Past Winners of the Rally at Brean Leisure Park
|Year||Driver / Co-Driver||Car|
|1997||Karl Broad / Roger Grant||MG Metro 6R4|
|1998||Karl Broad / Roger Grant||MG Metro 6R4|
|1999||Peter Lloyd / Martin Henry||MG Metro 6R4|
|2000||Karl Broad / Roger Grant||MG Metro 6R4|
|2001||Peter Lloyd / Steve Snook||MG Metro 6R4|
|2002||Simon Allen / Clive Mitchelmore||MG Metro 6R4|
|2003||Karl Broad / Roger Grant||MG Metro 6R4|
|2004||Karl Broad / Roger Grant||MG Metro 6R4|
|2005||Duncan Holder / Nick Reeves||MG Metro 6R4|
|2006||Steve Furzeland / Yvonne Furzeland||Subaru Impreza WRC|
|2007||David Kynaston / Andy Russell||Audi A3 Quattro|
|2008||David Kynaston / Andy Russell||Audi A3 Quattro|
|2009||Peter Lloyd / Graham Handley||Subaru Impreza WRC|
|2010||Peter Lloyd / Graham Handley||Subaru Impreza WRC|
|2011||Peter Lloyd / Carl Sorensen||Subaru Impreza WRC|
|2012||Peter Lloyd / Carl Sorensen||Subaru Impreza WRC|
|2013||Steve Furzeland / Yvonne Furzeland||Subaru Impreza WRC|
|2014||Peter Lloyd / Carl Sorensen||Subaru Impreza WRC|
|2015||Steve Furzeland / Yvonne Furzeland||Subaru Impreza WRC|
|2016||Steve Furzeland / Yvonne Furzeland||Subaru Impreza WRC|
|2017||Arron Newby / Ian Davis||Subaru Impreza|
Brean Stages Rally 2017
SPINNING IN THE RAIN.....
Club Rallysport West's Brean Stages Rally saw large crowds brave the rain to watch the 99 teams from around the UK battle it out around the roads of the Brean Leisure Park over the two days of the rally. However before the rally got under way, Friday saw the rally cars go through pre rally scrutineering at the Weston College Automotive and Motorsport Technology Centre where a large number of spectators gathered to see the cars at close quarters. This is the fourth occasion that the college has hosted this part of the rally and provides the motorsport students with first hand experience of this technical side of the sport.
Four times winner of the rally, husband and wife team of Steve and Yvonne Furzeland in their Subaru Impreza World Rally Car started at number one hoping to make it 5 wins, but got off to a poor start by spinning their car on the first bend of the opening special stage on Saturday, losing some 20 seconds in the process.
At number two was young Arron Newby from Lancashire partnered by Ian Davis in another Subaru Impreza who took advantage of Furzeland's mistake taking the lead by some 12 seconds over the Furzelands, who dropped down to 7th position in the rally. However by stage two they were back in the lead, maintaining that position until the end of day one of the rally.
The ever changing weather on Saturday led to some tricky driving conditions and there was plenty of action right through the field, giving the spectators plenty of entertainment.
Sunday, day two of the rally started with overcast skies and the promise of plenty more rain to soak the already slippery roads of the park. This led to more drama with cars spinning in the wet conditions.
The Furzelands earlier fightback came to nothing on the opening stage of day two when on the startline their intercom and heated windscreen failed and later hitting a bale loosing them around 40 seconds. This gave Newby the opportunity to pull out an unassailable lead which would result in his eventual rally win with the Furzelands dropping to third overall position behind the Bristol crew Jim Munden/Andy Frost in yet another Impreza.
The awful weather conditions were also having a devastating effect on the rest of the field, with retirements from the rally coming thick and fast. Five times previous Brean winners, Karl Broad/Roger Grant from Taunton in their Subaru Impreza WRC and tipped to do well, retired on stage 7 with a broken gearbox.
Other local crews to retire were, Grant Andrews in a Ford Fiesta retiring after stage 4 on Saturday and Peter Donnachie/Mark Carrow in their Ford Focus unfortunately retiring on the penultimate stage on Sunday.
Local drivers who did manage to finish the rally include, Stuart Bliss, driving a Honda Civic finishing in a very creditable 10th place overall and taking a 2nd in class award. Father and Son Tom and Lee Bretherton 38th overall, Ian Archer driving a Ford Escort 41st overall, Simon Bretherton, Citroen Saxo 42nd overall and David Thorpe/Ian Drewitt Citroen C2 45th overall.
Richard Bliss who was taking a break from driving navigated for 18 year old Josh Cornwell from Surrey, they finished in their Ford Fiesta R2 in 15th overall position and taking the award for the 1st Front Wheel Drive car.
The rally awards were presented in the Tavern at Brean Leisure Park where the organisers thanked all the Officials, marshals, competitors and Management and staff of the Brean Leisure Park for another successful Brean Stages Rally. At a raffle during the rally over £600 was collected and together with other donations this gave a total of some £900 which is to be presented to Westcountry Rescue a voluntary rally rescue service.
Brean Stages Rally 2016
Brean Stages Rally 2015
Steve and Yvonne Furzeland took victory on the 19th running of the annual Brean Stages Rally in their Subaru Impreza S12 World Rally Car. This was the Husband and wife's pairing third victory at the venue.
Spectators flocked into Brean Leisure Park over the weekend for the two days of high-speed action where over 100 competitors blazed a trail around the weekends 12 special stages. Dry weather left near perfect driving conditions for the event which attracts many top drivers from all over the south west region as well as from further afield.
Steve and Yvonne Furzeland clinched the winner's title on Sunday in their Subaru Impreza S12 World Rally Car, but had to beat the competition, which included a late entry from Cumbria's Arron Newby/Andy Leach from Cumbria, also competing in a Subaru Impreza. Arron fresh from winning the Jack Frost Stages at Croft the week before had been in top spot at at the overnight halt on Saturday with a ten-second lead over Steve Furzeland, who had dropped time on the very first corner of the first stage on Saturday with a minor spin which had also seen his world rally car Subaru Impreza accidently trip its engine management into a reduced power mode for the rest of that opening stage.
From that moment on Steve had to fight hard to claw back the deficit with the two Subaru's putting on an excellent display of skilled driving control trading times with each other but also easing out a comfortable lead over the rest of the field which included two also very hard charging 2 wheel drive Escorts of Jim Munden/Tony Crocker and Josh Payton/Marcus Mizen.
Notable retirements from Saturday included the front running pairing of Martin and Dawn England who lost control of their Mitsubishi Evo X on the fast approach to a tricky corner with the car ending up broadsiding a kerb hard with extensive and terminal damage to the Mitsubishi's front and rear suspension and bodywork as a result. Both crew members emerged totally unhurt but disappointed not to be able to continue on the rally.
Arron Newby approached the first of Sunday's 6 special stages with the same determination as on Saturday blitzing the timesheets to increase his lead but then on stage 8, mechanical disaster brought his run to a premature end as his Impreza's turbo gave way with the car spectacularly trailing clouds of smoke as it came to a halt near the spectator area area putting him out of the event handing Steve Furzeland the lead.
Any notion that Steve would have a relatively unchallenged run to the victory honours were though soon dispelled as a very hard charging Josh Payton took up the gauntlet in his very quick Ford Escort, keeping Steve honest throughout the rest of the day. However Steve maintained his pace to eventually bring his car home in first place with a 52 second gap over 2nd place Josh Payton/Marcus Mizen Escort RS. Tony Munden/Tony Crocker Ford Escort RS a further 29 seconds back in 3rd place.
At the awards ceremony Burnham's MP Tessa Munt helped present the winner's trophy to the Furzelands and the rest of the award winners.
The organisers would like to thank all the Competitors, Marshalls, Officials, Sponsors, Brean Leisure Park, and the thousands of spectators for again making this a super weekends rallying.
See you all in 2016 for the 20th running of the Brean Stages Rally !