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Darlington and District Motor Club have once again teamed up with fuel conversion specialists Autogas 2000 as well as specialist motorsport PR company, Cartersport, for the annual Jack Frost Stages Rally which will take place at Croft Circuit on Sunday 18th January 2015.Jack Frost

The event will again comprise up to eight stages totalling around 40 stage miles on the tarmac of the North East’s premier race track and will be a qualifying round of the AS Performance North of England Tarmacadam Championship 2015, Fuchs Titan Race ANCC Stage Rally Championship 2015 and the SG Petch ANECCC Stage Rally Championship 2015.

With typically fast and flowing stages, the event usually attracts a capacity 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.

Following the heavy snowfall which fell just prior to the 2013 event and which allowed Wise to take victory, last year saw former National Champions Steve Simpson and Patrick Walsh win the event in their Subaru WRC ahead of Wise with Ben Mellors third in his Proton Millington.

Already, around 20 crews have submitted entries including top North East star Paul Swift, BTRDA rallycross champion Martin Peters and circuit racer Paul Sheard with a varied influx of drivers and cars expected over the next couple of weeks.

Competitors are reminded of a couple of processes regarding the entry procedure which are slightly different to that of Northallerton Automobile Club, which organises the Swift Signs Christmas Stages Rally and which takes place at Croft on Sunday 28th December 2014. Firstly, the maximum entry is 95 and ALL entries are allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis whereby no places are reserved for allocation at organiser’s discretion, so all potential entrants are urged to submit entries as soon as possible.

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 £225 and the final closing date is 9th January 2015, although competitors are advised to enter early to avoid disappointment. In a bid to help competitors financially, once again no cheques will be banked, or credit card payments taken, before 3rd January 2015 or transactions 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):  Steve Simpson and Patrick Walsh on their way to victory on last year’s Jack Frost Stages Rally

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