The 2021 Trackrod Rally Yorkshire has been given the go ahead to run as a test event before rallying’s return to Forestry England estates later this year.
The event will be the fourth round of the 2021 Motorsport UK British Rally Championship (BRC) and will take place on 24th & 25th September, a few days ahead of Foresty England’s self imposed target date of September 30th for allowing events to resume on their land. Despite this, discussion between Motorsport UK and Foresty England have resulted in a rare boost for national rallying and the event will act as a test bed for returning to managing high visitor demands.
The rally takes place over two days in North Yorkshire and will also be a round of the British Historic Rally Championship and the BTRDA Rally series. For many crews this will be the only visit of the season to stages in the Dalby and Cropton forests. A Friday evening stage in the dark will open proceedings for the entrants in the Trackrod cup before a full days action on Saturday. Those entering the Trackrod Forest Stages as part of the BTRDA will take part in Saturday’s stages only.
Motorsport UK CEO, Hugh Chambers said: “We are pleased to continue the progressive dialogue with Forestry England, and we are delighted to see a return for rallying in the forests.” This was backed up by Trackrod Rally Yorkshire’s Clerk of the Course Rod Parkin, who shared the delight: “We are really pleased to have early confirmation that we can run on our scheduled date. We are extremely grateful for all the help and support from Forestry England and Motorsport UK. The team can now finalise our plans as we can now prepare for an exciting weekend of rallying.”