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.