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Michael Brew and Breeshey Christian

This year Michael Brew and Breeshey Christian have been forced to forego the Peugeot 106 Challenge due to finances but are driving a Group B Mitsubishi Galant VR4 in the Manx Championship. We look forward to their return next year to the prestigious 106 Cup. top

The Midnight Sun to Red Sea Rally

1st - 21st June 2002

Midnight Sun to Red Sea Rally

In twenty days TRANS WORLD EVENTS will take you 8,500kms through ten countries from Ostersund in Sweden to Aqaba in Jordan. Across the Baltic, through remote, seldom seen parts of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania and then along the Aegean Coast of Turkey and into the Lawrence of Arabia deserts of Syria and Jordan. From the land of the Midnight Sun to the Red Sea.

Langworth Motorsport will be running Steve Blunt and co-driver Robert Duck in a Group N Peugeot 306 S1. top

We will be giving you updates throughout the three weeks of this major event.

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20th July 2002

Swansea Bay Rally

Photo by MARK SAYERThe team had two cars out on the event, the usual driver Stephen Wade from Dublin and his co-driver Andy Wilson and a last minute hire car for Chris Reid.

Steve had benefited from some forest testing before his first ever forest event - still only his third ever rally!.

After a spin on the first stage, Stephen and Andy set a time on stage two among the rally leaders. Unfortunately on the next stage, a fourteen miler through the classic Resolven stage, Stephen picked up a puncture with seven miles left to run and dropped one and a half minutes.

A final stage charge left them second in class, the team's hire car with Chris Reid finished first. This leaves Stephen 2nd in the championship. top

7th December 2002

B.T.R.D.A.Championship


Neil Hughes & Nick Reeves

The rally crew of Neil Hughes (Driver) & Nick Reeves (Co-driver) recently completed the final round of the BTRDA championship in their Peugeot 106 GTi. The season has been a roller coaster of events, resulting in 6th position in A6 (1600cc), 6th position in the Under-25 category and 25th overall in the Dunlop Silver Star (2WD) championship.

The season kicked off with the Wyedean Rally where Neil sampled the new car on gravel for the first time. Amongst the mud and rain the crew managed a creditable 9th in class, despite a tentative start.

Moving onto the Malcolm Wilson Rally, the crew faced the unenviable task of conquering Grizedale forest in 4 inches of fresh snow, on top of 4 inches of very slippy mud!! Quite a challenge given that this was only Neil's second outing on gravel. Following a slight off in Grizedale leaving some minor cosmetic damage, the crew managed to bring the car home without too many drama's. Anyway, 8th in class brought with it more experience and crucially one event closer to some drier weather.

Some testing was in order and the car was taken to Stang Forest in North Yorkshire for a day spent getting used to driving the car and playing with some tyre pressures to find a good balance. A few pointers from Justin Dale (who just happened to be on hand!) gave Neil more confidence to push harder. The day culminated in Justin showing how it should be done!!

After a disasterous non start on the North Humberside due to a split bulkhead, there was a longer lay off, missing the Somerset Stages (although Neil ran as Spectator Safety car) with the car fixed in time for the Red Dragon Rally in Port Talbot. Taking in a number of the Network Q Rally stages, Neil & Nick had previous experience being in a car together over the stages in their role as Network Q Rally organizers. The testing day in Stang worked a treat and the crew were much closer to the class pace, and as this was the first time on dry gravel, Neil gained more confidence in the car.

Being the local event to Langworth Motorsport, the Dukeries was the next challenge to face. The notoriously sandy stages were badly cut up and there was a real challenge just to keep the car from bouncing off the road. Not a pleasant event, and certainly not one to do again in the future.

By this time, it was mid season and a second test beckoned in Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire. An excellent day spent setting up some new rear dampers showed just how much trouble Neil had been battling against with the old, worn-out dampers. With the 106's handling transformed, the events moved back into Wales for the rest of the season.

The Quinton Rally was the next challenge, attracting the 206 Super Cup competitors as part of their championship. The strongest finish of the season saw 5th in class and 34th overall, showing that the testing work done in recent weeks had paid off hugely, and winning £100 from the Peugeot Bonus Scheme. Not only that, but the stage times showed that Neil had been mixing it with some of the 206 Super Cup crews…impressive considering the experienced competition at hand.

The Woodpecker Rally moved into the border forests of Wales and England and brought problems with the driveshafts of the 106. The Langworth Motorsport team swiftly reconstructed a new driveshaft in the main 30 minute service, making sure the car could continue. Losing a few minutes with a broken inner CV joint and several more minutes because a battery lead had jumped off caused the crew to drop down the rankings. Disappointing, given the good result that the crew were expecting in light of their class position before the problems occured.

Moving to the penultimate round of the championship, the Plains Rally, Nick was unfortunately not available and Kim Bannister very ably stepped in to cover for this event. Kim brought with him many years of rallying exeperince, most recently in the Nissan Micra Challenge. The event was largely uneventful and the pair managed some competitive times, although slowed at one point by the threat of recurring driveshaft problems. This turned out to be a suspension alignment problem which had caused the problems on the previous event - Woodpecker Rally.

The final event of the season, the Cambrian Rally saw the rain and mud return to the forest of North Wales. After a tentative run around the very impressive Great Orme tarmac stage, the crew moved into the forest of Clocaenog. Two exciting stages later, the gearbox mounting bolt broke on the start line of the next stage meaning that Neil had to nurse the car through 4 agonising miles before emergency service. Langworth Motorsport strapped the gearbox up to see if would hold through the next stage but on the road section there, it was apparent that all was not well and the decision was made to pull out of the event to avoid any further damage.

The season as a whole has been a huge learning curve for Neil as he got used to driving competitively on gravel and learning the limits of the 106 GTi. The closed season will see a complete rebuild as the car has seen a hard life over the past 12 months. Neil and Nick have already agreed to come back to the BTRDA championship for 2003 and look forward to increasing the pace to challenge for regular Top 5 finishes. top

 

Forthcoming Events

 Gawaine Clarke will be competing in the Manx International Trophy Rally at the wheel of Dave Kenish's Gp A Peugeot 205 1.9. It has been a long time since Gawaine has competed on the Isle of Man and longer since he used a Peugeot 205!

However, he is hoping for a good result in class and wants to kick Michael Brew's A** in his Mitsubishi Galant! top

 Stephen Wade and Andy Wilson will be taking part in the Peugeot 205 Challenge events and

 Ben Colley and Cliff Simmons will be driving a Langworth Motorsport built and run Peugeot 205 1.6 GTI in the final three rounds of the Peugeot 205 Challenge:

  • September 15 - Sweet Lamb Stages Ecurie Royal Oak MC NR Aberystwyth (B)
  • October 27 - Premier Rally Dukeries MC near Mansfield (B)
  • December 7 - Grizedale stages Grizedale MC Lake District (B)
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