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Revivals Garage and Motorcross News 2007

Shelley - 2007 MDA Minicross Champion!

A fourth place and a win in the final two rounds of the 2007 MDA Rallycross championship at Croft Circuit, was more than enough for Shelley to claim her first MDA Minicross Championship title.

Going into the final round of the season, anyone of three drivers could have taken home the title with Shelley engaged in a battle with Ian Thorndyke and Danny Budd.  Thorndyke claimed maximum points on the Saturday during Round 7, leaving Shelley knowing exactly what she needed to do to lift the trophy the following day, as the Revivals racing team went on to claim another 1 - 2 after Andy Lee finished second in the race and fourth overall in the Championship.

Another two strong finishes for Rod Stanniland saw the Retford based driver finish sixth overall in the Championship standings with Matthew Hay classified 11th overall.

An incident with novice driver Darren Grimstone ended Richard's Superprix charge in his MG during the second round of the Knockout races in the Super National category. Paul failed to make it to the start of the A final for the Open 2000 category, despite qualifying third on the grid for the final alongside Norwegian Atle Vik and newly crowned Open Champion - Allan Tapscott.

Mechanical problems on the Saturday meant that Paul finished fourth overall in the 2007 Rallycross Open Championship.

Scott Lawson finished second overall in the Revivals B final in the Superprix at the wheel of his Toyota MR2, just behind winner Dave Pinkney.

The event concluded a fantastic Championship season for the team - but it is not over yet as both Richard and Shelley are competing in the inaugural London Masters Rallycross event, which takes place at London ExCeL on December 8th & 9th alongside the London Motorsport Show. Please visit for further information.

The awards presentation for the Championship takes place on Saturday November 24th at the Northampton Hilton Hotel. To book tickets for the event please contact Shelley on 01763 208043.

Shelley leads a Revivals team 1 - 2 at Blyton

The team took part in round six of the 2007 MDA Rallycross Championship last weekend at Blyton (Lincolnshire). The Championship lead in the Minicross category swapped hands following a lights to flag victory for Shelley who had set the pace during the heats. Pre event Championship leader - Ian Thorndyke went out of the event after practice, opening the door for both Shelley and Danny Budd to move to the top of points table. Budd gave chase to Shelley throughout the final, but could not find a way past. Going into the final corner, Budd tried to go around the outside of Shelley, but fellow Revivals team driver - Andy Lee left his braking to the last moment to dive down the inside of Budd, snatching second place as the three cars crossed the finish line nose to tail. Neil Wade came out on top of a terrific five car battle to finish fourth, ahead of Mark Griffin, Andy Knowles, Rod Stanniland and Brian Wade, as the Minicross category once again delivered some more fantastic racing.

Richard also took part in the event in the Super National category, making use of some valuable track time to develop his MG, prior to the 2007 Jersey Farm Hotel Rallycross Superprix at Croft Circuit on November 3rd & 4th.

Paul up to fourth in Championship standings!

The Revivals Rallycross team were in action last weekend at Lydden Hill (near Dover), taking part in Round four of the 2007 Rallycross Open Championship and Round five of the MDA Rallycross Championship.

Richard Wakeling enjoyed a more competitive outing with his MG ZS, finishing fifth overall in the B final after a tight dual with European visitor Roger Lippens and Stuart Coldron. Paul Wakeling (Vauxhall Corsa) continued to climb the points standings after finishing fifth in the A final, leaving him fourth overall in the Championship. With one round remaining at Croft Circuit on November 3rd, the team are optimistic of a top three finish.

In the Minicross category, Shelley Wakeling came out second best after a race long dual with Ian Thorndyke in the A Final. Starting from the outside of the front row, she found her way past John Thacker, but could never quite get close enough to put a move on Thorndyke. Team mate, Andy Lee recorded a fine fourth place finish, with Rod Stanniland crossing the line in sixth.

With three rounds of the Championship still to go, Shelley is currently third in the Minicross Championship standings, closing in on the two leaders - Ian Thorndyke and Danny Budd. Round six of the Championship takes place next weekend (October 7th) at Blyton Circuit in Lincolnshire.

Revivals team Euro trip 2007!

Four members of the Revivals Rallycross team (Matthew Hay, Rod Stanniland, Shelley Wakeling and Richard Wakeling) from Braintree spent ten days away in Europe, participating in Rallycross events in Belgium and Holland on July 8th and July 15th.

It was the first visit for the team to the Maasmechelen circuit in Belgium which saw some great racing. Incorporated into the track layout was a joker lap which was is an extra part to the track which you had to take on one of the four racing laps. Shelley, Matthew & Rod had some great heats, with Shelley qualifying second fastest followed by Rod and Matthew.

Richard had a coming together with Ed Collect in the third heat which ended his chances of qualifying for the A final. Richard made a storming start in the B final and lead until he took the dreaded joker lap which dropped him down into third place. Shelley lead into the first corner in the A final, but a wide line on the second lap allowed John Thacker through into the lead. Unfortunately for Shelley her judgement of the joker lap let her down, dropping her back to fifth place on the final lap. It was a lesson learned - remember the jokers! Matthew Hay finished just ahead of Shelley in fourth place. Rod Stanniland finished sixth overall.

A week later the team travelled to Valkenswaard in Holland - a fantastic track which takes no prisoners with its concrete walls. Shelley lead the first heat, but she was a little too eager, apexing the corner wrong - hitting the wall ending her day early.

The boys though had a great day. Richard qualifying second overall for the A final ahead of Matthew and Rod. John Thacker got the drop on Richard at the start of the final with Richard chasing hard. Try as he might, Richard could not find a way past and he had to settle for second place ahead of Rod Stanniland. Matthew Hay finished sixth overall.

With the fantastic weather and great racing, the Revivals team thoroughly enjoyed their European trip. The next round of the Championship takes place at Lydden Hill (near Dover) on the 23rd September.

Revivals team in action at Santa Pod (FastFest 2007)

The Revivals team took part in FastFest 2007, at Santa Pod on Sunday July 1st as part of the Rallycross Open Championship on track display.

Paul was in action with his Vauxhall Corsa, while Richards MG was driven by the teams engine builder. The straight-line running on the 1/4 mile drag strip proved to be useful for the MG, as it helped identify some new areas for development, ahead of round four of the Rallycross Open Championship at Lydden Hill on Sunday September 23rd.

Richard and Shelley now switch their focus to the back to back British Weekend for Minicross competitors, in Belgium and Holland. Richard will step into the Mini as he attempts to win the event in Holland for the fifth successive occasion.

Shelley returns to winning form

The Revivals team enjoyed another good weekend of Rallycross action at Blyton Circuit, which hosted the third round of the Rallycross Open Championship and the fourth round of the MDA Rallycross Championship.

Richard gave the new MG ZS its debut outing in the Super National category as the team concentrated on analysing areas for development over the coming month. The car ran without any major problems and Richard finished third in the B final, leaving the team delighted with its initial outing.

Paul spent the day trading fastest times with Allan Tapscott at the front of the field and lined up second on the grid for the Super National A final. Tapscott got the jump at the start of the A final, leaving Paul to slot into second place while an incident between Mike Howlin, Jamie Lea and Russell Etherington split the field. On the second lap, Paul made a small mistake which resulted in the Corsa sliding off the circuit into the tyre barrier, handing the victory to Tapscott.

There was plenty to celebrate for the team in the Minicross category, with Shelley claiming her second win of the year. Team mate Andy Lee claimed the final position on the podium after starting from the back row of the grid. Rod Stanniland won the B final and finished sixth overall, while Matthew Hay did not make it to the start of the B final.

Shelley currently lies third in the MDA Rallycross Championship, but leads the standings when dropped scores are taken into consideration.

Paul takes second place in Rallycross Open Championship

The Revivals Rallycross team was in action during the second round of the 2007 Rallycross Open Championship last weekend at Blyton Circuit. Paul made his first outing of the year in the Super National category, finishing second overall behind Championship leader Allan Tapscott in his Vauxhall Corsa. The pair circulated nose to tail for the duration of the final, but Paul was unable to make the decisive to snatch victory. Richard's new MG was on display in the paddock area after mapping problems with the engine delayed the car making its competitive debut.

An incident in the first round of heats put Shelley out of the event, which left Andy Lee, Matthew Hay and Rod Stanniland to fly the Team Revivals flag in the Minicross category. Andy drove extremely well on debut to finish sixth overall after wining the B final. He also led 75% of the Olympus Minicross Cup Race, before Ben Clark found a way past.

Matthew Hay finished fifth overall with Rod Stanniland rounding out the top eight.

Revivals News

New four wheel drive Rolling Road for Revivals

Revivals have purchased a 4WD Rolling Road, collecting it over the Easter period. Work began on the project shortly after. All of the usual suspects gave a helping hand - a BIG THANK YOU goes to Andy Lee, Tom Gillun-webb, Matthew Hay, Tristan (from the farm) & Paul Wakeling for a great days grafting to dig the one metre deep hole (We don't think anyone actually realised how deep that actually was) - we even nearly lost Richard at one point!

The plan is to get the foundations laid over the next couple of weeks, with the Rolling Road being fitted immediately after that.

MDA Rallycross Championship Round 2 - Blyton Circuit - Sunday April 22nd

Shelley claims first win of the year

Round two of the MDA Rallycross Championship took place last weekend at Blyton Circuit, resulting in Shelley claiming her first win of the season, moving into the lead of the Championship.

Team mate Matthew Hay finished sixth overall, while Rod Stanniland lost out in a dramatic battle with Danny Budd and Thomas Edwardes in the B Final to be classified tenth overall.

Scott Lawson was also in action with his Revivals specification Toyota MR2 finishing fifth overall in the combined Revivals/Stock Hatch 2000 final.

Richard's new MG has approximately one week of work left to do and providing there is no last minute dramas, the car should be in action in Round two of the 2007 Rallycross Open Championship at Blyton Circuit on Sunday May 20th. The event also forms round three of the MDA Rallycross Championship.

MDA Rallycross test day - Blyton Circuit - Sunday March 11th

Paul has first outing of the year with the Corsa

The Revivals Rallycross team were present last weekend at the MDA Rallycross test day at Blyton Circuit. Paul gave his Vauxhall Corsa its first outing of the year, which was fitted with the new 2 litre engine.

Two of the teams mechanics, Andy Lee & Tom Gillun-Webb were sharing the spare blue & white Mini on Sunday. Andy is looking to possibly buy the car and race in Minicross later in the season. It just shows how the the teams hire drive system works. Both drivers were setting some very quick lap times by the end of the day.

Paul was also using Rod's spare car to take his girlfriend around the circuit (ex Dave Brodie mini), Dani thoroughly enjoyed it, although Paul did take a de-tour in the final corner.

2007 Rallycross Open Championship - Round 1 - Croft

Shelley finishes second in opening event of the season

The Revivals Rallycross team travelled to Croft Circuit near Darlington at the weekend for the first event of the new season. The team had four members competing in their Minis - Matthew Hay, Shelley Wakeling & Rod Stanniland in Minicross and Richard Wakeling in the Revivals Class. Richards new MG ZS was very close to completion, but the team could not finish it in time, for it to make its debut in the Super National category.

Shelley & Matthew both had three superb heat results. Shelley had two wins and a fifth place, while Matthew had two second place finishes and a fifth. Rod didn't have as much luck, with a crash in the first heat resulting in a non-finish. The Revivals team pulled together and got Rods car back into shape for the last remaining two heats. This proved to be worth while with Rod setting times good enough for a third row start in the A final. The final was looking great for the Revivals team - Shelley would start from pole position. As the lights turned to green, all three Revivals drivers made fantastic starts. Shelley made it to the first corner in the lead with Rod in third and Matthew just behind. Shelley had a race long battle with Danny Budd, before she made a mistake on the fourth lap letting Danny through into the lead. Shelley gave chase but had to settle for second place overall ahead of Rod and Matthew.

Richard Wakeling put in another giant killing performance with his 1300cc Revivals Mini - competing against the larger & more powerful cars. Richard qualified on Pole position for the Revivals B final, with a 260bhp Ford Sierra Cosworth lining up alongside him. Richard knew he had to pull something out of the bag to beat the Sierra away from the line. Try as he might he could do nothing to contend with the extra power of the Sierra. He had a great time chasing after the Cosworth and they battled until the chequered flag with Richard finishing in a very respectable second place.

The next outing for the Revivals team is at Blyton on March 11th for another test day where Richards MG ZS will be making its debut. Round two of the Championship takes place at Lydden Hill on April 9th.

2006 London Motorsport Show - ExCel

Rallycross Open Series launched with Richard's new MG

Richard's new Revivals built MG was given its official unveiling at the London Motorsport Show, which took place at the ExCel on December 9th & 10th. The show also included the launch of the new Rallycross Open Series and 2007 MDA Clubmans Rallycross championship.

The team also had the new 2 litre engine on display, which will now be fitted to the car ahead of the opening event of the 2007 season which takes place at Croft Circuit on Sunday February 11th.

2006 MDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship awards presentation

Shelley collects runner-up prize

The 2006 MDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship prize giving took place at the Hilton Hotel in Northampton on Saturday November 25th. Shelley received awards for finishing in second overall in the Minicross and eighth overall in the all rounders Championship. The first event of the 2007 season takes place at Croft Circuit on Sunday February 11th.

The MG and the Revivals team will be present at the London Motorsport show which takes place at the ExCel on December 9th & 10th. The car will be displayed on the Rallycross Open Series stand.

2006 MDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship Finals - Croft Circuit

Shelley just misses out on title glory:

After becoming the first woman to win a Rallycross event at Blyton last month, Shelley recorded two further victories in the final two rounds of the 2006 MDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship at Croft Circuit last weekend.

A fifth and a first fastest time on the Saturday saw Shelley take pole position for the A final, with team mate - Matthew Hay coming off the back row of the grid following problems in the first round of heats. In the final Shelley dominated the race in a lights to flag victory, followed by Ed Heinzelmann and Neil Wade. Matthew Hay battled his way up the order into seventh place overall.

Matthew turned things around on Sunday to take his first pole position of the season, ahead of Shelley who made it a Revivals 1-2 on the starting grid in the A final. Shelley raced into the lead at the start fending off the close attentions of Andy Knowles to take the win. Behind, John Thacker managed to secure fourth place which was enough to give him the Minicross title by just five points ahead of Shelley. Matthew retired from the A final after three laps.

Richard took part in the Revivals category, finishing eighth overall, in what what was hoped to be his last outing in the Mini prior to the debut of his new Super National specification MG.

2006 has been a highly successful season for the Revivals team and we now turn our attentions to 2007 which will hopefully see this success continue.

Richard's new MG will be one of four cars representing the new Rallycross Open Championship at the London Motorsport Show, which takes place at the Excel on December 9th & 10th.

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