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Roger Albert Clark Rally - 21-25 Nov 19

Posted: April 14, 2019 1:18 PM - 2333 Hits

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Entries build for 2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally

Posted: April 12, 2019 5:30 AM

The number of confirmed entries for the 2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally has now gone past the 100-mark as the next entry deadline approaches on 30 April.

A record-breaking total of 193 deposits have been lodged for the 21-25 November event and prospective competitors are now required to pay a further amount of ?500 and complete the entry form in order to retain their place on the list.

To date, 101 crews have completed this next stage in the process and a further 79 crews are now being urged to meet the 30 April deadline. To date, 13 deposits have been withdrawn and so the entry list now stands at 164 reserved places and 16 reserves. Any crew that does not meet the 30 April deadline may lose its confirmed place to one of the reserves.

Rally manager Colin Heppenstall, from the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club, said:
"Anyone who has paid the ?300 deposit but now no longer wishes to go ahead with an entry will receive a full refund once they advise us accordingly. If anyone is planning to withdraw their deposit, we are keen to hear from them.

He also want to remind everyone that 30 April is a key date and to retain their place, crews need to pay a further ?500 and complete the entry form. We will re-work the entry list on 1 May to reflect the current situation. We are very grateful to everyone for their interest and support for the rally: the response to the event is beyond our wildest expectations!"

Entries open for 2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally

Posted: February 14, 2019 6:08 AM

The event regulations and entry forms for the 2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally have been published. This is the catalyst for payment of the next instalment of the entry fee for the 165 crews who currently have reserved places for the 21-25 November event.

Now, to retain their place on the entry list, depositors are required to lodge a further payment of £500 and complete and return the entry form by 30 April 2019. If that does not happen, they will move to the reserve list and their place in the 165-field will be passed to the next up to date reserve entry. There are currently 25 crews on the reserve list.

Rally manager Colin Heppenstall, from the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club, said:
“We are realistic about the number of cars that will actually start the rally and we know we will lose some crews, for all sorts of reasons, now that the next deposit payment is due. Anyone who has paid the £300 deposit but now no longer wishes to go ahead with an entry will receive a full refund once they advise us accordingly. If anyone is planning to withdraw their deposit, we are keen to hear from them.

“April 30 is the next important date as we are asking for a further £500 and completed entry forms from crews. We currently have 25 crews on the reserve list and I am confident we will have space for all of them, and probably some more.”

In summary:

    1) The 165 crews currently assured a place need to pay a further £500 and submit an entry form by 30 April to retain their place.
    2) Those on the reserve list also need to pay a further £500 and submit an entry form by 30 April to retain their place on the reserve list and then move up if a place becomes available.
    3) Any crews with a reserved place they no longer intend to use should confirm this to the organisers as soon as possible to receive a full refund.
    4) Any crews wishing to enter but not yet on the reserve list should submit an £800 deposit and an entry form as soon as possible to take the next place on the reserve list.
Regulations and entry forms are now available at

2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally tops 180

Posted: February 14, 2019 6:07 AM

The organisers of the 2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally have now received 184 entry deposits as interest in the event continues unabated.

To cope with demand, the entry total has been extended to 160 cars as well as 10 reserves for the five-day, 32-stage, 300-stage mile challenge, which will run from 21 to 25 November 2019.

Recent additions to the deposit list include another five crews from Belgium and two more from France as well as 2016 Silver Fern Rally winner Meirion Evans. The revised 160 capacity includes 25 places for non-UK crews, all of which are now taken.

Event regulations and entry forms are due to be released during February, and this will be the catalyst for the next instalment of the entry fee. To retain their place on the entry list, crews will be required to lodge a further payment of £500 by 30 April 2019. If that payment is not made, they will move to the reserve list.

Rally manager Colin Heppenstall, from the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club, said:
“The response continues to eclipse anything we have experienced before in the previous 12 Roger Albert Clark Rallies. However, we are realistic about the number of cars that will actually start the rally and we know we will lose some crews, for all sorts of reasons, when the next deposit payment is due.

“April 30 is the next important date as we are asking for a further £500 from crews. We currently have 24 crews on the reserve list and I am confident we will have space for all of them, and probably some more.”

2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally route unveiled

Posted: January 10, 2019 6:25 AM

The wraps have come off the route for the 2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally, with full details of the 32 special stages planned over five days of rallying when the 13th edition of the rally runs from 21 to 25 November 2019.

With 300 gravel special stage miles across Wales, Northumberland and Southern Scotland, the 2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally will be the longest and toughest UK special stage rally for more than two decades.

Competitor reaction to the biennial event has been unprecedented since the entry deposit system was opened in late September and a total of 173 deposits have now been placed for a maximum field of 150 cars. However, the organisers expect that all the current reserves will gain a place in a final field of around 130-140 starters.

The event start will be based at Brightwells in Leominster, where documentation will be held on Wednesday and Thursday before the opening leg of the rally on Thursday evening. After a full day of classic gravel stages in Wales, a transport section will take the rally cars to Carlisle on Friday evening. The rally will then be based in Carlisle until the finish on Monday afternoon.

Rally manager Colin Heppenstall said:
“I’m very pleased to unveil the detailed route, more than 10 months ahead of the rally. The response from competitors has been overwhelming and I certainly expect a record number of starters. We are now starting the marshal recruitment process and we are keen to hear from any marshals who would like to be involved for one day or more.”

The provisional route (subject to change) is:

    Thursday November 21
    18.00 Event start: Leominster
    19.05 SS1 Radnor 1
    20.15 SS2 Radnor 2
    22.15 End of leg: Leominster

    Friday November 22
    07.31 Restart: Leominster
    09.30 SS3 Cefn 1
    10.10 SS4 Gwibedog 1
    10.25 Service: Epynt
    11.01 SS5 Epynt 1
    11.30 SS6 Halfway 1
    11.45 Service: Epynt
    12.25 SS7 Cefn 2
    13.00 SS8 Gwibedog 2
    13.20 Service: Epynt
    13.55 SS9 Epynt 2
    14.20 SS10 Halfway 2
    14.30 End of leg: Epynt

    Saturday November 23
    08.00 Restart: Carlisle
    09.05 SS11 Kershope 1
    09.50 SS12 Ash Park
    10.45 Service: Carlisle
    12.05 SS13 Kershope 2
    13.40 Service: Carlisle
    15.10 SS14 Clintburn
    15.40 SS15 Chirdonhead
    16.10 Service: Kielder
    17.55 SS16 Harwood
    19.30 SS17 Pundershaw
    20.35 SS18 Paddaburn
    22.10 End of leg: Carlisle

    Sunday November 24
    08.00 Restart: Carlisle
    09.05 SS19 Greskine 1
    09.40 SS20 Ae 1
    10.35 Service: Lockerbie
    12.10 SS21 Greskine 2
    12.50 SS22 Ae 2
    13.45 Service: Lockerbie
    14.55 SS23 Twiglees 1
    15.25 SS24 Castle O’er 1
    16.15 SS25 Craik
    17.50 SS26 Twiglees 2
    18.20 SS27 Castle O’er 2
    19.45 End of leg: Carlisle

    Monday November 25
    07.00 Restart: Carlisle
    08.00 SS28 Newcastleton
    08.55 SS29 Falstone 1
    09.35 Service: Kielder
    10.15 SS30 Bewshaugh 1
    10.45 Service: Kielder
    11.25 SS31 Falstone 2
    12.05 Service: Kielder
    12.35 SS32 Bewshaugh 2
    15.00 Event finish: Carlisle/Brampton

Split field for Roger Albert Clark Rally

Posted: November 28, 2018 3:05 AM

Category 1 historic cars and all up to 1600cc entries will run at the head of the field on the 2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally.

The biennial event will take full advantage of the recent changes to running order made by Motorsport UK (formerly the MSA) to give the older and lower powered cars the best road conditions over the 300-stage mile route on the 21-25 November 2019 event.

When the event last ran in November 2017, the running order rules at the time dictated that the entire field ran as one block of cars seeded in performance. The last car on the road was the 1300cc Lancia Fulvia of Steve and Tony Graham. In 2019, the glorious Fulvia will be among the first cars over the gravel stages.

The plan is to reverse seed the first group of cars, so that the fastest car from this group will start each stage followed by a short gap before the top seeded car in the main field. With many stages planned at between 10 and 15 miles, particular attention will be paid to the running order and time gaps.

In 2017, 11 cars from the Category 1 and 1600cc division started the rally, while the list of deposits received for the 2019 event includes more than 20 cars from this group.

While the event has strong support from the historic fraternity, the concurrent Open Rally is open to any Motorsport UK log-booked two-wheel drive rally car, and all up to 1600cc modern cars will be eligible to run in the first group.

Rally manager Colin Heppenstall said:
“It makes perfect sense to take advantage of the changes to the running order rules and run the older and less powerful cars at the head of the field. We’ve already got a good entry from this group, including some cars and drivers that will be new to the rally, and I hope this confirmation will encourage more of these cars to take part.”

For those who have paid a deposit, 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.

2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally heads towards capacity

Posted: November 14, 2018 7:11 AM

The initial entry list for the 2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally is rapidly heading towards capacity with 116 crews having placed deposits against entries for the 21-25 November 2019 event.

With just over a year to go to the start of the rally, 116 deposits have been paid and at least six more are expected imminently. The 130 available places are likely to be taken by the end of November, with a further 20 places held for overseas crews. Once a total of 150 deposits have been taken, a reserve list will be started for the rally organised by the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club.

The five-day, 300-stage mile route will form 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.

Rally Manager Colin Heppenstall says the competitor response has exceeded all expectations. “The Roger Albert Clark is a unique rally on the British schedule and it is clear that many crews are seeking a real challenge. We’ve had a brilliant response and we’ve already got a really strong entry list. It is still early days for the overseas crews but we’re hoping to get 20 of them and are currently in discussion over a team of four cars from Holland.”

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.

No Yorkshire leg for 2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally

Posted: November 2, 2018 6:42 AM

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.”

Full details of the entry deposit system can be found on the event website - link below.

Competitors rush to 2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally / Entries Received

Posted: October 3, 2018 2:33 PM

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 and entries received can be found on the event website:

2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally will be the toughest yet

Posted: September 20, 2018 4:02 PM

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. 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.

2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally announced

Posted: January 19, 2018 9:49 AM

The organisers of the Roger Albert Clark Rally have revealed outline details of the 12th edition of the rally, which will run 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 by following a broadly similar format. The provisional date is 21-25 November 2019, but this remains provisional subject to the date of Wales Rally GB.

Heppenstall’s outline plan is for an event covering between 250 and 300 stage miles across four days with legs in Wales, Kielder and Scotland. The rally will start from Brightwells in Leominster, which will also be the base for documentation and scrutineering. Meanwhile, there will be a new finish venue on Monday afternoon within easy reach of Kielder Forest.

“We were overwhelmed with the hugely positive feedback from the 2017 event; from competitors, marshals and spectators,” said Heppenstall. “So we are not going to re-invent the wheel. However, of course, there will be lots of detail changes and we plan to introduce some new stages to ensure the rally remains fresh.”

A deposit system for entries will be set up and deposits will be taken from July 2018. More details will be announced in due course.

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