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The North Wales Rally Services – Rally North Wales is just a few weeks away and entries are approaching the 100 mark. With classic stages in the region, compact format and a visit to the Dyfi and Pantperthog forests, you can be assured of a great opening round to our championship as always.

More information can be found at http://www.rallynorthwales.co.uk

Entries close on 20th March for seeding.

We have asked each event to give us a brief profile of their event for this year as you can find these below.

Those crews who have already registered for the 2020 Championship will receive their Championship Door Squares and Windscreen Visor w/c 16 March. If you have not already registered but would like them before Rally North Wales please let us know at nicola@racrallychamp.org (mailto:nicola@racrallychamp.org)

As we rapidly approach the opening round of the series, registrations are beginning to gather pace and as always, it would help us if your registration was complete ahead of the signing-on desk in Dolgellau. Please head to the Championship website for the registration form and payment details.

We look forward to seeing you all in Dolgellau.

Nicola & Colin Heppenstall

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2020 Fuchs Lubricants British Historic Rally Championship – Event outline
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Kielder Forest Rally

Preparations for the all new Kielder Forest Rally are now well under way, despite the recent inclement weather, with the super compact event planning to run six stages, all based around the well known Greenside Forest Parking Facility with the ceremonial start just up the road at Kielder Castle. The six stages will consist of two laps, three stages each and the there will be two service halts, allowing plenty of time for re-fettling after the rigours of the Kielder stages. In line with the event’s compact nature, the first stage will be less than 3 miles from the Kielder castle start line.

The first car will depart from Kielder Castle at 10:00am and will head for the stages which feature such well known and classic names such as Black Fell, Broomylinn and Falstone where the rally organisers have selected the best roads available, carefully avoiding those used recently for logging and forestry operations.

Welcome support for the rally has come from S.G.Petch garages, Kielder Power Tools and Advanced Signs, Kielder Power Tools will be sponsoring a stage and will donate a selection of quality prizes for the fastest cars in each class. More details on additional special awards will be announced soon.

Entries for the event will open in early March and with the rally counting for the Fuchs Lubricants British historic Championship, the English Rally Championship with Seacon UK, the SG.Petch/ ANECCC Championship, the recently announced Crew25 Series and the Motoscope Northern Historic Championship, there is bound to be a rush for entries. The rally will also feature the mighty Land Rovers of the Armed Forces Rally Team, regular and extremely welcome visitors to the Kielder Forest stages.

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Jim Clark Rally

The Jim Clark Rally will takes place on Saturday 30^th May and will be an ‘Interclub’ status event The Jim Clark Historic Rally also takes place on Saturday 30^th May and will be a ‘National’ status event

Signing On, scrutineering will be available from Thursday 28^th May, with recce being on Friday

The First car will leave the start ramp at 1000 on Saturday morning, with the first car expected to finish the event at 1900. There will be 3 stages run twice during the day, with an expected distance of 48 miles. In the evening 1 stage run twice with an anticipated distance of 22 miles. This gives a provisional total mileage of 70 miles. Prize giving will be on the Podium

Rally HQ will be at Duns Rugby Club, where camping will also be available. Service is also in Duns and will be on grass.

Entries are expected to open on Thursday 2^nd April

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Red Kite

The event is once again being based in Resolven, Neath Valley.

Scrutineering will be on Saturday afternoon, with first car starting on Sunday at 9.30 with the first car finishing at 13.45.

5 classic smooth South Wales stages offer 45 Stage miles & 50 Road miles

Entry fee £615 to include coloured map book & door numbers

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Harry Flatters

Harry Flatters 2020 will offer stages over iconic Epynt, close to Brecon, with it’s challenging undulating tarmac.

An opportunity to recce the stages takes place on Saturday morning with sign-on, centralised scrutineering and noise on the outskirts of Brecon in the afternoon.

The event itself commences on the ranges, based around a central service area, early Sunday with an anticipated finish time of around 4pm, with awards being presented as soon as possible afterwards.

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Ulster Rally

The 2020 Ulster Rally once again returns to Newry and follows a similar format to last year. Scrutiny and recce will be on Friday 21st Aug with competition taking place over 100+ stage miles on Saturday 22nd August.

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Trackrod Rally

2020 sees the return of Trackrod Rally Yorkshire to the seaside town of Filey on the Yorkshire coast.

Scrutineering, will once again take place during Friday at the Country Park with documentation at the Evron Centre in the town centre.

The trailer / service parks and fuel will also be located at Filey Country Park, which will be the CENTRAL SERVICE AREA on Saturday.

As in previous years, competitors will assembly on at 18.00hrs on the seafront for the ceremonial start, being flagged away by the Mayor at 19.00hrs before the traditional Friday night stage.

It is anticipated the first competitor will check into the final time control on the Dalby forest drive at about 20.30hrs. There will be no overnight parc-ferme.

Saturday will commence with the start at St Helens caravan park, Wykeham on the A170, followed by 24 stage miles and 40 road miles before a 45 minute service halt at the Filey Country Park including refuel.

Competitors will then regroup on the Filey seafront before a further 22 stage miles and 55 road miles returning to Filey seafront for the final control and awards presentation.

There will be 6 DIFFERENT stages totally approximately 55 stage miles and 115 road miles with ONLY 9 miles of DOUBLE usage.

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Carlisle Stages

This years event is the final round of both the Motorsport UK British Historic Rally Championship as well as the Scottish Rally Championship.

The event is running 5 stages totalling 45 miles all Single Use.

The event will be based around Kielder Village with the event start and finish at Kielder Castle.

Scrutineering and Documentation will take place on Friday 23 October PM with limited availability on the Saturday morning.

First car is due to start at 9.00hrs and finishes at 15.00hrs

The event will be running 2wd cars first on the road conventional seeding then 4wd.

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Rally Tracking
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You will have probably seen that a number of events and championships are trialling a tracking system this year.

The published press release is below. What this clearly shows is that the British Historic Rally Championship was not a preferred championship to trial this equipment which I have complained about at great length to Motorsport UK.

The events that the Championship use, however, means that all the events except the Harry Flatters will be using the Sporttraxx Tracking system.

The Press Release is below:

Motorsport UK have secured funding to carry out a UK wide trial for rally car tracking across the 2020 season. The events chosen form those that make up the British Rally Championship, Scottish Rally Championship, Welsh Rally Championship and the BTRDA. The tracking system will be supplied by former WRC co-driver, Craig Parry through his association with world-renowned tracking company, Sporttraxx.

The GSM/GPS operated tracking units will allow officials in Rally Control to monitor the position of all competing cars and those of the safety car caravan throughout the length of the event. Should there be an incident that requires emergency assistance, the competitor will be able to activate the ‘SOS’ alarm, alerting officials to their position and requirement for help. It will also allow competitors to inform the organisers that they are ‘OK’ even if they are stopped on a special stage.

Tracking was one of the recommendations put to the governing body following the Fatal Accident Inquiry into the Jim Clark and Snowman rallies.

And is the only one of the 29 recommendations outstanding. Motorsport UK have been working on finding an economical and workable system for many years and it is a huge positive for the sport to be able to trial this system through 2020. The cost of the tracking units will be subsidised by the governing body with the cost to competitor reduced to £20 per unit, per event. Training will be provided to the clerk of the courses of those events involved in the trial and on-event support will come from Sporttraxx whilst the event is running.

It is recognised that this step brings a safety benefit and an event management benefit to our sport. However, it is a supplementary safety system that backs up the skill levels and experience from our thousands of marshals who ensure competitor safety every weekend during the year on a motorsport event.

The events involved in the trial will be:
Cambrian Rally Snowman Rally Malcolm Wilson Rally
North Wales Stages Rallynuts Speyside Stages
Kielder Forest Stages Trending & Clacton Plains Rally
Jim Clark Rally Scottish Rally Red Kite
Nicky Grist Stages Grampian Ulster Rally
Woodpecker Galloway Hills Stage Trackrod Rally
Carlisle Stages Wyedean Rally

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