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hrcr-stage-masters-logoThe HRCR have once again teamed up with West Wales Rally Spares for the second year in a row to present the 2017 Stage Masters Challenge.

The very best clubman in the UK will compete on a 9 round calendar including two overseas trips to the Isle of Man and Killarney Stages for the double and one and a half point scoring rounds, respectively.

This year also sees the introduction of the Escort Cup open to Ford Escorts with 8 valve engines.

It will be open to Cars complying with Section R49 of the 2017 MSA Blue Book and Appendix “K” FIA Competitor Yearbook vehicles.

Once again the challenge will feature a mix of event types from the forests of Mid Wales, the tarmac perimeter roads of Cornwall and West Wales plus the lanes of the Isle of Man and Ireland.

The overall winner of the inaugural 2016 challenge will be crowned at the beginning to December at the Killarney Stages with Stanley Orr (Ford Escort Mk1), Shawn Rayner (Ford Escort Mk2) and Bill Douglas in his Cat B BMW 1800 all vying for overall honours.

Point scoring has been designed on the challenge to have category and class points available meaning anyone can win even in less powered machinery.

In 2016, more than 20 registered contenders were out on the stages, Challenge Co-ordinator Andy Ballantyne said: “We’re please with the overall numbers and now hope with the early release of the calendar more people will consider registering and competing.

“We’ve included events that offer something different both on and off the stages, allowing clubman competitors to progress and try different aspects all on a tight budget.”

Enthusiast and competitor Gareth Lloyd who supplies parts for Mk1 and Mk2 Ford Escorts, from clubmans cars through to full to Group 4 specification cars said: “I believe this is the perfect calendar to help develop and push forward historic rallying in the UK.

“We want people to compete and use their historic machines so spectators can see them and appreciate these cars rather than keeping them stored away.”

For more information contact Challenge coordinator Andy Ballantyne by emailing: masters@hrcr.co.uk or call 07970 226 397

Please see calendar below: **Subject to MSA approval and ratification.

West Wales Rally Spares HRCR Stage Masters Challenge 2017

Round 1. MID WALES Stages                 Gravel   Sunday 5th March Newtown                         http://www.midwalesstages.co.uk
Round 2.  DIXIES HISTORIC STAGES          Asphalt Sunday 30th April Epynt military ranges      http://www.southwalesac.com/events/dixies-historic-challenge/
Round 3. TSH Stages        Asphalt Sat/Sun 20th/21st May         RRH Portreath Redruth  http://www.shmc.co.uk
Round 4.  SEVERN VALLEY        Gravel Saturday 3rd June Llandovery                      http://www.severnvalleystages.co.uk
Round 5. BRAWDY STAGES         Asphalt Sunday 9th July Haverfordwest                http://www.pembrokeshiremotorclub.com/default.html
Round 6/7. ISLE OF MAN RALLY        Asphalt Thurs 14th – Sat 16th Sept. Douglas. Isle of Man      http://www.rallyisleofman.co.im/www.rallyisleofman.co.im/Welcome.html
Note! This 3 day event will count as two round               Round 5: Leg 1 & 2  Round 6: Leg 3
Round 8. WYEDEAN RALLY        Gravel Saturday 11th November Forest of Dean               http://www.wyedeanrally.com
Round 9. KILLARNEY STAGES        Asphalt Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd December Killarney, Southern Ireland   http://www.killarneyanddistrictmotorclub.ie

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