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With barely a month to go before all the major British rally championships pay their annual visit to the fast and furious forests of Yorkshire, organisers Trackrod Motor Club are searching help in manning the stages.

The Trackrod Rally Yorkshire is again expecting a capacity 180-car entry, featuring purpose built cars spanning several decades, as they play host to potentially decisive rounds of the British Rally Championship, the British Historic Championship and the ever-popular BTRDA Series among others.

But whilst entries flooded in when applications opened at the start of the month one vital component, without which the sport cannot function, is missing.

Trackrod are appealing for additional help to marshal at the event, whether on the stages, time controls, at the service area or elsewhere,

In addition to the usual ‘thank you’ gifts, including a range of useful marshalling necessities, organisers are further acknowledging the major contribution from these unsung heroes by, this year, presenting 20 random awards of £100 each, bringing the total budget for this vital aspect of the rally to over £5000, part of which is donated by the competitors in their entry fees.

Rod Parkin, Trackrod Rally Yorkshire Clerk of the Course said: “We’ve been very pleased with the response from competitors and it is shaping up to be a great event.

“Now we’d really like to hear from essential volunteer marshals and radio crews who come to help ensure a safe and successful rally.”

Organising committee member Richard Webster stressed:
“We still need marshals for all stages but especially Dalby (the longest stage) on Friday night and Saturday.

“I wouldn’t turn anyone away but what we really need is someone with some experience, who maybe has done it before and drifted away for few years for some reason.”

Any prospective marshals need to be Motorsport UK registered, which requires completing a basic on-line learning module and Webster, continued:

“We wouldn’t just put anyone out on their own – we would make sure they had someone with them.

“It’s a vital role in running the rally as we have to fulfil Motorsport UK safety regulations or we cannot run.”

Action this year, some 57 miles of forest tracks, takes place over the ‘classic’ North York Moors stages of Dalby, Cropton, Gale Rigg, Staindale and Langdale.

The event begins on Friday evening and finishes on Saturday afternoon, along the Beach Road in Filey.

Anyone interested in helping can register their availability via marshals@rallyyorkshire.co.uk or online at http://www.rallystageteam.co.uk

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