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Due to circumstances beyond their control, Northallerton Automobile Club Ltd has had to alter the date of the Specsavers Christmas Stages Rally which will now take place six days later than planned on bank holiday Monday January 2nd 2012.

The organisers were informed by Croft Circuit earlier this week that the original date of December 27th  2011 was no longer available due to their 40 noisy day allocation now being used up for 2011 but following a meeting last night, the NAC committee agreed to the revised date offered by Croft rather than cancel the event.

The club is now undertaking the various and considerable tasks involved with the rescheduling of the event and it is hoped that many of the competitors who had entered for the original date will be able to still contest the popular event which will still run to the original format.

Clerk of the Course, Ian Jackson commented: “This is not the first time we have had to reschedule our event because of the recent restrictions imposed on Croft and whilst it’s very disappointing, we are still committed to putting on a popular and successful event. We realise the revised date will not be suitable for everyone but we hope we get the support we need as an awful lot of time and effort has gone into organising this so far. The easy option would have been to cancel the event but we didn’t want to do that as despite the worst that the weather has thrown at us over the years, we have never been defeated yet!”

Once again sponsored by the Middlesbrough branch of Specsavers, the event will start at 09.15 and comprise 40 miles over seven stages around the race track and perimeter roads. Incorporating rounds of the AS Performance North of England Tarmac Championship 2012 and the Just Ferries Yorkshire Winter Rally Challenge 2012 a limited number of entries are still available and information can be found at www.northallerton-ac.co.uk.

The cost of the entry is £195 and final closing date for entries is Friday 16th December 2011 with final instructions available from 18th December 2011. Media accreditation will be handled by Croft Circuit directly whereby all applications or enquiries need to be addressed to Tracey Morley, Circuit Manager, Croft Circuit, Dalton On Tees, DL2 2PN, via email (tracey@croftcircuit.co.uk) or telephone 01325 721815.

Previous Winners -
2001 David Henderson/Hayley Selby – Mitsubishi Lancer
2002 Paul Bird/Larry Carter – Hyundai Accent WRC
2003 Paul Bird/Larry Carter – Hyundai Accent WRC
2004 Tom Morris/Neil Chambers – MG Metro 6R4
2005 Tony Bardy/Reg Smith – Nissan Sunny GTi-R
2006 David Bogie/David Patterson – MG Metro 6R4
2007 John Stone/Lee Carter – MG Metro 6R4
2008 Kevin Procter/Dave Bellerby – Subaru Impreza WRC
2009 Kevin Procter/Dave Bellerby – Subaru Impreza WRC
2010 Dale Robertson/Paul McGuire – Mitsubishi Lancer

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