Hill Rally – 19th & 20th November 2016
Following the success of the 2015 Scottish Borders Hill Rally the Organising Committee and the Scottish Hill Rally Club (SHR Club Ltd) were delighted to welcome people back to the 2016 event. The event was the final round of both the Hill Rally Championship, and the Defender Challenge by Bowler Motorsport, and we were delighted to be able to welcome competitors from both championships to Southern Scotland.
Set in the picturesque area around St. John’s Town of Dalry, in Dumfries and Galloway, we were very fortunate to have been invited back to our regular venue at Forrest Estate. This private forestry site provides for fast graded Cat A routes, with something a bit more challenging along the way.
We had planned on splitting the night stage and replacing it with two slightly shorter stages to help with the smooth and safe running after dark, however our plans got kyboshed in the planning, and competitors ended up with even more night-time competition. We had an earlier start on Saturday, and a little later on Sunday morning – which helped us get the marshals in at a civilised hour, whilst still providing 100 competitive miles, and kept the Awards ceremony at approximately the same time on the Sunday.
The event remained at National B – so a Clubman Licence was the minimum required, with a wide tyre choice – provided they are listed in the All Terrain or Mud Terrain lists in the Blue Book. The entry fee of £450 was discounted for early entries and to recognise our commitment to attract new competitors into Hill Rallying we continued our discount for novice crews. There was no public highway sections, so no requirement for road tax or MOT.
Following the popularity of the 2015 event we continued with the slightly larger maximum entry of 50 – the absolute maximum we can fit into the central service area. The same high quality results and local catering services were also on-hand.
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