The 2017 BTRDA Rally Series
The RAVENOL BTRDA® Rally Series is recognised as the most popular rally championship in the UK and for 2017 lubricant manufacturer RAVENOL UK will continue as sole title sponsor of this prestigious series. Thomas Panels and Profiles will continue their support of the 1400 Championship and Maxxis Tyres will become a principal sponsor. The RAVENOL BTRDA® Rally Series is split into four distinct championships:
• The RAVENOL BTRDA Gold Star® Championship which is open to all cars over 1400cc
• The RAVENOL BTRDA Silver Star® Championship which is for two wheel drive cars over 1400cc
• The Thomas Panels and Profiles 1400 Championship for cars up to 1400cc
• The BTRDA Rally First Championship for standard production cars up to 1600cc. BTRDA registered competitors in BTRDA Rally First benefit from a £50 discount on entry fees for each event - a potential saving of £400.
Part of the RAVENOL support package to encourage competitor participation, will include a £60 voucher for Ravenol Motorsport oil products for every driver that registers for the RAVENOL BTRDA Rally Series up to and including Round 3. As the cost of BTRDA membership and driver registration is just £75 the voucher from Ravenol means that registration is effectively just £15. That is except for drivers under 25 who are joining BTRDA for the first time. For them the cost of membership and registration is already free, so the RAVENOL £60 voucher is a bonus.
BTRDA® Rally First has been one of the successes of the BTRDA® Rally Series and this low cost category for 'standard' cars has two categories: up to 1400cc and 1401cc to 1600cc. Registered competitors in the BTRDA Rally First Championship receive a discount of £50 on their entry fee for each event. In addition, the overall Rally First Champion driver will receive three free Rally First entries in 2018 and each class winner will receive 2 free Rally First entries in 2018
The Fiesta ST Trophy which was introduced in 2016 was very popular and will continue, together with the BTRDA Historic Cup and MG ZR Challenge.
In each Championship/Category, competitors will count their best six points scores on the eight events entered.
All events will have a 30 minute programme dedicated to the Series on Motors TV. This programme will be supplemented by additional coverage in the Special Stage fortnightly review programmes whenever possible.
Additional support for the RAVENOL BTRDA Rally Series has been secured from Maxxis Tyres, Mintex, Revolution Wheels, Reis, Hyundai Genpower and Patterson's Pacenotes.
For more information about the BTRDA® Rally Series and all the events go to: www.btrdarally.com
The 2017 Championship Calendar provides a choice of 8 Classic Nat B forest rallies.
|Somerset Stages||8th April||West Somerset||80% Gravel|
|Carlisle Stages Rally||10th June||Kielder Forest West||Gravel|
|Nicky Grist Forest Stages||8th July||Mid Wales Forests||Gravel|
|Nicky Grist Asphalt Stages||9th July||Epynt Ranges||Asphalt|
|Tyneside Stages||6th August||Otterburn Ranges||Asphalt|
|58th Dukeries Rally||20th August||Donington Park||Asphalt|
|Woodpecker Stages||2nd September||Shropshire||Gravel|
|Trackrod Forest Rally||30th September||North Yorkshire||Gravel|
Relaunch of the MAXXIS MSA English Rally Championship
In response to a recent competitor survey the BTRDA Rally Committee has expanded the 2017 MAXXIS MSA English Rally Championship to provide a greater variety of Nat B events and opened it up to all types of rally cars.
The 2017 Championship will include a selection of the best one day forest and asphalt events in England, with the addition of a unique double header on the Nicky Grist Stages.
CALENDAR Best 5 scores to count which must include at least 1 all asphalt event.
- Somerset Stages 8th April West Somerset 80% Gravel
- Carlisle Stages Rally 10th June Kielder Forest West Gravel
- Nicky Grist Forest Stages 8th July Mid Wales Forests Gravel
- Nicky Grist Asphalt Stages 9th July Epynt Ranges Asphalt
- Tyneside Stages 6th August Otterburn Ranges Asphalt
- 58th Dukeries Rally 20th August Donington Park Asphalt
- Woodpecker Stages 2nd September Shropshire Gravel
- Trackrod Forest Rally 30th September North Yorkshire Gravel
The 2017 MAXXIS MSA English Rally Championship will be open to all rally cars that comply with the 2017 MSA Safety and Technical Regulations for Special Stage rallies, and will be split into 8 Championship classes. The Championship will present Overall, Class and Junior Awards at the end of the year Awards Dinner.
For more information about the English Rally Championship go to www.englishrally.co.uk