Resumption of Rallying takes its First Step.

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Champ Stoneman heads for Cumbria.

Triple Champ Mains Irish Plans Scuppered

The year was to see Rally Challenge Double Champion Rhys Stoneman’s Co-driving career take a step up with a full British Rally Championship season after competing in 27 rallies in 2019. It was at Loughborough University on the Motorsport UK AASE Academy programme that he met driver Finlay Retson and plans were made for the crew to use a Fiesta R2 T19. Read More

Statement from Rally Challenge Organisers

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The Organising Team of the IPS Paint Rally Challenge have reluctantly decided that the 2020 Championship has been cancelled. The current uncertainty regarding the continuation of rallying in the UK this year has made it highly unlikely that we will be able to provide an equal number of Sealed Surface and Gravel Rounds and the situation means that we have not been able to provide the amount of publicity our loyal sponsors deserve. Only one named Round has taken place. Read More

Journey to the Sun Nets Scottish Crew the Current Lead

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Back in February no one could envisage a situation in which by May only one Challenge round has taken place. With five drivers and four co-drivers sharing the Championship lead after Round One, the Cambrian Rally, the current lead has been determined by contenders who nominated an optional overseas round.  Steve Ormond chose the Ormco Stages which he also sponsors in the Isle of Man though bad luck struck again with a non-finish. Read More

An interview With Steve Stokes of Wales Air Ambulance

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Q: Hi Steve. Thanks for taking the time out for a chat. How has this current crisis affected your ability to attend incidents?

A: WAA is part of the Welsh strategic response to the pandemic and attends incidents as normal, whether Covid 19 related or not. It must be remembered that our aim is not just to transport casualties but to get hospital standard equipment, highly skilled consultants and critical care staff to an incident as quickly as possible. It is in effect like taking the hospital to the patient. As Wales has such a rural landscape our input is a huge advantage compared to travelling to an incident by road. 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)  Read More

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. Read More

Launch of the 2020 IPS Paint 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 IPS Paint 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.’ Read More