The Old Forge Garage Mewla Rally has been included in the revised Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship – with the popular Epynt Motor Club organised event now hosting the opening round of the 2021 series on Sunday 29 August.
Despite Covid-19 restrictions forcing the cancellation of four rallies and forcing a rescheduling of the series, Britain’s premier sealed surface rally championship will consist of five top quality events – including one double-header event, making six qualifying rounds.
The first of three closed road stage events, the Hills Ford Three Shires Stages Rally, follows the Mewla, with the Cheltenham Motor Club-organised event taking place across Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire on Sunday 5 September.
The PokerStars Rally will be a double-header event, with Championship points awarded at the end of day one (Round 3, Friday 1 October) and day two (Round 4, Saturday 2 October). Organised by Manx Auto Sport, this event replaces the cancelled Manx National Rally.
The Ford Parts Cheviot Stages Rally will host the fifth and penultimate round of the series. Organised by Whickham & District Motor Club and Hadrian Motor Sports Club and held on the Otterburn military range in Northumberland, it will take place as originally scheduled on Sunday 24 October.
The sixth and final round will be the MJE Wheel Repair Specialists Tyrone Stages Rally in Northern Ireland. Originally scheduled to run in July, the Cookstown Motor Club organised event will now take place on Saturday 6 November.
Keeping everyone safe has always been the top priority in motorsport, and the Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship will work closely with all the event organisers to ensure that everything operates within Covid-19 guidelines.
All the competitor awards and prizes will remain, including the very generous overall and class tyre incentives offered by Protyre.
As well as sponsoring the series, Protyre Motorsport – the largest suppler of Pirelli, Michelin and Hoosier motorsport tyres in the UK – will continue to offer registered competitors very competitive special rates on all brands of competition tyres, as well as operating a comprehensive on-event service at each round, offering tyre delivery, tyre fitting, emergency supply of tyres and advice.
OnThePaceNote will offer junior competitors in the 2021 Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship an array of incentives and awards – the top one being a free test in a Hyundai i20 R5 rally car going to the best placed junior driver at the end of the season.
Mintex will offer a fantastic event-by-event award for the best improvement on seeding, plus a draw at the end of the season to for an Under 25 driver to win a cheque for £500.
The Hendy Ford Performance Trophy, plus a voucher for £100 redeemable at Hendy Ford Motorsport, will be presented to the driver of the highest placed registered two-wheel drive naturally aspirated Ford, in the overall points table at the end of the season.
The winning driver in the new Ford Escort Challenge will receive a custom made and fitted stainless steel exhaust system courtesy of Scott Williams Motorsport, while the winning co-driver will receive a voucher worth £100 from Nicky Grist Motorsports.
The series will also continue to have a dedicated press officer and photographer, and all rounds will be filmed and streamed live by Special Stage TV – in a continuation of a service that has received in excess of one million views (2018-19 season figures combined).
Competitors who registered for the Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship in 2020 will have their registration fee rolled over for the 2021 season. Competitors will need to pay their 2021 BTRDA membership fee.
Shaun Chetwyn, Protyre Motorsport Manager, said: “We are delighted to be involved with what we see as one of the UK’s top rally championships and with the continued assistance from Pirelli, Michelin and Hoosier Tires we hope to secure its future for many years to come. Jane and her team have done a fantastic job in securing five excellent events – and like our competitors, we are very excited to get started once it is safe to do so.”
Jane Evans, Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship Co-ordinator, said: “We are delighted to announce the revised 2021 Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship calendar that continues to offer a challenging number of events, the majority of which will be held on closed public roads, that befits Britain’s premier sealed-surface series. We’d like to thank all the event organisers for their incredible hard work, and we hope that government and regional Covid-19 guidelines will allow these events to run. Of course these events will only run if it is safe to do so, and we are confident that the Motorsport UK Covid-19 compliant guidelines, together with the continued success of the national vaccination programme, will allow us to proceed as planned. We look forward to welcoming our record number of registered championship competitors back, and look forward to seeing them do battle out on some of the UK’s very best asphalt stages.”
2021 Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship – revised calendar
29 August….Old Forge Garage Mewla Rally
5 September….Hills Ford Three Shires Stages Rally
1/2 October….PokerStars Rally
24 October….Ford Parts Cheviot Stages Rally
6 November…. MJE Wheel Repair Specialists Tyrone Stages Rally