance at the weekend although you may not have recognised it in it's new livery. The now ex works car, previously driven by John Dalton, had it's first outing with Tony Rees. This event was a chance for Rees and his navigator Geraint Thomas to get a feel for the car. They certainly made huge improvements in pace throughout the day showing real promise that they will be fighting up the sharp end of the field after a bit more time in the car. At the end of the day they came home in 16th place.
Making the trip down to the ranges for the second time this year Bruce Edwards had a good trouble free day with co driver Mike Jones. A little bit more confidence on the ranges this time around obviously helped as they showed big improvement over his performance on the Tour of Epynt earlier this year finishing 18th overall.
Well done to all the Darrian crews for putting on another good show on the Epynt Ranges.
Stonethrowers rally report 11-8-14
Congratulations to James Stafford and Amy Ryan for a fine second place on this weekends Tipperary Stonethrowers Rally in their rapid Darrian T90 GTR. The pair had a difficult start to the rally, struggling to find the right setup for the wet stages in the morning but once they got that sorted out they put on a huge push and posted a couple of fastest stages later on in the rally.
Unfortunately it wasn't enough to close up the defecit to leaders Daragh O'Riordan and Tony McDaid.
This was a good shakedown for the car and crew, ready for the Wexford rally next month.
Harry Flatters rally 27-7-14
This years Harry Flatters Rally, held on the Epynt ranges, was always going to be an exciting and closely fought battle between last years winners Mark Straker and Neil Harrison and Damian Cole. This year Straker and Harrison missed out on the win by just two seconds to Cole. Both crews pushed harder than ever to come out on top and both crews beat the bogey times on several stages. It was this that ultimately led to Straker and Harrison coming second. After exchanging fastest times with Cole on the shorter stages Straker and Harrison were consistently quicker, enough to take the lead, on the longer stages. Unfortunately this made no difference to the lead as both the top two crews recieved the bogey time on these stages. It was still a good result and a great drive.
Richard Merriman and Kath Curzon put in a very good performace in the Darrian T90 to end the day in seventh overall and a comfortable first in class three. Geoff Tremblett and Ron Morgan showed improvement on the Epynt ranges and finished 18th overall and 5th in the very competitve class three. Huw Reed and Jon Boucard had a trouble free run over the ranges this time and gained valuable experience with their new car.
Ray Horton and Stuart Powell had a good run on the ranges and finished 8th overall which meant second in their class with first going to Straker and Harrison.
David Morgan and Richard Suter had another very good result in their Darrian T9 and claimed a comfortable win in the 1400cc class.
Well done to all the Darrian teams, it was a good day with a lot of top results.
Harlech Toyota Stages rally 6-5-14
Two Darrian crews from South Wales put on a very strong show in North Wales at the Harlech Toyota Stages Rally over the bank holiday weekend.
Richard Merriman and Kath Curzon began the day leading the event overall but as the day went on they could not quite hold back the more powerful car of Will Owen and they eventually finished second. This was still a great result for Merriman and Curzon as it meant first in their class.
Dave Morgan and Richard Suter had a great run in their Darrian T9 enjoying the Harlech venue and they finished the day in tenth place overall and first in their class by quite a large margin.
So well done to both teams for some great results.
Darrian one two finish at Mira 28-4-14
It was a fantastic one two Darrian finish at the Mira test track on saturdays Horiba D'Isis rally. Bruce Edwards and Barry Young claimed the lead on stage three but not far behind were Andy Fraser and Paul Williams in their Darrian T9 V6. Fraser and Williams were recovering after a bad start to the event and were closing in fast on Edwards and Young in the lead Darrian. Their charge paid off and they eventually moved into the lead on stage six. The last two stages weren't drama free for Fraser and Williams, and Bruce Edwards was never far behind, but they eventually came out on top by just a ten second margin.
Also, making it three Darrians in the top ten, Johnathan Davies and Thomas Davies finished in eighth overall in their Darrian T9
Well done to Andy Fraser for his first outright rally win, hopefully there will be more to come.
Tour of Epynt 2014 10-3-14
This years Tour of Epynt took place in stunning sunny weather which must have been a shock to many given that the weather in this part of the world has been so bad over the last few months. There were mixed fortunes for the Darrian crews but there were some very good results.
Richard Merriman and Kath Curzon came home with 11th overall and first in the 2000cc class in their Darrian T90, a very good result against a strong field. Also in the 2000cc class, Neil Weaver and Paul Wakely came home with third. David Morgan and Richard Suter (pictured above) also had a 1400cc class win in their Darrian T9. Well done to all three teams.
Early on in the event Andy Fraser and Paul Williams showed promise with some fast pace, enough to worry the WRCs but unfortunately the pair retired on stage five with engine problems. Their pace shows promise for the coming year though.
Epynt first timer Bruce Edwards had a good day of learning the ranges with Neil Gould in the passenger seat and the pair got to the end with a respectable first time performance. Huw Reed, returning to Darrian ownership after many years away, debuted his new Darrian T90. Not everything went to plan and Reed and his co driver Jonathan Boucard retiried on stage five with a misfire.
The day did not go so well for one particular Darrian Crew. Colin Price and Phil Cook had a particularly nasty high speed head on collision with a tree on stage two. Colin and Phil are now recovering in hospital. Many thanks to the rescue crews and the Wales air ambulance for their swift response.
Staffords strong start to 2014 23-2-14
James Stafford had a strong start to his 2014 campaign finishing in second place on the Abbyleix Manor Hotel Stages Rally. With the car resplendent in a new black and white livery Stafford and his co driver Frank Dwyer had a very good run in wet and slippery conditions only being beaten by one four wheel drive car. Stafford and Dwyer prove that a well sorted Darrian can get top results in any weather conditions. Hopefully this will be the start of another great year for Stafford and the Phillip Case Rally sport team.
Oldfield charges to victory 22-2-14
Alan Oldfield and Fred Roberts put on a charge to win the Jack Neal Memorial rally at Blyton in their Darrian T90 GTR. After a slow start the pair went on to post fastest time for most of the day and this was enough to make up for the early defecit. The pair managed to overhaul the tough competition to win by a margin of 12 seconds.
Jeremy is king of the Darrians after stunning Caerwent performance 2-10-13
The Patriot stages in Caerwent were always going to be an interesting event as it was the penultimate round of the REIS Get Connected Asphalt tarmac championship, so everyone competing was going all out to try and build up their points. However it was the non chamionship registered crew of Jeremy Straker and Simon May in their Darrian T9 who wowed with stunning pace over the days stages. They finished the day in third place overall behind two world rally cars but behind Straker and May were a whole host of more powerful machines including two world rally cars and another Darrian. That Darrian was a struggling John Indri who came home in fourth place, not able to keep up with Strakers pace ahead of him. However Indri did receive third place points for the championship, as Straker was not registered, which was good news for him after a hard day.
Another Darrian crew to get a top result was Dave Morgan and Richard Suter, in the Darrian T9, who won the 1400cc class so very well done to you both.
So it was a very good day for Darrian cars and well done to Jeremy Straker and Simon May for putting on a great show and frightening some of the 'big boys
Staffords are dominant in Wexford 9-9-13
Well done to James M Stafford and James F Stafford for winning this years Wexford rally in fine style, dominating the whole weekend and showing the WRC drivers how things are done! They led the rally from start to finish pulling huge chunks of time out of their competitors and demonstrated just how fast a well set up Darrian can go in the right hands. On the second day of the rally some of the chasing pack may have got some time back but it was only a second or two over many stages and was not really anything the pair had to worry about with the lead they had at this point.
Ashley Field and Gary McElhinney also had a great run in the Darrian T90 to finish in 4th place overall gaining some valuable championship points with only two more rounds to go.
So well done to the Stafford boys, a great result!
First win for Oldfield 9-9-13
Congratulations to Alan Oldfield for winning his first rally in his Darrian T90 GTR. Oldfield and co driver Steve McNulty won the Accident Advice Solicitors Promenade Stages Rally by a margin of 15 seconds over their nearest competitors. This was a result of a huge effort in the later stages of the rally after a slow start put them down the running order early on. The pair over came their problems and were eventually setting some blistering fastest stage times. This result certainly shows promise for future events and hopefully more great results come their way. Well done on your first win!
Indri continues on form 30-8-13
John Indri and Peter James continued their line of recent good results with a second place on last weekends Event Signs Mewla rally on the Epynt military ranges. This result moves John into second in the championship just two points behind Steve Simpson at this stage. Good speed an consistency are obviously paying off for Mr Indri and it looks like the rest of the season will be a good one! There was also a class win for Richard Merriman and Kath Curzon showing their experience of the Epynt ranges. Another result worth noting is Colin Price and Philip Cooks first finish on Epynt in their Darrian T9, well done to you both.
Although he wasn't driving a Darrian last weekends Mewla rally was the first Epynt outing for Darrian Cars employee Rhys Wyn Davies. He did very well for his first time finishing third in class in his Vauxhall Nova and was gaining speed and experience all day. Well done Rhys, maybe next time you can try it in a Darrian!
Also, we were sorry to hear about the accident in the service area involving one of Ashley Fields Team Medi Cell service crew, John Stevens. Incidents like this re-enforce how dangerous the service area can be, especially when working underneath a car. We would like to ask everyone to ensure that you take every precaution before attempting to work underneath a car, it is always better to be safe rather than sorry. Thankfully, and most importantly, John is OK and although he is a little bruised and had to have stitches he fared remarkably well underneath the Darrian!
Indri ups his game 13-8-13
Congratulations to John Indri and Peter James on their fantastic second place on last weekend Wilkinson Maintenance Tyneside Stages. They showed the speed of their Darrian T90GTR, setting pretty good times all day and coming into the last two stages they were lying in fourth position when everything suddenly came together for them. Over the last two stages they set the fastest overall time by quite a margin which leapfrogged the pair ahead of long time rivals Simon Mauger and Brian Cammack. This combined with the loss of the rally leader meant that they finished second, just being pipped to the line by a two second margin. Even though they just missed out on the win, this shows huge promise for the Mewla rally if they can maintain that pace. Look out WRCs!
Washington James and Paul Hughes had a good run to finish 8th overall and third in class. This was enough at this stage to put them in joint leadership of the championship at this stage. Well done to both Darrian crews and see you on Epynt.
Davrian Still going strong after 46 years 11-8-13
Recently, Jon Jeffery took his MK1 Davrian to Pembrey where he had a class win on the Saturday and another on Sunday. It was great to see that this car is still doing the business after 46 years, it really shows that the Davrian formula worked very well then and still does today.
A Magnificent Day for Mark 29-7-13
Congratulations to Mark Straker and Neil Harrison for a fantastic win on yesterdays SGC Printing Harry Flatters Rally. The duo finnished the day 13 seconds ahead of Damian Cole and Jonathan Griffiths showing that a well sorted two wheel drive Darrian can beat the WRC cars even in the treacherous, changeable conditions. Mark is certainly showing some form recently as he has now won all of the last three rallies he has entered. However, it is this win on the Epynt ranges that he is most proud of having wanted to win the event for a number of years.
On the earlier stages of the day Straker and Harrison had competition in the form of John Indri and Peter James, but when Mark was on a mission Indri had no answer for his pace. It looks like the "king of the Darrians" crown might not be as safe as previously thought! Indri and James would later retire due to developing problems and it was decided that it was best to save the car for the Tyneside stages rather than risk doing more damage now.
Other darrian crews also survived the terrible conditions, Richard Merriman and Kath Curzon came home with 11th overall and second in class. Dave Morgan and Ryan Jones also finished second in their class. Getting more experience of the ranges is working for Andy Fraser and Dan Holley as they showed improved pace and finished 18th overall.
So well done to Mark Straker and Neil Harrison for showing us all how it's done!
Merriman wins again - 5-6-13
Richard Merriman and Kath Curzon continue their great year so far with a win on the Welsh Marches Mini Epynt stages. They had a good day long fight with the competition but at the end of the day they proved too quick and took the win.
There were many Darrians competeing up on the ranges on sunday and it was a good show from most of the crews. Jeremy Straker and Simon May powered home to third place in their Darrian T9 and Steve O'Leary and Gareth Short managed tenth place.
Colin Price had a good first time competing up on the ranges and finished in 34th place gaining good knowledge of the fast Epynt stages and finishing just ahead of Geoff Tremblet in his T90 GTR.
A good weekend for Darrians north of the border - 5-6-13
Four Darrian crews travelled north last weekend to compete on the Jim Clark rally. It proved to be a strong weekend for all four with three of the cars in the top ten positions. First of these was John Indri and Elliott Edmondson. Indri was keen to put last years fiasco behind him and the pair battled through to finish in fourth place just eleven seconds behind their long time rival Simon Mauger. This result was enough to move Indri up to second in the REIS Get Connected Championship so this year is looking to be very promising one for him.
Finishing the event in fifth overall, not too far behind Indri and Edmondson, was the Darrian T90 of Ashley Field and Josh Davison. The pair are showing promise in tough competition and are definitely making forward progress.
Washington James and Paul Williams ended the day on Saturday in a strong ninth place after working their way up from lower down the order.
Alan Oldfield and Fred Roberts had a good weekend in their Darrian T90 GTR, complete with new colour scheme, and finished in thirty first place. Alan is gaining speed in his Darrian now and should be working his way much further up the time sheets in future events,
Well done to all four crews for showing that Darrian are a force to be reckoned with!
A strong result in Dale for Merriman - 20-5-13
Well done to Richard Merriman and Kath Curzon for taking their Darrian T90 to a strong second place on the Lawrence Landfill Dale stages rally on sunday. The pair finished a little way behind Bob Fowden in his four wheel drive Subaru.
David Morgan and Ryan Jones managed a 3rd in the 1400cc class in their Darrian T9 so well done to both.
Darrian Duo prove to be too much to beat in Carlow - 13-5-13
Congratulations to James Stafford and Amy Ryan for winning the Carlow stages rally. The pair showed that the Darrian is definitely the car to have when they dominated the rally to win by over a minute and a half to nearest rivals Frank Kelly and Liam Brennan.
Stafford and Ryan finished ahead of a large group of fast Ford Escorts on the event which was part of the MK2 Escort challenge. After taking a couple of stages to get into the swing of things in the morning, the pair then went on to post fastest times all day.
Manx madness for Darrian drivers - 13-5-13
Changeable weather conditions, night stages and tough competition made this years Manx National Rally a tough test for all the teams. Three Darrians entered and three made it to the end of the rally in good shape and they also claimed the top three positions in the rear wheel drive challenge.
First of the three Darrians was John Indri and Pete Johnson (pictured above) in Johns stunning T90 GTR. Over the first days stages, the pair were right up in the top five with the Darrian T90 of Ashley Field and Josh Davison very close behind. Geraint James and Gwynfor Jones had a slower start in their GTR but they were to climb up the time sheet as the event went on.
By the end of the second days stages Indri and Johnson were still first of the Darrians, now in 7th place overall and first in class and first in the rear wheel drive challenge. The pair managed to put a bit of time between themselves and Field and Davison who finished the event with second in class and rear wheel drive challenge and just outside the top ten overall positions in what was a very competetive rally. Geraint James and Gwynfor Jones climbed up the timesheet to finish in 14th position which unfortunately meant that they narrowly missed out on 3rd in the B12 class but they still had a third in the rear wheel drive challenge.
A very well done to all three teams.
Cetus stages success for Edwards- 13-5-13
Congratulations to Bruce Edwards and Traey Louise Muir for winning last weekends Cetus Stages Rally in their darrian T90. The Duo had the measure of their nearest competition throughout the day. Well done and we look forward to seeing more great results in the coming year.
Darrian Wildcat wins Brands double header - 11-5-13
Congratulations to Ian Hall who recently took his Darrian Wildcat T98 GTR to win twice in one day at the CSCC event at Brands Hatch. Hall set a stunning pace to finish ahead of a very rapid Lotus Esprit V8, driven by Simon Allaway, in both races. This Darrian, with it's John Eales Rover V8, really is a beast of a car and Ian Hall demonstrates very well that Darrian can dominate on the track as well as the rally stage. We hope to see more action from this car in the coming season.
Merriman "sails" to victory in Talbenny - 14-4-13
Very well done to Richard Merriman and Kath Curzon who over came some atrocious weather conditions and the competition to win the Bob Shaw Memorial Rally in Talbenny. Torrential rain in the morning provided an extremely tough test for all the crews. The pair finished ahead of Kevin Tappins Escort Cosworth and, ex Darrian Driver, Geoff Kitney in his Mitsubishi Evo.
This was a great end to a very successful weekend for Darrian cars.
Darrians excell at Get It Sideways - 13-4-13
Congratulations to Steve and Mike O'Leary for winning the Get It Sideways rally at Down Ampney on Saturday. The pair finished the day over a minute ahead of their nearest rivals. Well done to Graham Davies and Martin Lasper who brought their Darrian T9 home in fourth place, not far behind the Mitsubishi Evo which claimed the final podium position.
Fantastic Darrian top three lock out at Mira - 13-4-13
1st O/A - Ben Burt and Mark Woodcock
2nd O/A - Washington James and Paul Williams
3rd O/A - Andy Fraser and Terry Martin
Saturday proved to be a great success for three Darrian crews when they finished in first, second and third places on the the Horiba D'isis rally held at the Mira proving ground. Eventual winners, Ben Burt and Mark Woodcock, showed that their fortunes continue to improve as they notch up rally finishes and now a win. Although this was a fantastic result for the pair their win did however come as the result of the misfortune of Washington James and Paul Williams who had been leading the event all day despite driving with serious gearbox issues. In the later stages of the rally they had lost 2nd and 5th gears. The pair were still going strong at the time and still had the edge over their competition untill an accident into the armco on the final test due to having to shift down two gears too quickly which locked the rear wheels. After this they just managed to limp through the rest of the stage. They unfortunately lost out on the win to Ben Burt but they managed to keep ahead of third placed Darrian crew Andy Fraser and Terry Martin. Fraser and Martin came close to the number two place on the podium but in the end lost out by just eight seconds to James and Williams.
Well done to all three crews on making it a great a day for Darrian Cars.
Darrian duo fight back in West Cork - 22-3-13
Congratulations to John Dalton and Gwynfor Jones for their 5th place overall on the Quality Hotels West Cork rally. A puncture early on day one of the rally slowed the pair down when they had to complete much of the stage with a flat tyre This left them well down the running order and well behind their main rivals. John and Gwynfor really got the bit between their teeth after their early setback and put in some blistering times throughout the afternoon and the next day showing themselves to be as fast as the leading crews. At the end of day two of the rally the pair managed to claw their way back up to in finish 5th place and 1st in class. Unfortunately the time lost on day one meant that they broke their tradition of always finishing in the top three overall. Despite this John and Gwynfor brought back a vast amount of awards and retained the Bones O Connor modified trophy which they have now won six times in seven years.
Mixed results for Darrian crews on Epynt opener. 22-3-13
The season opener of the REIS Get Connected MSA Asphalt Championship brought mixed results for Darrian but two crews notched up solid results by the end of the day.
John Indri and Joe Cruttenden took 2nd in class and 5th overall while Washington James and Paul Williams ended the day third in class a little way behind Indri and Cruttenden. Unfortunately both crews were bested by the flying Escort crew of Mauger and Cammack. Although Indri was definitely a match for the Escort pairing a poor tyre choice early on in the day cost the Darrian crew dearly and they spent the rest of the day playing catch up posting some quick times which shows promise for the rest of the season provided the right tyres for the conditions are chosen.
After some time out of the driving seat and an extensive rebuild of the car Washington James and Paul Williams were very pleased with their result. Some gear selection problems on the later stages may have cost them some time but it was still a good start to the season for the pair and it will be interesting to see how they progress as the year goes on.
The rally was won by Steve Simpson and Partrick Walsh in their Subaru WRC. The pair just about had the edge on second place man Damian Cole, who was running his Focus WRC as his MK2 Escort was not ready for the event, until the last stage where Cole came close to overhauling the leaders, but not quite close enough.
As in previous years John Dalton and Gwynfor Jones ran as course car using the rally as a shake down for the West Cork rally and the car ran without fault and the day proved to be good practice for the pair in readiness for the next weekend.
Darrian Crew have a strong start to their season
Congratulations to James Stafford and Amy Ryan for their fantastic thrid place on last weekends (February 24th 2013) Abbeyleix Manor Stages Rally. After a day of very close competition the Darrian crew came in on the tail of two world rally cars but left a pack of yet more WRC's behind them. This was a great start of the year for Stafford and Ryan and lets hope they can continue the good results as the year progresses.