Petch claims fourth place in tough rally racing conditions

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:42pm Friday 18th July 2014

HAMSTERLEY rally driver Stephen Petch and his Northallerton co-driver Ian Windress battled a strong field of the season as well as the dry and dusty conditions to take a fourth place finish on last Saturday’s Nick Grist Stages Rally in Wales.

Austermuhle wins Trophy Trial

12:40pm Friday 18th July 2014

A BATTERED Ian Austermuhle won the 65th Allan Jefferies Trophy Trial on Sunday from a troubled Rob Waite and an attacking Ross Crosby.

Riders ‘on trial’ to raise charity funds

4:46pm Friday 11th July 2014

FOLLOWING hard on the heels of a successful charity trial in Farndale, Hull AC ran the Jack Howden Trophy Charity Trial, incorporating the East Yorks Centre Championship and Inter Club Team Trial.

Sister act revs up for success with new sponsorship deal

4:45pm Friday 11th July 2014

MOTORSPORT may be a predominantly male-orientated sport, but two North Yorkshire sisters have set their sights on success after securing a new sponsorship deal.

Cole beats dust to clinch Carlisle class victory

Darlington and Stockton Times: NO PROBLEM: Simon Cole and Joe Hutchinson in action on the D-Mack Carlisle Stages Rally Picture: Stephen Tait/Tait Images

3:58pm Friday 27th June 2014

LAST Saturday’s hot and dry conditions proved a real challenge for competitors in the DMACK Carlisle Stages Rally but it didn’t prove too problematic for local competitors Simon Cole from Catterick and Eggleston co-driver Joe Hutchinson.

Austermuhle in control at Fryup

4:33pm Friday 20th June 2014

GUISBOROUGH DMC held their annual Dales Trophy Trial around Glaisdale and Fryup Dales on Sunday and Beta rider Ian Austermuhle once again stamped his authority on the event – and his name on the silverware – to win by ten marks from Scarborough’s James Carr.

Wallace survives brush with undergrowth to finish first

Darlington and Stockton Times: IN ACTION: Robbie Wallace on the Yamaha YZ125 during round five of the Perkins Slade Ride Off Road Enduro Championship at Hatcliffe in the Lincolnshire Wold

4:33pm Friday 20th June 2014

SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD Northallerton Enduro rider Robbie Wallace was once again in action on the Motoconnection and Putoline Oils sponsored Yamaha YZ125, where he was competing in round five of the Perkins Slade Ride Off Road Enduro Championship last weekend.

Pair tied at the top in title race

4:50pm Friday 13th June 2014

JAMES DABILL levelled with Michael Brown on 37 points on Sunday at Low Row where the Richmond Motor Club staged the second of the ACU British Trials Championship.

Petch beats the tough driving conditions for podium place

Darlington and Stockton Times: MOTORING ON: Stephen Petch in action at Sherwood Forest

4:49pm Friday 13th June 2014

ROUND five of the 2004 REIS BTRDA Rally Series headed for Sherwood Forest last Saturday with locals once again well to the fore in their respective classes.

Williams comes out on top at Stanhope trial

2:23pm Friday 6th June 2014

ROGER Williams topped the entry at the Weardale Motor Club’s trial last weekend, his loss of 18, putting him three marks clear of Anthony Stephen, with Joe McMeekin a further mark adrift. The trial at Dursand Quarry above Stanhope, attracted more than 70 entries with four courses on offer, each with 10 sections.

Wallace makes light work of challenging conditions

Darlington and Stockton Times: IN THE MUD: Northallerton’s Robbie Wallace in action during the fifth and sixth rounds of the British Sprint Enduro Championship

2:23pm Friday 6th June 2014

NORTHALLERTON motorcycle Enduro rider Robbie Wallace competed in rounds five and six of the British Sprint Enduro Championship last weekend at Tetbury in Gloucestershire, riding his Motoconnection, Putoline Oils and RFX-sponsored Yamaha YZ125.

Wallace makes light work of muddy conditions

Darlington and Stockton Times: IN THE MUD: Northallerton's Robbie Wallace in action during the fifth and sixth rounds of the British Sprint Enduro Championship

7:02am Friday 6th June 2014

Wallace racks up the points in the mud

Williams comes out on top at Stanhope

7:01am Friday 6th June 2014

ROGER Williams topped the entry at the Weardale Motor Club's trial last weekend, his loss of 18, putting him three marks clear of Anthony Stephen, with Joe McMeekin a further mark adrift. The trial at Dursand Quarry above Stanhope, attracted over 70 entries and with four courses on offer, each with ten sections. James Black and Eddie Aitkin battled it out on the Green Course. On the Clubman Course, John Bennett took the honours. It was a win for Andrew Black on the Easy course, after dropping all five of his marks in section three.

Moorhouse races to victory in Blue Bar Trophy

12:08pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014

SKIPTON Bultaco rider James Moorhouse won the annual Blue Bar Trophy Trial on Sunday from Summerbridge Sherco rider, and MRS Sherco employee Phillip Hammond who finished the dramatic two-day event in Coverdale one penalty ahead of Braidley farmer Stephen Lambert.

Action-packed spectacle after club travels north

Darlington and Stockton Times: SHOWCASE: Cars line up for the media day of the Croft 50th anniversary event

12:06pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014

THE Darlington and District Motor Club-organised Northern Saloon and Sports Car Championship visited Knockhill in Scotland last weekend as part of the Knockhill Motor Sports Club’s Super Lap Scotland weekend where also in attendance were about 12 of DDMC’s marshals.

Ripon driver Robinson keeps up quest for hat-trick success

Darlington and Stockton Times: FLYING BY: Action from the Plains Rally

4:25pm Friday 23rd May 2014

DOUBLE BTRDA Silver Star champion Matthew Robinson continued his quest for a hat-trick by claiming a class victory on last weekend’s dry and dusty Plains Rally held in Wales which comprised round four of the 2014 BTRDA Rally Series.

Sadler roars to Memorial victory

4:22pm Friday 23rd May 2014

WEST WITTON joiner Richard Sadler carved a one penalty advantage on Sunday at Wensley to win the annual Gerald Simpson Memorial Trial for Arkegarthdale teenager James Stones.

Brailsford looks to marginal gains to secure success

Darlington and Stockton Times: IN SIGHT: The finish line is reflected on the helmet of the Chris Froome of Team Sky

4:19pm Friday 23rd May 2014

WHEN the founders of Team Sky declared their ambition to produce a “British winner of the Tour de France within five years” upon the team’s creation in 2009, they were derided for being unrealistic.

A busy time for the trials riders

4:21pm Friday 16th May 2014

DOUGIE LAMPKIN made it eight victories in the Scottish Six Days Trial after a week battling with 250 other contenders and six days of heavy rain. The 38-year-old Silsden professional rider was never headed from MondayCookridge international James Dabill piled on the pressure but Lampkin just stuck to his task to win be a margin of eight penalties.

Battling duo take second spot on tricky Isle of Man circuit

Darlington and Stockton Times: SECOND PLACE: Ollie Mellors with Northallerton co-driver Ian Windress who finished as runners up on the Manx National Rally

4:21pm Friday 16th May 2014

NORTHALLERTON co-driver Ian Windress was in action alongside Midland driver Ollie Mellors when they contested last weekend’s Manx National Rally and following a dramatic two-day event around the tricky lanes on the Isle of Man, they emerged in a fantastic second place overall.

Double podium delight for Stephenson and Windress

Darlington and Stockton Times: IN ACTION: Charlie Taylor

4:04pm Friday 9th May 2014

TEESSIDE businessman Peter Stephenson and co-driver Ian Windress were in action over both days of the Pirelli Carlisle RB Foundation Rally last weekend when they came away with a double podium on the various events that supported the British Rally Championship.

Chapman on a high in Class A

4:02pm Friday 9th May 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH DMC held their two-day Trial at the spectacular venue of Lordstone Cafe, high above the village of Carlton over the May Bank Holiday weekend and It was Middlesbrough's Barry Chapman who reigned supreme over the two days to win Class A with Richmond's Stephen Dennis topping a strong B class entry.

Home from home as Petch wins the Tour of Hamsterley

Darlington and Stockton Times: WINNING DRIVE: Stephen Petch and co-driver Michael Wilkinson setting the pace during the Tour of Hamsterley rally last weekend

4:48pm Friday 2nd May 2014

FOR a second successive year, County Durham rally driver Stephen Petch emerged victorious from his local event when he retained his SG Petch-supported Tour of Hamsterley title despite the murky conditions last Saturday Driving the SGP Motorsport Ford Focus WRC he was sharing with Crook co-driver Michael Wilkinson, the pair emerged at the National Railway Museum, at Shildon, finishing more than one-and-ahalf minutes ahead of Teesside’s Peter Stephenson and his co-driver Ian Windress, from Northallerton, in their Able UK backed Ford Focus WRC.

Impressive debut for Coates in the Porsche Carrera Cup

Darlington and Stockton Times: FINE FORM: Scorton driver Max Coates on his debut at Donington Park over Easter

4:00pm Friday 25th April 2014

SCORTON racing driver Max Coates made his Porsche Carrera Cup GB debut at Donington Park over the Easter weekend and came away with two impressive results.

Painful defeat for Petch in Somerset

Darlington and Stockton Times: DIRT TRAIL: Stephen Petch in action in the Betta Somerset Stages Rally, where he was pipped for first place – Picture: RallySport media

4:40pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

HAMSTERLEY rally driver Stephen Petch and his Northallerton co-driver Ian Windress just missed out on victory last weekend when they had to settle for runnerup spot on the Betta Somerset Stages Rally, but it couldn’t have been much closer.

Kendrew takes the honours in Chris Carter Trophy Trial

Darlington and Stockton Times: CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER: Guy Kendrew in action during the Chris Carter Trophy Trial at Dob Park, in West Yorkshire, last weekend

4:39pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

BETA UK rider Guy Kendrew, 26, eclipsed a star-studded entry in the fourth round of the S3 Part Championship on Sunday at Dob Park, Otley, West Yorkshire.

Pye secures second place in rally at Cadwell Park

Darlington and Stockton Times: RALLY SUCCESS: Tristan Pye on his way to runner-up spot at Cadwell Park last weekend – Picture: Kenton Rose (Auto Focus Photography)

3:22pm Friday 11th April 2014

BISHOP Auckland rally driver Tristan Pye was in action during last Sunday’s TJS Self Drive Alan Healy Memorial Stages Rally at Cadwell Park and came away with a superb second place.

Willis succeeds the hard way in trial high above West Witton

Darlington and Stockton Times: WINNER: Reigning British trials champion Michael Brown in action at Fell Green, Bootle, Merseyside, last weekend

3:20pm Friday 11th April 2014

THE exposed Penn Hill trials venue high above West Witton served as the venue for the AMCA affiliated Darlington and DMC meeting on Sunday.

Bean and Bellerby in top form at Lydden Hill circuit

Darlington and Stockton Times: DRIVING FORCE: Drew Bellerby, 15, in action at Lydden Hill last weekend – Picture: Xavier McCartan

4:26pm Friday 4th April 2014

NORTHALLERTON teenagers Charlie Bean and Drew Bellerby were on top form at Lydden Hill, Kent, last weekend when they dominated proceedings in the junior class during the opening round of the Shannon Holdings British Rallycross Championship.

Rock-solid ride sees Howell win tough trial at Westerdale

Darlington and Stockton Times: IN CONTROL: Jack Howell masters the rocky course at Westerdale, in the Esk Valley, to win Guisborough DMC’s Trial on Sunday

4:24pm Friday 4th April 2014

GUISBOROUGH DMC turned the clock back for a good oldfashioned no-stop trial on Sunday at Westerdale, in the Esk Valley.

Border Counties Rally joy as Petch clinches second place

Darlington and Stockton Times: BORDER RAIDER: Hamsterley’s Stephen Petch and Crook co-driver Michael Wilkinson on their way to a second place in the Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally last weekend

3:44pm Friday 28th March 2014

HAMSTERLEY rally driver Stephen Petch took time out of his BTRDA Rally Championship campaign to contest last weekend’s Brick & Steel Border Counties Rally and came away with a superb second place.

Alderson uses his experience to win Allison Memorial Trial

Darlington and Stockton Times: EASY RIDER: Philip Alderson masters the tricky course on the Telfit Moors to win the Andrew Allison Memorial Trial on Sunday

3:41pm Friday 28th March 2014

RICHMOND Motor Club enjoyed sunny conditions for the Andrew Allison Memorial Trial on Sunday on the scenic Telfit Moors.

Croft Autodrome prepares to mark its 50th anniversary

Darlington and Stockton Times: TRACK DEBUT: Former BTCC Champion Alain Menu was back in action at Croft in readiness for the 2014 season – Picture: Tony Todd

4:39pm Friday 21st March 2014

CROFT Autodrome will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, and with a bumper calendar of high-octane outings capped by the mid-summer Nostalgia Weekend, fans will be kept entertained season-long from start to finish.

Richardson masters rugged Peacock memorial trial test

Darlington and Stockton Times: SECTION WINNER: Jonathan Richardson (Beta) winning the Noel Peacock Memorial Trial at Hurst last weekend

4:38pm Friday 21st March 2014

RIDERS were in action at a windy, remote and rugged Hurst on Sunday, where Richmond Motor Club staged the Noel Peacock Memorial Trial, which attracted 104 competitors.

Petch and Windress clinch Wilson Rally podium place

Darlington and Stockton Times: RALLY REWARDS: Stephen Petch and Ian Windress on their way to a podium spot in the Lake District last weekend – Picture: Marcus Andrews

4:41pm Friday 14th March 2014

HAMSTERLEY’S Stephen Petch and his Northallerton co-driver Ian Windress made up for the disappointment of an opening stage retirement on last month’s Wyedean Rally to claim a fighting third place on last Saturday’s Malcolm Wilson Rally to get their REIS BTRDA Rally Championship under way in the Lake District.

Austermuhle at his superb best in Osmotherley trial

Darlington and Stockton Times: INTERS VICTORY: Jack Stones in action in the DMC Basic Memorial Trial at Blubberhouses over the weekend

4:40pm Friday 14th March 2014

NORTHALLERTON DMC enjoyed dry blustery conditions, the second time of asking, for their popular Chequers Trial on Saturday. Held high above Osmotherley, North Yorkshire, it drew a top-class entry of 90 riders.

Drivers are gearing up for BTRDA rallycross opener

Darlington and Stockton Times: DRIVING AMBITION: Newton Aycliffe’s Chris Harper will be hoping for better luck at Blyton on Sunday

1:08pm Monday 10th March 2014

THE eagerly-awaited opening round of the 2014 Autosport International BTRDA Rallycross Championship gets under way at Blyton in Lincolnshire on Sunday with a healthy grid of about 50 cars set to contest the event.

Milner excels at farm venue to win Thirsk Motor Club Trial

Darlington and Stockton Times: TOUGH CHALLENGE: Richmond’s John Sunter in action

1:03pm Monday 10th March 2014

THIRSK DMC’s Long Plain Farm venue, in Hambleton, proved at its most difficult on Sunday after heavy overnight rain added extra bite to the four lap, ten section course, and it was Beta rider Adam Milner who grabbed the win from James Carr over a four lap, ten section course.

Wallace takes Driffield success

Darlington and Stockton Times: DRIVING FORCE: Northallerton’s Graeme Bell and Russ Radford finished fourth overall at Blyton, in Lincolnshire – Picture: Marcus Andrews

4:47pm Friday 28th February 2014

NORTHALLERTON enduro rider Robbie Wallace, 16, made a great start to the season in the first round of the Perkins Slade Ride off Road Enduro Championship last weekend when he scored a fine second place aboard his Motoconnection sponsored Yamaha YZ125.

Sadler defies conditions to win Graham trial

4:44pm Friday 28th February 2014

WEST Witton’s Richard Sadler won the rain-lashed Harold Graham Memorial Trial, in Arkengarthdale, on Sunday where Richmond Motor Club headed the numbers game with 160 entries.

Raising profile of Scott Trial at Telford

Darlington and Stockton Times: DISPLAY TEAM: Flying the flag for Richmond Motor Club at Telford last weekend, Andrew Brown, Ken Wallis, Richard Hague, Rhoda Fraser, Chris Wallis and John Fraser

4:44pm Friday 28th February 2014

SCOTT Trial secretary Chris Wallis organised a programme and photographic displays for Richmond Motor Club’s display stand at the popular Telford Motorcycle Show, in Shropshire, last weekend.

Kendrew pips Howell to honours

Darlington and Stockton Times: GIRL POWER: Beth Waite on her way to winning the Youth Class B at Dob Park on Sunday

4:55pm Friday 21st February 2014

NORTHALLERTON’S Guy Kendrew and Port Mulgrave’s Jack Howell, both Beta mounted and in superb form, battled for honours in the Guisborough DMC East Coast Tyres Trial, Kendrew showing more consistency in the latter stages to take first place.

Magic moment for Smith

Darlington and Stockton Times: SPLASHING OUT: Ripon’s Matthew Robinson and co-driver Sam Collis on their way to victory

4:53pm Friday 21st February 2014

THIRSK driver Mat Smith produced one of the performances of his career to win the opening round of the BTRDA 1400Scc Championship in a wet and windy Forest of Dean last Saturday to get his title bid under way in style.

Stephenson claims Riponian win

Darlington and Stockton Times: LEADING THE WAY: Riponian winners Peter Stephenson and Ian Windress make a splash in Boltby Forest, en route to victory last Sunday

4:20pm Friday 14th February 2014

HAVING finished third at the 2013 event, Teesside businessman Peter Stephenson managed to finally get his hands on the winner’s trophy when he took the victory in last Sunday’s Riponian Rally.

Top names absent as drivers gear up for Riponian rally

Darlington and Stockton Times: TITLE BID: Ford Focus WRC driver Peter Stephenson, from Teesside, will be action this weekend in the Riponian Stages Rally

2:44pm Friday 7th February 2014

DESPITE failing to attract the number of entries of previous years, Ripon Motor Sports Club’s flagship event – the Riponian Stages Rally – gets under way from Thirsk Rural Business Centre on Sunday morning with a new name likely to be added to the winners’ trophy.

Wise hoping to make it win number four in Jack Frost

Darlington and Stockton Times: WHITE TRACK: Last year’s Jack Frost Rally winners Chris Wise and Tracey Taylor-West will be hoping for more favourable conditions this year

4:21pm Friday 17th January 2014

HAVING won the event for a third time last year to add to his 2007 and 2008 successes, Pickhill driver Chris Wise heads an impressive entry list for Sunday’s Autogas 2000 Jack Frost Stages Rally supported by Cartersport, which takes place at Croft Circuit, near Darlington.

Richmond club sees steep increase in trials competitors

Darlington and Stockton Times: TEST RUN: Richmond Motor Club’s Gavin Lowther tries out the new AGB Sherco 300cc, watched by Andrew Brown

4:19pm Friday 17th January 2014

RICHMOND Motor Club’s Beginners and Easy Trial series broke records last year in terms of events and competitor numbers.

Croft Circuit gearing up for popular Nostalgia meeting

Darlington and Stockton Times: ALL OUR YESTERDAYS: Some of the attractions on display at last year’s Nostalgia meeting

10:23am Monday 13th January 2014

CROFT Circuit’s hugely popular Nostalgia fixture will take place this year on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, August 2 and 3.

Riders shine in rain at Hovingham

10:19am Monday 13th January 2014

EBORACUM MC kicked off the 2014 trials season with their Luxembourg meeting at Hovingham Quarry, North Yorkshire, on New Year’s Day, with an entry of 80 riders.

Fifth win in six for festive Procter

Darlington and Stockton Times: ON HIS WAY: Kevin Procter drives over the line to take victory in the Christmas Stages rally

9:44am Monday 6th January 2014

SCRUTON’S Kevin Procter took his fifth victory in six years on Northallerton AC’s popular Christmas Stages Rally last Saturday but it was anything but plain sailing for the versatile Subaru WRC driver as his battered car testified at the end of eight actionpacked stages at Croft Circuit.

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