2018 ATL Carlisle Stages is released

The 2018 ATL Carlisle Stages regulations have been launched today and entries have now opened for the Roger Albert Clark Motor Clubs event, which will run to a new format in the forests of Kershope and Newcastleton on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th June 2018.

The event welcome’s the Fuchs Lubricants MSA British Historic Rally Championship competitors to the event for the first time using a hybrid of the new Rally 2WD format. This part of the event will be for 2WD vehicles only, and the event also welcomes the Motorscope Northern Historic and Rally2WD Challenge competitors to this split Friday evening 23 mile element, which then concludes on Saturday morning for a further 21 miles of single use stages aligned with the BTRDA Crews with a noon finish.

The event also would like to welcome back the BTRDA Rally Series and MAXXIS MSA English Rally Championship contenders to the 43 mile event on Saturday 9th June which has less than 9 miles of double usage and offers great forest conditions to all crews.

Clerk of Course Nicola Heppenstall said: “We have worked hard to provide both main Championships a unique experience while offering great road conditions to both sets of competitors in these two great forest complexes with very little double usage.” Nicola continued “It is great to be able to welcome the two main championships in the UK to the event and hope that everybody enjoys this new experience and event format.”

The event based from H&H Auctions in Carlisle is sponsored by ATL Warehouse and Logistics from Carlisle and the organisers are grateful for their support towards the event.

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2018 ATL Transport Carlisle Stages is unveiled


A new title sponsor and a new format are the key elements of the 2018 ATL Transport Carlisle Stages (Friday/Saturday 8/9 June), which brings together the FUCHS LUBRICANTS MSA British Historic Rally Championship and the Jordan Road Surfacing BTRDA Rally Series as well as several regional championships.


The rally, which runs over top quality stages in the Kershope and Newcastleton complexes, will feature two elements. Running on Friday evening and Saturday morning will be the 2WD section of the rally for contenders in the British Historic Rally Championship, the Motoscope Northern Historic Rally Championship and the new Rally2 Championship.


Running throughout Saturday will be contenders in the BTRDA Rally Series, the MSA English Rally Championship, the S G Petch Association of North East and Cumbria Car Clubs Stage Rally Championship and the Association of Northern Car Clubs Forest Challenge and Border Challenge.


Building on the success of the first five editions of the Carlisle Stages, the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club will run a compact event based at H&H Auctions in Carlisle next to junction 43 of the M6.


The 2WD section of the rally will feature 21 stage miles in three stages in daylight on Friday evening, starting at 6pm and finishing at 9pm. These crews will then join the BTRDA event on Saturday morning for three more special stages and a further 22 stage miles before finishing back in Carlisle at 12.30pm. There will be no double usage of stages for the 2WD event. On Saturday morning the entire entry will be seeded in one block based on expected performance.


The BTRDA event will start from Carlisle at 8am on Saturday for five special stages and 43 stage miles, with only five miles of second use stages. This element of the event will finish at H&H Auctions at 3pm on Saturday. Scrutineering and documentation for both sections of the event will be held on Friday afternoon.


Most of the stages have not been used since the 2017 Carlisle Stages, with only a limited section of Kershope having been used once on the Roger Albert Clark Rally last November.


Clerk of the Course Nicola Heppenstall said: “We are delighted to welcome ATL Transport as title sponsor for the Carlisle Stages. We have an innovative format for 2018 with stages on Friday evening when we will have daylight until nearly 10pm. We look forward to delivering a first class event with excellent road conditions for all crews.”


Director at ATL, Pete Ascott, said: “We are excited to be sponsoring such a highly regarded event in motor sport. This is also a fantastic way to bring visitors to Carlisle and support local businesses. We look forward to working with Colin and the team at the RACRMC.”


ATL is a family-run logistic service provider with roots going back over 150 years. It has approximately 220 employees and operates across 1.1 million square feet of warehousing, much of which is high-bay, located at its Head Office in Foston and in Carlisle. ATL’s fleet includes 90 commercial vehicles and 150 trailers to provide all logistic solutions. ATL is also a shareholder member of the national Palletline network, with depots in Foston and Carlisle.


The ATL Transport Carlisle Stages will be organised by the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club. Event regulations are due to be published in April.