Brean rally teams all ready for race weekend

PUBLISHED: 14:14 24 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:14 24 January 2018

Brean Stages Rally.

Brean Stages Rally.

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Drivers from around the country are gearing themselves up for the Brean Stages Rally to be held at Brean Leisure Park on the weekend of January 27-28.

It is action all the way at this year’s Brean Stages Rally with the cars ready to roar away from the start at the Brean Leisure Park venue in Somerset.

With the event hosting the opening rounds of three major regional championships, competition for top honours is bound to be keenly contested over the two days of rallying in the park.

The rally, which takes place on January 27 and 28, has received entries from all around the UK and is one of the South West’s most popular motor sports events.

Seeded at one is last year’s winner, Aaron Newby with co-driver Andrew Leech in their award-winning TEG Motorsport Subaru Impreza, the team are from Lancashire.

Next up at number two is Brean favourites husband and wife team, Steve and Yvonne

Furzeland in their formidable Subrau Impreza S12 World Rally Car, Steve and Yvonne from Plymouth have won this event three times in the past.

Five-times previous winners at Brean, Karl Broad with co-driver Roger Grant are competing again this year in their recently acquired Ford Fiesta. Seeded at 10, this will be the first outing for the pair in this car and are hoping for a trouble-free run.

The rally actually gets under way for the competitors on January 26 when the pre-rally scrutineering comes to Weston. The rally cars will arrive at the Weston College’s

Automotive and Motorsport Technology Centre on Locking Road between 1-6pm.

This facility will be open to the public who will get the opportunity to view the rally cars and meet the drivers.

Other local drivers include, Stuart Bliss, driving a Honda Civic and brother Rick Bliss in a similar car; Pete Donnachie/Mark Carrow (Subaru Impreza), Dave Harris (Ford Escort) with son Jamie driving a Peugeot 205. Father and son team Dave and Jonathan Westlake in a Ford Focus and Simon Bretherton in a Citroen Saxo.

Making a return to stage rallying after many years, is Alan Holly, co-driven by David Thorpe, the pair are in a Mitsubishi EVO.

One remarkable competitor is disabled rally driver Barry Pavey from Bridgwater, who drives his Ford Escort rally car with prosthetic lower limbs. Barry has been rally driving for a number of years and proves that competitive driving is yet another sport that is not beyond the reach of anyone. Barry is seeded at number 44.

Six special stages will be completed throughout Saturday with a further six stages on Sunday. The rally, held entirely within the grounds of Brean Leisure Park and is organised and promoted by locally based Club Rallysport West.

Spectators are welcome into the park over both days and indoor and outdoor catering facilities will be available. The organisers have ensured that spectators are looked after with three viewing areas, one of which is dependant on weather conditions, spectators are advised to bring suitable footwear.

Spectators will be admitted to the park over both days of the rally with an admission charge of just £10, including a free programme. Accompanied children under-12 years will be admitted free.

Car parking is £5. No dogs please, with the exception of guide dogs. Gates open on both days from 8.30am.

You can keep up to date with all the rally news by visiting the website www.crswrallies.co.uk

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