Rally roars into action as record number of drivers take part
record 100 entries are taking part in the 18th annual Brean Rally
at the village's Leisure Park this weekend.
2014 Brean Stages Rally started on Saturday and continues on Sunday
at Brean Leisure Park.
several World Rally Cars among the entries, competition for top
honours is hotter than ever.
the drivers are the 2011 British Truck Racing Association champion
driver, Dave Jenkins, who is best known for his recent exploits
on TV driving a slip-streaming truck for bike racer Guy Martin
in the Channel 4 programme Speed.
competing will be 19 year-old Aaron Newby from Cumbria, who is
the 2013 Manx Rally Champion, with an impressive nine wins in
his TEG Sport and Pirelli backed Subaru Impreza.
racers include Richard Bliss from Weston who is Welsh Tarmac Rally
these will be Peter Lloyd, former 5 times winner of the Brean
Rally, in his Subaru Impreza WRC S14 and Steve Furzeland, winner
of the event in 2013 driving a Subaru Impreza WRC S12.
interest is centred on Burnham's Dave Phillips and Tim Bagg from
Burnham Motor Club, who will be competing in their Mk 2 Escort.
rally got under way for the competitors on Friday (24th January)
when the pre-rally scrutineering was held for the first time at
Weston Colleges Automotive Technology Centre.
special stages will be completed throughout Saturday with a further
six stages on Sunday and an added Trophy Rally incorporating those
competitors who were unfortunate to retire from the rally on the
Saturday stages and who manage to put things back together for
the Sunday morning re-start.
rally, organised by Club Rallysport West, was awarded the coveted
South West Rally of the Year title in 2011 and has
grown in stature and popularity over the years, attracting some
of the sport's leading crews. The rally will again be the opening
round of two major regional championship series, the Association
of South Western Motor Clubs and the Cotswold Motor Sport Group.
are again welcome. On Saturday and Sunday 25th and 26th January,
spectators will be able to watch the action up close.
will be both indoor and outdoor catering facilities be available
on both days.
Spectators will be well looked after with three viewing areas,
one of which has a covered grandstand, giving excellent viewing
across the inner field stages.
will be admitted to the park over both days of the rally with
an admission charge of £5 (accompanied children under 12
will be admitted free) and car parking will be £5. Gates
open on both days from 8.30am.