Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

January 5, 2006
Speed kings Duncan and Nick are ready to defend title at 2006 Brean Rally

Also see: Brean Rally 2007 Preview

2005 Brean Rally winner Duncan Holder (left) with his Metro 6R4 and co-driver Nick Reeves

Duncan Holder and Nick Reeves, pictured, are gearing up to defend their title at the 2006 Brean Regency Stages Rally, to be held on January 28th-29th.

The local duo, from Mark and Ilminster, raced away with the title in 2005 and are optimistic of their chances this year. Rally enthusiasts from all over the country will gather for the popular event at Brean Leisure Park, which this year marks its 10th anniversary.

Two cars negotiate a corner at the 2005 Brean Regency Stages Rally [Photo: Al Crook]The top five provisional seeds for the event were announced on Thursday (January 5th), with Duncan and Nick being in the number one spot in their MG Metro 6R4.

Karl Broad and Trasie Moore (MG Metro 6R4) are at number two; Steve and Yvonne Furzeland (Subaru Impreza WRC) are at three; Dave Kynaston and Eli Sharpe (Audi A3 Quatro) are at four and Steve Winter (Subaru Impreza WRC) will start in position five.

Regency Stages Rally organiser, Rod McKenna from Weston Motor Club, said: "Duncan matched and beat his 2004 rally result to become the first Weston Motor Club member to win a significant rally in national terms for 20 years.

"His rally title has had a tremendous positive impact on the Club and we are very proud of what he has achieved. However, this year with more than 80 top drivers from the South and South West of England, including the previous year's rally winner Karl Broad, competing in the 2006 event, the level of competition is of a very high standard."

Neeeoooowww! Turbo-charged rally action at the 2005 Brean Rally [Photo: Al Crook]The rally is the opening round of three major championships - the Association South West, The Association Central Southern and the Cotsworld Motorsports Group - and the organisers say this should guarantee a high standard of entry.

Duncan, 43, who has been rallying since his was 17-years-old and a member of Weston Motor Club for 25 years, is well renowned for rallying in his trusty Rover 3500 Vitesse, which was formerly driven by ex-works driver Tony Pond.

In 2004, Duncan swapped his Rover for a nippy Metro 6R4 and came overall second in the rally. The following year, with rivals Karl Broad and Peter Lloyd out of the picture, Duncan competed in the same car to win the race.

Duncan is a keen rally driver and enters four, single venue, tarmac events each year. Nick has also been competing in the motor sport for more than 20 years.

You can almost smell the burning rubber as a car tears around a bend at the 2005 Brean Rally [Photo: Al Crook]Rod added: "The rally always attracts an interesting assortment of cars and drivers and this year is no exception, with the entry list including everything from Imprezas, Escorts, Peugeots, BMWs and even a Mini.

"Drivers to keep an eye out for this year include Exeter based David Kynaston in his Audi A3 Quatro, who came four seconds behind rally winners Duncan and Nick last year, Taunton-based Karl Broad in his Metro 6R4 and Steve Winter from Brent Knoll in his Impreza."

Sponsored by Regency Insurance Brokers and being organised by Weston Motor Club, the two-day event features 12 special stages within the Park covering 50 miles.

During the weekend there will also be trade stands, a static display of rally and race cars, grand stand seating and live rally action on big screen TV, plus other attractions including a flying display on the Sunday by the 'Utterly Butterly' aerobatic wing walking team.

Entry to the Rally on Saturday opens at 9am with the race starting at 11am. On the Sunday it opens at 7.30am and the rally re-starts at 9am. Car parking is £7 on Saturday and £10 on Sunday and both days include a souvenir programme.

RELATED LINKS:

Brean Rally 2006 Day One photos & standings

Photos of the 2005 Brean Regency Stages Rally [External site]

2005 Brean Regency Stages Rally won by 'speed king' Duncan Holder

2005 Brean Regency Stages Rally - Day One Report

10-day weather forecast for Brean and Burnham

Hotels and accomodation in the area

Map showing location of Brean Leisure Park

 


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