With still two weeks to go to Darlington and District Motor Club’s annual Jack Frost Stages Rally in association with Cartersport which takes place at Croft Circuit, North Yorkshire on Sunday 21st January 2018, the organisers have already received entries from a host of top drivers in state-of-the-art machinery.
Already, over 100 crews have entered the 19th annual running of the event which will again comprise up to eight stages totalling around 40 stage miles on the asphalt of the North East’s only permanent race track and is a qualifying round of three major local championships including the 2018 SG Petch ANECCC, the 2018 AS Performance North of England Tarmac and the 2018 ANCC Championships.
Included in the entry list so far are last year’s winners, Graeme Bell and Russ Radford (Millington Proton Satria Neo) from nearby Northallerton but they will face stiff competition from the likes of Le Mans 24 Hours winner Guy Smith, who along with co-driver Patrick Walsh, won the Jack Frost Stages Rally in 2016 in the Ford Focus WRC in which they’ll again compete.
Four-times Jack Frost champion from 2009 to 2012, Paul Bird returns after an absence of four years whereby the Cumbrian British Superbike team boss will have County Durham’s Jack Morton on the maps in his Ford Focus WRC. Another four-times winner, Tony Bardy from Scotch Corner, is hoping for a run in his Ford Focus WRC which he’ll share with Tony Walker.
Multiple Christmas Stages winners, Kevin Procter and Dave Bellerby, make a rare appearance on the Jack Frost Stages in their Ford Fiesta WRC in which they finished runners-up on the 2017 Swift Signs Christmas Stages Rally two weeks ago, whilst the crew that beat them in the wintry conditions, Simon de Banke and experienced World Championship co-driver Phil Mills, are late entries in their Ford Fiesta R5, and hoping to secure one of the 90 starting places.
Other leading drivers include Darlington’s Paul Swift (Ford Escort), Teesside businessman Peter Stephenson (Subaru WRC), Mark Jasper (Ford Escort), Alan Kirkcaldy (Ford Fiesta), Peter Smith (Ford Fiesta), Pete Slights (Ford Escort), Alex Taylor (Subaru Forester) and Northallerton’s Charlie Taylor (Ford Escort). Throw in the likes of Malton driver Rob Snowden (Ford Escort), Barry Lindsay in the SGP Motorsport prize-drive Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 and Scotsman Gordon Morrison (Subaru), as well as a superb lower class entry, it’s an eclectic mix for sure.
Entries finally close on Thursday 11th January 2018 and any entries withdrawn before that date will receive a full refund. Anyone withdrawing after that date and up to Thursday 18th January 2018 will receive a refund at the organiser’s discretion, providing a reserve can fill that place. Currently, there are 14 reserves.
Scrutineering and documentation takes place between 10.00 and 16.00 on Saturday 20th January 2018 and also from 06:00 to 08.30 on Sunday 21st January 2018 (by appointment only) with the first car at MTC1 at 08:57. The entry fee is £265 and there are classes for cars up to 1400cc, up to 1600cc, up to 2000cc, over 2000cc and all four wheel-drive cars as well as Historic rally cars.
For further information, please contact Craig Hope on 07814 492134 (between 19.00 and 21.00 only), or via email at email@example.com. Regulations and entry forms are available at www.darlington-motor-club.org.uk.
NB: Following parking problems for a number of spectators at the recent Swift Signs Christmas Stages Rally, which led to a number being turned away, D&DMC have addressed the matter with Croft Circuit and wish to advise that sufficient provision is being made to park AS MANY SPECTATORS’ VEHICLES AS POSSIBLE ON HARD STANDING within the circuit. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should spectators park on the verges, in local villages or approach roads to the circuit as police will be monitoring. Further information is available from Croft Circuit on 01325 721815 or from www.croftcircuit.co.uk.
Picture attached (courtesy of Tony Todd): Kevin Procter and Dave Bellerby (Ford Fiesta WRC) in action on the recent Swift Signs Christmas Stages Rally at Croft.