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WWRS 2014 Announce CTwo major regional Challenges will be organised within the 2014 R.A.C. Rally Championship, which is unveiled today (Monday 14 October) during the first virtual championship launch in British rallying.

The 2014 Championship will incorporate individual Welsh and Northern Challenges, aimed at giving the championship as broad an appeal as possible and ensuring that crews with limitations on time or money, or both, can compete for prestigious end-of-season awards.

Welsh Challenge
With four first-class gravel rallies in Wales in 2014, the R.A.C. Rally Championship will introduce a Welsh Challenge.

Provisionally, competitors will count all scores towards their end-of-season total. The Welsh Challenge will run alongside the main R.A.C. Championship but will have a different scoring system: it will be a class and category-based challenge, allowing crews from any of the four categories to be the Welsh Challenge champions.

Points will be awarded for class position and overall position within each category. In addition to the overall award there will also be category and class awards. The championship runs concurrently with the R.A.C. Rally Championship and competitors can scores points in both series. The Welsh Challenge will be contested over the spectacular roads in Wales, the majority of which have featured in past Lombard RAC and Wales Rally GB events.

They include Halfway, Crychan, Route 60, Myherin, Hafren, Pikes Peak, Tarenig, Margam and Rheola. No other championship offers the chance to compete on these fabulous stages.

The rounds of the Welsh Challenge are:
Sunday 2 February, Red Kite Stages (Llandovery)
Sunday 2 March, Mid Wales Stages (Newtown)
Saturday 31 May, Severn Valley Stages (Builth Wells)
Saturday 9 August, Neath Valley Stages (Resolven)

Northern Challenge
With three excellent gravel rallies in the North of England in 2014, the R.A.C. Rally Championship will introduce a Northern Challenge.

Competitors will count all three scores towards their end-of-season total. The Northern Challenge will run alongside the main R.A.C. Rally Championship but will have a different scoring system: it will be a class and category-based challenge, allowing crews from any of the four categories to be the Northern Challenge champions.

Points will be awarded for class position and overall position within each category. In addition to the overall award there will also be category and class awards. The championship runs concurrently with the R.A.C. Rally Championship and competitors can scores points in both series.

The Northern Challenge will be contested over fabulous stages in the North of England, most of which have featured in past Lombard RAC Rallies. They include: Dalby, Cropton, Staindale, Langdale, Hamsterley, Gale Rigg, Newcastleton and Kershope.

The rounds of the Northern Challenge are:
Saturday 26 April, Tour of Hamsterley (Shildon)
Saturday 21 June, Carlisle Stages (Carlisle)
Saturday 27 September, Trackrod Historic Cup (Pickering)

The home for today’s virtual launch is the championship website: http://www.racrallychamp.org

Details of the 2014 championship are subject to MSA approval.

More details about the R.A.C. Rally Championship can be found at http://www.racrallychamp.org Follow the championship on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RACrallychamp and on Twitter: @RACRallyChamp.

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