Update on Forthcoming Rounds & Permits

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Please see below an Official Release regarding suspension of Permits. This includes Rounds 2,3 and 4, the Tour of Caerwent, The Tour of Epynt and the Rallynuts Stages. Whether affected events are to be cancelled or postponed will be posted as soon as information is received.

An abbreviated release from Motorsport UK :

In line with the Motorsport UK release and Government advice, unfortunately all Organising Permits and Certificates of Exemption permits, until at least 30th April 2020, have been suspended with immediate effect.

Any updates on the situation will be announced here:

Your support and understanding is very much appreciated during this difficult time, and we very much look forward to resuming normal service as soon as practically possible.

Kind Regards

Motorsport UK

Competitions & Clubs Team


16 March 2020 18:30

Press Release: Cancellation of Marshall & Hicks Print Media Tour of Caerwent 2020

Having consulted and taken advice from our landlords and following further advice from H M Government with regard to preventing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), Forresters Car Club have taken the decision to cancel the Marshall and Hicks Print Media Tour of Caerwent Rally, which was due to be held on the 29th March 2020. Read More

IPS Challenge Contenders Nominate Overseas Events

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Whilst many of us are digging out our Winter woollies and wet weather gear for the annual pilgrimage to Clonakilty for the West Cork Rally, Challenge Contenders Tom Coughtrie and Ian Fraser have slightly more exotic plans. The lads from Ayr and the Isle of Mull will be on the island of Majorca, forsaking Murphys and paracetemol for paella and parasols. (Picture by Mike Frayne) 

The crew have nominated the Mallorca Classico as their optional overseas round after taking a class victory on the Cambrian Rally in their Mitsubishi Galant VR4.

Unlike most historic spec. Escorts which have been built over the years, Tom actually owns a genuine David Sutton built car which he has had from new. For those of us under a certain age, Sutton ran cars for Drivers including Ari Vatanen, Pentti Airikkala, Roger Clark, Björn Waldegård in the 70’s.  They enter in the competitive section of the event which also caters for a regularity run, youth and Modern Classic sections.   See:


Steve Ormond-Smith hoped for better luck on the Isle of Man after differential failure ended his Cambrian Rally run. His company Ormco Accounts sponsors and promote the event which takes place on Jurby Aerodrome at the northern end of the island. Steve wheeled out his tarmac specification Evo IX but with a coolant issue early on the crew decided to call it a day to save the engine. Steve plans so far are to enter his gravel spec. car which was driven by his girlfriend Ealish Baxter on the Ormco Stages, in three more IPS Paint Rally Challenge rounds whilst he will also compete on all of the Manx tarmac and gravel championship rounds.

Our Double Champion Rhys Stoneman and fellow Junior Contender Keaton Williams have both nominated the Ypres Rally in Belgium in June.

The Rally Challenge is run in the same spirit as its promoting Club, Maesteg DMC, and any Contenders who wish to change their mind about which event they nominate before the event begins will be catered for.

Rally Challenge 2019 – Will’s Historic Third Win

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Wil Mains (left) and Rhys Stoneman (Right) with IPS Directors, Steff White and Neil Melmoth

Three times Rally Challenge Champion Will Mains marked the end of an era when he accepted his Awards at The Maesteg and District Motor Club Annual Presentation Night.

With Independent Paint Supplies now pledging its continued backing to the Club, Will was presented with the Perpetual Cup which he will now keep to mark his achievement.

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Launch of the 2020 Independent Paint Supplies Rally Challenge

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Directors Dom Thomas, Joe Thomas and Stephanie White were welcomed in December by Steffan Anderson-Thomas of Wales Air Ambulance for the official launch of the 2020 Independent Paint Supplies Rally Challenge.

Also at the Dafen Headquarters were newly crowned Triple Champion Will Mains from Llandysul and Swansea Valley youngster Rhys Stoneman who has taken both the 2019 Overall and Junior Co-drivers Rally Challenge titles.’

Championship Co-ordinator Terry Frayne commented, ‘With the successful FMP Motor Factors now sold, Maesteg and District Motor Club are delighted to retain support from the former owners new venture along with the enthusiastic support of the three enthusiastic young Directors.’

The Independent Paint Supplies Rally Challenge which this year has the Wales Rally GB as its finale, kicks off from the seaside town of Llandudno on February 8th with the Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally