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THE WWRS HRCR STAGE MASTERS CHALLENGE 2020
A 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 2020 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:
Weston Park, Shropshire This popular season opener at Weston Park, Shropshire is an historic only event running within the 1000 acre estate of Weston Park providing over 30 stage miles for competitors.
Gravel – Llandovery Area A return to the Epynt military ranges but this time we’ll tackle the man made military gravel roads designed to take supply trucks to the soldiers training on Sennybridge. Beware of England’s version of Germany’s famous ‘hinklestiens’ which protect the inside of the roads from any major cutting of corners. Continue reading »
Jason Gardner and Mike Trode topped the podium on their home event in very demanding and tricky conditions on the Winner Garage Skoda Wyedean Rally. It didn’t all go his way as he admitted to struggling with the wrong tyres on the first three stages and he also had a stall when a car Continue reading »
The second day dawned bright and early with a loop of 5 stages to be run three times and at least it would mostly be dry with a few heavy showers before once again the heavens opened for the night time stages. The longest stage of the rally Passendale at 20 kilometres would be Continue reading »
Rikki Proffitt and Graham Wild dominated the 60th running of the Tour of Flanders by winning the majority of stages in their 1965 Porsche 911 and finishing 38th overall out of a mixed field of 100 modern and historic crews. Organisers had laid on a tough route for competitors with more than 100 miles Continue reading »
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 »