may not be Christmas yet, never mind New Year, but the excitement is
already building for the MANN Construction sponsored Chris Kelly
Memorial Stages, the first chance for rally crews in 2012 to hit the
famous Manx stages!
Mark off February 17th and
18th in your
…because with deals available from just £652 including entry fees,
ferry and hotel costs, it has to be the ultimate way to start your
rallying year! (*)
Entries open today with the publication of regulations by the
organisers, Manx Auto Sport, for whom it also starts their 50th Anniversary
They confirm that their event forms a qualifying round of two
Eurocars Motorsport Manx Rally Championship (**)
AWNCC Stage Rally Championship
In addition to championship contenders from on and off island, many
UK crews use the event as an extended test given its multiple use of
stages, including last year winner Dave Patterson in his Mitsubishi
Evo 9 and John Stone in the fearsome Skoda WRC.
The event retains its traditional Friday night and Saturday daytime
schedule, making for a real challenge. The opening evening is set to
feature six tests, two runs over each of three stages. Saturday has
a further eight, three runs on two tests and two attempts on
another. There are some classics and new roads alike, keep watching
for news on them in the next few weeks!
In total the rally features over 105 stage miles on just six
separate stages, helping to keep reconnaissance to a minimum. Each
day will feature centralised service, at St Johns for the opening
night before relocating to Jurby motordrome on Saturday.
To help further to keep competitors costs to a minimum, there are
two recce options available to crews, either the weekend before, 11th &
or the Thursday/Friday 16th &
Scrutineering and documentation is also on Thursday evening (16th)
with officials sign-up the night before.
The social aspect of Isle of Man rallying is always an important
element, and the after-rally party and prize presentation will take
place at the Villa Marina Arcade in the middle of Douglas promenade.
The event offers an ideal testing opportunity for crews preparing
for their years programme, not least the REIS Get Connected MSA
Asphalt Rally Championship that begins just three weeks later and
returns to the island for the Manx National Rally in May.
Similarly for crews who have long wanted to take the plunge and
compete on the island but haven’t yet done so, do it, you won’t
Throw in television coverage on Motors TV’s Special Stage programme,
filmed by MC-Video, and what else do you need for a complete rally
For all the information you need to be a part of the action head to
the regulations and entry form await you.
Overseas crews seeking further information can also contact Rob Fagg
on 07624 480101 or
(*) Standard Entry Fee £325 available until 3rd February.
The message is loud and clear – come and join us for some of the
best tarmac rallying in the world!
£652 based on 2 nights hotel stay for two people, plus van and
trailer ferry return and entry fee.
(**) The Eurocars Motorsport Manx Rally Championship is open to all
entrants to events, both on and off-island based, and even better -
there is no registration fee!