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Rally North Wales - (Sat) 28 Mar 20 - CANCELLED

Posted: May 22, 2020 7:34 AM - 1156 Hits

Rally North Wales Statement - Event Cancelled

Posted: May 22, 2020 7:34 AM

Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire Car Club regret to announce the North Wales Rally Services Rally North Wales is forced to cancel its 2020 running of the event due to uncertainties surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic.

After being forced to postpone the Dolgellau based event which was originally planned for the 28th March until November, the event organising team have been closely monitoring the Covid-19 situation.

However, following the latest advice from the Welsh and UK Government and Motorsport UK, the sport’s governing body, the event committee had further reviewed the plans for running the event in November.

With the sport posing a challenge when adhering to social distancing guidelines, and with the uncertainty of any other restrictions like access to forestry, venues and local businesses, the decision has been made to cancel the rally for 2020.

A spokesperson from the team said “We have been closely monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic and the implications of running Rally North Wales in November. Whilst we are in the advanced stages of planning the event, there are many restrictions that we understand will remain fluid during the lockdown procedure and beyond.

As well as the increased financial risk to the event, the health and wellbeing of everyone at this time is paramount including event officials, spectators, competitors and residents in Dolgellau and the surrounding area. Therefore we feel it would be irresponsible to run the event at this time.

We would like to thank our event sponsor North Wales Rally Services and our partners for their unrivalled support during these difficult times and are looking forward to seeing everyone on the event in 2021.”

Organisers have issued a provisional date of 27th March 2021 for next year’s running of the rally.

The event is a round of the Fuchs Lubricants Motorsport UK British Historic Rally Championship, Pirelli Motorsport UK Welsh Rally Championship, The Fuchs Lubricants RACRMC Mixed Surface/Rally 2 Championship and The ANWCC Forest Rally Championship. It was due to run six stages in the Dyfi and Pantperthog forests totalling 45 miles from its rally base in Dolgellau.

Rally North Wales - Event Postponed

Posted: March 17, 2020 12:38 PM

Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire Car Club regret to announce the 2020 North Wales Rally Services Rally North Wales, planned for the 28th March will be postponed following the latest directive from the sport’s governing body, Motorsport UK who have suspended all organising permits with immediate effect due to the Covid-19 situation. Organisers have scheduled a new, provisional date, of Saturday 21st November 2020.

The event organising committee has been closely monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic and the implications of running the popular event over recent weeks and was well advanced in the planning of the Dolgellau based forest rally which had attracted a top entry, totalling over 100 to date.

Motorsport UK has today (17th March) temporarily suspended all motorsport permits due to the potential increased risk to competitors, officials, spectators communities.

Guy Weaver, Chairman of WSSCC and organiser said:
“Following the announcements made by Motorsport UK today, the organising committee regret to announce that the 2020 North Wales Rally Services – Rally North Wales is to be postponed. We of course fully support Motorsport UK’s position and our organisers had been working tirelessly to offer another fantastic event in the Dyfi and Pantperthog forests.

We have decided to provisionally announce a new date for the event of Saturday 21st November which has been agreed in principle by our stakeholders, championships and key officials. This, of course, will be monitored closely as the situation develops throughout the year.

Of course, the health and wellbeing of everyone at this time is paramount. A huge amount of time, effort and investment has already gone into the planning of the event, which was all set to be another superb rally. I`d like to thank the hard-working officials and organising team for everything they have done for the rally and we look forward to seeing everyone in November.”

Rally North Wales will issue a full refund to paid up entries and competitors are requested to contact the Event Secretary (details below) with the name of whom the cheque should be made payable to.

The event is a round of the Fuchs Lubricants Motorsport UK British Historic Rally Championship, Pirelli Motorsport UK Welsh Rally Championship, The Fuchs Lubricants RACRMC Mixed Surface/Rally 2 Championship and The ANWCC Forest Rally Championship. It was due to run six stages, totalling 45 miles from its rally base in Dolgellau.

Rally North Wales launches new route for 2020

Posted: February 8, 2020 1:04 PM

The North Wales Rally Services - Rally North Wales opens its entries today (5th February) and announces a brand new route for the 28th March event which has entertained competitors and fans since it’s rejuvenated come-back in 2015.

Sponsored once again by leading motorsport build a preparation experts North Wales Rally Services, the Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire Car Club organised event, will see a change to the traditional forests as it introduces the legendary Pantperthog test to the route in 2020.

The little used stage will be added to the now traditional blast through the Dyfi forest complex, offering 45 mile of top-quality stages just a few miles away from the rally base at Dolgellau Farmers Market.

The event is proud to be once again the opening round of the Fuchs Lubricants Motorsport UK British Historic Rally Championship which has proved to offer rally fans who line the forests, a fantastic spectacle throughout the day. They will be joined by the ever-popular Pirelli Motorsport UK Welsh Rally Championship which is set to provide a top-line list of crews.

The iconic forests will house six stages in the region, with a three-stage loop repeated after a mid-event service halt in Dolgellau. Ensuring the event remains progressive, there are some new twists on previously used routes whilst retaining the popular ultra-compact format for competitors with just 65 road miles linking the special tests ensuring costs and movement around the region are kept as low as possible.

Building on previous years, Rally North Wales will give crews in two-wheel-drive machinery will run at the head of the field in a reverse seeded format, with a short gap separating them from the four-wheel-drive crews who will still be able to sample the hardy world-famous stages which are reported to be in excellent condition after a recent route survey.

Joining the British Historic and the Welsh Championship crews, The Fuchs Lubricants RACRMC Mixed Surface/Rally 2 series will kick-start its season in Wales, along with the all-new Crew25 Rally Championship for under 25-year-olds. The ANWCC Forest Rally Championship is another series to return to the event in 2020.

After all pre-event scrutiny and documentation have been completed in the town on Friday 27th March, cars will be flagged away from Gwyndaf Evans Motors in Dolgellau at 8.30am on Saturday 28th March, before heading out to tackle three stages. A mid-event service e halt at the Farmers Market heralds the mid-way point, before a repeat loop and the return to the finish at around 14:45.

“We have retained everything that competitors have loved about previous editions of Rally North Wales as well as adding a new twist to the stages to ensure we once again offer a superb, cost-effective rally on some of the best roads in the UK if not Europe,” says Ray Smith, Clerk of the Course.

“The stages in the region are iconic and a firm favourite with drivers right from the World Rally Championship to the clubman and have put together a route which should challenge the most experienced crews as well as offering a great grounding for newcomers. They will suit both two and four-wheel drive crews and we are anticipating a great battle in the stages. We look forward to welcoming everyone to Dolgellau in March.”

The event regulations and online entry system are now available via the event website, link below.

On Line Entry / Regulations / Event Website

Posted: January 17, 2020 1:07 PM

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