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Carlisle Stages - (Sat) 8 Jun 19

Posted: June 6, 2019 6:18 AM - 1938 Hits

Round 5 - 2019 BTRDA Rally Series
Round 3 - 2019 Motorsport UK British Historic Rally Championship
Counting Round - 2019 Rally2 Championship

Carlisle Stages next for BHRC

Posted: June 6, 2019 6:18 AM

Joe Price and Chris Brooks head the FUCHS LUBRICANTS Motorsport UK British Historic Rally Championship into round three, the ATL Carlisle Stages (8 June) as a superb historic entry gathers for another assault on the Kielder forest complex.

One of the strongest historic entries for several seasons includes some crews getting in some practice ahead of the Roger Albert Clark Rally in November, which will use stages in this region. Former triple BHRC champions Jason Pritchard and Phil Clarke will be back on gravel in their Escort Mk2 alongside similar cars for Matthew Robinson/Sam Collis and Roger Chilman/Patrick Walsh. However, Price and Brooks will need to keep their focus on season-long title rivals rather than the visiting crews.

Historic cars spanning the 1960s and 1970s will tackle forest stages in Newcastleton and Kershope during the third of the seven-round calendar, which includes five gravel rallies and two asphalt events. As well as an on-going TV package, the championship will make extensive use of social media channels with a particular focus on Facebook and YouTube.

All edits will be published through the championship and Special Stage Facebook pages. In addition, the championship will feature regularly on Special Stage Weekly, the TV programme available on Front Runner, Sky Channel 468 and Freesat Channel 250.

As well as being the third of seven BHRC rounds, the ATL Carlisle Stages is also the third round of BHRC2 supported by Sherwood Engines, which puts the emphasis on the Category 1 (pre-1968) and up to 1600cc cars in the championship, and the third round of the BHRC Forest Challenge, supported by Rally and Competition Equipment.

After two rounds of the BHRC, Price heads north with an eight-point lead over Irishmen Stanley Orr (Escort Mk1) and Adrian Hetherington (Escort Mk2) and a clear run will be vital for the key contenders as round four of the championship comes only two weeks later on the Red Kite Stages.

In a mighty Category 3 field, other key contenders include Ben Friend, Simon Webster, Rob Smith, returnee Will Onions, Rudi Lancaster and Steve Bennett. In class D3, for the Pinto-engined cars, Josh Browne/Jane Edgington should set the mark with David Lloyd-Roberts and Mike Reed leading chase in their Escort Mk2s.

The competition will be just as close in Category 2 as John Perrott/Andrew Sankey lead the chase of the flying Orr/Grahame Henderson. Other leading runners in class C5, for the most powerful Mk1 Escorts, include Chris Skill, Chris Browne and Gary Smith. In class C2, for the 1600cc Category 2 cars, the remarkable pace of Stuart and Linda Cariss will set the benchmark for Philip Atkinson/Louise Gilks to chase in their Escort Mk1. The Cariss husband and wife crew should also set the pace in the BHRC2 division.

Finally, the evergreen Bob Bean and co-driver Malcolm Smithson top Category 1 for the oldest cars in their Ford Lotus Cortina. The 2018 Carlisle Stages was a rather fraught event as they retired with fuel issues before the first stage and they will be hoping for a better run this time around.

Running alongside the BHRC field will be a strong entry of modern cars, both two- and four-wheel drive, as the Carlisle Stages starts an excellent field of 80 cars. The event is based at H&H Auctions close to J43 of the M6 at Carlisle. Access to spectator car parks is free of charge.

The event comprises six special stages, with service back at H&H after three stages. The first car starts at 8.30am and is due back at the finish at around 3.15pm. All two-wheel drive cars will run first, in reverse seeded order, followed by a five-minute gap and then the four-wheel drive cars, which will run in conventional order.

Seeded Entry List

Posted: June 6, 2019 6:18 AM

Entries open for 2019 ATL Carlisle Stages

Posted: May 9, 2019 1:19 PM

Entries have opened for the 2019 ATL Carlisle Stages (Saturday 8 June), which brings together the FUCHS LUBRICANTS Motorsport UK British Historic Rally Championship and the Motoscope Northern Historic Rally Championship.

As well as catering for the two historic championships, the ATL Carlisle Stages will be an ideal event for those competing in modern cars, both two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive. It is a round of the burgeoning Rally2 Challenge and the Border Challenge Championship.

All two-wheel-drive cars, both historic and modern, will run at the head of the field, with the two-wheel drive field running in reverse order to give the older and less powerful cars the very best road conditions.

In addition, the event is a perfect warm-up rally for the Roger Albert Clark Rally as the November rally will use stages in the same forest complex. The date also offers Scottish crews a rare chance to tackle these border stages. The rally will use 41 miles of top quality stages in the Kershope and Newcastleton complexes. None of the stages have been used since the 2018 Carlisle Stages.

Building on the success of the previous six 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. Scrutineering will be held on Friday afternoon, with the rally starting at 8.30am on Saturday.

The ATL Carlisle Stages will be organised by the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club.

Entries Received / On Line Entry

Posted: May 9, 2019 1:18 PM

2019 ATL Carlisle Stages is unveiled

Posted: April 12, 2019 5:39 AM

The wraps have come off the 2019 ATL Carlisle Stages (Saturday 8 June), which brings together the FUCHS LUBRICANTS Motorsport UK British Historic Rally Championship and the Motoscope Northern Historic Rally Championship.

As well as catering for the two historic championships, the ATL Carlisle Stages will be an ideal event for those competing in modern cars, both two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive. All two-wheel-drive cars, both historic and modern, will run at the head of the field, with the two-wheel drive field running in reverse order to give the older and less powerful cars the very best road conditions.

In addition, the event is a perfect warm-up rally for the Roger Albert Clark Rally as the November rally will use stages in the same forest complex. The date also offers Scottish crews a rare chance to tackle these border stages.

Building on the success of the previous six 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 rally will use 45 miles of top quality stages in the Kershope and Newcastleton complexes, with some single-usage and some double-usage of the forest tracks. None of the stages have been used since the 2018 Carlisle Stages.

Clerk of the Course Nicola Heppenstall said:
“We are delighted to confirm that ATL is continuing its support for this event, which gives the Carlisle tourist sector a timely early summer boost. We are expecting a strong historic entry but we are also keen to encourage entries from modern cars, both two- and four-wheel-drive. Everyone is assured a warm welcome and quality special stages.”

Managing Director at ATL, Jon Ward, said:
“We are looking forward to working with RACRMC and sponsoring this fantastic event for a second year running. We have a main depot in Carlisle, take an active interest in the area and recognise this is a highly regarded event in motor sport supporting local businesses and attracting many visitors to Carlisle.

“With over a million feet of warehouse space, approximately 100 commercial vehicles and 150 trailers, ATL stores and delivers products for a wide range of customers across the UK,” Jon explains.

“We provide mission-critical warehousing and logistics solutions and many of our customers are key players in the automotive industry so it’s an area very close to our heart. In addition, we have many employees who are big motor sport fans so it’s a great fit.”

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

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Posted: April 12, 2019 5:39 AM






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