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Registrations open for the 67th year of SERIOUS FUN…!

The BTRDA are pleased to announce the 2020 MRF Tyres BTRDA Rally Series and confirm that the 2020 championship registration is now open.
The 2020 MRF Tyres BTRDA Rally Series encompasses the 67th BTRDA Gold Star® and Silver Star® Rally Championships, plus the Fuchs Lubricants BTRDA Bronze Star (1400’s) and the MRF Tyres BTRDA Rally First Championships and includes the JORDAN Road Surfacing BTRDA Historic Cup, BTRDA Production Cup, BTRDA Rallye R2 Cup and BTRDA Rallye R5 Cup.
The BTRDA Rally Series is the most popular stage rally championship in the UK and will continue to provide competitors and followers with some Serious Fun! The calendar includes seven one-day forest stage rallies, starting with the Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally in February and finishing with the Trackrod Forest Stages in North Yorkshire at the end of September. The final points tables will be based on a competitor’s best 5 scores, which provides some flexibility to fit in the events around family or business commitments or even to recover from unexpected car problem.

The 2020 MRF Tyres BTRDA Rally Series (Best 5 scores to count)
• Saturday 8th February    Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally    (Llandudno)
• Saturday 14th March    Malcolm Wilson Rally    (Cockermouth)
• Saturday 18th April    Rallynuts Stages Rally    (Builth Wells)
• Saturday 6th June    75th Scottish Rally    (Lockerbie)
• Saturday 11th July    Nicky Grist Stages    (Builth Wells)
• Saturday 5th August    Woodpecker Stages    (Ludlow)
• Saturday 26th September    Trackrod Forest Stages    (Filey)
We are grateful for the wholehearted commitment of the event organising teams, because without their efforts we could not promote such a successful rally championship. Regulations and entries for the Cambrian Rally, the opening round of the 2020 BTRDA Rally Series, are now available at www.cambrianrally.com

The MRF Tyres BTRDA Rally Series is open to all stage rally cars and includes a broad spread of categories and competition classes, so there is something for everyone. The 2020 Regulations are published in the Competitors section of this website, along with a link to the on-line BTRDA membership and BTRDA Rally Series & Motorsport UK English Rally Championship registration. For those who prefer to register by post, there is a copy of the Registration Form that can be downloaded.  

Please note that the Registration Fee includes BTRDA club membership and registration for the BTRDA Rally Series, Motorsport UK English Rally Championship and the new MRF Mixed Surface ChallengeThere is a £10 discount if both members of the crew register together.  (BTRDA membership gives automatic eligibility to all events in the BTRDA Rally Series, English Rally Championship and MRF Mixed Surface Challenge). 

BTRDA membership and Rally Championship registration is FREE to new BTRDA members under the age of 25 on 1st Jan 2020, for their first year of registrationChampionship decals will be posted out at the end of January to drivers who have registered for the 2020 Championships. 

The BTRDA VISION for 2020..!

The 2020 MRF Tyres BTRDA Rally Series – the 67th consecutive year of ‘Serious Fun’! – moves into the new decade maintaining not only its position as the UK’s most popular rally Championship but also its welcome for any vehicle complying with current Motorsport UK Technical Regulations, and with a class structure designed to cater for everyone.
The coveted MRF Tyres BTRDA Gold Star® Championship (Overall), MRF Tyres BTRDA Silver Star® Championship (Two-Wheel Drive) and the Fuchs Lubricants BTRDA 1400 Championship (for which the overall winners will receive BTRDA Bronze Stars) return, to be joined for the first time by the BTRDA Rallye R5 Cup. As the name suggests, this will be open to any FIA-homologated R5 cars, such as Ian Bainbridge’s Skoda Fabia (illustrated above) which, as before, will also be in line for Class B14 honours.

The BTRDA Rallye R2 Cup, introduced in 2018, has proved a welcome addition to the line-up, with 16 drivers scoring points last season. Thus far, Ford Fiestas have held sway with George Lepley and Perry Gardener carrying off the spoils but, with eligible cars also available from Peugeot, Citroen, Opel, Renault and Skoda, the Blue Oval’s future domination is far from guaranteed!
Meanwhile, the MRF Tyres BTRDA Rally First® Championship will now include a class for up to 1.0 litre engined cars, such as the Nissan Micra that new Toyota WRC recruit Elfyn Evans drove back in 2006!… It’s an ideal entry-level category and ‘next step’ for the F1000 Juniors.   ( Elfyn on the Wyedean  © SC Photography )

Turning to the calendar, seven of the best UK forest events are featured and each competitor’s five best scores will count towards their final tally. For the first time for a number of years, the BTRDA Series ventures north of the border in 2020 to celebrate the 75th running of the iconic Scottish Rally.  The full programme is :
   8th February    Cambrian Rally / Llandudno
   14th March    Malcolm Wilson Rally / Cockermouth
   18th April    Rallynuts Stages / Royal Welsh Showground
   6th June    75th Scottish Rally / Lockerbie
   11th July   Nicky Grist Stages / Builth Wells
   5th September    Woodpecker Stages / Ludlow
   26th September    Trackrod Forest Stages / Filey

Registration for the 2020 MRF Tyres BTRDA Rally Series will be available in early December via the Competitors section of this website   www.btrdarally.com/competitors

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE – a valuable prize…!

The BTRDA Rally Committee are very pleased to announce that the 2019 Install Automation Ltd ‘Looking to the Future’ prize has been awarded to Zak Hughes who was the winner of the MRF Tyres ST Trophy in 2019.  This valuable prize which has been donated by Adam Kent the 1998 BTRDA Gold Star Champion, will provide a £2,500 fund to be used for event entry fees in the 2020 MRF TYres BTRDA Rally Series. The prize will be presented to Zak at the 2019 Awards Evening which takes place on Saturday 11th January 2020.   (Details to follow soon).

This valuable prize will continue on the BTRDA Rally Series in 2020 courtesy of Install Automation Ltd and will be awarded to another BTRDA Junior driver.

The 2020 MRF Tyres BTRDA Rally Series calendar has received Motorsport UK approval and is as published in the earlier News Item HERE      2020 registrations will open on 1st December.

The image in Zak Hughes / Tom Wood on the Plains Rally   (Courtesy of Malc Almond)

Congratulations to the 2019 BTRDA Award Winners

The Trackrod Forest Stages in North Yorkshire rounded off another very successful BTRDA Rally Series sponsored by JORDAN Road Surfacing. The final 2019 BTRDA Rally Series points scores can be found HERE

Congratulations to all the 2019 BTRDA Rally Champions.   Euan Thorburn and Paul Beaton are the 66th BTRDA Gold Star Champions in a hugely successful year when they dominated both the BTRDA Rally Series and the Scottish Rally Championship. George Lepley is the BTRDA Silver Star Champion Driver for the second year and Tom Murphy is the Silver Star Co-Driver Champion. In addition to the Silver Star title George has also won the BTRDA Historic Cup and the BTRDA Junior Driver. The BTRDA Bronze Star (1400) Championship titles in 2019 have been won by Callum Black and Michael Gilbey, whilst Joseph Keen is the BTRDA Rally First Champion driver and Mark Townson is the Rally First winning co-driver.

A list of all the 2019 JORDAN Road Surfacing BTRDA Rally Series Award Winners can be found HERE   There are also some ‘Special Achievement Awards’ on the list to be presented by the BTRDA, but the winners of these trophies will not be announced until the Awards Evening. A list of all the award winners in the MAXXIS Motorsport UK 2019 English Rally Championship will be published after the final round which is the Wyedean Stages Rally on Saturday 9th November.

The awards for the 2019 JORDAN Road Surfacing BTRDA Rally Series and the MAXXIS Motorsport UK 2019 English Rally Championship will be presented at the 2019 Dinner and Awards Ceremony which takes place on Saturday 11th January 2020 in the function suite at the Drayton Manor Hotel near Tamworth, B78 3SA. This date also coincides with the 2020 Autosport Show at the NEC so competitors would be able to combine the two events if they wish to do so.  Ticket Application forms for the Awards Evening and Dinner [ £45 ] and details of the preferential room rates [ £60 ] available for BTRDA guests at the at the Drayton Manor Hotel will be published shortly.

The 2020 MRF Tyres BTRDA Rally Series calendar has received Motorsport UK approval and is as published in the earlier News Item HERE       2020 registrations will open on 1st December.

Main photo is Euan Thorburn / Paul Beaton on the Plains Rally.   (courtesy of Kevin Money)