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BHRC15 pre-Trackrod AThe destiny of one of the biggest prizes in club-level rallying will be decided on this weekend’s Trackrod Historic Cup (25/26 September) as the Jordan Road Surfacing Award is contested by 1600cc historic crews.

The best performing 1600cc car competing in the 2015 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship and the West Wales Rally Spares R.A.C. Rally Championship will win a free entry on the Roger Albert Clark Rally (27-29 November) in the award presented by Jordan Road Surfacing. The prize has a value approaching £2000.

“We want to encourage people to come out and compete in 1600cc cars,” said Barry Jordan, who has been rallying a 1600cc Hillman Avenger this season. “It is really cost-effective rallying and we’re having a lot of fun in our Avenger.” Jordan is not eligible for the award.

The award winner will be confirmed this weekend and five drivers are still in contention. Currently heading the points is Robin Shuttleworth (Ford Escort Mk1), but he was in action on the Isle of Man last weekend and has not entered the Trackrod. Instead, the key protagonists are R.A.C. Championship contenders Stuart Cariss and Malcolm Bayliss, both in 1600cc Escort Mk1s. Cariss has a single-point lead over his rival heading into the Yorkshire event.

Should Cariss and Bayliss both hit problems, waiting in the wings with an outside chance of winning the award are BHRC contenders Chris Skill (Ford Escort Mk2) and Dave Watkins (Ford Escort Mk1).

“This very special award has certainly achieved what it set out to do, which was to encourage the 1600cc cars to come out and compete,” said BHRC championship manager Colin Heppenstall. “It’s going to be a big battle this weekend among the crews in 1600cc cars and I’d like to thank Barry Jordan for supporting the award.”

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