We were three rounds into the Marsh Commercial Stage Rally Championship when the Covid-19 crisis put everything on hold. The Corbeau Seats Rally Tendring & Clacton, Flying Fortress and Phoenix Stages have been cancelled but we now have the prospect of four more championship rallies this year.
The Abingdon CAR-nival Stages has been rescheduled to 27th September- in advance of the official announcement entries were opened at the weekend to 'selected crews by invitation' and then closed a few hours later when 100 cars plus 30 reserves were registered.
But don't worry- the championship has been reduced to seven round with five to count and there's still three more expected and the series is still wide open:
13th September - Flying Fortress Stages at Grafton Underwood near Corby on Sunday
18th October - new date - Rix Engineering Wethersfield Stages, near Braintree, Essex
15th November- Challenger Stages - Bovington, Dorset
6th December - Dukeries Rally, Donington, Leicestershire, also the first round of the 2020-21 MSVR Championship
Motorsport UK has published guidance of the new way of rallying, which includes electronic signing on and timing, no awards presentations and revised scrutineering processes relying on self-declarations. The organising clubs are already planning how to meet these requirements - equipment purchases being planned include new clocks for time controls to indicate allocated and actual service out times.
The revised dates above can only be included in the championship if no one objects, so I will assume they are approved if i receive no objections in writing within the next two weeks.
I look forward to seeing you all in the last three months of the year. I still have a few uncollected trophies from the February awards nights so I'll pass those on at the next few events.