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Revivals Garage and Motorcross News 2006

MDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship - Round five - Blyton

Shelley records fantastic Blyton Victory:

Shelley recorded a highly impressive win from pole position during round five of the MDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship at Blyton Circuit. At the start of the final it was David Bell who initially gave chase to Shelley, but Ben Clark carved his way through the field into second place, leaving Bell to battle with Knowles and Thorndyke. Knowles and Thorndyke made contact at the half way point of the final - almost taking each other out in the process. Knowles continued his pursuit of Bell and eventually forced his way past, when Bells steering became deranged. At the front, Clark hunted down Shelley and began to look for a way past, but Shelley brushed off the pressure being applied to record a fantastic victory. Clark and Knowles completed the podium just ahead of the B final winner - Edward Heinzelmann.

Richard competed in the combined Modified & Revivals category, with the teams Mini, finishing fourth overall. Scott Lawson enjoyed a more competitive showing with his Toyota MR2, only just missing out on a place in the A final.

Matthew Hay decided to double drive his Mini, using it in the Revivals and Minicross categories. Matthew finished fifth, just behind Richard in the Revivals A final (after winning the B final) and also second in the Minicross B final.

The final two rounds of the Championship takes place at Croft Circuit on October 28th & 29th alongside the 2006 International Rallycross Superprix.
 

MDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship - Round four - Blyton

The Revivals team took part in round four of the MDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship at Blyton last weekend. Richard Wakeling gave debut to the teams new Mini, which will become Shelley's race car for the rest of the season.

The day dawned in a bask of sunshine, setting up a great day of racing. Richard focused on setting up the new Mini, by racing it in the Modified category. A couple of minor problems in the heats meant that he started the final from the third row of the grid. His target was to compete with the Toyota MR2 of John Wood, as both cars race in the Revivals category. Wood - an ex Autocross driver had spent the last couple of months converting his car to Rallycross trim and he was not to far away from the pace of top Super Modified driver Simon White, who won the event. Richard gave it his all in the final as he chased the leading duo, but in doing so he went off and damaged the front suspension of the car resulting in a non finish. Scott Lawson was sidelined in his Toyota MR2 during the third round of heats with a broken gearbox casing and earlier in the day suffered a hole in the radiator causing the Toyota to loose all of its water.

Shelley and Matthew had differing fortunes throughout the heats, with Shelley qualifying on the second row for the A final and Matthew qualifying on the second row in the B final.  At the start of the B final  Andy Knowles got the initial jump ahead of pole man - David Bell and Matthew. The six cars circulated nose to tail for the duration of the race, but Matthew could find no way past the two leaders, as he crossed the line in third place.

In the A final, Shelley finished sixth overall after a race long battle with Ed Heinzelmann and Rod Stanniland. The result leaves Shelley seventh overall in the Minicross Championship standings.

The next round of the Championship takes place at Blyton on Sunday October 15th, where Richard plans to debut his new MG ZS.
 

Revivals team attend RallyDay with the new MG

The Revivals team attended the 2006 Rally Supercar Day at Castle Combe together with the Rallycross Super Series, which took place at Castle Combe last weekend (July 22nd). The new MG attracted a lot of attention from the vast crowd, but the focus will now turn to giving the car its initial run during the coming weeks.
 

New MG ZS nears completion

The Revivals team can today (Saturday July 22nd 2006) officially reveal the exclusive pictures of Richard Wakelings brand new Super National specification MG ZS. Please click here to view the full picture gallery of the MG.
 

European Minicross - Holland (Valkenswaard - July 16th 2006)

The Revivals team travelled across the water to Valkenswaard in Holland for the yearly dose of Dutch Rallycross. The team took across three Minicross drivers - Edward Heinzelmann, Scott Lawson & Shelley's mini which Richard was racing.  John Thacker, David Bell & Mark Griffin were also in attendance.

The Dutch did not disappoint with the circuit being in top condition and the sunshine belting down throughout the weekend. The boys enjoyed three good heats, but unfortunately David Bell suffered head gasket problems which ended his event after the first race of the day.



Thacker lined up on pole position for the A final, with Heinzelmann & Wakeling completing the front row of the grid. Griffin & Lawson made up the second row of the grid. As the lights turned to green, Wakeling made a fantastic start and had more than a car lengths lead as they headed into the first corner. Thacker was hot on his heals closely followed by Griffin who had also made a fantastic start, but this was all to no avail as the red flags were thrown and all of the drivers were called back to the startline for a second attempt (we still don't know why!). At the restart, Wakeling made another perfect start, taking up where he had left off. The old boy certainly hasn't lost his touch, fending off the pack as they arrived into the first corner. This time though Thacker was a lot closer batting with Wakeling all of the way around the circuit. Lap after lap they would battle it out and each time they disappeared around the back of the circuit and on to the loose section, it was anyone's guess as to who would emerge in the lead. Wakeling then made a mistake as they went through the chicane on the fourth lap, but lost a lot of time by deciding 'side ways' was a lot more fun than just simply driving through the chicane. Thacker saw an opportunity, but also made a small mistake which meant that both drivers were along side each going onto the loose section. Everyone held their breath to see who would emerge in the lead, but Wakeling used all of his experience to take the chequered flag first. Thacker made a mistake in the final corner which allowed Heinzelmann to grab second place. Griffin and Lawson completed the list of finishers.

This was yet another fantastic race which the Dutch loved and is the reason why 2006 was the 18th year of Minicross racing in Holland.

After all the fun of racing was over the Minicrossers decided to go in to the town of Valkenswaard and play at the fair. Scott Lawson found his feet on the dodgems, while Matt Hay and Mark Griffin played on the 'Tornado' roller coaster.



Revivals also made a Dutch friend at the event - he was driving a Super 1600 Rallycross Mini. The boys had their picture taken with him. Revivals would like to thank everyone in Valkenswaard for their hospitality, we had a great weekend & we will definitely be seeing them next year. We can't wait until 2007, where there may be some water action at Centre Parcs. Watch this space for "Wakeling on water!".

MDA Clubmans Rallycross - Round 3 Report (Lydden Hill - May 29th 2006)

Tough Weekend for the Revivals team at Lydden:

Lydden Hill played host to round three of the 2006 MDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship, which took place alongside the Rallycross Super Series on Monday May 29th. Once again the "father figure" of the team, Richard Wakeling was double driving the 1300cc Rover Mini with daughter Shelley, while his Super National specification MG ZS had its finishing touches applied back in the workshop.

In the Yokohama Tyres Minicross category, Shelley put in two strong performances in the first two heats, resulting in a 7th and 13th place overall despite being faced with challenging weather conditions. Disaster would soon strike though when the engine in the Rover Mini let go whilst in the hands of Richard who was racing the same car in the Revivals B category (Richard was third fastest in the first Revivals heat). This left Shelley on the sidelines but she still managed to make it to the grid along with some of her friends as one of the K&N Filters grid girls.

The second Minicross competitor to come from the Revivals team was Matt Hay, who had a good weekend in his Orange flying machine. Matt recorded the ninth and tenth fastest times in the first and third heats, but a third fastest time in the second  heats qualified him on the back row for the A final. Changing weather conditions caught a number of drivers out in the A final which was won by John Thacker, with Matt finishing in 8th place overall.

In only his second meeting with the ex Tony Bell Toyota MR2, former Minicross competitor Scott Lawson qualified fourth on the grid for the A Final in the Revivals category. Scott also raced the Toyota in the Rally Car class, allowing him a further opportunity to get used to the rear wheel drive car,  where he qualified and finished in second place overall behind the Metro 6R4 of Ian Rowlance.



The final member of the Revivals team, who was racing at the weekend was Paul Wakeling at the wheel of his Vauxhall Corsa in the K&N Filters Super Series 2000 category. Paul was second fastest in each of the three heats behind the similar Corsa of Allan Tapscott, but Paul's luck didn't last past the first lap of the A Final, when technical problems halted his Vauxhall Corsa.

The Revivals Rallycross team will be taking part in the British Weekend at Valkenswaard (Holland) on July 16th followed by the Austrian Rallycross Masters at Greinbach on Sunday July 30th.

The next round of the 2006 MDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship takes place at Blyton on Sunday September 10th.

Rallycross Super Series Masters television Schedule:
09/06/06 at 18.30 on Sky Sports Xtra
09/06/06 at 20.30 on Sky Sports 2
10/06/06 at 02.00 on Sky Sports Xtra
11/06/06 at 01.30 on Sky Sports 1
11/06/06 at 04.30 on Sky Sports 2

Channel Five television programme Fifth Gear will also be showing television coverage from the Rallycross Super Series Masters event at Lydden Hill, following the progress of Vicki Butler-Henderson at the event.
 

MDA Clubmans Rallycross - Round 2 Report (Blyton - May 14th 2006)

Sunday 14th of May saw the Revivals Racing team take part in their second Rallycross event of the season at Blyton circuit in North Lincolnshire. Both Richard & Shelley were double driving the teams 1300cc Mini.

Shelley was competing in the MDA Rallycross championship and started the event on a high leading the first heat until a misfire dropped her to fourth place. The engine problem caused Shelley to miss the second round of heats, but with the issue resolved, a good result in the third round of heats qualified her for the second row in the B Final. After making a great start, she was leading as the field headed into the chicane, but a mistake on the loose section handed the lead to Ian Thorndyke. Shelley battled all the way, but Thorndyke made no mistakes, going on to claim the win.

Matthew Hay in the second Mini had a great opening heat, but a collision in the second qualification heats caused him to take a trip into the corn field. A better run in the third heats resulted in Matthew qualifying in sixth position for the A final, on the third row of the grid. Matthew made a good start to the final, but got boxed in as the pack headed down into the first corner and was seventh by the time they reached the chicane. He soon retrieved sixth place and went after the leaders, but ran out of time. Despite this Matthew was delighted with sixth place overall, considering it was his first outing of the year.

Richard competed in the 'Revivals' Class against 3 Modified cars and another mini. Richard came off the front row of the grid in the final alongside a 2000cc Modified Peugeot 206 & a 1800cc Modified Peugeot 205, so he had his work cut out. As usual Richard made a great start, beating the two Modified cars away from the startline, but the lack of power would see him drop to third place, as they arrived at the first corner. Despite his best efforts, he could not live with the more powerful machinery resulting in him having to settle for the final position on the podium. This result qualified him for third place on the grid for the Superfinal, which would be contested by the fastest eight people of the day. Richard made another great start in the Superfinal and was leading by the time they reached the first corner. Richard made a small mistake on the third lap, allowing Ian Thorndyke's Mini through into lead. He chased Thorndyke all the way but couldn't find a way back past, resulting in a second place finish overall.

Scott Lawson had his first outing in his new Toyota MR2, finishing fourth overall. Scott is now looking forward to his next event at Lydden Hill in two weeks time.

The full Revivals team, including all three Wakelings will be contesting the next event in the Rallycross Super Series, which takes place at Lydden Hill (near Dover) on Monday May 29th (Bank Holiday Monday). The event will be televised on Sky Sports 1, 2 & Xtra and the scheduling can be obtained from www.RallycrossSuperSeries.com
 

Revivals have just recently completed a mechanical overhaul of a 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4


 

Rallycross Super Series - Round 1 Report (Croft Circuit - March 12th 2006)

The English Rallycross Masters at Croft Circuit on Sunday March 12th, was the first outing of the year for the Revivals team. It snowed all day which made for exciting slippery conditions and plenty of great racing. The snow was non-stop causing poor visibility & iced up washers - not a good combination. The event ran superbly throughout the day resulting in the Revivals team recording three great results.

First was Shelley Wakeling in her mini, who qualified fourth on the grid for the final. She made a great start and was second going into the first corner. Shelley hung on to second place for the duration, despite a late challenge from John Thacker in the final corner, causing her to run wide. Luckily John ran wide as well and Shelley held on to her second place. This is Shelley's best result to date.



Next up was Paul's final. He had three fantastic heats, qualifying him second on the grid for the final. He chased the Peugeot 205 of John Whelan all the way, before making a great move on the third lap, forcing Whelan into a mistake leaving Paul to take the chequered flag. This was the first overall win for Paul in the Super Series 2000 category.



Last but not least was Richard, who was sharing Shelley's 1300cc mini, driving in the 'new' Revivals Class against a 2000cc Austin Metro & a 1600cc Toyota MR2. Richard started from the second row of the grid, initially making a good start to the final, but dropped to third as the pack headed into the first corner. Richard stole second place on the third lap after hounding the MR2 of John Wood from the start. Wood didn't give up and chased Richard all the way to the chequered flag, but Richard never gave him the chance to come back past.

The next event takes place at Anglesey (North Wales) on Sunday 9th April. It should be another cold & blustery day, but fingers crossed that it will be a little kinder than Croft!! You can catch all of the action from Croft on SKY SPORTS Extra this Friday at 6pm.
 

2006 will see a busy year for Revivals, as the team will now run six  Rallycross cars in total. The new season gets underway at Croft Circuit, near Darlington on Sunday March 12th, with the English Rallycross Masters.

We are currently building two new Rallycross car's for the 2006 season. The first is a new lighter mini for Shelley, in the Revivals Blue & white colours.

The other is based on the MG ZS 5 door hatchback, which will race in the Super National category. We have chosen this car because we feel that the physical dimensions are more suited to the specifications that we require. The car will be powered by the 2.0lt KV6 24 valve quad cam engine to which we are fitting to a 5 speed Getrag gearbox driving through the rear wheels via a special ratio limited slip differential.



The body will be one piece composite moulding of fibreglass and carbon fibre very similar in appearance to the MG cars which race in the British Touring Car Championships (BTCC). The chassis is a tubular space frame with integral roll bars, designed entirely by the Revivals team. The suspension will be mounted on to aluminium subframes and will use special light weight aluminium shock absorbers front & rear. An unusual feature is that the radiator will be mounted at the back of the car along with the battery and fuel tank, to place more weight over the driving wheels. An electric power steering pump, water pump and cooling fans are used, as these will not absorb any power from the engine to drive them.

For more information on the development of the MG and our other Rallycross cars, (plus pictures) please click on our 'Motorsport' link.

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