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Ryedale gears up for Trackrod Rally Yorkshire
RYEDALE is gearing up for an influx of spectators, competitors and cars to boost the local economy when the Trackrod Rally Yorkshire vrooms into view.
Pickering and the surrounding North York Moors will play host to the cream of British rallying for two days later this month.
It is estimated the rally and its spectators will see £1 million spent in Ryedale during the course of the event, which centres on Pickering for the first time in four years.
The town’s Market Place will hosts the ceremonial start on the Friday, September 27, for Trackrod Rally Yorkshire, the Trackrod Pre 87 & Historic Cup and the Trackrod BRC Challenge.
The area will be closed to through traffic from 5.30pm with the cars arriving from 5.45pm.
The recently revamped Pickering Showground will host the rally’s headquarters, the start of the concurrent Trackrod Forest Stages Rally on Saturday morning and the ceremonial finish and prizegiving to all events the same evening.
Friday night stages in Staindale and Dalby kick-off the action with the Trackrod Pr 87 & Historic Cup, featuring cars of yesteryears contesting the West Wales Rally Spares RAC Championship and Motoscope Northern Historic Championship leading the entourage away.
Close behind will be the modern two-wheel drive Citroens, Fiestas and Renaults, battling for points in the prestigious MSA British Rally Championship – the pinnacle of domestic rallying.
The cars roar into action again on Saturday morning with the Trackrod Forest Stages, including competitors in the REIS/Get Connected BTRDA Rally Championship.
The BTRDA series celebrates both its 60th anniversary and a return to Ryedale after many years absence and brings a host of fire-breathing four-wheel drive machinery as well as a mix of vastly experienced and up and coming drivers and co-drivers.
Designated spectator stages are at Dalby, which includes live commentary, Cropton and Langdale.
Coun Linda Cowling, leader of Ryedale District Council, said: “This is a welcome return to Pickering and the revamped showground after an absence of four years and it will be a marvellous opportunity for both competitors and spectators to enjoy our fabulous countryside.
“Ryedale District Council is fully committed to encouraging events that will support the economy in Ryedale as it is well recognised that where the Rally goes some one million pounds are spent in the local economy.”
As reported in the sport pages of the Gazette & Herald last week, this year’s Rally Yorkshire will mark the last time it will serve as a a qualifying round for the MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) for the forseeable future. Final details of the 2014 BRC calendar will be announced later this month.
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