BTRDA BULLETINS

Covid-19 Update

Posted on 29th April 2020

In light of the current difficult and somewhat fluid situation, the Directors of BTRDA are now holding monthly Board Meetings via Zoom to review the ongoing position in regards to our Championships.  We are in regular contact with MSUK, by whom we are guided, and will do our utmost to assist our Members and our organising Clubs in the safe return of Motor Sport in due course. We will post regular updates as and when more information becomes available.

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Coronavirus impact on the BTRDA Championships

Posted on 1st April 2020

You will now be aware of the latest statement from MSUK regarding COVID-19 and the suspension of all Motor Sport in the UK until at least 30th June.  Our thoughts go to all of our organising Clubs for the hard work that they have already done in preparation of their events and the uncertainty that they face. Our Championship Committees will be monitoring the situation closely as to the effect on their Championships and will keep you updated as things develop.

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2019 AGM & Luncheon

Posted on 27th January 2019

The AGM, which will be held at Drayton Manor Hotel on Sunday 3rd Feb, will commence at 11.00 in the Peel Room followed by the Luncheon and Awards presentation at 12.30 in the Park Suit.

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FROM AROUND THE BTRDA

AutoSOLO EXPLORATORY EVENT – JULY 26TH

Posted in AutoSolo on 24th June 2020

The BTRDA are promoting an exploratory AutoSOLO at Prescott on Sunday 26th July. Please note that this is a non-championship event.

This is an opportunity to have a fun AutoSOLO at a fabulous venue steeped in history. The Prescott AutoSOLO is being organized by BTRDA as a pre-cursor to the hoped-for resumption of championship events and a chance to sample competition within the COVID – 19 guidance from Motorsport UK and HM Government.

BTRDA would like to thank the Bugatti Owners Club for the use of the Prescott Hill site and its facilities.

Dual driving and/or passengers will NOT be allowed.

We are expecting a high demand for the event and would encourage competitors to submit their entries as soon as possible. Entries are to be accepted in order of receipt.

To protect competitors and officials and in order to comply with Motorsport UK and HM Government guidelines and rules, additional COVID – 19 procedures are set out in the Supplementary Regulations.

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2020 BTRDA AutoSOLO Championship Update

Posted in AutoSolo on 14th June 2020

The Coronavirus has had a dramatic effect on the 2020 BTRDA AutoSOLO Championship with events cancelled or postponed. The committee have attempted to provide a revised set of dates to allow the championship to continue now that MSUK have distributed guidelines and are prepared to issue permits for AutoSOLOs. While there continue to be uncertainties around events, especially in Wales we have reviewed those which clubs plan to run and have revised the calendar for the remainder of 2020. These events provide a balanced spread between the North and South with two events still unconfirmed.

Below are the revised dates for the 2020 BTRDA AutoSOLO Championship, subject to the clubs running their events and there being no further restrictions. The list contains those events which clubs have confirmed they plan to run and two which are yet to be confirmed.  There is a reserve event on the 4 October if an event does not run.

With the reduced calendar the best 5 scores will count for the championship and you must enter 4 events to qualify for an award. This applies even if the two provisional events don’t take place.

 

8 March           Devizes and DMC      completed

15th March       CSMA Brooklands      completed

 

19 July            U17MC NW

2 August          Bath MC

13 Sept            U17MC NW

26 Sept            Dolphin CAR-nival      Provisional

27 Sept            Devizes & DMC

4 October        CVMC                            Provisional

4 October        Oxford MC                    Reserve event

25 October      Knutsford &DMC

6 December    U17MC NW

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2020 Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship cancelled

Posted in Asphalt Rallies on 1st May 2020

The organisers of the Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship have taken the unavoidable decision to cancel the 2020 series, owing to the on-going coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

With four rounds of the championship already cancelled, and three more points-scoring rounds postponed, the BTRDA board of directors met to discuss in detail all the possible options that are available now, and that might come to light during the latter half of the season.

It was unanimously decided that the fairest and most sensible option to competitors, event organisers, officials and fans was to address the uncertainty with a decisive announcement, and to unfortunately cancel the 2020 Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship forthwith.

The championship organisers would like to thank the events – the Legend Fires North West Stages, Rallynuts National Tour of Epynt, Manx National Rally, Beatson’s Building Supplies Jim Clark Rally, Tyrone Stages Rally, Hills Ford Three Shires Stages Rally and the Ford Parts Cheviot Stages Rally – for their hard work and understanding in these unprecedented times.

Attention now turns to organising, promoting and delivering an exceptional 2021 Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship, with an equally superb calendar of challenging events.

Steve Layton, Chairman of the BTRDA, said: “Unfortunately the Directors were left with no option but to take this action regarding the 2020 Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship, and will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation closely in the hope that our other championships will be able to restart before the end of the season. We would like to thank Jane and her team for all the work they have done to have made this a superb championship and give her our full support for 2021.”

Jane Evans, Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship Co-ordinator, said: “The decision to cancel the 2020 Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship has been taken with a very heavy heart, but under these unprecedented circumstances it is the correct thing to do and the right decision for everyone. It is of course disappointing and frustrating, as we had put together a fantastic calendar of events for this year, and I would like to take this opportunity both to thank all the event organisers for all their incredible hard work and understanding. In addition, we are blessed to receive such incredible support from Protyre, which enables us to promote the series and publicise the exploits of all the registered contenders – and all of this had contributed in attracting the biggest number of competitors, in a huge variety of cars, that the series has seen for many years. Add other innovations like the new Ford Escort Challenge and the growing number of event-by-event incentives and prizes, and 2020 was going to be a brilliant season. All that hard work will not go to waste, as we will transfer everything and more over to next year, to ensure the 2021 Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship is even bigger and better.”

Shaun Chetwyn, Protyre Motorsport Manager, said: “With regard to the 2020 season, we fully support the decision taken by the BTRDA and agree that in light of these very difficult times that we are all having to endure, cancelling this year’s Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship was the correct and only option available. Protyre Motorsport would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved and pass on our very best wishes to you and your families and look forward to seeing you all at the opening round of 2021.”

www.protyre.co.uk

 

For more Championship information, please contact:

Jane Evans: Jane@asphaltrallying.com

 

For information on Protyre, please contact:

Shaun Chetwyn, Protyre Motorsport Manager

Shaun.Chetwyn@protyre.co.uk / 07968 307584

 

For Media information, please contact:

Paul Evans: paul@fablass.com

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Dick Squire

Posted in Autotest on 9th April 2020

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Richard (Dick) Squire on Wednesday 8th April following a stroke. Dick was a stalwart of the BTRDA Autotest Championship, first winning the Gold Star in 1962, and then returning to the fray to win it again in 1979 and 1980 in his Frogeye Sprite, which he campaigned with his daughter Bev, who took the Silver Star title in 1985. Always a keen gardener, even at the age of 89, he had spent afternoon Sunday mowing the lawn and tending to his plants before sitting down for a rest, from which he was not to recover. Our condolences go to his wife Margaret, Bev and family.

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