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Jack Frost NewbyDarlington 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 Jack Frost Stages Rally which will take place at Croft Circuit on Sunday 17th January 2016.

The event will again comprise up to eight stages totalling around 40 stage miles on the asphalt of the North East’s only permanent race track and as well as a number of regional championships, the event will comprise the fourth round of the Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship in association with MSVR.

With typically fast and flowing stages, the event usually attracts a capacity ninety-car entry, and with it being a qualifying round of the country’s premier single venue series, it is expected to not only fill up quickly, but will include many of the country’s leading drivers in powerful machinery.

Indeed, recent winners include Paul Bird from Penrith who has won the event four times with event sponsor Chris Wise from Thirsk and Scotch Corner preparation expert Tony Bardy having had three wins each. Steve Simpson won the 2014 event whilst Arron Newby took victory earlier this year.

As well as the cream of national runners, there is expected to be a strong local contingent who traditionally go well at Croft, and whereby snow and ice can usually be thrown into the equation.

Competitors are reminded of a couple of processes regarding the entry list which is slightly different to that of Northallerton Automobile Club, which organises the Swift Signs Christmas Stages Rally and which takes place at Croft on Sunday 27th December 2015 (and which filled up within 12 hours of entries opening!)

The maximum entry is 90 cars 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. There are no reserved entries for registered championship contenders so the onus is on the competitor to enter in good time.

The online entry form will be available from 18.00 on Wednesday 25th November 2015 at https://www.rallies.info/webentry/2016/jackfrost/webentry.php

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 £250 and the final closing date is 9th January 2016, although competitors are advised to enter early to avoid disappointment. Payment will be by bank transfer, which will guarantee the entry, but please make it clear with the driver’s name as the reference.

For further information, please contact Terry Wright on 01325 359895 (before 21.00), or via email at tp.wright@btinternet.com. Regulations are now available at http://www.darlington-motor-club.org.uk.

Picture (courtesy of Tony Todd):  Arron Newby/John Cope on their way to victory on last year’s Jack Frost Stages Rally

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