The Bolton-Le-Moors Car Club (BLMCC) and MotorSport Vision Racing (MSVR) have teamed up again for the second year of the Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship. The championship will run on circuits across the UK including all four of MotorSport Vision’s venues – Brands Hatch, Oulton Park, Snetterton, and Cadwell Park, which will be visited twice – with the addition of three other UK circuits including the new for 2016/17 championship Donington Park Rally we are sure you will agree the calendar is set to be fantastic:
- Round 1 at Oulton Park – Bolton-le-Moors Car Club – Neil Howard Stages – 5th November 2016
- Round 2 at Cadwell Park – North Humberside Motor Club – Cadwell Stages – 20th November 2016
- Round 3 at Rockingham – Middlesex County Automobile Club – Rockingham Stages – 3&4th December 2016
- Round 4 at Brands Hatch – Chelmsford Motor Club – Brands Hatch Stages – TBC January 2017
- Round 5 at Snetterton – Snetterton Stages – TBC February 2017
- Round 6 at Donington Park – Dukeries Motor Club Donington Rally – 5th March 2017
- Round 7 at Anglesey Circuit – Pendle & District Motor Club and Garstang & Preston Motor Club – Lee Holland Rally – 19th March 2017
- Round 8 at Cadwell Park – Border Motor Club – Cadwell Stages – TBC April 2017
- Reserve Event at Croft Circuit – Darlington & District Motor Club – Jack Frost Stages 15th January 2017
Circuit rallying features up to 100 cars competing against the clock, across a variety of bespoke rally stages incorporating different parts of the race circuit, including paddocks and perimeter roads. Sections of the track are run in both directions and include challenges such as water splashes. The inaugural season will kick off at the BLMCC’s Neil Howard Stage Rally and fireworks event at Oulton Park on Saturday 5th November, before carrying on to a spring 2017 finale.
The championship will run under MSVR’s successful banner of championships and series, which includes national and European car racing, and the MCE British Superbike Championship under its two wheel division. In what will be its first venture into stage rallying, MSVR will work on championship regulations, assist with championship promotion and provide administrative support from its base at Brands Hatch. All rally cars will carry MSVR branding, with MSVR also contributing to the Championship prize package, of which further details will be announced at a later date.
The championship has once again achieved a major coup by securing leading national motor racing publication Motorsport News as a media partner. Motorsport News will provide extensive coverage of the events, including event previews and reviews, offering competitors more exposure than ever before.
Motorsport News Editor, Kevin Turner expressed:
“We were all very excited to launch the first Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship last year, but even we didn’t expect it to be as successful as it has been. Great entries, close battles and a title fight going right down to the wire really demonstrate its appeal and it was a no-brainer to want to do it again.
“Organiser Darren Spann, MSVR and Michelin have helped make the championship a success and Motorsport News is very grateful for their continued support and enthusiasm.
“Adding Donington Park to the calendar is a real bonus. The Leicestershire venue is one of the UK’s leading race circuits and it seems amazing that it went over a decade without hosting a rally. I’m sure it will help make the second Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship even better than the inaugural season.”
We are delighted to confirm the continued support of Michelin. Competitors will once again have the opportunity to run on the top class rubber from Michelin and once again competitors will be able to compete for free tyres on each round of the championship and benefit from the advice and knowledge from 136 years in racing everything from bicycles to World Rally Championship and Formula 1.
Tim Hoare Motorsport Manager UK and Ireland commented: “We are proud to continue supporting this innovative championship in 2016 / 17. This championship gives us an opportunity to engage with club rally competitors and demonstrate how the Michelin Total Performance rally product can deliver value for money high performance rally tyres. The new FIA Approved rally patterns used in the WRC were developed to provide both wet and dry performance in a long lasting tyre, which wasn’t an easy task but, we are not in motorsport because it easy. Motorsport is a great arena to stretch our capabilities and develop new technologies. The very same WRC patterns are now available to UK rally competitors which, eliminates the traditional need for intermediate, wet and dry tyres at rally events – we call this Michelin Total Performance”.
Darren Spann, Championship Coordinator, enthused: “We are delighted and overwhelmed by the success of this year’s championship and with the continued support from our partners together with the excellent calendar addition we feel sure we can make the 2016/17 championship even bigger and better”.
David Scott, MSVR Operations Manager, added: “The Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship in association with MSVR has taken the rallying world by storm and has proved to be an outstanding success. Going into the final round at Snetterton on May 15th all is to play for with any one of three drivers within reach of the title.
The announcement of an exciting new calendar 2016/2017 sees the majority of venues returning & will see a new venue at Donington Park. The MN Circuit Rally Championship has a very bright future and is sure to be top on the list for UK rally crews”.
The 2016 / 17 Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship Featuring the Michelin Cup, kicks off at Oulton Park on 5 November. Visit www.oultonpark.co.uk for more information. For further details about MSVR, please visit www.msvracing.com or the championship website www.msnrallychamp.co.uk
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