What is the difference between a stage rally and a time trial?
For completeness, please see R44.1 in the Bluebook (Page 320).
In essence, a Rally Time Trial is a stage rally except a Navigator is optional, the stages are a maximum of 4 miles long and there is no requirement for an arrival control. The event will feel very different though as we comply with the Covid-19 requirements.
We intend to run the event with the option of 2 occupants in the car or just a driver. Those who are choosing just the driver will get a lower entry fee - This is because the fees payable to Motorsport UK are lower, we are simply passing on the savings.
Will all stages count?
It is our intention to run a maximum of 10 stages during the day. 5 will be in one direction, 5 in the other. The slowest time from one of your first 4 runs will be discarded in each direction.
Our intention is not to use Bales for chicanes where possible. (We are trying to make the event as safe as possible and as simple to setup as possible.) However, we do not want competitors to be striking stage furniture so severe penalties will be applied where appropriate. Dropping one time will allow a competitor to make a mistake and not compromise their entire event.
The final stage time in each direction will count to ensure competitors are not destroying the venue on their final runs if they have good times "in the bag".
If we are unable to run a 5th stage in either direction, one time will still be discarded, but the last time will still count.
Will spectators be allowed?
We are following the current Covid-19 requirements and will have to control the number of personnel on-site. We will need to know the names of everyone in attendance.
I am classified in the vulnerable groups for Covid-19, should I attend?
This is entirely your choice. We do not want anyone to be at the venue if they feel unsafe or unwell, but we will do everything we can to make everyone feel as safe as possible.
Things will feel different. Most of the administration for the event will be done electronically, eg. We are not expecting the entries secretary or the results team to be at the event! This does mean competitors will have to complete additional paperwork beforehand. We cannot change this, we are simply trying to provide you with an opportunity to get back out there and compete.
Will there be a prize-giving?
No. This is a requirement of the new regulations.
If we get a reasonably full entry then we are looking at recognising award winners accordingly. We have tried to cut down the costs wherever we can - the event is to raise funds for the continued development of the venue. If you are expecting a big trophy for the winner, this is not the event for you.