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Paul Bird Jack Frost TTWith still over a month to go until Darlington and District Motor Club’s annual Autogas 2000 Jack Frost Stages Rally in association with Cartersport at Croft Circuit on Sunday 19th January 2014, entries are steadily arriving on a daily basis.

So far, over 30 crews have so far committed to the event and with plenty of interest for the eight stages totalling around 40 stage miles on the tarmac of the North East’s only permanent race track being shown, the organisers are confident of a top quality entry which usually attracts some of the UK’s leading drivers, including one of Britain’s rising stars, Arron Newby, who plans to be in action in his TEG Sport Subaru Impreza.

Understandably, many competitors choose to wait until after the over-subscribed Christmas Stages Rally which also takes place at Croft on Saturday 28th December before committing, and also to ensure that 2014 licences and technical regulations are in place, which is normal. And with the closing date not until Wednesday 8th January 2014, a rush for the remaining places is expected in the New Year.

The event will again comprise a qualifying round of the AS Performance North of England Tarmacadam Championship 2014, Fuchs Titan Race ANCC Stage Rally Championship 2014 and the SG Petch ANECCC Stage Rally Championship 2014.

With typically fast and flowing stages, the event usually attracts a capacity ninety-car entry, including some of the top drivers in the UK. Penrith MotoGP and BSB boss Paul Bird has won the event four times with event sponsor Chris Wise from Thirsk and Scotch Corner preparation expert Tony Bardy having three wins each.

Scrutineering and documentation take place the same day as the event from 06:00 with the first car starting at 09.15. There are classes for cars up to 1400cc, up to 1600cc, up to 2000cc, over 2000cc and all four wheel-drive cars as well as pre-1981 classic rally cars. The entry fee is £215 and the final closing date is 8th January 2014, although competitors are advised to enter early to avoid disappointment. In a bid to help competitors financially, once again no cheques will be banked before 3rd January 2014 or can be post-dated for that date instead.

For further information, please contact Terry Wright on 01325 359895 (before 21.00), or via email at Regulations and entry forms are now available at

Picture (courtesy of Tony Todd): Former British National Champion Paul Bird is a four times winner of the Jack Frost Stages Rally.

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