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THE WWRS HRCR STAGE MASTERS CHALLENGE 2019
2018 mixed surface challenge for those who love the experience and challenge of driving full throttle through the forests but also the country lanes too.
Designed to put the fun into historic stage rallying in the UK.
Eight rallies with nine point five scoring opportunities have been carefully selected to offer value for money, great organisation and classic stages on a mixture of surfaces.
The series is designed to use the very best venues, lanes and forests UK rallying has to offer.
The closed to club Stage Masters Challenge 2018 will offer an overall Challenge winner, best performance on Asphalt and Gravel plus class awards. The best five scoring rounds will count with more points available for the highlight of the calendar the Killarney Stages rally which will allow crews to tackle the infamous Molls Gap, a must on most drivers bucket list. The Rally Isle of Man will count as two rounds to encourage more crews to experience the closed public roads on the island.
HRCR Chairman Paul Loveridge commented:
“We wanted to offer an alternative to crews who have supported the club through the years. Rallying is going through some tough times and we felt something had to be done to offer our 1,500 members and organisers a fun series where the challenge is competing among themselves in their own classes and categories. Also, we are delighted that we have managed to secure some iconic rallies with roots firmly in historic rallying.”
The challenge starts with the Mid-Wales Stages on March 4th, with its high quality organisation, stages and high-profile ceremonial start and finish. Apart from the overseas rounds most of the Challenge rounds centre around the Brecon and Llandovery areas.
Stuart Clarke’s former class winning navigator Andy Ballantyne has retired from competitive navigating to help run the Challenge, he said:
“We know that spectators and organisers want to see and hear the variety of cars that we know are out there. We’ve considered rounds that can offer great spectating opportunities and can accommodate entries with a good mix of facilities and accessibility.”
The Challenge will be launched at the HRCR Open Day at Gaydon on January 13th.
To register simply go to the section below. For more information contact:
Gravel – Forest of Dean Once a year the roar of engines reverberate round the Forest of Dean, the crisp air has been carrying the sounds and sights of rally cars for more than 40-years. Now moving to its new November date we are proud to support this true clubman, no nonsense event. Hopefully Continue reading »
Asphalt – Killarney, Ireland We are delighted to have the jewel in crown of historic rallying in our challenge series – this is your chance to savour the very best rallying has to offer. The Killarney Historic Stages Rally runs in one of Ireland most beautiful and famous areas – the Ring of Kerry Continue reading »
Results and Leader Board
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It was smiles all around for Adrian Smekss and Chris Neale after the pair took the West Wales Rally Spares HRCR Stage Masters honours at the recent Brawdy Stages. The military venue is classed as single venue but in the 8 to 9 mile stages there is a mixture of everything for fast perimeter Continue reading »
Rudi Lancaster and Guy Weaver dominated the Red Kite Stages more than two-and-a-half-minute difference to second place Pete Littler and Andy Marchbank. The Devonian looked absolutely shattered putting so much work into the steering wheel on the superb stages where he went banzai trying to put a marker down to his competitors. Even Continue reading »
A tough and long day greeted crews for the 2019 Plains Rally which was a case of endurance and picking your way through the tracks which in some cases had turned into rubble. Pete Littler is trying to get as much seat time as possible and had to make some big changes to Continue reading »
For the second year in a row Jason Gardner headed home the West Wales Rally Spares HRCR Stage Master contenders, with more than a minute in hand on his closest rival Mike Simpson. Only a handful of seconds separated this pair until stage 6 which is where that stage started on gravel and went Continue reading »
Steve Ward and Mike Crawford finally took maximum points after a dusty and summer like Rallynuts Stages rally in mid-Wales. The Ford Escort pairing had a torrid 2018 with mechanical breakdown following mechanical breakdown, but a more relaxed Steve was quietly confident that the changes made to the car including a new gearbox Continue reading »
Mike Simpson and Dale Gibbons started their campaign with a start to finish victory on the extremely slippy roads on the grounds of Weston Park near Telford. Owen Motor Club had organised a 10-stage rally, all ran in pairs with four running through the notorious ford which saw the demise of most of the Continue reading »
Mintex HRCR Stage Masters Challenge 2019 A new season and a new challenge awaits the 30 registered crews as the 2019 curtain-raiser is finally upon us, with the Owen Motor Club Jasper’s Bakery AGBO stages providing an exciting first round of the campaign. The popular one-day historic ONLY event offers some smooth but Continue reading »
Organisers of the 2019 Mintex HRCR Stage Masters Challenge have been overwhelmed by the number of registrations for the 11-round series. The HRCR Open Day at Gaydon saw 25 crew’s sign-up; we look forward to the return of Stuart Anderson in the Vauxhall Chevette, he’ll be joined in class D4 by Mike and Doug Continue reading »
The event had the good fortune of staying dry given the rain on previous days. The conditions were slippery especially on the first stage, Molls gap with it’s rock lined path to the famous pinnacle. Guy Weavers good result was in doubt when the car had a fuel pump malfunction on stage 6. Thankfully Continue reading »
Good News for 2019…. The HRCR are pleased to announce a major overhaul to their current stage championships. To reflect the increasing success and number of competitors The Mini Sport Cup, in its tenth year, will now become a stand-alone championship, probably the biggest single-model historic championship in the world. The championship will consist Continue reading »
West Wales Rally Spares HRCR Stage Masters Challenge 2018 – UPDATE There’s still all to play for despite the cancellation of the Rally Isle of Man, with Ken Davies and Alan Jones holding a commanding but not insurmountable overall lead. There are still more than 80 points available it will all come down the Continue reading »
Stephen ‘Jumbo’ Richards took maximum points in the latest round of the West Wales Rally Spares HRCR Stage Masters Challenge after a hot and boiling day for the crews. The north Devon ‘big boys’ didn’t have it their own way taking victory on the last stage after the retirement of Chris Jones in his Continue reading »