Latest News.16 January 2013
Sunseeker 2013 changes
Southern Car Club, organisers of the biggest motoring event in the South East of England have today announced some major changes for Rallye Sunseeker 2013. The event has, for the last two years, been the opening round of the prestigious MSA British Rally Championship but for the 2013 campaign it will become the final round; with the new date being October 18th/19th 2013 in what has become a seven round Championship.
Another major change is that after 25 glorious and successful years in Bournemouth, the event will be based in Poole, where for the last three years the picturesque town has hosted the famous Friday night start on the Quayside that has drawn thousands of spectators to enjoy the Rally Start.
The move to Poole for next year was not lost on Bruce Grant-Braham, Chairman of Poole Tourism, and he was delighted that Rallye Sunseeker is to make its base in Poole. Earlier this week he told the Organisers of the event “A high status national event, with international competitors, backed by one of Poole's most dynamic and successful companies deciding to make Poole its home is hugely gratifying. Poole Tourism has worked hard with Rick Smith and his band of loyal helpers over the last few years to make the Ceremonial Start of Rallye Sunseeker on Poole Quay a unique occasion.
These efforts have proven that Poole people, Poole businesses and the many visitors to Poole, that the event attracts, have enjoyed our efforts and we will do everything we can now to make it even more special. We look forward to welcoming the many thousands of Rallye Sunseeker supporters to Poole in October 2013."
Rick Smith, Rally Director for Rallye Sunseeker was also excited by the change for 2013 and said “We are delighted with the opportunity to take the event to Poole for 2013, but must give thanks to the Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel, who with Bournemouth Council, and others, have for the last 25 years worked with us to produce and deliver a high quality event for the South of England. The move to Poole will enhance and further develop our event that will allow us to provide Competitors and Spectators with something new and innovative.”
Equally enthusiastic about the date change and the move was Mark Taylor, Managing Director of the MSA British Rally Championship who told Rallye Sunseeker this week that “As part of a wider strategy, we fully support the decision by the Rallye Sunseeker team to move to the end of the season and to be based solely in Poole. What Bournemouth has lost, Poole has gained and I hope they receive 100% percent support from the local authority. A recent event survey showed that rounds of the British Championship net up to £2.5 million to the local economy over a rally weekend and so it will be a huge boost for area. With the traditional razzmatazz put on by Rick and his terrific team, it should provide a fitting finale for the Championship, crowning the 2013 Champions on Poole Quay will be a fantastic spectacle.”
The event itself will once again have 60+ Stage Miles for the Competitors to attempt, and of course the ever-popular Somerley Park stage will once again play an integral part of the spectator attractions on the Saturday. The start and finish will be at Poole Quay and with innovations such as an ALL DAY party on the quay during the Saturday, as well as Centralized Servicing the event is already shaping up very well. New additions such as an All Areas Rally Car Pass, Souvenir Rally Programme, and many more new features to be announced in due course show already that Southern Car Club are very well advanced in their plans for next year.
The event itself will have added an bonus for crews in BRC that Rallye Sunseeker 2013 will offer 50% extra championship points on this final event.
Rallye Sunseeker will consist of:
British Rally Championship (Nat A),
British Rally Challenge (Nat B),
Sunseeker Clubman’s (Nat B) featuring the ACSWMC Championship and
Non-championship historic classes.
PLUS a major Historic Rally to be announced.
PRESS RELEASE For Immediate release 29/03/2013MSA British Rally Championship BRC’s new website – Simples!
- The MSA British Rally Championship has launched a new-look, easier to use website with a more fan-friendly feel and social media interaction, just in time for the start of the new season in Wales. The new site now incorporates the NGK Spark Plugs BRC Challenge and has been developed by the same company that produces the BRC App. With a fresh look more suitable for mobile devices, it is faster to load and easier to navigate. Designed primarily to provide a portal for newcomers as well as motorsport enthusiasts and spectators, Twitter and Facebook feeds are embedded on the front page providing fans with an opportunity to communicate and upload their own images and videos. The new BRC website is cleaner, faster and easier to use, Fans have their own area where they can enter competitions, signup for new stories and general information. Other main features include information on the Championship, profiles of the events and drivers, galleries, TV and video. Championship Manager Mark Taylor: "We wanted to provide a website that engages with the fans where they can get more involved, feel included and create a community. Encouraging interaction, we are providing access for spectators to upload their experiences via the social media feeds. “On event focus will be streamed by BRC Live, providing a one stop shop easy access to results, radio interviews and video clips. Ultimately we want to stream free to view moving images from each event, but we are a heap of cash and a few months away from achieving that!" Kept separate, competitors have their own section for all the nuts and bolts of taking part in Britain’s premier Rally Championship. This area at the bottom of the home page provides downloadable documents and further information relevant to participating in the BRC and NGK BRC Challenge. So whether it is just to catch up with the latest news, results or to find out how to get involved in rallying, give the new BRC & NGKBRCC website a whirl at www.rallybrc.co.uk For more information on the MSA British Rally Championship visit www.rallybrc.co.uk
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