The date for the 2023 Roger Albert Clark Rally has been confirmed as Thursday 23 to Monday 27 November 2023.
Rally manager Colin Heppenstall has announced that the next edition will cover a full five days of forest rallying, with stages planned in England, Scotland and Wales for what will be the 20th anniversary edition of the longest and toughest special stage rally in the UK.
The event will open with scrutineering and documentation on Wednesday 22 November, before rallying starts on the morning of Thursday 23 November and runs right through until the afternoon of Monday 27 November.
The route detail and direction of the event including the start and finish venues and overnight halts will be decided over the next few months. Heppenstall is currently evaluating all available route options, including which forest complexes can be used on which day.
Heppenstall said: “We’re planning to make this five full days of rallying, so Thursday will be a full day with plenty of stage miles. I’m currently considering a range of route options and we’ll confirm more details later this year.” Previously, the event has usually opened with a short loop of stages on the first evening, but next year it will go straight into a full day of competition.
Heppenstall is already being asked by UK and European crews about the date, route and the entry process. “It’s remarkable that we’ve had a number of enquiries already, even though the rally is 18 months away. By confirming the date at this early stage, we’re giving everyone plenty of time for planning.
“Clearly, there is a demand for this event and lots of interest in the 20th anniversary edition of the Roger Albert Clark Rally. I already have European crews eager to place entries. We want to make it another major challenge befitting the event’s standing in the sport.”
Stage mileage is yet to be confirmed but Heppenstall is aiming for at least 300 miles of prime UK forestry stages. As before, the event will be open to historic rally cars and all two-wheel drive cars.
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