Entries are now open on the event website, see http://corbeauseatsrally.co.uk/competitors/
It is difficult to know where to begin so let’s start with ‘Welcome to the Corbeau Seats Rally Tendring & Clacton 2018’. Just to get this far has been a major achievement, to be the first event under the new Closed Road Motorsport legislation is almost unbelievable. I must say a huge thank you to everybody who has worked so hard to get us to this point and I do mean us, it has been such a team effort.
Onto the Rally! There will be five different Special Stages, each run three times totalling around 45 miles. The concept of the rally is very much a Belgian or Irish ‘one day national’ event. Anyone who has done a rally of this type should feel at home in Tendring, for newcomers to the format, we hope to guide you through everything so that you will enjoy it and want to come back for more.
Servicing will be on the Western Esplanade in Clacton with the sea as a backdrop and the pier beckoning.
Several areas of the rally organisation will be different to the usual UK event and I would ask all of you to carefully scrutinise the regulations and competitor bulletins. In particular the entry system, signing on and scrutineering, overnight parc ferme and road timing may be somewhat different to what you are used to.
We are expecting high demand for entries and I wish to be very clear about the entry procedure. Entries will be accepted on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. However, to become an accepted entry, your entry form must be completely filled in and the entry fee paid. Particular attention should be given to all crew and car details and extra attention to the competitor history and seeding section! Entry acceptance is at the organisers discretion.
I am extremely thankful to Corbeau Seats for their generous sponsorship. This has enabled us to forge on organisationally without having any immediate financial worries. Vic Lee, Managing Director of Corbeau Seats said, “We are very excited to be involved with such a pioneering project. Chelmsford Motor Club have achieved something very special and we are proud to be part of what we all hope will be the first of many Closed Road Motorsport events. With Corbeau Seats being the first motorsport seat manufacturer in the world and still going strong, we hope that this event can enjoy the longevity and growth we have experienced over the last 55 years”.
Additional sponsors for the Special Stages and TV coverage are just as important for the profile and the financial success of the event and my thanks go to Andy Fraser of Promotive Engineering, Stuart Cadman of Cadman Construction, Warren McKiernan of Revolution Wheels, Rob Wallace of Haddocks Hyundai, Mick Johnson of MGJ Engineering, Tim and Ben Friend of Allglass Anglia, Steve Harkness of Pirelli and Shaun Chetwyn of Protyre/Michelin.
I must also say a big thanks to Essex County Council, Tendring District Council, the Motor Sport Association and all the residents and Parish Councils on the route. Without your support and enthusiasm and the help from all our friends across the motorsport spectrum, we would not be here.
I hope you can join us in Clacton on Sunday 22nd April 2018.