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ERRC Championship Archive - 2012

This page is an archive of ERRC News and Points for 2012

 The 2012 Drivers Points  |  The 2012 Navigators Points  |  The 2012 Summer Challenge Points 

Ash Chapman and Kevin Ablitt are 2012 Champions

Results for the 2012 Endurance Road Rally Championship have now been declared final without any changes to those already published. Congratulations to Ash and Kevin on their first championship win. Second are David Lobb with Lizzie Pope. Third driver is Charles Thompson and Gruff Parry wins third Navigator in his first season of Endurance Rallying. Best 1300cc crew winning the Terry Pickering Trophy are Dave Axford and David Thorpe. The under 25 trophies have been won by Aaron Lillicrap and Richard Brooks campaigning their ‘old’ shape mini!

A full list of award winners is HERE and we now look forward to the presentation on 25th November when full details of next year’s championship will be available. Prizegiving details are HERE

2012 Championship Final Points

Following the Exmoor Endurance Rally, the final 2012 Championship points have been calculated. Please check the final Drivers and Navigators points tables.

Bullnose Rally Cancellation

Following the very sad last minute cancellation of the Bullnose Rally the organisers have now issued the statement below. We understand that it will not be possible to reschedule the event this year and therefore the 2012 ERRC will consist of four rounds.

Statement from Oxford Motor Club regarding Bullnose Endurance Road Rally 2012.
At 15:00 on the afternoon of Friday 31 August, whilst completing the setting up of the test venues, a fire incident occured which consumed one of the organising team member's cars and rendered unusable part of that test venue. Due to the distress and disruption that this incident caused the decision was taken to cancel the event. We are now organising the return of entry fees and other monies paid to each entrant.

David Smythe
Clerk of the Course - Bullnose Endurance Road Rally 2012
19:30 - 4 September 2012.

Summer Challenge – Final Result

We are happy to confirm the results of the first ERRC Summer Challenge. Run over a series of different disciplines including, road rallies, trials and autotests, 20 competitors scored points and the deserving winner is Simon Harris, closely pursued by Oli Wakeman with Kevin Ablitt third.

Simon wins a free entry to the Exmoor Rally while Oli wins the 1st Semi Expert Award and Kevin gets the 1st Expert to be presented at the prize giving on 25th November.

Summer Challenge – Final points

Following the Billington Autotest at the weekend the final scores for the Summer Challenge are now published HERE   Any queries must be received by Dick Appleton within seven days of this announcement. After this the result of the 2012 Summer Challenge will be declared final.

Date for your Diary

The Prizegiving for the 2012 Endurance Road Rally Championship will be held on Sunday 25th November. As last year it will be at the Oxfordshire Inn Hotel at Bletchington, just north of Oxford. The prizegiving will be at 2pm preceded by a carvery lunch from 12.00 where you can get together with fellow competitors to celebrate your successes of 2012 and look forward to 2013.
Full details HERE  Prices held at last year’s level!

Summer Challenge Points Latest

Following the running of the rescheduled Wye Valley Trial at the weekend, the lead of the Summer Challenge is tied between Simon Harris and Oli Wakeman. Now it's all down to the final round, the Billington Autotest on Sunday 19th August. See below for details, there may still be time for a late entry to this fun event.

Summer Challenge – full Tony Watson Memorial Rally results

Full results from the Tony Watson Memorial Rally, a round of the ERRC's Summer Challenge can be found HERE Many thanks to all those who helped run the event and who supported it by entering.

And don't forget entries are still open for the Wye Valley Trial on August 12th and for the Billington Holly Autotest on August 19th. We hope to see many of you there!

Billington Autotest regs released

Regs are out and entries open for the final round of the 2012 ERRC Summer Challenge, the Billington Holly Autotest on Sunday August 19th in Bedfordshire. With a nice, smooth grass field to play in, all you need is a standard road car to come along and have a fun day of motorsport – and entries will be accepted from drivers as young as 14 (see the regs for full details)! Download the regulations and entry formHERE and we look forward to seeing you there!

New date for the Wye Valley Trial

Ross and District Motor Sports Club regrets that the Wye Valley Car Trial could not be run on 24th June because of the ground conditions.  The sections themselves would have been in excellent condition, but the access through two gates and across the fields was so wet that the land damage would have been unacceptable.  There have been over seven inches of rain in the area in June (so far) and the land is suffering.  The club is very disappointed that the best entry (46) on any National B car trial for ten years was not able to compete on the day.

The event will now run on 12th August and it will still count towards the Summer Challenge.  Hopefully those of you who entered will still be able to compete and maybe a few more will give it a try.

Bullnose entries are open!

Regulations are out and entries open for Round 4 of the 2012 ERRC, the Bullnose, on September 1st. See and get your entries in.  We hope to see you all there.

The best kept secret in Motorsport

The Endurance Road Rally Championship is proud to share its brand new promotional film with you. Kindly sponsored by The Rover Centre long term, generous and enthusiastic supporters of the championship, we hope you will enjoy watching it, then invite others to do the same and spread the word about the best kept secret in motorsport - endurance road rallying! A big thank you to everyone who has given their time and expertise to bring this film together.

Copies of this film will be sent to motor clubs across the country and we hope you'll be able to show this film at club nights to inspire members to get involved!

Of course, if having watched the film you want to find out more, please don't hesitate to get in touch! And if you want to come and have a go, the next round of our Premier Championship is the Bullnose rally on September 1st. Plus, there are two rounds remaining of our new for 2012 Summer Challenge. We hope you enjoy the film and look forward to seeing you at an ERRC event very soon!

Summer Challenge Round 3 – Tony Watson Memorial Rally

Regs are out & entries open for Round 3 of the ERRC Summer Challenge, CENSUS MC's Tony Watson Memorial Rally on 14th/15th July! Please see HERE and get your entry in.

100 Miles - Start: Broadbridge Heath Peugeot Garage - First Car: 10pm - Signing on: 8pm - Map: OS 197 (198 for start and finish locations) - Cost: £20 - Insurance available on the night: £17.94

Entries to Graham Prevett: - or postal address on entry form
Anybody willing to marshal please contact Amelia or 07581446968

Endurance Road Rally Championship clothing

We've just launched a new range of Endurance Road Rally Championship clothing! So if you want to show your support for the series see HERE and get your order in.

Summer Challenge Round 2 – the Wye Valley Trial

Regs are out and entries open for round 2 of the 2012 ERRC Summer Challenge, the Wye Valley Trial on Sunday June 24th in east Herefordshire.

So, what is car trialling? The BTRDA website is a great place to start:  Head to the ‘Car Trials’ section where you can download some PDFs – those new to trialling are advised to look at the PDF ‘Car Trials Driving Techniques’ and to take particular notice of the ‘General Preparation’ tips. And don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice on the day!

All cars must carry a passenger. The minimum age for passengers is 12 (parental consent is required). Any passenger over 18 needs to be a member of an invited club, but does not need to have a competition licence. Additional passengers in the rear are allowed (although in a FWD car this is a disadvantage, as extra weight is being carried uphill). By the same token, don't have too much fuel in your tank in a FWD car, but don’t have so little that you have none at the pick-up point of the fuel pump if the car is on a side or up a slope. Cars do not need to have an MOT, but they must carry a spare wheel in approximately the original location.

All FWD ERRC cars will be in Class 2. The roll cage that they (to comply with the ERRC regs) must have is considered ballast. Cars up to 1,200cc will run on a minimum of 12psi in the driving wheel tyres, while those with up to 1,400cc will run with a minimum of 14psi.  RWD cars will be in Class 3 and run on 14psi (saloons) or 16psi (sports cars). Normal road tyres only are allowed – not M&S tread patterns. People who have tried Sportways on these events have been reasonably impressed, so there is no need to get anything else. The more tread the better for the driving wheels, so don't bring nearly dead ones. Don't forget a footpump to pump the tyres back up again for the drive home.

Although toilets will be available on site, there will not be any food facilities, so bring your own lunch.

The event is the Inter Association Car Trial. The very last page of the regs explains the rules for this.

For full details, Regulations and Entry Forms please visit

Top marks for Harris & Joseph as the Summer Challenge kicks off!

The ERRC’s inaugural Summer Challenge got off to a great start last weekend with the first of four events, the Leukaemia Rally.

This event is part of the HRCR championship and consisted of 21 tests and 7 regularities based around Blackwood, Caerphilly. In the past, the rally has made good use of Caerwent in its tests, but this year, sadly, the venue could not be used. The organising club, Ecurie Cymraeg, worked hard to replace this and devised a number of imaginative tests to challenge competitors.

Of the 52 starters, 8 were in endurance cars, 5 of them signed up for the 2012 ERRC Summer Challenge. Taking the early lead were Paul & Matt Heal in their MG ZR, followed closely by Simon Harris and Russell Joseph, Harris proving he is as good behind the wheel as he is on the maps. Oli Wakeman & Ian Perry along with Jamie Turner & James Newbould were also setting quick test times, but both crews struggled with the regularities – Turner/Newbould dropped way down the order with a 10-minute penalty for a missed PC on the first regularity. Also going well were Paul Freeth & Chris Head, proving endurance rallying can be fun with the old wedge shape Rover.

By lunch, Harris/Joseph had moved into the lead of not only the endurance runners but the overall event, a great showcase for the ERRC, meanwhile the Heals had slipped back and were now only a handful of seconds in front of Wakeman/Perry. This was as a result of Heal Senior’s youthful enthusiasm, seeing him trying to go way too fast though the ford on the final test before lunch and drowning out. The section though the ford also saw the end of Turner/Newbould’s rally, their morning going from bad to worse at this point when their car’s gearbox started making some very unhealthy noises. This was due to the filling plug falling out and the gearbox losing most of its oil, the cold water of the ford only making matters worse. Sensibly, they decided to head home whilst the gearbox was still salvageable.

The afternoon saw Harris/Joseph maintain their lead in the endurance event and only miss out on the overall win by 2 seconds! The Heals recovered with a strong performance on the afternoon’s regularities to finish as the second enduro crew, while Wakeman/Perry held off Freeth/Head to take maximum points in the semi class.

All the crews seemed to enjoy their day out on something a little different and are now looking forward to a fresh challenge in round two, the Wye Valley Trial on June 24th.

The full Leukaemia Rally results are >> HERE
The 2012 Summer Challenge points table after round 1 is >> HERE

Jamie & Mike Turner win the Ross!

Jamie & Mike Turner won last weekend’s inaugural Ross Endurance Road Rally, just over a minute clear of Paul Tod & Matt Fowle after more than 200 miles of tight competition.

Based in Ross-on-Wye and attracting 38 starters, the third round of the 2012 Endurance Road Rally Championship was a chance for crews to test themselves on new ground, the organisers having secured a collection of exciting venues for the rally.

Turner/Turner held an 18-second lead over David & Tom Banner after the first timecard, Tod/Fowle in a Suzuki Swift just 2 seconds further back with John Taylor & John Stringer only 6 seconds behind in fourth. Come the end of timecard 2, Turner/Turner had stretched their lead to 26 seconds, the new pairing of Tod/Fowle now second, Taylor/Stringer 2 seconds behind and just a second in front of Banner/Banner.

In fact it was close throughout the field and at the end of timecard 3, the top 13 cars were covered by just one minute, the previous week’s rain and testing selectifs keeping crews on their toes – and claiming a number of victims. Sadly this included the VW Polo of Banner/Banner, suspension damage ending their strong run.

At the dinner halt, with the selectifs completed, Tod/Fowle had trimmed Turner/Turner’s lead to 10 seconds, and the top two crews had started to pull away from the field. Charles Thompson & David Smoley were now third but over two minutes back, 30 seconds clear of Taylor/Stringer who had a 24-second gap to David Lobb & Lizzie Pope in fifth, the sixth place crew of Paul Sharp & Gruff Parry over a minute further back. The top crew in class 7, Oli Wakeman & Ian Perry were sitting eighth, class 5 leaders Ben Smith & Matt Clark ninth.

Next was the challenging after dark jogularity section but Turner/Turner prevailed, losing the least time on this leg to take their Rover 200 to a hard fought and well deserved victory – Mike’s first! Tod/Fowle were second, class 4 winners Thompson/Smoley third. Smith/Clark took top honours in class 5 finishing seventh, while Wakeman/Perry held on to take the top spot in class 7.

With three of 2012’s five rallies completed, Ash Chapman leads the drivers’ table by just four points from David Lobb, Kevin Ablitt holding the same lead over Lizzie Pope in the navigators’ table And with close battles across the classes, there is everything to play for in the remaining rounds.

To see the full breakdown of results from the Ross Endurance Road Rally please see HERE and for a list of award winners click HERE

The Premier Championship is taking a rest for a few months, but the Summer Challenge is about to get underway with the Leukaemia Rally in Wales on May 12th. See for rally information and HERE for full details of our new for 2012 Summer Challenge.

Counting down to the start of the Summer Challenge

With less than a month until the all new for 2012 Endurance Road Rally Championship Summer Challenge kicks off, we’re delighted to be able to reveal the final list of events.

First is the Leukaemia Rally in Wales on May 12th. Entries are already open for this daylight road rally – please see for full details. Round two is the Wye Valley Trial on June 24th in Herefordshire. Visit for more.

The following month, on July 14th/15th it is time to head south to Sussex for the Tony Watson Memorial Rally run by Central Sussex Motor Club, before the final round of the Summer Challenge, an autotest in Bedfordshire.

The Summer Challenge is a new initiative to give registered ERRC contenders more opportunities to get out, have a great time and use their cars, while learning new and valuable skills. And as if you needed another incentive, the winner of the Summer Challenge gets a free entry to the final round of the ERRC Premier Championship, the Exmoor Endurance!

Please see the latest Summer Challenge flyer flyer.pdf for more information and download the regs here regs.pdf

Round Two Points Update + Ross Reminder

The points tables are now updated to include the Great Bustard results. Follow the Competitors menu links above for the current standings.

And a quick note to remind everyone that if you want to take advantage of the reduced entry fee for round 3 of the 2012 ERRC, the Ross Endurance, your entry forms must be in by this Sunday, Easter Day. Remember that there will be no post this Friday (Good Friday), so don't delay! You can also submit your form electronically. Please see for full details.

With just under 4 weeks until the rally, its organisers need confirmed entries ASAP. Entries will, of course, still be open after Easter Day.

We look forward to seeing the entries roll in and to seeing you there at the end of the month.

Bustard Entry List and Finals

Entry list and finals are now on the event website

Ross Endurance - Easter Day deadline

There are just under two weeks to go if you want a discounted entry for the third round of the 2012 Endurance Road Rally Championship, the Ross Endurance, and the deadline is an easy one to remember, it's Easter Day! Get your entries in ASAP by post or online – head to for regs and entry forms – or see the Ross Endurance flyer for a quick run down as to why you want to be competing on the Ross on April 28th. The organising team has even found you somewhere to stay!

It's a brand new and exciting event for the championship and we look forward to seeing you there!

Deadline for Bustard entries extended!

The deadline for entries for the Great Bustard, round 2 of the 2012 Endurance Road Rally Championship, has been extended to Thursday 22nd March – so if you haven’t already got your entry in for what promises to be a thrilling rally, don’t delay any longer! Head to for details

The ERRC in the MSA magazine!

Check out the feature on the Endurance Road Rally Championship in the new, spring 2012 edition of the MSA Magazine to remind you why this is a series you need to be a part of. Not an MSA licence holder? Fear not, you can also view it online at article=1134

The Summer Challenge is go!

Regs are out and entries open for round 1 of the 2012 ERRC's Summer Challenge, the Leukaemia Rally on May 12th – see for details. If you need a quick Summer Challenge recap head to regs.pdf for full details.

Ross Endurance Regs are out

The regs are now out and entries open for the third round of this year's championship, the Ross Endurance. A new event for the championship, it promises to be a great addition. Entries made before April 8th can enjoy a reduced entry fee. See for regs and the postal & electronic entry forms.

Championship kicks off in fine style

A big thank you to all at Chelmsford Motor Club for kicking the 2012 ERRC off in fine style with the XPart Rally on February 18th. If you want to relive it, the full breakdown of the results can be found here and Andy Manston's superb photos can be viewed here

Also, don’t forget to get your entry in for round two of the 2012 ERRC, the Great Bustard Rally, on 31st March/1st April. All entries paid for by 3rd March – THIS SATURDAY – will be at the discounted fee of £195. See Entries will, of course, still be welcome after this date. And if you'd like to marshal, please check out the website too!

Round One points

Dale Glover and Dave Peters once again won the excellent Xpart Rally. Second were championship newcomer Paul Tod navigated by Simon Harris in a 1300cc Suzuki Swift. Full points tables are now on the website. Don’t forget to get your entry in for the Great Bustard Rally on 31st March/1st April. All entries paid up by 3rd March will be at the discounted fee of £195.

Revised Classes & New Supporters for 2012

We have revised the class system for 2012. There are three classes for cars, 1,301-1,400cc petrol; 1,001-1,300cc petrol; and petrol up to 1,000cc together with diesels up to 2,000cc. There will also be three crew ability classes >> Read more...

We are very grateful for the continued support of REIS, long time backers of the ERRC and look forward to working with them this coming year. We’re also delighted to announce new supporters Rally Preparation Services (RPS), who will offer registered championship contenders 10% discount on many goods & services >> Read more ..

If you’ve any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. And do get involved on our Twitter, Facebook and Google+ pages.

Great Bustard Regs are out

Regs for the Great Bustard Rally on 31st March/1st April are now on the S&SCC website >> HERE Salisbury & Shaftesbury Car Club in partnership with the Royal Air Force MSA are offering over 80 miles of Selectifs this year together with the usual regularity and navigation sections in a route of over 300 miles. All for a bargain entry fee of £195 for entries paid before 3rd March. Entries are limited so get yours in early and take advantage of the £30 discount.

Summer Challenge Regs are out

The winner of the Summer Challenge will get a paid entry to the Exmoor Rally, the final round of the Premier championship. The Summer Challenge is open to Drivers and Navigators alike, but also allows you to have a go at fun events in the ‘other’ seat. Download the Regs >> HERE

XPart Supports Chelmsford Endurance Rally

Chelmsford MC welcome new backers XPart for their Endurance Road Rally on the 18th /19th February. XPart are suppliers of all Genuine Parts you need for an MG or Rover car, there is just one name to remember >> XPart

XPart is the one and only dedicated source of Genuine Parts for MG and Rover models

The £2000 Endurnace Rally Car

Built in a weekend - The £2000 Endurance Car

The £2000 Endurance Car

This endurance rally car was built in a weekend by the lads at the Rover Centre and has already had a top 15 placing on the Bullnose Rally. The story of how it was built for £2000 is told in a major Motorsport News article on 30th November.

There are some more pictures and the costs of how it was achieved in our car build flyer >> HERE

The 2011 Championship winners

Championship winners Andrew Lees & Simon Lassam

2011 Prizegiving & 2012 Launch

Andrew Lees & Simon Lassam were crowned winners of the 2011 Endurance Road Rally Championship at a well supported ceremony this Sunday in Oxfordshire. Many congratulations to all the award winners!

The all new for 2012 championship was also launched with a new event, a new supporter and a new format, the Summer Challenge, introduced to give crews more opportunities to use their cars on a wider variety of events. With a production car trial, road rallies and an autotest part of the Summer Challenge, as well as the five rounds of the Premier Championship, there’s lots to look forward with the ERRC to in 2012

Lots more prizegiving pics on >> Facebook

2012 Championship Rule Changes

There are changes to the Classes for the 2012 Championship.

Due to popular demand we have returned to capacity based classes. We have also altered the definitions for the level of expertise and reverted to the more traditional ‘Expert’, ‘Semi-Expert’ and 'Novice' breakdown. The qualifications needed for the new classification have been altered to try to even out the distribution of numbers. Classes for 2012 are therefore as follows:-

  1. Experts in petrol cars 1301 - 1400cc
  2. Experts in petrol cars 1001 - 1300cc
  3. Experts in petrol cars up to 1000cc and diesel cars up to 2000cc
  4. Semi-Experts in petrol cars 1301 - 1400cc
  5. Semi-Experts in petrol cars 1001 - 1300cc
  6. Semi-Experts in petrol cars up to 1000cc and diesel cars up to 2000cc
  7. Novices in petrol cars up to 1400cc and diesel cars up to 2000cc

Expert – A driver or navigator who, at the time of registration, has finished in the top 3 of any Endurance Road Rally or at least 3 times in the top 5 of any National B road rally. Competitors who are experts in another relevant category of motor sport may also be considered experts. If you think you may fall into this category, please discuss it with the Championship co-ordinator.

Semi-Expert – A driver or navigator who, at the time of registration, falls outside the definition of Master or Novice

Novice – A driver or Navigator who, at the time of registration, has finished no more than 5 National B Road Rallies.

Classes in individual events may vary from event to event. Points will be allocated on the basis of championship classes and not event classes. Contenders will remain in the same experience classification for the season regardless of results after registration.