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Welcome to the Vale of York Stages Rally 2019

 

The Vale of York Stages returns this year after closure of Melbourne in 2018, and the creation of a new development plan with our colleagues at Trackrod MC and North Humberside MC, and the landowner. We are excited by the possibilities presented by this new partnership, and by developments at Melbourne, which promise improved surfaces and new stage layouts.

 

Melbourne former airfield is well known in motor sport circles - for rallies, the former York Raceway drag strip, and TI Rally School. The organisers of all three rallies at Melbourne have expended considerable efforts in recent years to effect road repairs for rally use. What’s new for 2019 are extensive new surfaces along familiar stage routes, as well as previously unused sections now that the drag strip is no longer in place, and TI having moved their location.

 

 A new 6-year Development Plan will fund ongoing repairs and track improvements, with anticipated support from the Motorsport UK Club Development scheme. It is not the intention to create some kind of racing track: this would be prohibitively expensive, and would rob the site of its innate character as a rally venue. Having said that, much of Melbourne now does have very good surfaces, which facilitate a high speed challenge. This helps to explain the requirement to run “tarmac” tyres – which most competitors have favoured in the past anyway.

 

The Vale of York Stages Rally will continue to be the third of the year’s rallies on Melbourne – the others being Trackrod’s Lookout Stages in April, and North Humberside’s John Overend Memorial Stages in May. To encourage competitors to engage with the rallies, there is a Melbourne Challenge covering all three events. The VoYSR team hopes that the rally will build on the strengths of its predecessors, and give competitors an outstanding day’s sport in early September. Supplementary Regulations will be published in early July.

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