Hamilton hopes he has edge over team-mate

The Northern Echo: CONTENDER: McLaren's Lewis Hamilton

10:57am Thursday 17th April 2014

LEWIS HAMILTON is hoping his recent victory in Bahrain has delivered a psychological blow to Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg as they scrap over this year’s Formula One world title.

North-East's biggest rallying event moves to Sunderland

The Northern Echo: Theo Bengry and Les Forsbrook won their class in the Roger Albert Clark Rally. Photo: Mark Writtle, Writtle Photographic.

8:38pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

THIS year's Roger Albert Clark Rally will have a completely new look as Sunderland takes over as the host city.

Pye secures second place in rally at Cadwell Park

The Northern Echo: RALLY SUCCESS: Tristan Pye on his way to runner-up spot at Cadwell Park last weekend – Picture: Kenton Rose (Auto Focus Photography)

3:22pm Friday 11th April 2014

BISHOP Auckland rally driver Tristan Pye was in action during last Sunday’s TJS Self Drive Alan Healy Memorial Stages Rally at Cadwell Park and came away with a superb second place.

Willis succeeds the hard way in trial high above West Witton

The Northern Echo: WINNER: Reigning British trials champion Michael Brown in action at Fell Green, Bootle, Merseyside, last weekend

3:20pm Friday 11th April 2014

THE exposed Penn Hill trials venue high above West Witton served as the venue for the AMCA affiliated Darlington and DMC meeting on Sunday.

Hamilton wins a thriller

The Northern Echo: Lewis Hamilton celebrates his win in Malaysia

11:24am Monday 7th April 2014

LEWIS HAMILTON survived a pulsating battle with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to clinch back-to-back victories for the first time in four years.

Bean and Bellerby in top form at Lydden Hill circuit

The Northern Echo: DRIVING FORCE: Drew Bellerby, 15, in action at Lydden Hill last weekend – Picture: Xavier McCartan

4:26pm Friday 4th April 2014

NORTHALLERTON teenagers Charlie Bean and Drew Bellerby were on top form at Lydden Hill, Kent, last weekend when they dominated proceedings in the junior class during the opening round of the Shannon Holdings British Rallycross Championship.

Rock-solid ride sees Howell win tough trial at Westerdale

The Northern Echo: IN CONTROL: Jack Howell masters the rocky course at Westerdale, in the Esk Valley, to win Guisborough DMC’s Trial on Sunday

4:24pm Friday 4th April 2014

GUISBOROUGH DMC turned the clock back for a good oldfashioned no-stop trial on Sunday at Westerdale, in the Esk Valley.

Border Counties Rally joy as Petch clinches second place

The Northern Echo: BORDER RAIDER: Hamsterley’s Stephen Petch and Crook co-driver Michael Wilkinson on their way to a second place in the Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally last weekend

3:44pm Friday 28th March 2014

HAMSTERLEY rally driver Stephen Petch took time out of his BTRDA Rally Championship campaign to contest last weekend’s Brick & Steel Border Counties Rally and came away with a superb second place.

Alderson uses his experience to win Allison Memorial Trial

The Northern Echo: EASY RIDER: Philip Alderson masters the tricky course on the Telfit Moors to win the Andrew Allison Memorial Trial on Sunday

3:41pm Friday 28th March 2014

RICHMOND Motor Club enjoyed sunny conditions for the Andrew Allison Memorial Trial on Sunday on the scenic Telfit Moors.

Croft Autodrome prepares to mark its 50th anniversary

The Northern Echo: TRACK DEBUT: Former BTCC Champion Alain Menu was back in action at Croft in readiness for the 2014 season – Picture: Tony Todd

4:39pm Friday 21st March 2014

CROFT Autodrome will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, and with a bumper calendar of high-octane outings capped by the mid-summer Nostalgia Weekend, fans will be kept entertained season-long from start to finish.

Richardson masters rugged Peacock memorial trial test

The Northern Echo: SECTION WINNER: Jonathan Richardson (Beta) winning the Noel Peacock Memorial Trial at Hurst last weekend

4:38pm Friday 21st March 2014

RIDERS were in action at a windy, remote and rugged Hurst on Sunday, where Richmond Motor Club staged the Noel Peacock Memorial Trial, which attracted 104 competitors.

Croft gears up for start of 2014 programme

The Northern Echo: Danny Kent racing in Barcelona. Pictures: Bonnie Lane

8:02pm Thursday 20th March 2014

CROFT RACETRACK'S 2014 season gets under way next weekend as the North East Motor Cycle Race Club stage the first round of their club championship at the North Yorkshire venue.

Red Bull appeal in row over new fuel flow rule

The Northern Echo: RAGING BULL: Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo on his way to second place in the Australian Grand Prix, prior to being disqualified

10:50am Monday 17th March 2014

RED BULL face a showdown with the FIA’s technical gurus after Formula One’s new era began in controversial fashion.

Petch and Windress clinch Wilson Rally podium place

The Northern Echo: RALLY REWARDS: Stephen Petch and Ian Windress on their way to a podium spot in the Lake District last weekend – Picture: Marcus Andrews

4:41pm Friday 14th March 2014

HAMSTERLEY’S Stephen Petch and his Northallerton co-driver Ian Windress made up for the disappointment of an opening stage retirement on last month’s Wyedean Rally to claim a fighting third place on last Saturday’s Malcolm Wilson Rally to get their REIS BTRDA Rally Championship under way in the Lake District.

Austermuhle at his superb best in Osmotherley trial

The Northern Echo: INTERS VICTORY: Jack Stones in action in the DMC Basic Memorial Trial at Blubberhouses over the weekend

4:40pm Friday 14th March 2014

NORTHALLERTON DMC enjoyed dry blustery conditions, the second time of asking, for their popular Chequers Trial on Saturday. Held high above Osmotherley, North Yorkshire, it drew a top-class entry of 90 riders.

Drivers are gearing up for BTRDA rallycross opener

The Northern Echo: DRIVING AMBITION: Newton Aycliffe’s Chris Harper will be hoping for better luck at Blyton on Sunday

1:08pm Monday 10th March 2014

THE eagerly-awaited opening round of the 2014 Autosport International BTRDA Rallycross Championship gets under way at Blyton in Lincolnshire on Sunday with a healthy grid of about 50 cars set to contest the event.

Milner excels at farm venue to win Thirsk Motor Club Trial

The Northern Echo: TOUGH CHALLENGE: Richmond’s John Sunter in action

1:03pm Monday 10th March 2014

THIRSK DMC’s Long Plain Farm venue, in Hambleton, proved at its most difficult on Sunday after heavy overnight rain added extra bite to the four lap, ten section course, and it was Beta rider Adam Milner who grabbed the win from James Carr over a four lap, ten section course.

Wallace takes Driffield success

The Northern Echo: DRIVING FORCE: Northallerton’s Graeme Bell and Russ Radford finished fourth overall at Blyton, in Lincolnshire – Picture: Marcus Andrews

4:47pm Friday 28th February 2014

NORTHALLERTON enduro rider Robbie Wallace, 16, made a great start to the season in the first round of the Perkins Slade Ride off Road Enduro Championship last weekend when he scored a fine second place aboard his Motoconnection sponsored Yamaha YZ125.

Sadler defies conditions to win Graham trial

4:44pm Friday 28th February 2014

WEST Witton’s Richard Sadler won the rain-lashed Harold Graham Memorial Trial, in Arkengarthdale, on Sunday where Richmond Motor Club headed the numbers game with 160 entries.

Raising profile of Scott Trial at Telford

The Northern Echo: DISPLAY TEAM: Flying the flag for Richmond Motor Club at Telford last weekend, Andrew Brown, Ken Wallis, Richard Hague, Rhoda Fraser, Chris Wallis and John Fraser

4:44pm Friday 28th February 2014

SCOTT Trial secretary Chris Wallis organised a programme and photographic displays for Richmond Motor Club’s display stand at the popular Telford Motorcycle Show, in Shropshire, last weekend.

Kendrew pips Howell to honours

The Northern Echo: GIRL POWER: Beth Waite on her way to winning the Youth Class B at Dob Park on Sunday

4:55pm Friday 21st February 2014

NORTHALLERTON’S Guy Kendrew and Port Mulgrave’s Jack Howell, both Beta mounted and in superb form, battled for honours in the Guisborough DMC East Coast Tyres Trial, Kendrew showing more consistency in the latter stages to take first place.

Magic moment for Smith

The Northern Echo: SPLASHING OUT: Ripon’s Matthew Robinson and co-driver Sam Collis on their way to victory

4:53pm Friday 21st February 2014

THIRSK driver Mat Smith produced one of the performances of his career to win the opening round of the BTRDA 1400Scc Championship in a wet and windy Forest of Dean last Saturday to get his title bid under way in style.

Stephenson claims Riponian win

The Northern Echo: LEADING THE WAY: Riponian winners Peter Stephenson and Ian Windress make a splash in Boltby Forest, en route to victory last Sunday

4:20pm Friday 14th February 2014

HAVING finished third at the 2013 event, Teesside businessman Peter Stephenson managed to finally get his hands on the winner’s trophy when he took the victory in last Sunday’s Riponian Rally.

Riders fly high as Garmin Arenacross wows the crowds in Newcastle

The Northern Echo: Freestyle action from the Garmin Arenacross Tour

9:33pm Monday 10th February 2014

IT’S probably among the more unusual requests made of bosses at the Metro Radio Arena.

Top names absent as drivers gear up for Riponian rally

The Northern Echo: TITLE BID: Ford Focus WRC driver Peter Stephenson, from Teesside, will be action this weekend in the Riponian Stages Rally

2:44pm Friday 7th February 2014

DESPITE failing to attract the number of entries of previous years, Ripon Motor Sports Club’s flagship event – the Riponian Stages Rally – gets under way from Thirsk Rural Business Centre on Sunday morning with a new name likely to be added to the winners’ trophy.

Wise hoping to make it win number four in Jack Frost

The Northern Echo: WHITE TRACK: Last year’s Jack Frost Rally winners Chris Wise and Tracey Taylor-West will be hoping for more favourable conditions this year

4:21pm Friday 17th January 2014

HAVING won the event for a third time last year to add to his 2007 and 2008 successes, Pickhill driver Chris Wise heads an impressive entry list for Sunday’s Autogas 2000 Jack Frost Stages Rally supported by Cartersport, which takes place at Croft Circuit, near Darlington.

Richmond club sees steep increase in trials competitors

The Northern Echo: TEST RUN: Richmond Motor Club’s Gavin Lowther tries out the new AGB Sherco 300cc, watched by Andrew Brown

4:19pm Friday 17th January 2014

RICHMOND Motor Club’s Beginners and Easy Trial series broke records last year in terms of events and competitor numbers.

Croft Circuit gearing up for popular Nostalgia meeting

The Northern Echo: ALL OUR YESTERDAYS: Some of the attractions on display at last year’s Nostalgia meeting

10:23am Monday 13th January 2014

CROFT Circuit’s hugely popular Nostalgia fixture will take place this year on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, August 2 and 3.

Riders shine in rain at Hovingham

10:19am Monday 13th January 2014

EBORACUM MC kicked off the 2014 trials season with their Luxembourg meeting at Hovingham Quarry, North Yorkshire, on New Year’s Day, with an entry of 80 riders.

Thirsk driver to defend his title at Croft

The Northern Echo: SETTING THE PACE: Jack Frost Stages Rally winners Chris Wise and Tracey Taylor West tackle Tower Bend at Croft circuit last weekend

12:13pm Tuesday 7th January 2014

THIRSK driver Chris Wise has confirmed he will be defending his crown when Darlington and District Motor Club stage the Jack Frost Stages Rally at Croft Circuit on Sunday, January 19.

Fifth win in six for festive Procter

The Northern Echo: ON HIS WAY: Kevin Procter drives over the line to take victory in the Christmas Stages rally

9:44am Monday 6th January 2014

SCRUTON’S Kevin Procter took his fifth victory in six years on Northallerton AC’s popular Christmas Stages Rally last Saturday but it was anything but plain sailing for the versatile Subaru WRC driver as his battered car testified at the end of eight actionpacked stages at Croft Circuit.

Sadler takes top spot in the Albert Shaw Memorial Trial

The Northern Echo: IN CONTROL: West Witton’s Richard Sadler

9:42am Monday 6th January 2014

PREDICTABLY, the Richmond club’s annual Albert Shaw Memorial Trial at Fremington Edge, Reeth, on Boxing Day, was the competitors’ top option as 137 competitors headed for the Woodyard Farm alongside the fast flowing Arkle Beck to enjoy brilliant cloudless wall to wall sunshine.

Schumacher: The career of a sporting legend and the dark days ahead

The Northern Echo: DARK DAYS AHEAD: Michael Schumacher

4:19pm Monday 30th December 2013

MICHAEL Schumacher spent his career cheating death at 200mph but last night the seven time Formula One world champion lay in a coma after an accident while skiing with his family. Nigel Burton looks at Schumacher’s career and what may lay ahead…

Doctors admit Schumacher may not recover from Alps skiing accident

The Northern Echo: SEVEN-TIME F1 CHAMPION: Michael Schumacher

3:53pm Monday 30th December 2013

MICHAEL Schumacher remained in a critical condition in hospital on Monday as doctors admitted they could not tell whether he would recover from a skiing accident.

Schumacher in coma after off-piste skiing accident

The Northern Echo: Michael Schumacher has been seriously hurt in a skiing accident in France

10:40am Monday 30th December 2013

FORMER racing driver Michael Schumacher is in a coma after a skiing accident in France.

Milner in command with Embro Cup win

12:19pm Monday 6th January 2014

ADAM MILNER put his Acklam’s Motorcycle Beta at the top of the results in the Hull Auto Club’s Embro Cup trial on Sunday at Low North Park, where the Scarborough club hosted the established trial.

Croft is anticipating bumper crowd

12:18pm Monday 6th January 2014

IN addition to a top ten which wouldn’t look out of place on a British Championship event, Northallerton Automobile’s Christmas Stages Rally, which takes place at Croft Circuit tomorrow, features a host of local drivers hoping to perform well in front of an expected bumper crowd at the North Yorkshire venue.

Procter looking for fifth victory

The Northern Echo: FESTIVE TREAT: Kevin Procter

12:15pm Friday 20th December 2013

NORTHALLERTON Automobile Club’s Christmas Stages Rally takes place at Croft Circuit, near Darlington on Saturday, December 28 with not only a capacity 90-car entry, but one of the strongest fields assembled for the annual meeting.

Accolade for young club members

The Northern Echo: PRIZE GUYS: Young Richmond Motor Club members receive their awards at the town cricket club

12:12pm Friday 20th December 2013

MORE than 200 children and parents attended the annual Richmond Motor Club youth awards social and prize-giving ceremony on Sunday in the town’s cricket club pavilion.

Rallycross set to make a welcome return to Croft Circuit in 2014

The Northern Echo: WELCOME BACK: BTRDA Rallycross at Croft is back in 2014 – Picture: Tony Todd

1:25pm Friday 13th December 2013

AFTER 18 months of solid hard work undertaken by the British Trials and Rally Drivers Association Rallycross Committee and other interested parties, the BTRDA have now announced their 2014 calendar and class structure.

Chilton picks up Baxter Trophy at Harwood Dale

The Northern Echo: IN ACTION: Chris Laws

1:24pm Friday 13th December 2013

WHITBY’S Beta.uk rider, 22- year-old Andy Chilton added the Scarborough DMC’s Jacky Baxter Trophy to his list of achievements at a dull, but dry Harwood Dale on Sunday, defeating the three-lap, 12-section course with an unpenalised ride.

Vettel lashes out at double points plan

The Northern Echo: NOT HAPPY: Sebastian Vettel has criticised plans to award double points at the final race of the 2014 Formula One season

10:04am Wednesday 11th December 2013

FOUR-TIME world champion Sebastian Vettel has mocked plans to award double points at the final race of the 2014 Formula One season, branding the idea ‘‘absurd’’.

Swift wins Anniversary Rally

The Northern Echo: FRONT RUNNER: Paul Swift, of Darlington, leads the field during his victory in the BTRDA 75th Anniversary Rallycross meeting at Croft

3:08pm Friday 29th November 2013

DARLINGTON driver Paul Swift overcame not only the tricky conditions but also some of the best rallycross drivers in the country to take outright victory in the BTRDA 75th Anniversary Rallycross meeting at Croft Circuit, near Darlington, last Sunday.

Sunter produces expert ride to win Ridley Memorial Trial

The Northern Echo: CHAMPION: Healaugh’s John Sunter, riding a Montesa, on his way to victory in the Eric Ridley Memorial Trial

3:05pm Friday 29th November 2013

JOHN SUNTER, of Healaugh won the Eric Ridley Memorial Trial at Hurst, North Yorkshire on Sunday. He rode his Repsol Montesa to an almost penalty free victory over West Witton national S3 Part champion Richard Sadler.

Di Resta could return

9:56am Tuesday 26th November 2013

PAUL DI RESTA left the Interlagos paddock on Sunday with his head held high, vowing Formula One had not seen the last of him.

Vettel disappointed to end campaign

10:13am Monday 25th November 2013

SEBASTIAN VETTEL expressed his sadness at the end of what has been a crushingly dominant, record-breaking campaign.

Croft Circuit gearing up to stage 75th Anniversary Rallycross Trophy

The Northern Echo: RETRO ACTION: Lance Foster at the front and Paul Swift, near the rear. The pair will be in action at Croft on Sunday

4:17pm Friday 22nd November 2013

CLUBMAN’S rallycross returns in style to Croft Circuit on Sunday for Darlington and District Motor Club’s BTRDA 75th Anniversary Rallycross Trophy.

British champion turns on the style in Collinson Trial

The Northern Echo: ROCK SOLID: British Trials champion Michael Brown produced a superb ride to win the Cliff Collinson National Trial on Sunday

4:15pm Friday 22nd November 2013

THIS year’s British Trials champion Michael Brown, from Scarborough, produced a superb ride to win Scarborough DMC’s Cliff Collinson National Trial on Sunday.

‘Banner’ celebrates RAC Rally win

The Northern Echo: RALLY MASTER: Malton driver Steve Bannister and co-driver Kevin Rae on their way to a second RAC Rally victory last weekend

12:27pm Friday 15th November 2013

MALTON’S Steve Bannister and Scottish co-driver Kevin Rae took their second Roger Albert Clark Rally victory after another glorious three days of rallying through Yorkshire, County Durham and the Scottish Borders last weekend.

Olly enjoys life down on the farm with AJS Trophy victory

The Northern Echo: EXPERT RIDE: Olly Kendra rode the first four sections of the AJS Trophy Trial at Ouseburn without a penalty last Saturday

12:26pm Friday 15th November 2013

OLLY KENDRA was on top form at Moorgate Farm, Ouseburn on Saturday where he won the Eboracum Motor Cycle Club’s AJS Trophy Trial, ahead of David Pye and Richard Kendra.



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