The organisers of the Pirelli MotorsportUK Welsh Forest Rally Championship have confirmed that they will continue to enjoy the support of the market leading tyre manufacturers as title sponsors while also unveiling their calendar for the 2019 series.
The Championship will kick off with the Cambrian Rally on February 16th. The Llandudno based event will include some of the classic North Wales stages in the Conwy area which, like the majority of the stages throughout the Championship, have benefitted from the maintenance programme carried out by Rally4Wales.
Round two is Rally North Wales on 30th March with the Dolgellau based event once again featuring some of the most iconic stages in the Rallying world.
Competitors move to Mid Wales for the third round of the Championship and the Builth Wales based Rallynuts Rally Stages on April 13th.
Round 4, on May 11th is the Plains Rally, the 53rd running of the Welshpool based event.
As the Championship moves into the second half of its season it’s down to South Wales with competitors getting a rare chance to tackle the challenging stages in and around the Neath Valley on the Red Kite Stages, taking place on June 23rd.
Round 6 takes competitors to the Royal Welsh Showground for the Nicky Grist Stages on 13th July while the penultimate round takes them over the border to England. While the start of the Woodpecker Stages on 31stAugust may be in Ludlow, however, the bulk of the stages will be in Wales, specifically Radnor Forest.
The Championship concludes with the Wyedean Stage Rally on November 9th and the reserve event for 2019 is the National Rally of Wales Rally GB on October 4th and 5th.
Confirming the calendar and the series sponsorship, Championship coordinator Dave Evison commented, “As an organising team we are delighted to be able to once again offer our competitors the opportunity to tackle some of the best rally stages in the country, if not the world. We are, of course, hugely grateful to Pirelli along with all our other sponsors for their support including the continued support of RAVENOL. We believe that the continued backing of such prestigious companies is a tribute to the superb events that the organisers put on and the competitive nature of our Championship. Meanwhile, we are introducing a number of new initiatives to reward our competitors because without them there would be no Championship.
Event Date Event Organising Club
16 Feb Cambrian Rally North Wales Car Club Ltd
30 Mar Rally North Wales Wolverhampton and South Staffs Car Club
13 Apr Rallynuts Rally Stages Midland Manor Motor Club
11 May Plains Rally Knutsford and District Motor Club
23 Jun Red Kite Stages Amman and District Motor Club Ltd
13 Jul Nicky Grist Stages Quinton Motor Club Ltd
31 Aug Woodpecker Stages Sixty and Worcestershire Motor Club
4/5 Oct Wales Rally GB National (Reserve Event)
9 Nov Wyedean Stages Forest Of Dean Motor Club Ltd
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ISSUED 10TH JANUARY 2019
Issued by Peter Hughes Media on behalf of the Pirelli MotorsportUK Welsh Rally Championship.
The organisers of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship have announced that North Wales based motorsport retailer Lightninghouse.net has teamed up with the series for 2019 to support their two wheel drive challenge.
Throughout the season drivers and co-drivers participating in the challenge will get the chance to win pairs of HRX racing gloves, unique to lightninghouse.net and developed by company director Brynmor Pierce. The main prize for the season, meanwhile, will be two bespoke made to measure racesuits, also manufactured by Lightning House partner brand HRX. Four registered crews will also get the chance to run at the Speed and Rally Show taking place at Oswestry Showground on August 17th next year.
Confirming Lightninghouse’s support, Brynmor Pierce commented, “It’s a great honour to have been in a position to put this together with the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship. Being current competitors in the two wheel drive challenge in our Fiesta ST, based within Wales and huge fans of the steps the series has taken over the past few years, the fit is ideal, In outing this together we wanted those who perhaps have never considered bespoke racewear or have never been able to try it to really benefit. That’s where the two wheel drive Challenge ticks all the boxes.
Welcoming Lightninghouse’s support, Championship coordinator Dave Evison said, “It’s great to have this prestigious Welsh based brand on board and to be able to offer something to the two wheel drive contenders who are an important part of the Championship. We have been working hard over recent months to continue developing the Championship and we will be announcing the 2019 calendar, along with further initiatives very shortly.”
The full range of HRX Racewear can be found at www.lightninghouse.net and the brand will be present at Autosport International. You can find out more about the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship at wnrc.wamc.org.uk, on the Championship Facebook page and on Twitter, @WnRC.
For the 2019 the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally championship has joined forces with “onthepacenoteUk”, a new partnership set up by 2016 BRC Champion co driver Craig Parry and Irish co-driver and established route note producer Killian Duffy.
The partnership will be the preferred note suppliers for each round of the Championship, offering registered contenders notes for each round in a variety of formats at a fixed price of £50 per event including p&p. A two camera angle DVD of every stage will also be available for £20 per event.
In addition to the notes, the duo will also be carrying out a second survey of the stages immediately before each event, with updated information being provided to customers at a briefing to be held at signing on.
Between them Killian and Craig have over 100 WRC starts giving them a wealth of experience in note-making and Craig will be sharing that experience with registered junior Championship contenders through a mentoring programme currently being developed with the series organisers.
The Welsh man was, unfortunately, forced to retire from competitive co-driving because of injuries sustained in a testing accident in August. Now he is looking forward to the next phase of his motor sport career.
Commenting on the tie up with the Welsh Championship, Craig said, “Killian and I are delighted to be linking up with such a popular series which has grown spectacularly in recent seasons.”, adding, “I am also excited by the prospect of working with the next generation of co-drivers and helping them develop their careers.”
Image Craig flying high in Finland
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Issued 21st November 2019
Issued by Peter Hughes Media on behalf of Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship