Following the cancellation of the Ford Parts Cheviot Stages Rally, which was scheduled to host the final round of this year’s Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship, the JDS Machinery Rali Ceredigion will become a double header scoring round – meaning that the best six scores from eight rounds will remain.
The Aberystwyth-based event takes place over the weekend of 2/3 September, with a new and extended route of closed road stages taking competitors into the nearby Cambrian Mountains.
Round 7 of the Protyre Asphalt Rally Championship will be held on Day 1 (Saturday 2 September) of Rali Ceredigion and cover approximately 55 stage miles.
Round 8 of the championship will be Day 2 (Sunday 3 September) and cover around 50 stage miles.
For the purpose of calculating championship points, Day 2 will be classed as a new event starting with zero penalties. This will now be the final round of the 2023 series.
The decision to change Rali Ceredigion from a single points scoring round to a double header was agreed after all 129 registered Protyre Asphalt competitors were asked to vote on the proposal. Motorsport UK have given formal approval of the change.
The Cheviot Rally, which was scheduled to be held on Sunday 22 October, has been cancelled owing to military training exercises taking precedence on Otterburn.
“Our extended route offers new stages and challenges on both days, providing Protyre Asphalt competitors with an exciting and enjoyable climax to their championship,” says Rali Ceredigion Clerk of the Course, Andy Gilmore.