The Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship will include four new events in its exciting 2020 calendar, with the majority of rallies being closed road stage events and the series growing to eight qualifying rounds, with the best six scores to count.
Supported by title sponsor Protyre Motorsport – the largest suppler of Pirelli, Michelin and Hoosier motorsport tyres in the UK – for a third year, the BTRDA organised 2020 Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship will have an exciting seven event, eight round format, with the Manx National Rally once again counting as a double-points scoring round.
In a change to recent years, the 2020 Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship will start with the Legend Fires North West Stages Rally, which joins Britain’s premier asphalt rally series for the first time. Organised by Motorsport North West and based at Myerscough College near Preston in Lancashire, next year’s event will run exclusively on closed roads on Saturday 21 March, with reconnaissance and the popular Garstang Town Centre ceremonial start on Friday 20 March.
There will be only one round on Epynt next year, and this will be the Port Talbot MC-organised Rallynuts National Tour of Epynt. Taking place a full month later than in recent years, the Llandovery-based event runs on Saturday 11 April.
The Manx National Rally has been retained as a double points-scoring event, with full Championship points awarded after day one on Friday 15 May (which will feature night time stages) and after a full daytime second leg on Saturday 16 May. Organised by Manx Auto Sport, the event will feature a revised route and many of the classic and much loved Isle of Man stages.
The Championship will travel to Scotland next, for the Jim Clark Rally. Organised by the Jim Clark Memorial Motor Club, the closed road event will return next month after a four year absence. Based in the Market Square in Duns, Berwickshire, next year’s event will run over the weekend of 30/31 May.
The Championship then heads over to Northern Ireland on 18 July for the Tyrone Stages Rally. Organised by Cookstown MC, next year’s event will feature a compact 100% closed road route, with three stages run three times each in the Stewartstown area of East Tyrone. The start and finish will be in Cookstown, with centralised servicing on the outskirts of the town.
Another new addition to the Championship follows, with the Hills Ford Three Shires Stages Rally on 6 September. This new Cheltenham MC-organised event, the third closed road stage rally to run in England, ran for the first time this year, with stages located, as its title suggests, in three counties – Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
The final round of the 2020 Championship will be the Ford Parts Cheviot Stages Rally on 27 September. Organised by Whickham & District Motor Club and Hadrian Motor Sports Club, the last two Championship titles have been decided on an exciting shootout over the Otterburn Military Range in Northumberland, and it will once again provide a challenging and fitting end to a hard fought season.
As well as sponsoring the series, Protyre will offer registered competitors very competitive special rates on all brands of competition tyres and very generous tyre incentives – as well as operating a comprehensive on-event service at each round, offering tyre delivery, tyre fitting, emergency supply of tyres and advice.
All rounds of the 2020 Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship will be broadcast live on the internet. The service has received in excess of one million views in the last two years, with audience figures increasing in 2019 – thanks to a two camera crew covering more stages and more competitors, live drone footage, driver interviews, guest commentators and Gemma Watson joining Howard Davies in the commentary team.
The 2020 Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship Sporting and Technical Regulations will be available soon on asphaltrallying.com.
Mike Broad, President of the BTRDA, said: “2019 has been a year of consolidation for the Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship. The events were all well run and the competition as close as ever. It’s always good when the title goes to the last round. I would like to thank Shaun Chetwyn and his team at Protyre for their continuing support for 2020. We were delighted by the media coverage last year and plan to make it even better for 2020 both for streaming and on-line content. We have new rounds in the Championship for 2020 covering the entire United Kingdom. We now have five closed roads events and one on Epynt and one on Otterburn, something for everyone I think. My personal thanks must go out to Jane Evans and her team for overseeing the Championship and wish all competitors a safe and exciting 2020 Championship.”
Jane Evans, Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship Co-ordinator, said: “I am delighted to be able to include four new events into the series for 2020, and very much look forward to bringing the Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship to those areas. It’s been difficult to put the calendar together for next year, as I wanted to have a change and introduce new events into the Championship. As always I am guided by the competitors, as I feel that if they have a strong input into the calendar of events, then they and others will want to come and compete. We have to say a huge thank you to the out-going events that are not in the 2020 calendar, and thank them for all their hard work and hospitality. I’m very pleased with the new-look calendar and hope that competitors enjoy the range of events that we have chosen.”
Shaun Chetwyn, Protyre Motorsport Manager, said: “I would like to thank all the competitors, event organisers, marshals and sponsors that have all played a huge part in making the 2019 season such a success. Protyre is delighted to again be able to support the Asphalt Rally Championship and I am sure that 2020, with the inclusion of the new and even more challenging venues, will be another very exciting season. With the support of the leading rally tyre manufacturers Pirelli, Michelin and Hoosier, Protyre will once again be able to offer competitors the best tyre options for all conditions.”
2020 Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship
20/21 March….Legend Fires North West Stages
11 April….Rallynuts National Tour of Epynt
15/16 May…. Manx National Rally
30/31May….Jim Clark Rally
18 July….Tyrone Stages Rally
6 September….Hills Ford Three Shires Stages Rally
27 September….Ford Parts Cheviot Stages Rally