Nearly 100 car to take part in Brean rally

Brean Stages Rally.

Brean Stages Rally. - Credit: Archant

The Brean Stages Rally will see almost 100 cars in action at Brean Leisure Park this weekend.

It’s action all the way at this year’s Brean Stages Rally with 97 rally 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 Saturday and Sunday, has received entries from all around the UK and is one of the West’s largest and most popular motor sports events.

The rally actually gets under way for the competitors tomorrow (Friday) when the pre-rally scrutineering comes to Weston. The rally cars will arrive at the Weston College’s Automotive and Motorsport Technology Centre on the Locking Road from 1pm on Friday afternoon until approximately 7pm for a pre-rally inspection by the events scrutineers.

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

Starting at number one is last year’s rally winners husband and wife team, Steve and Yvonne Furzeland from Plymouth in their Subaru Impreza S12 World Rally Car, followed by Bristol rally driver, Josh Payton in a rapid Ford Escort Mark2.

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This is no ordinary Escort as it has all the latest high-tech gadgets to take on the World Rally Cars. At three is another WRC, the Toyota Corolla of Somerset driver Gary Le Coadou and at number four Welshman Ian Godney in yet another Subaru Impreza WRC.

Local drivers include, brothers Rick and Stuart Bliss, both driving Honda Civics at numbers 21 and 24 respectively. At number 87 is Simon Bretherton, who is driving in his first rally in another Honda Civic. He has competed before at Brean, but as a C-driver and knows the venue well.

Six 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.

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.

An extra attraction to this year’s rally is Radio Pulse FM, with their Black Thunder vehicles broadcasting over the airwaves, conducting interviews with the rally crews and spectators.

The organisers have ensured that spectators are well looked after with two viewing area, one of which has a covered grandstand giving excellent viewing across the inner field stages.

Brean is one of the very few venues in the South of the country where spectators can watch this exciting sport at close quarters. Spectators will be admitted to the park over both days of the rally with an admission charge of just £5 (accompanied children under-12 will be admitted free) and car parking will be £5. Gates open on both days from 8.30am.

You can keep up to date with all the rally news by visiting the website

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