2023 marks the 70th [Platinum edition] of both the BTRDA Gold & Silver Star® Rally Championships and, following ratification by the Rally Championship Control Panel, the BTRDA Rallies Committee is delighted to announce next year’s calendar (N.B. Dates correct at time of publication). Eight of the UK’s finest one-day forest events are included and, as ever, in order to give competitors an element of choice and to fit in with busy work / life schedules, everyone’s best six scores will count towards their final tally. So, diaries at the ready! The 2023 MRF Tyres BTRDA Rally Series calendar is as follows : –
March 11th Malcolm Wilson Rally Cockermouth
April 15th Rallynuts Stages Royal Welsh Showground
May 6th Border Counties Rally Jedburgh
June 17th Kielder Forest Rally Hexham
July 8th Nicky Grist Stages Builth Wells
September 9th Woodpecker Stages Ludlow
September 23rd Trackrod Forest Stages Filey
October 28th Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally Llandudno
(Dates for the 2023 English Rally Championship will be confirmed shortly)
<<<<< Grant Inglis Winner of the 2022 BTRDA Historic Cup and the AC de Monaco Trophy
For 2023 the all-encompassing 12 class structure, which caters for all rally cars conforming to the current Motorsport UK technical regulations, has undergone a few ‘tweaks’ which include: –
BTRDA Gold & Silver Star
Class B11 (1601cc – 2000cc) will also include cars up to 1300cc with forced induction engines.
Class R2 and Junior R2 Cup will include all current and former FIA R2 cars (but not FIA Rally 4 Cars)
The BTRDA Historic Cup will be split into 2 classes: –
Class H1/2 All Historic Category 1 and 2 cars and Category 3 cars with single cam engines.
Class H3/4 Historic Category 3 cars with multi cam engines and all Category 4a and 4b cars which comply with R49.1.5.BTRDA Historic Cup
BTRDA Bronze Star
Class 1400S – to include FIA Rally5 cars.
Class RF1.4 – to also include BTRDA Rally First cars with forced induction engines up to 1000cc.
Class RF2.0 – to also include BTRDA Rally First cars with forced induction engines up to 1300cc.
NB: Rally First cars will now be permitted to use a limited-slip differential.
Neil Cross, BTRDA Rallies Committee Chair, commented ‘We’re delighted to present the 2023 MRF Tyres BTRDA Rally Series, returning to the events that competitors enjoyed so much this year. Offering a stable well-spread calendar, we’re looking for another season of ‘Serious Fun’ with the BTRDA. We’ve listened to our competitors and have tweaked our class eligibility. New for 2023, for example, is the introduction of limited slip diffs in Rally First, a change that we hope will bring some more cars out in that class.”
BTRDA R2 Junior Cup Winner Billy Grew >>>>>>
In addition to our title sponsor, MRF Tyres, the BTRDA would also like to place on record its thanks to all the associated sponsors including JORDAN Road Surfacing, FUCHS Titan, MINTEX Racing / Questmead, CARLESS fuels, KIELDER products and Shepherd Compello Motorsport Insurance, who have contributed to the success of the 2022 BTRDA Rally Series, and look forward to working with them again in 2023.
More information and the 2023 MRF Tyres BTRDA Rally Series Championship Regulations will be available from early December. The 2023 BTRDA Rally Series (‘platinum edition’) will have something for everyone !