Entries open for Trackrod Rally

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Entries for the new-look 2012 Trackrod Rally Yorkshire are officially due to open on Saturday

The rally, comprising the sixth and final round of the RAC British Championship, this year features a new 15-mile Friday night stage in Dalby Forest where the latest generation two-wheel drive cars contesting the series will be joined in action by competitors from the Trackrod Pre ’87 and Historic Cup. It takes place on September 28 and 29.

The event, which has a ceremonial start on Scarborough’s West Pier around 6pm on Friday, then continues throughout Saturday before finishing back on the spa town’s seafront which, in addition to the huge variety of cars competing, will play host to a wide selection of musical entertainment.

“This is the first year we won’t be producing any printed Regs,” explained Rally Manager Rod Parkin.

“We are always mindful of keeping costs down for competitors and this is another small way of contributing to that.

“We think we have set out a great route this year and, as well as looking forward to welcoming all those challenging for honours in the British Championship, believe the Trackrod offers something for almost every category.”

Parkin’s point is illustrated by the inclusion of a Pre ’87 class in the historic event - expanding the traditional Trackrod Historic Cup, which will now be known as the Trackrod Pre ’87 & Historic Cup, to encompass vehicles accommodated within next year’s proposed Pre RAC Pre ’87 Championship.

The Yorkshire-based rally has made no secret of it’s keenness to be included the proposed eight-round series, having formerly been part of the HRCR British Historic Championship in addition to being a regular feature on the Motoscope Northern Historic Championship calendar.

“We are looking at this year’s Trackrod as a taster for the new Pre 87 Championship and are very enthusiastic about the idea,” added Parkin.

In addition to featuring as part of the British Championship, its feeder series the NGK Spark Plugs BRC Challenge and the Motoscope Northern Historic Championship, the Trackrod Rally Yorkshire Clubman’s Trophy forms a round of several regional rally title chases while the always popular Land Rover Challenge brings its own unique fascination to the event.

For the second year running the rally is based at the Yorkshire Coast College in Scarborough with scrutineering (where cars are checked for legality and conformity) nearby and all servicing taking place at Adderstone Arena near Dalby.

The National Rally (Clubman’s Trophy) competitors have the facility to scrutineer in Pickering on Saturday morning so being able to complete everything within one day.

The BRC Challenge, Historic and Clubman’s events will start at Bridestones, near to the picturesque Staindale Lake in Dalby Forest.

All finishers in all events are due back at the famous North Yorkshire sea-side resort’s West Pier on Saturday evening for the closing presentations.