Clean sweep as Frank Bird and Jack Morton win the 2022 rally

Frank Bird and Jack Morton in their Ford Fiesta Rally2 won all eight stages to dominate the rally in slippery conditions.

Frank Bird/Jack Morton in their Ford Fiesta Rally2

The rally started with mist lifting and a very slippery track, but Frank Bird was immediately on the pace, winning the stage by 11 seconds.  This pattern continued throughout the day, as they won every stage, to finish with a winning margin of 1 minute 17 seconds.

John Stone and Tom Woodburn got within two seconds of the winning crew on both stage 5 and 6, to finish a creditable second overall.  They were followed by Neil Roskell and Andrew Roughead, who finished just five seconds behind them.

Top 2 wheel drive car was  Joshua Davey/Tamsyn Davey in a Darrian.  After six stages they had an identical time to Jeremy Straker/Simon May in another Darrian.  They beat them on the final two stages although both crews secured class wins.

Christopher Newton/Anthony Newton in their 1,400cc Vauxhall Nova performed their now common giant killing act by finishing 17th overall.

A few cars brushed tyres through the day, with perhaps the most fortunate escape being for Alistair Inglis/Will Atkins whose Ford Fiesta Rally 2 rotated against the tyre wall at Graham Hill bend on the very first stage which was also their first outing in the car.

World Rallycross driver Ollie O'Donovan showed good pace and added car variety in the Hyundai R5, running fourth at half distance although unfortunately he failed to finish.

Unluckiest driver?  We think Mick Johnson of MGJ Engineering, the rally's title sponsor, whose car had driveshaft and differential issues and retired on the very first stage.  However we thank Mick for his ongoing support of the event.

After a cold day we also thank the marshals and organising team for all their hard work to deliver a safe and successful rally.

Overall result 

1. Frank Bird/Jack Morton                                  Ford Fiesta Rally 2                     42:50

2  John Stone /Tom Woodburn                         Volkswagen Polo GTI R5           44:07

3  Neil Roskell/Andrew Roughead                     Ford Fiesta R5                            44:12

 

Class Winners

A     Christopher Newton/Anthony Newton       Vauxhall Nova

B     Ben Wilkinson/Andrew Wilkinson              Peugeot 106 Maxi

C     Joshua Davey/Tamsyn Davey                   Darrian T90

D     Jeremy Straker/Simon May                       Darrian T90 Gt-R5

E1    Wayne Larbalestier/Archie Larbalestier    Mitsubishi Evo 3

E2    Frank Bird/Jack Morton                             Ford Fiesta Rally 2 

H      Kevin Jones/Lee Jones                             Ford Escort Mk1

MX5 Shaun Hollamby/Sion Cunniff                    Mazda MX5

 

Seeded entry list now available

Winners from 2020

 

What an entry list we have!

It's a full list of 100 cars headed by the most recent winners of the rally, Frank Bird/Jack Morton.  They are followed by the two drivers tied on points at the head of the MSN Circuit Rally Championship Barry Morris and Neil Roskell.

There's quality and variety throughout the field as you can see at this link

Planning for the 2022 rally continues

Your organising team is continuing its preparations for the rally on 15th January 2022.

The Omicron variant of Coronavirus is a topic in the news each day, with the potential for further Covid restrictions to be brought in.

At this time our plans are unchanged, but we continue to monitor government public health updates and any potential changes to protocols.  We also await any future updates and guidance from Motorsport UK.  Meanwhile we will continue to work with partners including Brands Hatch Circuit to deliver a safe and successful rally.

Advance tickets are now on sale from Brands Hatch who offer a Covid-19 Guarantee.  Click on this link.

21st December 2021  

Date announced for the rally in 2022

The MGJ Engineering Brands Hatch Winter Stages will run on Saturday 15th January 2022 and is scheduled to be the fourth round of the incredibly popular MSN Circuit Rally Championship.

We'll bring you more news about entering the event, marshalling and spectating over the coming months.

Marshal registration is due to open on 1st December 2021 and competitor entries at 19:00 on 9th December.

Organisers’ Statement

MGJ Engineering Brands Hatch Winter Stages cancelled for 2021

While the next running of the rally was scheduled for Saturday 16th January 2021, government public health measures placed Brands Hatch, along with all areas of Kent, in the new COVID-19 Tier 4: Stay at Home area from 20th December 2020.

This limits permissible activity within Tier 4 and travel to and from it, affecting competitors and volunteers alike.  The areas subject to Tier 4 restrictions will be expanded further from Boxing Day. 

Given there is no realistic expectation of a material improvement before 16th January 2021, the organising team has made the reluctant decision to cancel the rally for 2021.

Competitors will already have received an email detailing how to receive a refund of the entry fee.  There will be a significant workload for our volunteers to process this, which will be done as quickly as possible.

We are very grateful to our competitors, volunteers and sponsors for your commitment to the rally and we look forward to returning to Brands Hatch in the future.

 

MGJ Engineering Brands Hatch Winter Stages Organising Team
24th December 2020