The purpose of this Newsletter is to explain a few bits and pieces about the BTRDA Rally Series in advance of the first event of 2019.
On each round of the championship the overall winner of the BTRDA Historic Cup will receive £500 and at the end of the year the overall Historic Champion will be presented with the prestigious AC de Monaco Trophy at the BTRDA awards ceremony.
BTRDA Rally Committee Chairman, Neil Cross said “This is a fantastic prize for the winner of the BTRDA Historic Cup on each of our 2019 events. We hope that these prizes will encourage the clubman Historic competitors to come and compete on the BTRDA Rally Series events and enjoy the close competition over classic forest stages around the country.”
BTRDA Rally Series Sponsor Barry Jordan’s Historic Fiat 131 on the Plains Rally >
These prizes for BTRDA Historic Cup competitors add to the incentives already announced for Junior competitors from Tynemouth Computer Services (TCS) to mark their 40th anniversary, and the end of year awards from Revolution Competition Wheels for the leading drivers in Gold Star, Silver Star, Fuchs Lubricants 1400’s, Rallye R2 Cup, Historic Cup and Production Cup
Registrations for the 2019 JORDAN Road Surfacing BTRDA Rally Series and the MAXXIS Motorsport UK 2019 English Rally Championship can be completed on-line [see Competitor page] or by post to the BTRDA Membership Secretary. Competitors are encouraged to register a.s.a.p. so that we can post out the championship decals before the first round of the Series
Entries for the Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally have now passed the 100 mark. The organisers have confirmed that all the forest stages have been regraded / reinstated by Rally4Wales and are in excellent condition. This combined with the brand new service area in the heart of Llandudno Town makes this a excellent event for the start the 2019 BTRDA Rally Series.
The main photo is 2018 BTRDA Historic Cup winners Ernie Graham / Robin Kellard on the 2018 Woodpecker Stages.
The BTRDA are pleased to announce the 2019 JORDAN Road Surfacing BTRDA Rally Series and confirm that the 2019 championship registration is now open.
The 2019 BTRDA Rally Series encompasses the 66th BTRDA Gold Star® and Silver Star® Rally Championships, plus the BTRDA 1400 and BTRDA Rally First Championships and includes the BTRDA Historic Cup, BTRDA Production Cup, BTRDA Rallye R2 Cup and Fiesta ST Trophy. It is consistently 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 finishes 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 2019 JORDAN Road Surfacing BTRDA Rally Series (Best 5 scores to count)
• Saturday 16th February Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally (Llandudno)
• Saturday 9th March Malcolm Wilson Rally (Cockermouth)
• Saturday 13th April Rallynuts Stages Rally (Builth Wells)
• Saturday 11th May Plains Rally (Oswestry)
• Saturday 13th July Nicky Grist Stages (Builth Wells)
• Saturday 31st August Woodpecker Stages (Ludlow)
• Saturday 28th 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 2019 BTRDA Rally Series, are now available at www.cambrianrally.com
The 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 2019 BTRDA Rally Series Regulations are now published in the Competitors section of this website, along with a link to the on-line BTRDA membership and BTRDA Rally Series & Motorsport UK 2019 English Rally Championship registration. There is a copy of the Registration Form that can be downloaded for those who prefer to register by post. (Championship decals will be posted out at the end of January to drivers who have registered for the 2019 Championships).
Please note that the Registration Fee includes BTRDA club membership and registration for both the BTRDA Rally Series and the English Rally Championship. (BTRDA membership gives automatic eligibility to all BTRDA Rally Series and English Rally Championship events). There is a £10 discount if both members of the crew register together.
BTRDA membership and Rally Championship registration is again FREE to new BTRDA members under the age of 25 on 1st Jan 2019, for their first year of registration.
Fuchs Lubricants (UK) take on the mantle of headline sponsors of the BTRDA 1400 Championship for the new season. Following the relaxation of the regulations governing the running order on events, the Fuchs Lubricants BTRDA 1400 Championship is poised for a strong season as all eligible vehicles, along with all the BTRDA Rally First cars and the older, less powerful Historic Cars will be running within the first group of rally cars through the forest stages on all BTRDA Rally Series events.
Revolution Wheels, REIS the Motorsport Insurance Specialists and Mintex will again be providing invaluable support for the BTRDA Rally Series. We are grateful to all our sponsors and look forward to working with them during the forthcoming year.
2019 sees the 40th anniversary of the formation of rally results provider Tynemouth Computer Services (TCS), and, at the same time, 40 consecutive years of its involvement with the BTRDA Rally Championships. To help celebrate this milestone, TCS founder Martin Liddle will be supporting the BTRDA Junior Championship with cash awards on each individual round.
Based on the Index of Performance classification used to calculate the Junior Championship points, the first, second and third Junior Driver on each BTRDA Rally Series event will receive cash awards of £150, £100 & £50 respectively, while the Junior Co-drivers will also benefit to the tune of £75, £50 & £25 – a total of £3,150 over the seven-event series. These awards are open to all registered competitors who were born on or after 1st January 1995, and are in addition to the £250 end of year awards from Mintex for the leading Junior drivers in both the BTRDA and English championships.
The BTRDA Rallye R2 Cup is open to all FIA homologated R2(B) cars and in recognition of the increasing number of R2 cars we now have separate classes for the R2 cars from the class B10 cars.
The ROAD to WALES: For several years the BTRDA Rally Series has benefitted from a free entry for Wales Rally GB National Rally through its ‘Road to Wales’ initiative. We are delighted to confirm that the scheme is to continue and for 2019 the BTRDA Rallye R2 Cup will again take centre stage. Such is the date of the 2019 Wales Rally GB (3rd – 6thh October), in relation to the BTRDA Rally Series calendar, that the prize – worth in the region of £1,000 – will go to the leading Rallye R2 Cup driver after the Woodpecker Stages which takes place on Saturday 31st August.
Photo is of Alan McDowall / Gavin Heseltine on the NG Stages, courtesy of Malcolm Almond.
The BTRDA is delighted to welcome two new initiatives ahead of the start of the 2019 JORDAN Road Surfacing BTRDA Rally Series – and both feature long-time staunch supporters of the most popular Rally Championship in the UK….
Fuchs Lubricants (UK) take on the mantle of headline sponsors of the BTRDA 1400 Championship for the new season. Following the relaxation of the regulations governing the running order on events, the Fuchs Lubricants BTRDA 1400 Championship is poised for a strong season as all eligible vehicles will, once again, be running within the first group of rally cars through the forest stages on all BTRDA Rally Series events.
In confirming the arrangement, Russell Kenyon, Fuchs Lubricants (UK) plc Automotive Director, said, ‘We’re pleased to announce our renewed partnership with the BTRDA in sponsoring the 1400 Rally Championship and wish all participants the best of luck for the coming season and thank the organisers for their continued dedication and good work.”
710 Oil are the official distributor of Fuchs Lubricants products and they will be attending all the BTRDA Rally Series events. Information about the wide range of Fuchs Lubricants motorsport products can be found at www.710oil.co.uk
2019 also sees the 40th anniversary of the formation of rally results provider Tynemouth Computer Services (TCS), and, at the same time, 40 consecutive years of its involvement with the BTRDA Rally Championships. Tynemouth Computer Services were the pioneers of computerised rally results and live update of event results to the Internet as a rally takes place. Their rally results archive goes back to the 1970’s. www.tynecomp.co.uk/Archive/index.html
In order to help celebrate this milestone, TCS founder Martin Liddle will be supporting the BTRDA Junior Championship with cash awards on each individual round. Based on the Index of Performance classification, as used to calculate the Junior Championship points, the first, second and third Junior Driver on each BTRDA Rally Series event will receive cash awards of £150, £100 & £50 respectively, while the Junior Co-drivers will also benefit to the tune of £75, £50 & £25 – a total of £3,150 over the seven-event series.
These awards are open to all registered competitors who were born on or after 1st January 1995.
Further information and Regulations for the 2019 JORDAN Road Surfacing BTRDA Rally Series, which begins with the Cambrian Rally on 16th February, will be published on this website.
The 2019 JORDAN Road Surfacing BTRDA Rally Series calendar (Best 5 scores to count)
- Saturday 16th February Cambrian Rally (Llandudno)
- Saturday 9th March Malcolm Wilson Rally (Cockermouth)
- Saturday 13th April Rallynuts Stages Rally (Builth Wells)
- Saturday 11th May Plains Rally (Oswestry)
- Saturday 13th July Nicky Grist Stages (Builth Wells)
- Saturday 31st August Woodpecker Stages (Ludlow)
- Saturday 28th September Trackrod Forest Stages (Filey)
BTRDA Needs You !
The BTRDA Rallies Committee is looking for new members to help drive the future of the BTRDA Rally Series; the most successful Stage Rally Championship in the UK. If you are interested then please contact Committee Chairman Neil Cross via [email protected] or any member of the BTRDA Rally Committee……..
Newark-based JORDAN Road Surfacing, title sponsors of the BTRDA Rally Series, was set up by Barry Jordan – or ‘Baz’ as he’s universally known! – more than 25 years ago. Having worked in the industry since he left school, he now lists amongst his clients a number of blue-chip companies, including several well-known supermarkets, plus the likes of Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire County Councils. ‘As a service provider, we’re a one-stop shop,’ says Baz. Everything, apart from the tarmac, required for their contracts is available in-house and Jordan Road Surfacing’s slogan ‘Working with you – not for you’ obviously strikes a chord that, along with Baz’ dogged determination and hard work, has seen the company evolve into the success it is today.
As a self-confessed ‘petrol-head’, it was Baz’ involvement in rallying that culminated in the JORDAN Road Surfacing sponsorship of the BTRDA Rally Series which features seven of the best forest rallies that England & Wales have to offer. Baz’ love of motorsport, both on two wheels and four, dates back to his teens – indeed, this allied to a particular affinity with Ford Escorts, led to his first rally car arriving as a result of a part-exchange deal when he was 18. His initial foray into the world of competition occurred not far from home on a ‘single-venue’ event held at the former RAF base at Fulbeck in 1985. We’re not privy to how he fared but it was the beginning of an active love affair with the sport that is as big now – if not more so – than it was then!
In the past 30+ years, any number of Escorts have passed through Baz’ hands, not to mention examples of each of the ten different Mitsubishi Lancer EVOs and a Subaru Impreza formerly driven by Juha Kankkunen, the 1991/93 World Rally Champion. None has spent more than twelve months, or so, in the Jordan stable before being moved on but, when a deal for a Ford Focus World Rally Car fell through, it prompted the purchase of an ‘Historic’ specification Hillman Avenger. Not possessing a particularly illustrious pedigree in terms of competition, no great hopes were attached to its arrival but, four years and 68 rallies later, it’s still there!
Baz Jordan and Paul Wakely on their way to another class win in their Hillman Avenger
Photos © Kevin Money
‘We’ve had such a laugh,” says Baz, ‘and it’s been great fun developing it’. A 100% finishing record on all seven rounds of the 2017 BTRDA Rally Series – no mean feat in itself – saw the Avenger finish 3rd overall in the two-wheel drive category, only beaten by a couple of far more powerful Ford Escorts. This year Baz and co-driver Paul Wakely, from West Wales, have concentrated on the Historic section of the Series, winning their class by a country mile and finishing runners-up in the category overall – and the smiles are still evident!
Running a company the size of JORDAN Road Surfacing is a 24/7 operation that requires a huge commitment and, although acutely aware that he’s in a privileged position which allows him to indulge in his passion (notwithstanding the fact that it’s Baz who has engineered that situation!), he regards rallying as free time. ‘When you’re travelling flat out through the forests, absolute concentration is required – you can’t be thinking about anything else.’ So then, and only then, does work take a back seat…
As a family man, there’s also a balance to be struck, but Baz thinks nothing of getting up at 5.00am on a Sunday morning, going and checking on a couple of jobs and being back home in plenty of time to take his wife out. Perhaps, in addition to all the other attributes required to maintain such a busy and successful life, ‘Juggler’ should also be added to Baz’ CV!…..
Congratulations to the 2018 champions. Matt Edwards and Darren Garrod become the 65th BTRDA Gold Star Champions and for Matt this is the culmination of a long journey which began back in 2004 when he first started to compete on BTRDA events in a 1300 Astra. Since then he has become the BTRDA 1400 Champion and English Rally Champion in 2010 in a MG ZR and then in 2012 he was the Gold Star Championship runner up in a Mitsubishi Evo.
George Lepley is the 65th (and youngest) BTRDA Silver Star Champion Driver and Tom Woodburn is the Silver Star Co-Driver Champion. In addition to the Silver Star titles they also won the inaugural BTRDA Rallye R2 Cup. The BTRDA 1400 Championship titles in 2018 have been won by the Ludlow father and son team of Dave and Toby Brick, whilst Matthew Baddeley is the BTRDA Rally First Champion driver and Liam Johnson the Rally First winning co-driver.
A list of all the 2018 Award Winners can be found HERE There are also some ‘Special Achievement Awards’ on the list to be presented by the BTRDA, but these will not be announced until the Awards Evening. The names of all the previous BTRDA Rally Champions going right back to 1954 can be found HERE
The awards for the 2018 JORDAN Road Surfacing BTRDA Rally Series will be presented, along with the MAXXIS MSA English Rally Championship awards, at the 2018 Dinner and Awards Ceremony which takes place on Saturday 12th January 2019 in the function suite at the Drayton Manor Hotel near Tamworth, B78 3SA. This date also coincides with the 2019 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 Dinner can be downloaded HERE Please note if you require accommodation there are preferential room rates available for BTRDA guests at the at the Drayton Manor Hotel. (Details on the Ticket Application form)
The 2019 JORDAN Road Surfacing BTRDA Rally Series calendar has now received outline MSA approval and is as published in the earlier News Item HERE Championship Regulations will be out in early December.