No sooner had the new calendar for the 2020 Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship been announced than one of the stalwarts of Britain’s premier sealed-surface series, Paul and Julian Doroszczuk, confirmed their intensions to return in their Drockspeed Motorsport Ford Escort Mk2.
The Doroszczuk brothers became class B11 champions in 2018, after a fantastic season in their normally-aspirated Cosworth engined car. The defence of that title this year didn’t quite go according to plan, with unfortunate engine-related issues interrupting their programme. However, with the use of the very latest valve and valve spring technology, allied to the Arrow crankshaft and conrods, the Ric Wood Motorsport Engines rebuilt unit is now better than ever, producing a mighty 301bhp at a rev-limited 9000rpm.
Armed with an immaculately prepared Escort Mk2s, Paul and Julian are already looking forward to the opening round of the 2020 series, the Legend Fires North West Stages on 20/21 March.
“Drookspeed Motorsport has been ardent supporters of the national Asphalt Rally Championship since 2012, competing every year with the exception of 2017 when the injury to Julian’s shoulder kept us out of the sport for a full twelve months,” says Paul.
“During this period we have become accustomed to fantastic stages and outstanding events across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom and more recently in Belgium too. We have been fortunate to have experienced success across every step of the podium, but what keeps us coming back year after year is the excitement of competing on new events and stages, and the deep satisfaction gained by taming world famous stages like those on the Isle of Man.
“The Championship has gone from strength to strength in the last two years and Jane [Evans, Championship Co-ordinator] and the rest of her organising team have come up trumps again with the list of events proposed for the 2020 Championship. With the inclusion of four new closed road events, including the return of the Jim Clark Rally after its enforced lay-off, next year’s Championship looks like being one of the most challenging and well supported in recent years. Our preparations are already well advanced with our entry confirmed for November’s Jim Clark Rally, in an effort to re-acquaint ourselves with the fast flowing stages around Duns, before it takes up its position in the Asphalt Championship next May.”
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