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What Is Welsh Road Rallying?

What is Rallying?

Rallying is a motorised competition, where competitors race against the clock to correctly complete a set route. Cars do not race directly against each other, rather crews start at set intervals and the amount of time that they take to complete the route is matched against other competitors. The most widely known variant of the sport is Stage Rallying; in this the total route is split into competitive sections or stages. Each stage normally consists of roads closed to other traffic and no speed limits apply. This form of the sport has now reached virtually every corner of the globe and the basic format is the same wherever an event is run.

Forms of Road Rallying exist in a number of countries, however there are major differences between countries and even within countries as to how they run. The basic definition of a Road Rally is an event that runs over unclosed public roads where competitors have to adhere to whatever speed limits normally apply. In North America road rallies are navigational events of the Time Speed Distance variety, a good description of these is found at What is a Road Rally. In Britain, and particularly in Wales, road events have developed in a slightly different way.

What is Welsh Road Rallying?

Road rallying in Wales still requires navigational skill however there is an equal emphasis on speed, this is despite the fact that any one section can only be timed so that competitors only pick up time penalties if they travel at an average speed of less than 30 miles per hour. It's obvious that with a modern car any driver should be able to average more than 30 mph over the majority of roads. However in Wales, and the English counties bordering on to the Principality, event organisers have at their disposal a maze of twisty, narrow and generally sparsely populated, lanes; with a little careful route planning these can be made into a demanding challenge for even the most competent of competitors.

How are Welsh Road Rallies organised?

Road rallies generally run on a Saturday night, starting no earlier than 11 p.m. and finishing before first light on Sunday morning. The total route length is normally between 100 and 140 miles. The route will be split into sections, some timed at 30 mph, which make up the meat of the rally, these are know as Standard Sections. Other sections will be timed at a more relaxed pace to take cars through built up areas. Crews will be given set times in which to complete each section, if they arrive after their due time at the end of a Standard Section, they will pick up time penalties.

The route will chiefly use public lanes, although farm and forestry tracks are also frequently utilised. All residents along the route will have been informed in advance of the rally's passage.

The competing crews will consist of a driver and navigator. The excellent Landranger series of maps produced by the Ordnance Survey (OS) which cover all of Great Britain are used for events. The route is generally defined to the navigator by six figure map references based on the OS grid. Route details can be issued either in their entirety at the start of an event or at various points along the route. Controls are set up along the course not only to record the competitors times but also to ensure that crews adhere to the correct route. The crew completing the correct route with the fewest time penalties are the winners.

The use of standard production cars is encouraged although cars with some slight modifications are allowed. All competitors have to take out a special third party insurance package

How is Welsh Road Rallying governed?

All four wheeled motorsport events in England and Wales are governed by the Motorsports Association (MSA). The MSA is recognised by the Department of Transport as the organisation which will regulate motorsport competitions which utilise the public highway. The RAC is an 'Authorising Body' under the The Road Traffic Act 1988/91 and the administration for this is done on the RAC's behalf by the MSA.

The MSA publishes its regulations in two books; the Competitors' Yearbook (The Blue Book) and the Officials' Yearbook (The Red Book). These regulations govern the manner in which motorsport competitions are run.
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