Pirelli Weekend Round Up

Pirelli-shod GT Cup winners crowned The Pirelli-supported GT Cup Championship has crowned four different champions following its final two races of the season at Outlon Park in Cheshire last weekend.

McLaren MP4-12C driver Jim Geddie won race one to become the GTO and overall champion, while fourth in class was enough for Jeff Wyatt (BMW M3) to secure the GTA spoils for the second year in a row. Following the second race David Walley (Porsche 997) and John Seale/Jamie Stanley (Ferrari 458) claimed the GTB and GTC titles respectively, the latter pair by finishing second in class.

Behind Geddie in race one early leader Will Plant (Porsche 997) scored a GTB class win in third overall ahead of Walley, who was eighth overall. The GTA spoils went to Salih Yoluc (Ginetta G50) after 14 laps, with Darren Nelson (Ferrari 458) victorious in GTC in fourth overall.

Having finished second in race one Marcus Clutton (Chevron GR8) went one better in race two to win ahead of Geddie, with Plant and Nelson again picking up the honours in GTB and GTC. The GTA class victory went to Andrew Bentley/Adrian Lester in their Lotus Evora.

GT Cup winnersGT Cup winners at Oulton Park, where four class champions were crowned

Armstrong wins Scottish final on Pirelli tyres Jock Armstrong has finished the Pirelli-supported Scottish Rally Championship on a high by winning his seventh Galloway Hills event.

The Subaru Impreza driver, co-driven by Paula Swinscoe, started the last of six gravel stages nine seconds behind Cambrian Rally winner Dave Weston Jr’s similar Impreza, but moved ahead when his rival got stuck in a ditch.

In doing so the Castle Douglas driver not only won the event but also secured third place in the championship standings. “The pressure was really on”, said Armstrong: “That [final] stage is really tricky, but we got some good lines in there and good exits at most of the corners, so I felt confident. I was beginning to think I’d never achieve a seventh win on my local rally, so it’s a fantastic feeling.”

Outgoing champions David Bogie/Kevin Rae finished second in their Ford Fiesta R5+ ahead of Irish crew Desi Henry/Damien Duffin (Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV).

ArmstrongA late charge earned Jock Armstrong his seventh Galloway Hills rally victory

Simpson takes on Belgian test with Pirelli British driver Neil Simpson will continue his international programme with an appearance on this weekend’s Rallye du Condroz-Huy in Belgium on Pirelli tyres.

The Skoda Fabia Super 2000 driver will be joined by new navigator Elliott Edmondson for the final round of the Belgian Rally Championship, which is considered to be one of the most challenging in the country with technically demanding stages and changeable weather conditions that make tyre choice crucial.

Simpson, who runs a Skoda dealership in Lancashire, said: “I’m looking forward to teaming up with Elliott in the Fabia. He is seen as one of the rising stars of the co-driver world and we are really delighted that he has chosen to join us for this event."

The Rallye du Condroz-Huy takes place from October 31-November 2 and follows a number of events that Simpson has contested this year in the United Kingdom and Europe, all with the support of Pirelli.

Neil SimpsonThe challenge of Rallye du Condroz-Huy awaits Skoda driver Neil Simpson

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