Epynt next Historic Stage Challenge

The new HRCR Historic Stage Rally Challenge, supported by TR Enterprises, will resume for the second event of the season, the Welsh Rally on Epynt on Sunday 4 May.The new challenge has been created to encourage the older rally cars back into action and is solely for category 1 cars from before 1968. The opening event was the Red Kite Stages in January and now, after a gap in the calendar, the action resumes with first of three asphalt events in May and June. After the trip over Epynt, crews will tackle the Millbrook Stages (26 May) and the Rally of the Midlands (21 June).The field for the challenge has hit double figures for the challenging event on the Epynt ranges, and with more enquiries being taken, the series is set to gather further strength as the season develops.Heading the entry is the Ford Anglia of Red Kite winners Peter Stimson and Mark Butler. However, they will have some tough opposition over the ranges, including the very quick Mini Cooper S of Clive King/Bob Ward, and the freshly prepared Saab 96 of Chris and Adam Nutt. Two Austin Healey 3000s will make a fabulous spectacle on Epynt, with the cars of Chris Cox/Mike Gabb and Graham Goodall/Peter Gilbert sure to be real crowd pleasers.Making their debut in the challenge will be Andrew Frost/Miles Cartwright (Lotus Cortina Mk1), Richard and Liz Pugh (Volvo 122S), Ken Pryce/Wyn Jones (Mini Cooper S) and Derek and Robert Pike (Saab 96).The remaining dates are:3 May 26, Millbrook Stages, Bedfordshire (asphalt)4 Jun 21, Rally of the Midlands, Nuneaton (asphalt)5 Aug 16, Neath Valley Stages, South Wales (gravel)6 Sep 27, Trackrod Historic Cup, Yorkshire (gravel)