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ERRC Championship Archive - 2013

This page is an archive of ERRC News and Points for 2013

 The 2013 Drivers Points  |  The 2013 Navigators Points  |  The 2013 Summer Challenge Points 

2013 Sportway Tyres Endurance Road Rally Championship – Final Results

Owen Turner is the 2013 Champion Driver after a second win of the season on the recent Great Bustard Rally. He took the championship with 182 points closely followed by Paul Sharp on 174, third was 2012 champion Ash Chapman close behind on 163.

Champion navigator in 2013 is Gruff Parry who amassed 174 points alongside Paul Sharp. Gruff is followed by last year’s champion Kevin Ablitt on 163. Third was Tom Campbell with 151 points who also wins the section for navigators under 25.

Matthew Tordoff was best under 25 Driver.

This year the championship was fought out over five rounds with the best four to count. 43 drivers scored points and 34 navigators.

Click these links for The Full List of Awards and the final points for Drivers and Navigators

The prizegiving will once again be at the Oxfordshire Inn following lunch at 12:00 on Sunday 19th January 2014. More details here ERRC Prizegiving Lunch Poster Prizes will be presented by Donna of Sportway Tyres and Andy can deliver your next season’s tyres that day if you order direct from him beforehand, he will accept payment on the day! As always, you will be able to register for the 2014 championship at the lunch. Please book your places with Dick Appleton no later than 9th January.

Great Bustard Rally

The final round of the 2013 Sportway Tyres Endurance Road Rally Championship, the Great Bustard Rally ran on 30th November/1st December. 43 cars competed over almost 100 miles of selectifs and 70 miles of navigational road rally in Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire. The event was won by Owen Turner, navigated by Andrew Dadswell, less than half a minute ahead of Ash Chapman/Kevin Ablitt and Paul Sharp/Gruff Parry. Results at Great Bustard Results

2014 Championship Announced – More rounds – More Cars

The Sportway Tyres Endurance Road Rally Championship has released its 2014 calendar - and there are more rounds than ever before!

Between February and November there will be seven rallies across the country, starting with the XPart Rally in East Anglia and finishing with the Great Bustard in Somerset. Oxford Motor Club's Bullnose returns with a new spot in May, Tavern Motor Club's Exmoor Endurance Rally also back for 2014, plus there is a brand new event, the Bournemouth Rally in August.

The MSA's regulation changes for next year mean that 1,400cc turbodiesel engined cars will be eligible to compete.

2014 download links Championship Calendar | 2014 Regulations | Registration Form | More Details

2103 Summer Challenge Winner

Many congratulations to Alan Wakeman, the winner of our 2013 Summer Challenge, who wins a free entry to the final round of this year's championship, the Great Bustard Rally. Alan's 24 points from nominated events and 16 from open events gave him a 12-point advantage over nearest challenger, 2012 drivers' champion Ash Chapman. Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Summer Challenge - we hope you enjoyed it.

And we look forward to welcoming Alan and many more of you to the Great Bustard, our 2013 season finale, on November 30th/December 1st. Regs are out and entries are filling fast - get yours in today!

Great Bustard Rally

Entries are now open and flowing in for the final round of the 2013 championship. The event promises to be a fitting finale to the season. Based near Shepton Mallet in Somerset the event will offer old favourites and brand new roads among the tests. Details and online entry form are available at www.greatbustardrally.co.uk Visit the site and get your entry in now!

Turbo Diesels in Endurance Road Rallying in 2014

Together with moving with the times and admitting small forced induction cars to road rallying, the MSA have also announced a widening of their regs to admit these cars to Endurance Road Rallying from next year.

The regulations will allow 1400cc turbo diesels into Endurance Rallying. The rule is in a modification to 20.1.1 which will read:- 'Standard production specification engines limited to 1400cc naturally aspirated petrol, 2000cc naturally aspirated diesel, and 1400cc forced induction diesel are permitted'

Next year the ERRC will admit these cars to the championship running in the same capacity classes as normal petrol engined cars. Therefore if your turbo diesel car is 1301 – 1400cc you will run in class 1 or 4, if it is 1001 -1300cc you will run in class 2 or 5 etc. Novices will remain all in class 7.

If you are considering using a turbo diesel for next year, please note that some cars marketed as 1.4TD have an actual engine capacity slightly greater than 1400cc. These will NOT be eligible, so don’t embarrass yourself by turning up next year with a non compliant car!

Last chance for Summer Challenge Points

The latest points are now up on The 2013 Summer Challenge Points Table. Remember that only open events up to 31st August count towards the championship so now is positively your last chance to earn points.

Huntsman Results Final

Huntsman results have now been declared final. There have been a few changes from the original positions, particularly the move into first Endurance Car of Oli Wakeman navigated by non championship Cath Woodman. The points tables have been revised accordingly.

Check the latest ERRC standings on the Drivers Points Table and Navigators Points Table

Exmoor Cancellation

We are very sorry to announce that the 2013 Exmoor Endurance Road Rally has been cancelled, due to the outbreak of a tree disease in the region. Thanks to the organising team for their efforts and we look forward to welcoming the rally back in 2014. Here's the full statement from the organisers:

"It is with great disappointment we have to announce that the 2013 Exmoor Endurance Rally is cancelled. This is due to an outbreak of the tree disease Phytophthera Ramoram.

The forestry area of the Brendons has seen a rapid and extensive return of Phytophthera Ramoram. The disease has the effect of killing Japanese Larch trees within one season. It previously had affected many forests in the South West in 2010. In the last three weeks confirmed infection sites have been found in the Croydon Hill and Timberscombe woods area. Access to these areas is now not possible, as restriction have been put in place to try to prevent further spread to neighbouring woodland. The infected timber will be felled within weeks. This logging operation will make many roads impassable. All forest access is subject to washing and disinfecting on entry and exit (including access to non-infected areas).

These woods make up 80% of our selectifs and 20% of our road rally section. Since we were informed of the extent of the infection in the woods just over 2 weeks ago we have tried to find a solution to keep the event up and running. But with no short term solution to the problems we cannot get the forestry usage, and therefore the test miles, we need to run a viable event.

With the felling taking place over this summer and autumn we have every hope and intention of being back in the forests next October for the 2014 Exmoor.

Georgina, Chris and The Exmoor Team"

Huntsman Rally - Results further delayed

It is understood that the Huntsman results are still provisional, therefore the previously published championship points may be incorrect. Due to staff holidays, this matter will be rectified once I return about 7th August, assuming results are confirmed final by then. Apologies for any confusion.

Huntsman Rally - Championship Points Updated

Delayed results have now been received from the Huntsman. These show that Colin Woodhouse/Matt Fowle led the Endurance cars home. They were closely followed by Paul Sharp navigated by Gruff Parry who are consolidating a strong lead in the Championship.

Check the latest ERRC standings on the Drivers Points Table and Navigators Points Table

Go Motorsport Live!

More than 2,500 people attended the very first Go Motorsport Live! at the home of the British Grand Prix on Sunday 7th July - and the Sportway Tyres Endurance Road Rally Championship was there too!

The championship's stand, displaying The Rover Centre's yellow MG ZR, Ben Dawson's Peugeot 106 and another MG ZR, this time belonging to Paul Heal, was busy throughout the day, visitors clearly interested in the possibilities offered by a budget rallying formula. It doubtless helped that the ERRC was sandwiched between the stands of two rally organising clubs, Chelmsford and Oxford Motor Clubs, the three displays feeding off each other, with a great sense of camaraderie.

Andrew Lees & Simon Lassam - The Champions in action

Paul Jeffery receiving his Sportway Tyres prize

And giving show goers a taste of what enduro cars can do were Yan Griffiths in his Nissan Micra and Graham Dance in his Vauxhall Corsa ('fresh' from an all night road rally!), providing passenger rides round Oxford Motor Club's autosolo course. From the broad smiles, we think their victims thoroughly enjoyed themselves!

Many congratulations to Paul Jeffery won the prize draw and took a set of Sportway Tyres home - he hopes to make his championship debut in the near future!

The free, one-day show at Silverstone might have clashed with some fantastic weather, the German Grand Prix and Andy Murray's maiden Wimbledon title win, but the British public still proved that its passion for grassroots motorsport is alive and well. A big thank you to all who assisted on the ERRC stand or who came to say hello - don't be afraid to get in touch if you want to know more.

And see https://www.facebook.com/.... for a gallery of photos from the day.

Summer Challenge News

Summer Challenge points claimed to date are now published in the points tables section of the website. Don’t forget that you must CLAIM points for the ‘open’ events that you do. No claim, no points. Also regs are out already for the final nominated event, the CSMA Bovingdon Autosolo on 21st July.

The ERRC at Go Motorsport Live!

Come Sunday July 7th, Silverstone will be the place to be, as Go Motorsport Live! takes over the home of the British Grand Prix. Marking the end of National Motorsport Week 2013, Go Motorsport Live! is an event to celebrate and promote grassroots motorsport in the UK, and the Sportway Tyres Endurance Road Rally Championship will be there with a stand including a display of cars and tips to get you started. So we're there - and so can you be! Visit www.gomotorsport.net/... to register for your FREE tickets. And if you're coming, join our event Facebook group at www.facebook.com/events/... to get all the latest information and join in the chat.

We look forward to seeing you at Silverstone on Sunday July 7th - don't forget to come and say hi!

First victory for Paul Sharp/Gruff Parry

Paul Sharp and Gruff Parry grabbed a 5 second victory from Jamie Turner and Dan Harrison on the Ross Endurance Rally. This was the crews’ first ever overall win in a first class field including all the top championship runners. Regulations for the next round, the Huntsman Rally are now out. Make sure you get an entry in quickly as they expect to fill up.

New Date for the Great Bustard

To avoid clashes with other events and to maximise the availability of test venues the Great Bustard rally will now run one week later than originally planned on 30th November/1st December. The organisers have been out and about and have identified a number of potential exciting new venues in addition to old favourites and are in discussion with landowners to put on a traditionally tough finale to the 2013 season.

Huntsman Rally Joins the ERRC in place of the Bullnose

Exciting news! The Huntsman Rally organised by the Carlton & District Motor Club has joined the 2013 Sportway Tyres Endurance Road Rally Championship. The event will run on 29th June based near Nottingham. It replaces the Bullnose Rally in this year’s championship which the organisers have reluctantly had to postpone to 2014 due to availability of venues. Entries for the Huntsman are likely to be at a premium as it will also count as a round of the Summer Challenge and it runs categories for non endurance cars. So keep an eye on the news and get your entry in as soon as the list opens.

MSA consult on possible rule changes

The MSA have put a Regulations Consultation on possible rule changes, some of which could affect Endurance Road Rallying. Comments have to be at the MSA by 6th May.

In summary:-
  1. The proposals would allow the use of 1400cc Turbo diesels in Endurance Rallying. This is something the ERRC committee has been arguing in favour of for some time to open up the range of cars that can be used on endurance events.
  2. A much greater, but still specified range of tyres to be used for Endurance Rallying. The proposed additional list 1A is on page 192 of the Blue Book and contains tyres allowed for production car racing (not rallying). This moves away from the original concept of restricting tyre choice. Even if this wider choice of tyres were to be introduced next year, there are no plans to move away from the compulsory use of Sportway tyres for ERRC championship contenders. Sportway have supported the championship now for some time and provide a tyre which, very importantly, minimises damage to tracks, this enables organisers to access venues that they might not otherwise be able to use and ultimately helps keep event costs down.
  3. It is proposed to outlaw the use of LED lighting unless it is fitted to a car as original equipment.

It would be great if as many of you as possible could comment to the MSA to demonstrate that you are out there and interested in your sport (when you comment, don’t forget to mention the ERRC). A constructive comment to the MSA carries much more weight than any amount of forum chatter.

Following a successful South West, now for the Ross Endurance

Following a well received South West Endurance Rally the Championship Points are now up. It seems that those who missed the South West, missed a treat. Championship leader is now Owen Turner, chased by current champion Ash Chapman. In the navigators table Kevin Ablitt is defending his champion status, closely followed by Gruff Parry.

Now that the second round is completed, Regs are out and entries are open for the third round of the ERRC on 27th/28th April. Find the Regulations and Entry Forms at The Ross Endurance Road Rally. One of the two entry forms is interactive for on screen completion, and e-mailing to the entries secretary with payment being made by BACS, the other is for printing, completing and posting in the traditional manner. The accommodation deal with Penyard House is operational again – full details in the regs.

The format will be similar to last year, with a few subtle changes. The day section is based in South Herefordshire, while this year the night route will be in Wales. The event will be offering about 45 miles of Selectif Tests. There will be fewer selectifs but more total mileage, including some cracking new tracks, both wide and narrow. The 70 mile night route will be run in a pre-plot format – you will need maps!

The event starts from Ross at 10:30 on the Saturday, pausing for a supper halt in the Welsh Marches and resuming at 22:00 for the night section before finishing back in Ross at around half past midnight. The entry fee is the same as last year at £199, discounted until 7th April to £185. Withdrawals before 7th April get a full refund.

Although we have some volunteers for marshalling, we could always accommodate more. If you wish to get close to the action during the day, or have a liking for lurking in narrow lanes after dark, please get in touch with the chief marshal or Simon Harris. Contact details in the Ross Endurance Regulations

Xpart Championship Points

The first Championship Points for the 2013 season are now published following the excellent Xpart Rally at the weekend put on by Jamie Turner and his team. If you have not already done so, get your entry in for the second round, the revived South West Endurance Rally straight away, it is less than two weeks now until the event!

Since the points earned by organisers are based on their average score for the rest of the events (championship regulation 6.3) , their points will increase (hopefully) throughout the season and will be adjusted after each event.

SW Endurance Entries Open

Regulations are out and entries open for round two of the 2013 Sportway Tyres Endurance Road Rally Championship. After a few years away we're delighted to welcome South Ham Motor Club's SW Endurance back into the championship. Please head to http://shmc.co.uk/index... for details - we look forward to seeing you there!

BULLETIN – 09.01.13

It has come to the notice of the Championship committee that on events with a very large selectif mileage, tyre wear can be a problem. For the safety of crews and to prevent a risk of cars running with illegal tyres on the road, it has been decided to modify regulation 13.1 and add a new regulation 13.2. This will allow organisers running long events to make arrangements so that competitors may deposit up to two additional wheels/tyres with them for issue at a specified point during the event.

Download Bulletin - 09.01.13

The 2013 Championship Regulations

2013 Regulations & Registration Form
Download the 2013 E.R.R.Championship Regulations
Download the 2013 E.R.R.Championship Registration Form

The extracts below, for information only, are from the full Championship regulations.

  • Registration for the Championship includes Competitor Membership of Salisbury and Shaftesbury Car Club. A Club Membership Card will be issued, which must be produced at each Championship Round.
  • Competitors will require a Competition Licence issued by the MSA – Non-race National “B” status or higher.
  • Registrations will be accepted either through the post or at Championship events. All registration forms must be accompanied by the correct fee. Registration forms are to be sent to the Championship coordinator, Dick Appleton.

Championship Classes and Scoring

There are changes to the Classes for the 2013 Championship.

CLASSES
The Classes for 2013 are 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 rally or has held a National A or above competition licence. 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 Expert or Novice.

Novice – A driver or Navigator who, at the time of registration, has competed on no more than 5 National B Rallies. This class is intended for people new to motorsport. If you have experience in other forms of motorsport you should discuss this with the Championship co-ordinator at the time of registration.

Checks on past results will be made to ensure competitors are registered in the correct class. The Championship Committee reserves the right to re classify any contender it believes to be in the wrong class.

Whilst 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. However on each event registered crew members will only gain points in the class of the most expert member of the crew. A novice therefore sharing a vehicle with an expert will be allocated points in the expert category for that event. This rule still applies if the other member of the crew is not registered for the Championship.

Please refer to the regulations for full details.

POINTS
Points will be allocated on an individual basis to Driver or Navigator based on their overall finishing position on each event run for Endurance cars only. On events catering for other types of car (e.g. Targa Rallies), points will be based on the overall finishing position relative to others in the Endurance section of the event only. Note that these will include all finishers (e.g. if the fourth overall crew is not registered, the 5th overall crew who is registered will get 39 points for overall position).

OVERALL POINTS
  • 1st – 50 point
  • 2nd – 45 points
  • 3rd – 42 points
  • 4th – 40 points
  • 5th – 39 points and so on to
  • 34rd and lower – 10 points
  • Non finisher - 5 points
 

Refer to the Regulations for the full details.