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Motorsport UK and Williams are set to host an Esports Experience at the state-of-the-art Williams Esports Lounge in Wantage on August 6 and 20 2022 with bookings now open.
This unique experience is open to Motorsport UK members and will provide an opportunity to visit the Williams F1 Headquarters, have a tour of the team’s museum, see the professional Esports setup and race against fellow attendees.
Morning and afternoon slots are available to book on both dates, with 20 spaces per session available at a price of £99 per entry.
Twelve car series 2022/23 continues. With two rounds already held this year, the competition sub-committee met recently to discuss the remaining rounds of the 2022/23 twelve car series. The following dates were agreed:
Exciting Times lay ahead: At a sub committee meeting on Friday night discussions were held about the future path of the Motorsport side of De Lacy Motor Club.
The group planned out a rough diary of events, which we will publish in full shortly, which outlines future events being planned.
This was the second time I’ve had the opportunity to sit in with Bob Walker in his BMW e36 Compact but this time we were stepping into the world of tarmac rallying – a first for both of us as we had decided to find a rally that was mostly tarmac to assess the ideal set up for the BMW as intended by its builder Ricky Crone, and this would guide us in the future for the most suitable rallies to get the most out of the BMW. On arriving at the Leconfield base after going through security (with soldiers with scarily big rifles on the gate!) we unloaded the car and set up the service area, and then straight to noise and scrutineering passing with flying colours, after some last minute checks on the car and bleeding the brakes it was time to relax, chat, food, then early night ready for an early start - for only our second time out we’d been given a surprisingly high seeding number of 27, (which led to a time loss later down the line) and a start time of 9:11 amongst the more experienced cars which was quite daunting. The next morning we were all up and ready by 7 and by then our fellow De Lacey Club members Jake Briggs and Harry Walshaw had also arrived on site to compete in Jake’s Ford Escort.
After the usual last minute prep we headed off for the first stage, while lining up for stage one we experienced a problem with the intercom but that had levelled itself out before we reached the start line and happy it was all ok we set off, however mid-stage the intercom cut out meaning Bob and I had no communication (not a good thing when the driver can’t hear the directions!), added to this was an issue with the tyres we had on which caused us to have 3 close calls – hair-raising stuff!
Despite all the drama we ended the day being placed 2nd in class and manged to stay facing forward all day – but then it wouldn’t be a rally without a bit of drama would it! Jake and Harry had an amazing finish after being seeded at 63 they ended up 12th overall – don’t think they’ll be getting that seeding again!
Sorry this report was late being submitted but I’m in the middle of doing my GCSE’s so have been a bit preoccupied the last few weeks and am taking a break while I do them – well until the next rally which will be the Flying Fortress Stages in June (when most of my exams will be over!).
Thank you for reading
Corey Powell-Jones (co-driver car 27)
Targa Rally planning is well underway; This year's Targa rally organising team are paying another visit to the location on 24th April, (three months to the day), to finalise the tests and HQ locations. The Clerk of the Course, David Walmsley says,
"This is the last chance we have to get the route finalised, we intend to try the tests for real on Sunday and to try out the Rally App Live, now that we have decided to use it on the day. We have applied for our permit and things are well on track. The event regulations will be ready for download on May 8th"
Keep watching this news page for more info of the event page itself
Members in action again: Its been a busy couple of months for our members taking part in a number of different rallies. On Sunday 13th March Jake Briggs with his dad Barry in the hot seat and Ian Coulson and co driver Jonathon Haynes competed at Donington Park on the Northside Stages. Jake came home 5th in class and 22nd overall. Ian brought his Ford Focus home 13th in class and an overall placing of 47th Overall, a substantial improvement from his seeded start position of 71.
Well done to them all.
Motorsport UK is undertaking a review of marshal accreditation, training and grading. As a result of this review, you may have noticed a change in your accredited status for 2022 and beyond. For the full details of the new proposals, and how to respond to the survey follow the link here.
Twelve car is go:- the second twelve car of the year is all set for tomorrow, 25th March, with a somewhat disappointing entry of 8 cars. However the weather seems set fair for everyone with a chance of a nip in the air. Signing on and assembly will be at the Admiral Hawke Public house at Boston Spa any time from 6:30PM. The first car will leave MTC1 at 20:01 and will weave its way back to the finish close to the clubhouse at sometime around 22:15. With a route of about 68 miles and some tricky navigation, it appears that all should have a great evening. [Image opposite from February's event]
Ferrari takes the honours:- at the first Grand Prix of the year ahead of Mercedes. In the first GP of the "new" era of cars, Ferraris driven by Charles LeClerc (1) and Carlos Sainz Jnr (2) finished ahead of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell. Both red Bull cars failed to finish after a race long tussle with the Ferraris.
Harry's Game: With the first ever fully closed road rally in Yorkshire at the weekend it was also the first outing for Harry Walshaw in his lovely little ex Ford KA Challenge car. Fresh from passing his driving test at the first time of asking, Harry, co driven by John Cunningham set out from Cherry Burton on Sunday morning to tackle the 8 special stages of the East Riding Stages running last on the road. Unfortunately the day wasn't going to end how we had all wished it to, with the crew having an altercation with a very large bale, (SS2), which put them into a hedge, right under the window of the commentary box. The impact left John with a slight cut to his nose, but otherwise unscathed. The car had panel damage to the passenger side...its a left hand drive...and a bent steering rack.
Having re-scrutineered back at service, they went out again only to be plagued with an electrical issue which ended up side-lining them for the rest of the event.
Never mind boys, the whole club are behind you and it was a great first attempt at a multi stage rally. See their collision here.
Keeping up with the Jones': Another weekend and another road rally for our new members Mark Jones and his Grandson, Corey Powell-Jones, as they ventured North to tackle the John Robson Road Rally. Yo u can read Corey's full account of the event by clicking on the button on the left, in the meantime we look forward to their next outing.
Entries open for Seven Dales Heritage Run 2022: Route authorisation has been granted for this years event, so it's now all go ready for June, with the supplementary regulations and entry form being available together with all the news here.
Harry's quest for success: You may remember that recently we mentioned that our other junior member, Harry Walshaw had been successful in securing an entry for the all new closed road event in East Yorkshire, Sunday 27th February. You may also remember that this was reliant upon him passing his driving test. well, we are pleased to report that he managed that first time and is therefore ready to roll in a couple of weeks time. His team have been working hard recently preparing the car. Apart from the decals and a bit of brake fettling the car is ready to go now [see picture opposite]. There are still spaces up for grabs on the "roof of fame" so if you would like to make a donation and buy a space then you can contact the team here. Or alternatively, visit their crowdfunding page here.
They are hoping to bring the car to the clubhouse for people to see prior to the rally, watch this page or our Facebook page for further details.
Good luck Harry and John
New club members take on Welsh Road Rally: The crew of Cory Powell-Jones and his grandfather Mark joined the Club on Friday 4th February and on Saturday 5th February they were competing on the Broughton and Bretton Motor Club Rali Bryniau Clwyd road rally. Cory is a junior member of the club and he is in fact the winner of the the ANWCC novice navigators’ championship in 2021. Please read the report put together by Cory himself, by clicking the button below. The full event results can be found here.
Helping Hand: The Lookout Stages Rally will take place at Melbourne Airfield near York on Sunday 10 April where we aim to run at least 6 stages with a total distance around 45 miles. To minimise the amount of set up changes all stages will be run in the same direction.
As usual we require In Stage and Radio Marshals to run the event.
There will be no spectator access so if you want to be involved please come and Marshal. If you are able to assist us let me know.
We will be using a Sportity channel for Officials. I will circulate the code to Marshals when it becomes active.
Closer to the event I will send out more information and signing on forms for you to complete and bring to the event.
2022 Seven Dales Heritage Run : As the new year progresses, the organising team are putting together this year's 'Seven Dales Heritage Run' which will revert back to a June date having been hit by 'Covid Pandemic' over the past two years. This year it will run on Sunday 12th June 2022. See full news here.
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Harry Walshaw secures entry on the inaugural East Riding Stages, which is being held on Sunday 27th February 2022. This is the first full closed road special stage rally to be held in Yorkshire and will take in a number of famous road rally roads in the east of the county. Harry is lucky to have secured a place for this event, as all entries were chosen by a random number generator. This has left a number of high profile Yorkshire crews in the reserve list. However just one thing stands in his way at the moment, successfully passing his driving test. Lets all support him in whatever way we can. He will be partnered in the co driver seat by John Cunningham.
Harry is keen to tell the website that there are numerous sponsorship opportunities available to get him underway on his first ever full special stage rally and for the rest of the year.
Forthcoming season and Sponsorship opportunities.
For 2022, Harry and his team have decided to tackle the EMAMC Stage Rally Championship. He will be joined by Russell Thompson who, although only being 14 years of age, already has a wealth of experience on the maps as co driver for his dad on road rallies. [The two of them competed on the DLMC Targa Rally in 2021].
As anyone can appreciate, the cost of tackling a full season of stage rallies can be a drain on resources So far, they have secured a couple of sponsors, whose details will be released once the car is finished ahead of the season start.
Additionally, they are looking for extra sponsorship and Harry has decided to offer a space on his "Roof of Fame" for any individual or company willing to put up £50. Each space on the roof will have the name of the donor in it. There are 50 of these spaces available on the roof of the car and he is pleased to tell us that two have already been sold.
In return for their money a donor will get full access to media coverage, pre event and on the event.
Harry wants to make it known that he will continue to support the Sick Children's Trust, who helped him and the family when he was very ill as a child.
So come on De Lacy, I'm sure we can find the money for at least one roof space.
New Membership Forms: As a result of the Club renewing its membership with Motorsport UK, they have recommended that all clubs adopt a similar format from now on. The new membership forms were agreed at the Committee meeting on Tuesday evening, but they will need to be agreed at the AGM on the 19th January. The new forms can be found on the Membership pages here. In future all members will need to complete a new form when renewing their membership, but they should ensure that this is clearly shown by striking through the heading as appropriate.
12 Car Series launched: The first 12 car series to be organised by De Lacy Motor Club, will get underway on Friday 21st January 2022. To be held on OS Maps 105 & 111 this first rally will start and finish at the Clubhouse. Supplementary Regulations are available now on the event page here.
Club rallying news: The competition committee met recently and agreed to move forward with a couple of things of note.
* The Targa Rally will return on Sunday 24th July. The event has a slight change of personnel with David Walmsley taking the reins as Clerk of the Course, due to the ongoing ill health of this year's Clerk. At a recent meeting the sporting committee agreed a number of new posts and committed to the 2022 Rally. There will be a number of new aspects to the 2022 Rally. Following a site visit last week, the committee are excited at the prospect of a new venue, which is dependant upon ongoing negotiations with the landowner. But if this is agreed, it will add an exciting option to the route. The event will still be based in and around Catterick Camp utilising the range roads, but will have new tests and a new HQ, start and finish locations. We look forward to welcoming you to help or compete.
* At the same meeting the committee also agreed to press ahead with two 12 car rallies. The first of these, organised by John Cunningham and Andy Walshaw will take place on Friday 28th January and will start and finish at the Clubhouse, where it is hoped that refreshments will be available to the participants. The route for this has been to the RLO and is ready to move to the next level. The second organised by Paul Williamson and Malcolm Higgins will be held on either, Friday 18th March or Friday 25th March. This one will start away from the Club and finish back there. The route for this has just been submitted. Regulations for both events will be available shortly.
Champion wins Roger Albert Clark Rally: After 5 days of rallying, which was severely disrupted by Storm Arwen, Ryan Champion and Craig Thorley brought home their beautiful Tuthill Porsche 911 ahead of a field, which at times seemed intent on destroying itself, to be the first non Ford Escort to take the spoils in the 14 event history. The event will go down in history with weather worse than the big freeze of 2010. this year crews had to contend with fallen trees in and snow in the special stages; some of them had to take shelter overnight in a local hostelry when the snow and trees blocked the route back to warmth of Carlisle. One day of the event was lost, whilst organisers rescued spectators and marshals from the stages. A fantastic well done goes to the organising team who once again delivered a first class event against the odds of nature.
Jack Tordoff dies: Jack Tordoff, the founder of JCT600 group of companies passed away on Sunday aged 86 after an illness. Jack was well known in rallying circles having rallied since the late 1950's. He was also one of the few remaining members of the Cod Ecurie Fillet, a select band of rallying stalwarts (click here for history).
The Club would like to offer its condolences to the Tordoff family
Heritage Run is good to go!
After the pandemic and a couple of false starts, the cars entered in the Heritage Run will drive away from Sherburn Aero Club at 1000hrs on Sunday morning for a drive of approximately 90 miles through the North Yorkshire countryside.
Mike Brownlow, the Clerk of the Course told the website that he was completing a final recce of the route today, 30th September ahead of the event on the 3rd October; he said,
"After such a long time away from the calendar I will be glad to see the entrants set off on Sunday. I will have checked the route one last time so that there are no hidden surprises. I just hope that the weather is kind to us"
Final instructions and the entry list can be found on the Heritage Run page, click here.
Through the long-standing relationship that Motorsport UK has with the Royal Automobile Club it has secured 30 exclusive places for our members to attend a gala evening at the Royal Automobile Club’s historic Pall Mall clubhouse to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Ari Vatanen and David Richards winning their 1981 World Rally Championship for Drivers.
Join Ari and David, who are both great storytellers, for what will be an entertaining insight into their 1981 World Championship win and subsequent diverse careers. Their Rothmans Ford RS1800 championship-winning car will be in the Club’s rotunda to add to the spectacle of a fascinating evening you won’t want to miss.
The event is taking place Tuesday 19 October from 7pm – 10.30pm and will include a drinks reception, dinner and wine. Tickets are priced at £82.00 (plus booking fee) and can be purchased from the Royal Automobile Club Eventbrite page.Tickets can be purchased here
Rod Parkin appointed new Chair of the British Motor Sports
Following the British Motor Sports Training Trust (BMSTT) trustee meeting on 19 August, Motorsport UK and the BMSTT would like to announce that Rod Parkin has been appointed as a new independent Trustee and will take up the position of Trust Chair with effect from 2 November 2021.
The BMSTT is an established UK Registered Charity formed to improve safety and volunteer officials training for Motorsport UK regulated competition. Mr Parkin from Leeds in West Yorkshire began his motorsport career in 1964 and since then has built up a wealth of motorsport experience, including becoming International FIA Steward, member of the FIA Historic Commission and since 1977, Clerk of the Course for Trackrod Rally Yorkshire.Congratulations to Rod from the Committee of De Lacy Motor Club.
Motorsport UK launch online training portal:
In an E mail received today, MSUK launched their new Learning Hub. The test of the Email is copied here for all our members to read;
"Motorsport UK is delighted to introduce The Learning Hub – the new, online learning platform for Motorsport UK members.
Whether you are an Official, Competitor, Marshal or Event Organiser, The Learning Hub aims to provide an easy to use and time-efficient online learning experience which will help you enhance your skills and prepare you for the role you have chosen to undertake.
The new platform will enable you to read articles, watch videos, complete knowledge exercises, interactive modules and much more.
We recognise that learning and development is key to our members’ enjoyment of the Sport – and it is imperative that we provide you with the appropriate knowledge and skills in order to carry out your role to the best of your ability. The Learning Hub is just one way in which we are committed to this.
The Learning Hub launched today with content aimed at Officials. Further content will be added each month, including specific content for Marshals, Event Organisers and Competitors.
Simply log in to your Members Area on the Motorsport UK website and follow the instructions from there.
If any members have any questions, please email us at email@example.com
Motorsport UK Learning Hub now available:
"We are pleased to announce the launch of the new, online learning platform for Motorsport UK members – The Learning Hub. Whether you are an Official, Competitor, Marshal or Event Organiser, The Learning Hub aims to provide an easy to use and time-efficient online learning experience which will help you enhance your skills and prepare you for the role you have chosen to undertake.
The Learning Hub is already in use for the Rally and Cross Country Marshal Accreditation course, however on the 30th March 2020 we will be adding further content for Officials, including modules on:
• Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Safety Awareness
• Safeguarding in Motorsport
• Introduction to Officiating
• Introduction to Marshalling
• Motorsport Theory for Trainee Officials
As well as soft-skills training on topics including Effective Communication, Team Management, Leadership Skills and much more. To access the Learning Hub, please log in to the Motorsport UK website and follow the instructions."
Article posted 5th March 2020