Manx Auto Sport
22 Dec 2023
Manx Auto Sport are excited to announce its inclusion in the 2024 Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship for 2024.
The BTRDA organised sealed surface series will contain seven rallies next season; with the Manx National Rally being the only double header. For a seventh consecutive year the championship will be supported by title sponsor Protyre Motorsport.
Protyre is the largest supplier of Pirelli, Michelin and Hoosier motorsport tyres in the UK and since 2018 has supplied registered championship competitors with the very best motorsport tyres, an on-event fitting service and a generous tyre reward incentive for drivers in all classes.
The 2024 Championship will run in association with Motorsport News, whilst all the events will be filmed and streamed live by Special Stage TV.
Mark Ellison, Manx Auto Sport President added;
it’s great to see the Manx National Rally being part of what can be argued as one of the best tarmac Championships in the UK.
It’s testimony to the amazing work the Isle of Man Rally Community has put in over the years that we welcome back such a Championship.
For as long as I can remember the Isle of Man has been high on everyone's list of “must do” events and, with an excellent and exciting route for that event planned and submitted for approval. Manx Auto Sport are looking forward to welcoming old and new faces to the island in May 2024.
The event will feature many of the classic Isle of Man stages and with full championship points awarded after Leg 1, Friday 10th May and after Leg 2, Saturday 11th May.
Callum Black, the reigning Protyre Asphalt champion, is delighted with the 2024 calendar of the events.
“I’m really excited by the 2024 Protyre Asphalt calendar,” says Callum. “It’s got some classic rallies, combined with some fresh new and ambitious events. Going to the likes of the Isle of Man will bring some nostalgia, while it’s refreshing to see some newer events like Rali Ceredigion on there again, which is showing real ambition and will provide a benchmark against international competition.
“Every event in the calendar is there on merit and over the course of the season I think it has something for everyone. Paul [Morris] and the team have put together an exciting championship and I’m really looking forward to being a part of it again next year.”
The 2024 calendar has been created by Protyre Asphalt Rally Championship Co-ordinator and competitor Paul Morris (who most recently navigated for the 2022 Protyre Asphalt champion Steve Wood on the Hills Ford Stages) and his team that includes Paul Wakely (whose rallying career spans over 40 years and includes victories on Epynt with Melvyn Evans and Bob Fowden), and an organising committee that includes current registered competitors.
“We are delighted to announce the calendar for the 2024 Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship, which contains seven of the very best asphalt rallies in the UK, a good geographical spread of events and a championship which starts in March and finishes seven months later in September,” says Paul Morris.
“I would like to welcome the Legend Fires North West Stages to the calendar. It’s going to be an explosive start to the championship in the lanes around Garstang. I’m also pleased to welcome back Port Talbot Motor Club’s Nigel Ferguson Fabricators Tour of Epynt along with the Hills Ford Stages.
“It will be fantastic to continue our relationships with the Manx Rally, Beatson’s Building Supplies Jim Clark Rally, Dunoon presents Argyll Rally and the JDS Machinery Rali Ceredigion, as all four events have outstanding stages and were extremely popular with competitors last year.
“And finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the organisers of the Reed Group East Riding Stages and the Carryduff Forklift Down Rally for hosting rallies in the 2023 championship.”
2024 Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship calendar
22/23 March….Legend Fires North West Stages
10/11 May….Manx National Rally
24/25 May….Beatson’s Building Supplies Jim Clark Rally
21/22 June….Dunoon Presents Argyll Rally
3/4 August….Nigel Ferguson Fabricators Tour of Epynt
31 August/01 September….JDS Machinery Rali Ceredigion
14/15 September….Hills Ford Stages
19/20 October….Whites Bakery Penistone South Yorkshire