(Article courtesy of Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship)
The dates for the 2017 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship have been confirmed, with an eight-event, nine-round, schedule covering five gravel and three asphalt rallies.
The Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club is promoting the MSA BHRC under a five-year contract and 2017 will be the third year of that agreement.
The 2017 calendar takes in some of the very best gravel and asphalt rallies in the UK and adds a brand new event, the ALMC Stages in Ireland on Sunday 2 July. Based just outside Dublin, this first-class closed-road rally offers a time and cost-effective Irish event and marks the first time that the championship has visited Southern Ireland. With easy access from the ferry ports and Dublin airport, it should be a popular addition to the schedule.
Once again, Rally Isle of Man will run to a double-header format and the three asphalt events have been grouped together to make things easier for crews changing cars from gravel to asphalt specification.
“We have responded to our competitors by adjusting the balance slightly between asphalt and gravel rallies,” said championship manager Colin Heppenstall. “There is a growing move towards asphalt events in historic rallying and we have reflected this is our calendar.”
The championship will be officially launched at Autosport International at the Birmingham NEC (12-15 January) when championship registrations will be open.
The full 2017 BHRC calendar is:
Sunday 19 February: Red Kite Stages
Saturday 1 April: Rally North Wales
Saturday 29 April: Pirelli Carlisle Rally
Saturday 3 June: Severn Valley Stages
Sunday 2 July: ALMC Stages
Sunday 30 July: Harry Flatters Rally
Thurs-Sat 14-16 Sep: Isle of Man Classic
Fri/Sat 29/30 Sep: Trackrod Historic Cup
Reserve event: Fri/Sat 9/10 June, Carlisle Stages
Note: dates are subject to MSA approval
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Our Club is formed from members who are from Dublin, Meath, Westmeath, Kildare, Fingal, Louth and other surrounding areas and we meet once a month.
The Club runs the following competitive events annually: The ALMC Endurance Trial in March and the ALMC Stages Rally in July .
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ALMC are pleased to unveil the event poster for the rescheduled ALMC Poker Run which will now take place on Sunday, November 13th 2016. The event will run from the Castle Arch Hotel, Trim and is open to club members and non-members. Participants will travel a 60km route to collect a Poker Hand and can traverse the route by car, motorbike or by bicycle.
The registration fee has been reduced to €25 per hand and one player can buy multiple hands and/or multiple hands can travel together (maybe a few tandem cycles will show up!!). ALMC are also pleased to announce that the club will make a donation to charity from the proceeds - the charity partner for the event will be announced in the next few days.
The prize fund remains at €1,000 which will be allocated as follows:
1st Prize: €500
4th & 5th: €75 each
ALMC wish to thank all who helped in running the Smartpart ALMC Rally 2016.
In particular, we wish to thank the residents, landowners, businesses and organisations along and in the vicinity of the special stages at Lionsden, Rathcore and Galtrim, and in Service at Oaktree Business Park, without whose co-operation it would not be possible to run the rally. We hope you enjoyed the atmosphere and enjoyment that the rally brought to your communities.
Thank you to our marshals, timekeepers, officials and all those who gave up their time to assist with stage setups, moving bales and barriers.
Also to our competitors who travelled from all across Ireland and the UK to Trim to take on the challenging stages - thank you for entering, we hope you had an enjoyable day and we hope to see you back at ALMC events in the future.
To our main sponsors - Smartpart, the Cusack Hotel Group and Boyne Valley Tourism / Meath County Council - ALMC are very grateful for your support for the rally and we look forward to having a long association into the future. Thanks to Brady's of Cavan for their sponsorship of Stage 1/4/7.
To the championships with whom ALMC is affiliated - the MSA Asphalt Rally Championship, the LoughranSigns.com Midlands East Rally Championship and new for 2016 the Triton Showers National Rally Championship. ALMC are delighted to be associated with you and we look forward to hosting your championships long into the future.
Well done to Declan & Brian Boyle on a stunning start-to-finish victory in their Ford Fiesta WRC. Congratulations also to all of our class winners.
There are so many other people who contributed to the rally who are not mentioned above - thank you all for your contribution and we look forward to meeting you again.