CHRIS KELLY MEMORIAL MANX STAGES

COMPETITOR INFORMATION

30TH SEPTEMBER - 1ST OCTOBER 2022

CHRIS KELLY MEMORIAL MANX STAGES INFO

The Chris Kelly Memorial Manx Stages consists of 1 ½ days of closed road rallying

  • Entries Open: 5 August 2022 / Entries Close: 19 September 2022
  • Publication of Entry List: 23 September 2022
  • Reconnaissance: Sunday 25 September or Thursday 29 September 2022
  • Scrutineering & Documentation: 29 September & 30 September 2022
  • First Car due at start of Leg 1: 30 September 2022 at 12:31
  • First Car due at finish of Leg 3: 1 October 2022 at 14:24

A ROUND OF

PROTYRE MSUK ASPHALT RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

WELSH NATIONAL TAMACADAM RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

ANWCC STAGE RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

HRCR STAGE MASTERS

WELCOME

Manx Auto Sport has launched details of their popular October rally this week, as the Chris Kelly Memorial Manx Stages [30 September – 1 October] is announced.

Named after the former Club Chairman who was integral to the club’s closed-road rallying on the island, the re-branded event will be familiar to many motorsport competitors and fans who have traditionally visited the Isle of Man for the PokerStars Rally and as the partnership with the online cardroom comes to an end, the event takes on a new name for 2022.

The new marker also offers the opportunity for organisers to re-invigorate the event, introducing some classic Manx tests, street stages and a tough schedule to test competitors to the limit in the perfect example of closed road motorsport at its finest.

Joined once again by the crews in the Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship, the protagonists will close their season on the island and could well see the champion crowned in front of the iconic TT Grandstand in Douglas during the weekend.

They will be joined by the Mintex HRCR Stage Masters Challenge, ANWCC Stage Rally Championship, SD34 MSG Stage Rally Championship and the JD Tyres Welsh Tarmacadam Rally Championship, providing a dynamic range of series contenders, added to those just wishing to enjoy a classic Isle of Man event.

Those entering will have a tough prospect ahead of them, with a whopping 18 stages and over 130 miles of competitive action lying in wait, spread across two arduous days. After reconnaissance on Sunday 25 September or Thursday 29 September, the first car will leave the Grandstand rally base in Douglas on Friday 30 September at 12:30 for four, short sharp tests.

After a generous service time, the action will resume at dusk with a spectacular double run through Ramsey town centre, offering fans the perfect chance to watch the action at close quarters, using a stage not used for at least five years by the organisers. A further four stages follow during the evening, running well into the darkness before an overnight halt just before 23:00.

Some of the island’s finest roads are on offer throughout the weekend and Saturday houses the bulk of the competitive running with over 80 miles and eight stages in store ahead of an early afternoon finish and traditional champagne spray back at the TT Grandstand from around 14:30.

“We are very excited to launch the Chris Kelly Memorial Manx Stages to honour a popular figure in the rallying world,” says Club President Mark Ellison.

“Many people will be more than familiar with our October event and its new name also comes with some exciting changes to the format which we believe will benefit everyone involved. It’s a tough route and has a good number of miles for crews to get stuck into across some of the more well-known stages on the island as well as some new twists and re-introductions of old favourites. There will be three chances to re-join the rally if competitors run into problems to ensure they get the most from the weekend too. Our aim is to get as many of our competitors back to the finish and enjoy world-class stages.  With a very competent team headed by Clerk of the Course Chris Woodcock, there is no doubt that this combination of the challenge and the experienced organisation will be remembered for years to come.”

“It is also great to be taking rallying to the people in Ramsey town centre once again and we are really looking forward to yet another fantastic weekend of motorsport.”

Entries open for the event on Friday 5 August at 19:00.

To aid logistics to the Isle of Man for overseas and UK crews, the event has enlisted the services of Official Travel Partner; Isle of Man Event Services* who will assist in travel arrangements for those wishing to travel to the event to compete, officiate or to spectate.

For up-to-date information, please visit https://manxautosport.org/

* Travel and accommodation information is available from our Official Travel Partner; Isle of Man Event Services on +44 1624 664460 or info@iomevents.com.

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