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Chelmsford Motor Club Stages Rally - 22 Apr 18

Posted: November 8, 2017 6:26 AM - 268 Hits

Corbeau Seats Rally Tendring & Clacton - Sunday 22nd April 2018.

Press Release

Posted: November 8, 2017 6:26 AM

Chelmsford Motor Club is proud to announce preliminary details of its first closed road stage event, the Corbeau Seats Rally Tendring & Clacton, which takes place on Sunday 22nd April 2018.

The club is pleased to welcome Corbeau Seats as the title sponsor of the rally, which will be the first to make use of new legislation facilitating closed-road motorsport in England.

Vic Lee, Managing Director of Corbeau Seats said,
“We are very excited to be involved with such a pioneering project. Chelmsford Motor Club have achieved something very special and we are proud to be part of what we all hope will be the first of many closed road motorsport events. With Corbeau Seats being the first motorsport seat manufacturer in the world and still going strong, we hope that this event can enjoy the longevity and growth we have experienced over the last 55 years”.

More than 3 years of behind the scenes work from a small but determined team has led to this point. Chelmsford Motor Club could not have got this far without the help of fellow rally experts from around the UK. Essex County Council, Tendring District Council and the Motor Sport Association (MSA) have all been pivotal to the progress.

Chelmsford Motor Club’s Tony Clements, Event Director, said:
“Not surprisingly, there have been many challenges! Following extensive local consultation, we have made a few changes to the route. The special stages are a good mix of technical and challenging country lanes and we hope that a successful first running will allow the rally to grow in subsequent years. This is the beginning of a huge new chapter for motorsport and particularly rallying in the UK and I would personally like to thank everybody for their help and support.

The rally will be based on the Western Esplanade in Clacton with the special stages spread across the Tendring peninsula. There will be three loops of five different stages, 15 stages altogether, totalling approximately 45 stage miles and 100 road ‘link’ miles. As part of the authorisation process the MSA, governing body of UK motorsport, has issued an Event Organising Permit. A Motor Race Order application has subsequently been made to Essex County Council Highways Authority.

There is a lot work ahead to ensure a safe and successful event and Chelmsford Motor Club will be relying on help from across the motorsport and local communities to make it happen.

Event Website

Posted: November 8, 2017 6:22 AM

MSA grants permit for first closed-road rally in England

Posted: November 2, 2017 11:41 AM

The Motor Sports Association (MSA) has granted the first Event Organising Permit for a closed-road competition in England to Chelmsford Motor Club (CMC) for a stage rally in Essex next April.

New legislation facilitating closed-road motor sport commenced on 10 April this year, following a long campaign by the MSA. The first full event under these new laws is set to be a stage rally of up to 45 competitive miles near Clacton-on-Sea on 22 April 2018.

The MSA inspected CMC’s original proposed route in July and has since worked with the club to develop its plans. The governing body has now issued a Permit, which allows CMC to apply to Essex Highways for a Motor Race Order under legislation set out in the Deregulation Act 2015.

Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said:
“The granting of this MSA Permit is a landmark moment for British motorsport; we campaigned long and hard to achieve closed-road legislation and now the first event is within sight. We have been working closely with Chelmsford Motor Club and will continue to do so, to help ensure that the local area benefits from a safe and successful event that paves the way for others to follow.”

Independent research commissioned by the MSA and conducted by the Sport Research Institute at Sheffield Hallam University has shown that local communities across Britain could generate up to £40m of additional revenue by closing roads to host a limited number of motor sport events.

Club Website

Posted: November 2, 2017 11:35 AM






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