Roger Albert Clark Rally 2019


The Roger Albert Clark Rally
Press release: 30 October 2018
No Yorkshire leg for 2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally
The final draft of the route for the 2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally has been confirmed and will not feature a leg into Yorkshire.
The organising team had hoped to take the rally back into the Yorkshire forests during the Saturday leg of the 21-25 November rally, but the Forestry Commission Yorkshire Forest District has rejected the request on the grounds that: ‘the event is too close to the Malton Stages’.
Rally manager Colin Heppenstall had always planned two options for the Saturday of the rally and will now press ahead with a leg based out of Carlisle and taking in some of the best stages across the southern fringe of Kielder forest in what promises to be one of the toughest days of rally. Current plans are based on over 100 stage miles in a tough 12-hour day.
The rally will also feature increased mileage in Wales and will cover 60 miles of prime forest stages before an earlier finish on Friday afternoon. It is planned that that the first competitors could be on the way north to Carlisle from before 4pm. As pioneered on the 2017 event, the journey north will be a transport section so that rally cars can be taken on trailers.
“Obviously we are disappointed not to be taking the rally back to Yorkshire, but we must accept the decision of the forestry district,” said Heppenstall. “However, this does allow an easier journey for the teams to Carlisle on Friday evening, where the rest of the rally will be based.”
Competitor response to the 2019 rally has been outstanding and over 90 deposits have now been placed. “To have 90 deposits over a year ahead of the event is remarkable,” said Heppenstall. “Importantly, the great majority of those entries are from crews that we know and so the potential for drop out is relatively low.”


The Roger Albert Clark Rally
Press release: Wednesday 3 October 2018
Competitors rush to 2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally
 Competitors from across the sport have given plans for the 2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally an overwhelming response following the opening of the entry deposit scheme 10 days ago.
Already, 60 crews have lodged deposits to secure one of the 130 initial places on the entry list for the 21-25 November 2019 event. In addition, marshals, suppliers and fans have given the event a massive thumbs’ up after Rally Manager Colin Heppenstall revealed a five-day, 300-stage mile route for what will be the longest and toughest stage rally in Britain for more than 20 years. While the event has strong support from the historic fraternity, the concurrent Open Rally is open to any MSA log-booked two-wheel drive rally car.
“The response has been amazing,” said Heppenstall. “For an event that is 14 months away, there has been a rush to secure a place. Importantly, the great majority of the crews placing deposits are known to us as previous competitors, so we know that they are very serious about doing the rally.”
The organisers are initially taking 130 £300 deposits, with a further 20 places reserved for overseas crews. Any deposits over 130 will go on a reserve list. “Experience suggests that we will eventually lose a number of depositors, so those on the initial reserve list are still likely to get a place,” said Heppenstall.
“As well as the competitor response, we’ve been bowled over by the reaction from officials, marshals and fans,” added Heppenstall. “Importantly, trade suppliers and potential commercial partners are very positive about the rally, which is really good news as running an event of this scale is an enormous undertaking, both in terms of logistics and finances.”
An initial deposit of £300 will reserve a place for the first 130 depositors, while a second payment of £500 will be due before the end of April 2019. A third payment of £500 will be required before the end of August, which is the final date for withdrawing deposits less a £50 administration fee. Deposits are now open.
Full payment of the entry fee must be received by 1 November 2019. It is expected that the final entry fee will be no more than £3,700 for 300 stage miles. Full details of the entry deposit system can be found on the event website at www.racrmc.org


The Roger Albert Clark Rally 

Press release: Wednesday 19 September 2018

2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally will be the toughest yet

 

The 2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally will be the toughest yet, with 300 stage miles in five days of rallying when the 12th edition of the rally runs in November 2019.

After the runaway success of the 2017 edition, Rally Manager Colin Heppenstall has confirmed that the 2019 rally will build on that success when it runs from 21 to 25 November 2019. While the event has strong support from the historic fraternity, the concurrent Open Rally is open to any MSA log-booked two-wheel drive rally car.

The draft route takes in around 30 special stages and 300 competitive stage miles covering Wales, England and Scotland. The event will again start from Brightwells in Leominster, which will also be the base for documentation and scrutineering. The rally will start at 6pm on Thursday for a leg of more than 20 miles in the Welsh forests in the dark. A further 40-45 miles will run in Wales on Friday with a planned finish from 2.30pm, allowing crews an earlier start on the transport section north.

Saturday’s route remains to be confirmed as there are two options, depending on final availability of forests. The first option takes in some classic Yorkshire forest stages before heading north and west to finish the leg at Carlisle. The second option is a re-start from Carlisle for a day of stages in the southern section of Kielder.

Sunday will be a full day of around 100 stages miles in southern Scotland before Monday’s sting-in-the-tail leg of another 70 miles in the central block of Kielder, before an afternoon finish in the Carlisle/Kielder area.

“We have listened to competitor feedback from the 2017 event and have planned the toughest UK rally for two decades,” said Heppenstall. “An earlier finish on Friday will allow crews an easier journey north and we will shortly confirm which route option we are taking for Saturday. The signs are that people are already preparing for the rally and we think there will be strong demand for entries.”

There will be a maximum field of 150 cars, with 20 of those spaces reserved for overseas crews. An initial deposit of £300 will reserve a place for the first 130 depositors, while a second payment of £500 will be due before the end of April 2019. A third payment of £500 will be required before the end of August, which is the final date for withdrawing deposits less a £50 administration fee.  

Full payment of the entry fee must be received by 1 November 2019. It is expected that the final entry fee will be no more than £3,700 for 300 stage miles. Full details of the entry deposit system can be found on the event website at www.racrmc.org