Fastnet Stages Rally 28-10-18
Well done to James Stafford for his performance on yesterdays Fastnet Stages rally. James and his navigator, also James Stafford, got faster and faster through the morning and by the afternoon stages they were setting very competitive times at the top of the leaderboard. They eventually climbed their way up to finish in third overall. Not bad after a three year break away from the stages. Their pace certainly showed a lot of promise and next year we hope to see James and James back where they are used to being, at the front and competing for wins again.
Fairfield Merlin Pembrey Stages - Merriman and Curzon clinch the championship 22-10-18
Congratulations to Richard Merriman and Kath Curzon for their performance in Pembrey on Sunday. It was enough to clinch them the 2018 Welsh Tarmac Championship win. This year has seen them find their speed again in the Darrian T90 and they have been consistently running at the high end of the field and getting class wins. Sunday was no different and despite an excursion on Beach Road they finished 1st in class and 5th overall. Richard is now a three time winner of the Welsh Tarmac Championship, we wish him and Kath the best of luck for next year and hopefully championship number four!
Ian Sutton and Karen Phelps also had a good run over the Pembrey stages and brought the car home in 10th overall which was enough for 3rd in class for them.
Trevor Morgan and Tom Marrott finished 21st overall and were 3rd in their class in the GTR+
AGBO Stages - Weston Park 30-9-18
Geoff Roberts and Terry Martin had a great result at the Weston Park AGBO Stages on Sunday. After a slow start in the morning, some quicker times came from the T90 later on in the day, including a fastest time on stage eight, saw them in fourth overall coming into the final stage. By the end of the stage, with the loss of Chris Ransley and Darren Ikin, they would gain the third podium position. A great drive in a close and competitive field.
Gareth Richards and Heather Gilmore finished 6th overall in their T90 and Rick Neale and Ed Gamble finished in 18th overall in the Davrian Dragon Mk8.
Patriot Stages - Caerwent 30-9-18
Richard Merriman and Kath Curzon had another great run on Sunday at the Patriot Stages, held at the Caerwent military ground in South Wales. At one point they were up to third overall in the rally but at the end of the day they were 5th overall which was enough to get them the class win.
Trevor Morgan and Tom Marrot had a great event in the T90 GTR+. They climbed their way up the field from a starting number of 55 to finish in 14th overall and second in their class.
Wexford Rally 9-9-18
The 2018 Wexford rally got off to a very wet start on Saturday but the rain certainly didn't dampen the excitement of the day.
John Dalton and Gwynfor Jones in the works Darrian T90 GTR+ got off to a great start in the tricky conditions setting times pretty close to the leaders. It was the start of a great, day long, battle in the race for two wheel drive honours with Gary Kiernan and Darren O'Brien in the Escort. Every stage saw just a small gap between them in third and fourth positions. Having swapped positions a few times the first day ended with Dalton and Jones edging the Darrian out in front a little bit more which would give them a bit of confidence for the battle on day two.
Unfortunately there was no battle the next day as Kiernan and O'Brien slid off the road in the morning leaving Dalton and Jones to take two wheel drive honours finishing third overall.
Tony Rees and Geraint Thomas had a good trip over to Wexford in their T90 GTR+. After a cautious first day in the slippery conditions they spent Sunday climbing up through the field and they eventually finished in a respectable 16th place overall.
With Steve Wood winning the rally ahead of Meirion Evans it meant that this year the Wexford podium was an all Welsh affair. Next year hopefully it will be John Dalton and Gwynfor Jones on the top step!
Promenade Stages Rally 8-9-18
Well done to Nigel Gibbard and Simon John Rogers for their fourth place in this years Promenade stages rally. After winning the event last year, Gibbard was not able to make it a double but still put in a very competitive performance and had a great close battle with John Stone. At the end of the two day event Gibbard and Rogers, having swapped places with Stone a few times, were just three seconds away from getting on the podium.
Brandon Smith and Terry Martin also had a good run and came away with seventh place overall with just a one second gap to eighth behind them.
Mewla Rally 27-8-18
There were some great drives yesterday up on the Epynt Military Ranges. Top in the battle of the Darrians were Dave Morgan and Richard Suter in the T90 GTR. Consistently quick times saw them well inside through the day and eventually they finished in sixth place overall with first in their class. Coming into the last three stages they were closing in on fifth but in the end there wasn't enough time left. They finished in sixth place just three seconds behind but this was enough for Morgan and Suter to comfortably win their class.
Richard Merriman and Kath Curzon were showing some strong pace in the 2ltr T90. They also comfortably won their class finishing in 7th place overall only just over half a minute behind Dave Morgan and Richard Suter.
Tony Rees and Geraint Thomas ended the day with 9th overall and second in their class. Not quite able to match the pace of Dave Morgan and Richard Suter up ahead of them but still a great class result.
Well done to everyone who got through the tough conditions up on the Ranges yesterday, hopefully we will have a dry Epynt again soon!
Stonethrowers Rally 12-8-18
Stuart Darcy and Patrick Brides had a great result in the Honda powered Darrian T90 GTR+ on Sundays Stonethrowers stages. They were quick off the mark in the morning and were mixing it with the WRCs and R5 cars and leading class 14. They did lose their lead briefly but their times later on were quicker and they were reeling in the class leaders, Chris Armstrong and Chris Melly, but a puncture for them just made Darcy and Brides job easier and they claimed the class win and seventh overall. They definitely showed some great pace through the event with some tough, competitive cars around them.
Bovington Stages - August 18
Brandon Smith and Steve McNulty had a good run on the two day Bovington Stages rally. After a steady begining day two saw them climb up the leaderboard to finish is 16th overall which was enough to give them third in their class. Not far behind them in 17th were Ian Sutton and Karen Phelps in their 2ltr Darrian T90.
Dogleap Rally 4-8-18
Well done to Barry Morris and Declan Campbell who had a great result on the Dogleap stages this weekend. Barry and Declan, driving the Darrian T90 GTR+ belonging to Barrys father Seamus, led the rally from start to finish and set fastest times on four of the six stages to win in a strong field of WRCs and Escorts.
A great drive and we hope to see more top results from Barry and Declan in this car!
Harry Flatters Rally 29-7-18
With the whole country baking in one of the driest summers on record there were a lot of people hoping the good weather would carry on over the weekend. It was an Epynt weekend though, so it didn't. Heavy rain faced the competitors for this years Stephen & George Print Group Harry Flatters Rally.
Two Darrian crews battled their way through the weather to great results at the end of the day. Tony Rees and Geraint Thomas finished fourth overall and first in class with Tony feeling much more at home in the GTR+ now and putting in some great times in tough conditions.
Finishing in 6th overall and second in class were Dave Morgan and Richard Suter, a great result for them showing that they are making progress with their new car.
Well done to all who made it to the end of a tough rally, hopefully we will have better weather for the Mewla in a months time!
Mach 1 Stages 15-7-18
Well done to Bruce Edwards and Jim Smith on their win of the Mach 1 Stages at the Machrihanish RAF base on the Kintyre Peninsula. The rally wasn't completely straight forward for them though! The car got to the finish minus a few bits of bodywork but thankfully all the hard work earlier on in the event meant they had enough time in hand. They brought the Darrian home, ahead of three Subarus, with a margin of 16 seconds.
Brawdy Stages 8-7-18
There were some great Darrian results at this years Bob Shaw Memorial rally in Brawdy. Top seeds Nigel Gibbard and Ian Taylor very narrowly missed out on a third place finish. Just one second was the gap ahead of them. Still, fourth place and first in class was a great result in very strong competition.
Tony Rees and Jamie Vaughan finished in 9th overall which was enough to take second in their class on Tonys first visit to the Brawdy airfield stages.
Possibly the most suprising result came from Gethin Davies and Ben Ruff. This was Gethins first stage event and the first time driving the Darrian T9 in competition. They got faster and faster through the day and although they were seeded at 51 to start the rally they finished in 11th overall and first in the 1600cc class beating the more experienced Darrian driver John Lewis and his co driver Jade Phillips who were second in the class.
Back in a Darrian, after a few years away, Ian Lloyd with co driver Emyr Jones finished in 15th place overall and Trevor Morgan and Rhys Edwards finished in 17th.
Well done to everyone who finished, a good show from the Darrians!
Ravens Rock Rally 24-6-18
The 'Works' T90 GTR+ had a very successful second outing at the Ravens Rock Rally in Waterford last weekend. John Dalton and Gwynfor Jones were on the pace right from the start setting top times. After a couple of fastest stage times through the day they finished in very strong second overall. With more and more time in the car John and Gwynfor keep getting faster as they discover the potential of this new car. It's great to see them back out on the stages and still going at such a pace!
Donegal International Rally 18-6-18
The three day long Donegal International Rally is a fantastic event every year and is always a great test for any rally car and the crew. This year it was clear that a couple of the Darrians were serious contenders for the overall win in the national category.
After the first six stages Ian Barrett and Paul McGee in the Millington powered GTR+ were in second place just 0.3 seconds off the leaders, Damian Tourish and Domhnall McAlaney in the Escort, and looking forward to the next morning. Charging hard behind them in third place were Kevin Gallagher and Noel O'Sullivan in a Honda powered GTR+. After the first six stages they were forty seconds down but with some familiar stages coming up for local man Kevin they hoped to close that gap.
Unfortunately the rally leaders would not start the next mornings stages after discovering a problem in service so Barrett and McGee started the day as leaders. Gallagher and O'Sullivan were the ones with all the work to do to close the gap to the leading Darrian. The two drivers were very well matched and spent the day swapping fastest times, sometimes the gap would come down only to go back up again but after a full days rallying it was still Barrett and McGee who held the lead and the gap had only gone down to 34 seconds.
Barrett and McGee could not take it easy in the lead Darrian on day three as Gallagher was determined to get closer to them to see if they would break under pressure. It didn't happen though as Barrett and McGee held on to take a fantastic overall win in the national category. Although they did get the gap down to 27 seconds by the end of day three that was as close Gallagher and O'Sullivan could get and second overall in the national is a great result.
What a fantastic event the Donegal International Rally is and it was a great result, first and second overall in the national for Darrian Cars. Well done to all the crews and well done to the organisers for another great event.
Abingdon Car-nival Stages 10-6-18
There were three rapid Darrians at the Abingdon Car-nival stages this year but it was Chris Woodhouse and Alan Gilbert in the T90 GTR who came out on top in the Darrian battle and they won the event overall.
Swapping fastest times with Graeme Bell and Russ Radford they eventually ended the day with an 11 second advantage over the Proton Millington.
In a clear third place were Geoff Roberts and Terry Martin in the T90. They also showed great pace and consistency throughout the event with every stage time being in the top three.
Alan Oldfield and Steve McNulty finished in 7th overall in the T90 GTR+. After a slow start they spent the rest of the day climbing up through the time sheets and coming home with third in class.
Well done to Chris Woodhouse and Alan Gilbert for the win. This was definitely another good Darrian day!
Acrorn Travel Caerwent Stages 10-6-18
Well done to Dave Morgan and Richard Suter for their second place on Sundays Caerwent stages. They were quick right from the start with equal fastest time on the first stage and only one second slower on the second. A wrong tyre choice gave them a bit of trouble over the next few stages, putting a bit of a gap between them and the leaders but back on the right tyres for the last two stages saw them setting the quick times again. A great result and surely the win will come soon now!
Mini Epynt Rally 3-6-18
This years Mini Epynt stages saw some rare hot and dry weather which lasted through the day. Times were very competitive at the top of the field leaving very little room for error for any of the crews. Huw Reed and Anthony Hackett posted four fastest stage times and led the rally for most of the day but had to retire later on with fuel pump issues. This was all the more unfortunate as it really looked like they were on the win.
Top Darrian honours went to Ray Horton and Paul Williams who finished in fifth place overall just 21 seconds off the rally winners, Dave Willett and John Davies. A relatively small gap from first to fifth which shows how competitve the times were. Horton and Williams did also set two fastest stage times through the day so this was definitely a promising result for them.
Not far behind in sixth place were Tony Rees and Lloyd Morgan who overcame a few issues earlier on in the day, which put them down the order, but they showed some promising speed later on.
Richard Merriman and Kath Curzon continued their run of form in the Darrian T90. They ended the day in 9th overall and they won their class by over a minute!
Gareth Richards and Ian Jones finished in 13th place overall and also had the fastest time on stage 6.
David Morgan and Richard Suter continue to get used to the GTR, a bit of a difference from the older T9, and they gradually gained confidence and speed through the day and finished in 15th place overall.
Cavan Stages Rally 27-5-18
Stuart Darcy continued his excellent form with a great run on yesterdays Cavan Stages Rally. Co driven by William Lynch, Darcy was setting top two wheel drive times in the Darrian all day with some strong competition behind. They held off a charge from Gary Kiernan through the afternoon and finished the day in seventh overall with only WRC cars ahead. This meant coming home with first in class and first two wheel drive honours, another great result.
Carlow Mini Stages 20-5-18
Two rapid GTR+ models entered the 2018 Carlow Mini Stages and this year times were very close and competitive all day, a few seconds either way could change the order dramatically.
Ian Barrett was back in a Darrian again but this time with Millington power. He and his Co driver, Eoin O'Flaherty, had a great run and set very competitive times all day and one fastest stage time. They were up to second overall before problems on the last stage dropped them down the order where they eventually finished in sixth place overall and second in class.
Kevin Gallagher and Noel O'Sullivan with their Honda powered GTR+ were also running at the top end of the very competitive field. At the end of they day they found themselves in fifth overall, finishing just ahead of the other Darrian crew, and getting first in class.
Well done to both crews, a good result on a competitive event. Lets get some more Darrians out to Carlow next time!
TSH Stages 19/20-5-18
The TSH stages in Cornwal is a very popular single venue tarmac rally that runs over two days. Two Darrians competed this year with Tony Rees and Jamie Vaughan in the GTR+ and local crew Dan Gibson and Alf Chanter in the T90.
Rees and Vaughan were quick off the mark setting the fastest time of the first stage and they would go on to set a few more over the next two days. A couple of slower times on Saturday put them back a bit but they fought their way back up to finish in third overall. Thier pace was definitely promising for future events.
Dan Gibson and Alf Chanter also had a great run setting some fast times but not quite able to challenge the top three. They were able to overcome some final stage drama to finish in fourth overall and first in class. A great result.
Harlech Stages 6-5-18
Fantastic, hot and dry weather greeted the six Darrian crews who traveled to Harlech on sunday for the Toyota Harlech Stages Rally. With a lot of quick Darrians there was always going to be a good battle and this time it ended in a complete lock-out of the podium positions at the end of the day.
In the morning it was Dave Morgan and Alan Thomas, in the T90 GTR, who took the lead of the event with Gareth Richards and Ian Jones in the T90 not far behind. Richard Merriman and kath Curzon were a little further back in fourth at this stage.
Dave Morgan and Alan Thomas stayed at the top of the results through the day which considering it is only the second event in the car for Dave this is very promising for future events, but some trouble on the final stages dropped them some time and they eventually finished in second overall.
Richard Merriman and kath Curzon put in some very quick times through the afternoon and got ahead of Gareth Richards and Ian Jones and by the end of the day they climbed up the leaderboard further to take the overall win.
Gareth Richards and Ian Jones had a couple of slower stages on old tires in the middle of the day which probably hurt their chances of a win somewhat but they still managed third place overall, not far behind Dave Morgan and Alan Thomas, to lock out the top three.
At one point during the day there were five Darrians in the top six but at the end of the day that had changed to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th.
Finishing fifth overall was Alan Oldfield and Sion Cunniff in the new T90 GTR+, only four seconds from getting on to the podium themselves, showing just how close and competitive it was.
Ian Sutton and Karen Phelps finished in eighth place overall taking second in class 4
1st overall - Richard Merriman and kath Curzon - Darrian T90
2nd overall - Dave Morgan and Alan Thomas - Darrian T90 GTR 1st in class
3rd overall - Gareth Richard and Ian Jones - Darrian T90 2nd in Class
5th overall - Alan Oldfield and Sion Cunniff - Darrian T90 GTR+ 3rd in class
8th overall - Ian Sutton and Karen Phelps - Darrian T90 2nd in class
This was an amazing result for Darrian cars, a few more days like this would be great!
Dixies Challenge 23-4-18
Richard Merriman and Kath Curzon had a fantastic run on Epynt yesterday on the Dixies Challenge rally. After some more work developing the dampers Richard seems to have got back on it and now he and Kath are getting right up there to the top of the results table again. They finished in third place overall yesterday having lost out on second place on the last stage by just one second. Still, finishing third behind a WRC and a Group N evo is a good result.
There was also a return to the stages for David Morgan. David has had a lot of success in a 1600cc Darrian T9 but this rally saw his first outing in his new T90 GTR with a Millington 2.5 engine. Quite a different car compared with the T9 and a significant step up in performance. David and his co driver Richard Suter had a good first rally in the car, taking it steady, learning how the car performs. They finished in 11th overall, not too bad considering the car is new to them.
Horiba D'Isis Stages 22-4-18
Mark Straker had another outiing in his Eco Boost powered GTR on Saturday at the Mira proving ground which he used as a chance to do more running and testing in the car before taking it to bigger events in Ireland. Conditions could not have been more different than last week in Essex with the rain coming down hard. Straker, this time co driven by his brother Jeremy, struggled on the first two stages finding that old, hard tires in the wet do not give you much grip at all! After that they put fresh tires on and suddenly jumped up the leaderboard, setting two fastest stage times, eventually finishing in third place overall.
A great comeback, considering it was only supposed to be testing, and we look forward to seeing what Mark and this car can do over the next few months.
Corbeau Seats Rally - Essex 22-4-18
Mark Straker, after spending the last two years rebuilding his Darrian, finally debuted his new look car at last weekends Corbeau Seats Rally in Essex. The new red paint was not the only thing different about the car though. Mark was using a new 1.6 litre turbocharged engine for the first time. After many months of development work the engine and the car ran very well for the first time out and Mark, joined by his regular Co Driver Michael Coady, finished the event in fourth place overall taking first in class and top two wheel drive honours. Not bad at all for the first event!
The Corbeau Seats rally was also a huge success. As the first closed road rally in England there was a lot of pressure on for the event to go according to plan and be popular with the locals and rally fans. Hopefully the success of this event will mean that many more motorclubs will work towards introducing more closed road events across the UK. Closed road rallies provide a different challenge for UK crews, something they could previously only get by going abroad, we need more events like this in the UK.
Well done to Mark and Michael on their result. With a bit more seat time they could be a team to watch out for on the closed roads in the UK as well as Ireland!
SMC Stages 15-4-18
Bruce Edwards and Jim Smith had a fantastic result when they made the trip down to Anglesey for this years SMC stages. They took the overall win after a day long battle, trading fastest times, with Chris West and Keith Hounslow. Coming in to the last stage, Edwards and smith were trailing by just one second. With a big push on the last stage they were quicker than West and Hounslow to win the event by just three seconds. A very close result but a win is a win by whatever margin and it certainly keeps it exciting!
Circuit of Kerry 8-4-18
Stuart Darcy and Keith McCarty had another great result in the Darrian T90 GTR+ on sundays Circuit of Kerry Stages. Again they were the highest placed two wheel drive car finishing in seventh overall and first in class. This is the same result as the Mayo stages last month and it shows great consistency and a great start to the Triton Showers National championship with them taking two class wins from two rallies.
Tour of Caerwent 25-3-18
Richard Merriman and Kath Curzon had another great result on sundays Tour of Caerwent stages where they finished in fourth overall and first in class. It wasn't an easy class win for them though. They had a great day long battle with Lee Edwards and Mike Roberts but some fast stage times in the afternoon saw Merriman and Curzon claw their way up to win the class by just one second! A great result again.
West Cork Rally 18-3-18
This years West Cork rally saw the long awaited return of John Dalton and Gwynfor Jones in the latest 'Works' Darrian T90 GTR+. This was the first event for the new car with it only having done a small ammount of testing since it's unveiling at last years Castle Combe rally day. Johns last rally was five years ago but he quickly remembered which pedal did what. The car, and driver, certainly lived up to expectations and was very fast straight away on the saturday morning stages. The ring was the first stage and John and Gwynfor set the fastest time in the national category and 6th fastest in the overall field including the internationals. As the day went on John and Gwynfor set many more fastest stage times and got in to a great battle with Gary Kiernan and Ryan Moore. Kiernan had hired a Millington powered Proton for the event and was posting some very good times.
Both the Darrian and the Proton were a long way ahead of the rest of the national field but at the end of the first day Kiernan had edged ahead by just over five seconds.
On day two John and Gwynfor were again quick off the mark in the Darrian and set the fastest time on the first stage managing to equal Kiernan to a tenth of a second on total time!
Kiernan got the upper hand again on the next couple of stages and then, later in the day, John and Gwynfor had a disagreement with a sea wall causing damage to the Darrian but were able to carry on carefully and finish the last two stages. This meant they couldn't take the battle with Kiernan right up to the end of the rally but they still proved that the new car has pace. Before the incident with the wall there was a gap over almost three minutes to the third place crew behind them!
Second in the national category was a great result and John and Gwynfor were also fastest two wheel drive car and the highest place Welsh crew.
John Dalton was also the first driver to be awarded the Donal O'Brien trophy for the fastest class 14 driver. Donal was a much loved and talented rally driver who was tragically killed in a collision on the road last year where he was knocked off his bicycle. He had competed in all kinds of motorsport, go karts, single seater formula racing and grass track racing. Donal came back to stage rallying in recent years and was a regular front runner throughout Ireland in his pride and joy class 14 Mk2 Escort. Donals family were there at the prize giving evening to see John recieve the trophy.
Over the course of the saturday stages Stuart Darcy and Keith McCarty were also having a good run in their GTR+. Not quite able to keep with the pace of John and Gwynfor but still giving the rest of the field a good battle. After five stages they were third in the national category.
Kevin Gallagher and Gerard Callaghan were also showed promising speed on saturday morning but problems for them half way through the day saw them drop away.
Tony Rees and Geraint Thomas were another Welsh Darrian crew who went over for the weekend. Still gaining confidence in the car they drove a steady rally sith the aim of getting to the end. They gradually made their way up the the time sheets and eventually came home safely on sunday evening in 22nd place. having started with number 75 on the door this was great progress for Tony and Geraint.
Well done to John and Gwynfor for a fantastic result, hopefully there will be many more!
Thanks to the Cork Motor Club for another fantastic event. The 'works' Darrian team may have been away from the West Cork Rally for a few years but we were very pleased to be back again.
Mayo Stages Rally 11-3-18
Stuart Darcy and Keith McCarthy had a great result on this weekend Mayo Stages. They brought their GTR+ home with seventh overall, first in class and first two wheel drive.
After a very close battle for the class lead in the morning Darcy and McCarthy put in some very fast times in the afternoon to clinch the win. This was a very competitve performace from them this weekend and it bodes well for the West Cork Rally next weekend where they join three other Darrian teams, all new GTR+ models. It should be exciting!
Tour of Epynt 11-3-18
This years Tour of Epynt rally had a very strong entry with it being the first round of the MSA Protyre Asphalt Rally Championship. As is often the case on Epynt the first stages were damp and very slippery and as the day went on the roads did dry out a little bit. But the rain came eventually for the last stage with competitiors just having time to change to wet tyres!
Huw Reed and Anthony Hackett were the highest placed Darrian at the end of the day. They led their class all day but it looked as if they might lose the win on the last stage after suffering a puncture but they had done enough to secure the class win and 9th overall. A good start to the year and some good championship points.
Not far behind were Richard Merriman and Kath Curzon in the T90. They finished 10th overall and first in their class by a very small margin!
Tony Rees and Geraint Thomas had a good run, not pushing as much as they could have done because they will be off to compete on the West Cork Rally next weekend. They finished the day with 3rd in class and 15th overall in the GTR+.
Well done to all the Darrian Crews, not a bad start to this years Epynt rallies.
Rali Cwm Gwendraeth 4-2-18
2018 is off to a good start for Richard Merriman and Kath Curzon after they got their first class win of the year on Rali Cwm Gwendraeth in Pembrey. After spending the morning trying a few different setups with the car they were down in third place in class but Richard and Kath put in two very quick times later in the afternoon which saw them jump up to take the class win and finish seventh overall. Hopefully this will be the first of many class wins this year for them!
Hall Trophy Rally 27-11-17
Paul Culverwell and Terry Martin had a great run on this years Hall Trophy Rally taking a class win and finishing tenth overall. Paul admitted to being a little nervous after his last outing in the T9 didn't go to plan but it would seem that it all came back to him pretty soon. A great result.
Glyn Memorial Rally 27-11-17
Chris Simmons and Andy Moss had a great run on the Glyn Memorial Stages at the Anglesey circuit to finish fourth overall and second in class. They had a very close battle over the two day event with the eventual class winner with Simmons and Moss having the upper hand on the first day but they dropped a little bit of time and ended up a close second. A great result on what looked to be a very competitive event.
Northern Ireland Championship Success For Dessie and Seamus 22-11-17
It has been an incredibly successful year in Northern Ireland for Darrian. Dessie McCartney and Seamus Morris have been nearly unbeatable in every event they have entered this year and between them they have secured four class championship wins and two second places.
Dessie McCartney - Darrian T90 GTR
1st in Class 2017
Northern Ireland, McGrady Insurance Special Stage Rally Championship
1st in Class 2017
Northern Ireland ANICC S.W. Adair Sprint Championship.
2nd in Class 2017
Northern Ireland Millars Oils Hill Climb Championship
Seamus Morris - Darrian T90 GTR+
1st in class 2017
Naylor Engineering Southern Hill Climb
1st in Class 2017
Northern Ireland, Millars Oils Hill Climb Championship.
2nd in Class 2017
Northern Ireland ANICC SW Adair Sprint Championship
Well done to both Dessie and Seamus for all your championship wins this year an we hope 2018 will prove just as successful, if not more!
NHMC Cadwell Stages Rally 20-11-17
Joshua and Tamsyn Davey continued their good form in the second round of the Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship at Cadwell. The times were incredibly close at the top and at one point Joshua and Tamsyn were up to second overall. A few problems to overcome later in the day saw them drop down the order a little bit but they managed to fight back to finish fourth overall and took another class win. They certainly showed that they have the pace to run at the front of a very competitive national rally!
Challenger Stages Rally 20-11-17
Well done to Dan Gibson and Alf Chanter for clinching the 2017 ASWMC tarmac rally championship. They had a steady run on the Challenger stages at Bovington Camp to make sure they did all they needed to win the championship. By the end of the day they were seventh overall and second in class.
Tony Rees and Lloyd Morgan also had a good run in Tonys new T90 GTR+. After a very cautious start they soon found that they had the pace to compete at the top of the results and set fastest stage times. The early caution and a spin on the last stage meant they finished in fourth overall and first in class.
Neil Howard Stages Rally 4-11-17
Joshua and Tamsyn Davey had an excellent result in the first round of the MSN Circuit Rally Championship at Oulton Park. With this being only their second event in the Darrian T90 they were seeded a long way down the field but with a lot of very quick people up ahead. This certainly didn't worry them as they soon had the car up into the top ten and three fastest stage times through the day saw them finish the day in sixth overall and first in class. It would have been fourth overall but they recieved a ten second penalty on the last stage. Still a fantastic drive though and we hope to see more performances like this from Joshua and Tamsyn.
Promenade Stages Rally 2-9-17
Well done to Nigel Gibbard and Simon Rogers for their fantastic win on this years Promenade Stages Rally.
The Friday night stages began with Geoff Roberts and Terry Martin, in another Darrian, topping the time sheets and it looked as if they would be the Darrian to beat. Saturday was a different story and it was Gibbard and Rogers who moved up to the lead in and managed to stay there in an incredibly tight battle between the top three or four cars. There was no chance to ease off towards the end of the rally and they eventually took the win by just one second.
Geoff Roberts and Terry Martin had a few problems later on Saturday and slipped down the order to eventually finish in 5th place overall.
Mewla Rally 27-8-17
Richard Merriman and Kath Curzon had a good result on this years Mewla rally. The event took on a new form this year with some stages at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells but with the majority taking place up on the Epynt Ranges as usual.
Merriman and Curzon got off to a great start at the showground but really came into their own up on the ranges and were soon in third place overall. Unfortunately they were not able to keep this place and by the end of the day they had slipped back to sixth overall and came away with second in class.
Harry Flatters Rally 30-7-17
Well done to Huw Reed and Anthony Hackett for an excellent performance on this years Harry Flatters Rally. Reed and Hackett posted consistently quick times all day in the showery conditions and came home at the end of the day with fourth place overall and first in their class.
Rhichard Merriman and Kath Curzon also had a great run over the ranges finishing 10th overall and third in what turned out to be a very competitive two litre class.
Hopefully we will see equal or even better performances on the Mewla rally at the end of the month.
Brawdy Stages 9-7-17
Dai 'Dot' Davies and Gerwyn James had a great run yesterday on this years Brawdy Stages. In his first event in the new car Dai took very little time getting to grips with the car and was soon posting very competitive times and one overall fastest time as well. They finished the day in 3rd overall and second in class. Not bad for the first go in a new car.
John Lewis and Dilwyn John had another fantastic result finishing 4th overall and first in their class by a forty second margin to their nearest class competitors. Two great drives, well done.
There were some great results at this years Midsummer Caerwent Rally with Chris Simmons and Andy Moss finishing the day in 5th overall and second in their class.
Jonathan Davies and Tom Wood also had a good day finishing in 20th overall and second in their class.
Richard Merriman and Kath Curzon unfortunately missed out on any class results in a very strong field, they finished 4th in class and 8th overall. Ian Sutton and Karen Phelps finished 10th overall.
Enville Stages 2-7-17
Geoff Roberts and Terry Martin had a good run on this years Enville stages held at the Anglesey Race Circuit. They finished fourth overall and second in class in amongst tough competition.
Brandon Smith and Dylan Thomas had a few problems on the day but still managed to finish the event in 7th overall and third in class.
EMC Sprint 1-7-17
Three drivers showed exactly how comptitive the Darrian is at the Eniskillen Motor Club Sprint in Northern Ireland.
Barry Morris had an excellent drive and came out on top in the rally car class, not only beating his father Seamus in the same car but beating Dessie Mccartney too. Barry ended the day in fifth overall, 1st in class and was the quickest non race car and he also broke the class record which was previously held by Dessie.
Dessie did not have an answer to Barrys pace but he still came home with 2nd in class.
Seamus Morris came in 4th in class with a little bit of work to do to catch up with Barry.
Thanks to Rosemary Mccartney for the great picture!
Mini Epynt Stages 04-06-17
The Epynt weather was up to it's usual tricks this year for the Mini Epynt Stages. After being dry through the early hours the heavens opened just after the cars had left to start the first loop of stages. This meant a lot of people were caught out on slick tires in very wet conditions.
Despite the early tricky conditions there were some great drives. Huw Reed and Anthony Hackett came home with first in class after finishing 7th overall.
Nigel Gibbard and David Jones would take third in class and tenth overal.
Well done to all the crews who made it round in some tricky conditions!
Dixies Rally Challenge 2-5-17
Richard Merriman and Kath Curzon made a return to good form with a podium finish of this weekends BG LandRovers Dixies Challenge rally. Richard and Kath put in some very quick times all day over the epynt ranges and they eventually finished the day in third overall, first two wheel drive, against some very competitive crews. Well done to both and we want to see some more great performances like this for the rest of the year now.
Toyota Harlech Rally 2-5-17
Brandon Smith and Dylan Thomas continue their good form with a third place overall on the Toyota Harlech stages this weekend. Well done to both for another great result. Gareth Richards and Ian Jones finished in seventh overall.
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.