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2020 Scottish Rally Championship

Posted: January 23, 2020 9:02 AM - 803 Hits

2020 KNC Groundworks (Ltd) Scottish Rally Championship

SRC HEADS TO CARLISLE DUE TO UNFORTUNATE ARGYLL CANCELLATION

Posted: January 23, 2020 9:02 AM

Organisers of the KNC Groundworks Scottish Rally Championship (SRC) have extended their sympathies to Mull Car Club who did all they could to ensure the Argyll Rally remained on the 2020 rally calendar.

The Argyll Rally has been a feature of the SRC calendar since it was relaunched in 2017, and has played host to some epic battles that proved decisive in the outcome of the championship on more than one occasion.

Utilising recent changes to the Road Traffic Act in Scotland that devolves power to close public roads from the government to Motorsport UK and rally organisers, the Argyll Rally was excitingly set to become a Tarmac rally for the first time in its history in 2020.

But unfortunately event organisers haven't been able to secure the relevant authorisations within the timeframe available, and they've had to take the difficult decision to cancel this year's event. However, plans are already underway for the 2021 event which promises to be a proper challenge.

"Mull Car Club are disappointed to announce that the 2020 Argyll Rally will not be running," a statement from Mull Car Club said.

"The timescales for obtaining the Motorsport Order were short and it has not proved possible to complete the required procedures within the time required.

"We would like to pass on our thanks to the sponsors, authorities and volunteers that have spent a tremendous amount of time preparing for 2020. This effort will not be wasted since on a positive note, the work already put in has put us well ahead of schedule for 2021 and we look forward to bringing the great, new look event to you all next year."

The cancellation of the Argyll means that the Carlisle Stages, the 2020 reserve event, now becomes the final round of the Scottish Rally Championship for the first time; taking place on 24 October.

It marks a return to cross-border stages in Scotland and England that haven't featured in the SRC since the Jim Clark Forest Rally in 2015.

The SRC therefore remains a mixed-surface, seven round championship but the new-for-2020 North of Scotland Championship has been trimmed to just three events: Snowman Rally, Speyside Stages and Grampian Forest Rally.

SRC Chairman Gordon Adam sympathised with the Argyll organisers and praised their efficiency in taking this decision in time for the reserve event to be slotted into the calendar.

"It's obviously a huge shame for not just the SRC but for Mull Car Club and the local Dunoon residents that the Argyll Rally will not run in 2020," Adam said.

"The plans were looking tremendously exciting but we remain optimistic that the event can come back stronger than ever in 2021.

"We are delighted to be heading to the Carlisle Stages which is more than worthy of a slot on the SRC calendar. It will be a new challenge for most of our crews and should be a cracking end to the season."

The KNC Groundworks Ltd Scottish Rally Championship is supported by Royal Aero, Pirelli Motorsport, Moates Offshore Ltd, Albyn Garage Ltd, RAVENOL and Reis Motorsport Insurance.

Keep up to date with all the latest news via the championship's official website, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #SRC20.

SRC RETURNS TO MIXED-SURFACE FORMAT WITH EXCITING NEW CALENDAR

Posted: October 28, 2019 4:32 AM

The 2020 KNC Groundworks (Ltd) Scottish Rally Championship will be staged across five gravel and two closed road events as the series returns to a mixed-surface format for the first time since 2013.

The exciting new seven round calendar kicks off in March and concludes in September, taking the championship on a pulsating tour through Scotland.

As is tradition, the season kicks off in Inverness for the 65th running of the legendary Snowman Rally which has moved backwards from its traditional date in February to run in March.

The popular Speyside Stages runs next before the year’s first Tarmac event, the Jim Clark Reivers Rally, which returns after a six-year hiatus from the calendar.

The highly-anticipated match up between the SRC and the BTRDA on the Scottish Rally follows in June before the Argyll Rally, which excitingly switches to a sealed surface in 2020 and is the second of the season’s two closed road events.

The year ends with the Grampian Forest Rally in August and the Galloway Hills Rally in mid-September. In addition to the seven full championship rounds, the Carlisle Stages in October will be the nominated reserve event.

Organisers of the Border Counties Rally are unable to commit to running an event in 2020 presently, but organisers of the SRC are hopeful that the event can return for 2021 season where further calendar refinements are anticipated.

The best five scores from the seven rounds will count, meaning a competitor who may not wish to contest the Tarmac rounds can still win the championship as there are five forest rounds on offer.

A raft of further changes and improvements to the championship, such as class revisions and competitor incentives aimed in particular at Clubman competitors in class cars, will be announced over the coming weeks.

SRC organisers have shaped the 2020 calendar in response to the feedback from the recent competitor forum and survey.

SRC Chairman Gordon Adam is happy with the calendar changes, and is looking forward to the challenge of the new format, whilst retaining an element of competitor choice in what is a transitional year.

“We are delighted to be returning to a mixed-surface format and the events on offer in 2020 really do have something for everybody,” Adam enthused.

“It is important to be able to adapt to the changing preferences within the sport as they happen, whilst being able to stay with tradition, and we feel we have struck that balance perfectly starting in Inverness a bit later in the year than has been normal, and coming to its conclusion in Dalbeattie. We welcome the Jim Clark Rally back with open arms and are thrilled that the Argyll Rally will run as our second chosen closed road event in their first year on Tarmac.

“There may be some competitors who would rather not compete on Tarmac, but because only five of a potential seven scores will count, these drivers will not lose the chance to win their class or overall title. We felt that when we had the opportunity to give our competitors this choice, it was important to do this given the fairly major format changes we have made for the 2020 season.

“Of course, we realise that the gaps between the events in the middle of the season are not ideal, particularly for our volunteer officials, but our hands are tied by the events where they have commitments to other championships. This is obviously an important area for our competitors and officials, and one we will be focusing on for the 2021 season.

“Our thanks go to all the events who have liaised with us to create this exciting calendar. It is going to be another fantastic season for Scottish rallying.”

The KNC Groundworks Ltd Scottish Rally Championship is supported by Royal Aero, Pirelli Motorsport, Moates Offshore Ltd, Albyn Garage Ltd, RAVENOL and Reis Motorsport Insurance.

Championship Rounds (REVISED)

Posted: October 28, 2019 4:31 AM

  1. Snowman Rally - (Sat) 7 Mar 20
  2. Speyside Stages - (Sat) 18 Apr 20
  3. Jim Clark Reivers Rally - 31 May 20
  4. Scottish Rally - (Sat) 6 Jun 20
    Argyll (Tarmac) Stages Rally - (Sat) 20 Jun 20 - CANCELLED
  5. Grampian Forest Rally - (Sat) 8 Aug 20
  6. Galloway Hills Rally - (Sat) 19 Sep 20
  7. Carlisle Stages - (Sat) 23 Oct 20
subject to Motorsport UK approval

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