January 31st, 2020
2020 Solway Coast Junior Rally: Statement
It is with regret that Solway Car Club, organisers of the www.UsedCarParts.co.uk Solway Coast Rally, announce that due to changes at the host venue, there will be no ‘Junior’ event in 2020.
The event is fortunate to be permitted access to a working MOD Range facility in south west Scotland, but following the introduction of a new test firing programme at the end of last year, a vast ‘fenced off’ area has been introduced which cuts through the access road between the two competitive stage venues used on the Junior event. Without these tracks, there is no way of moving the Junior cars between stages without using Public Roads, and as a result, it is unlikely that Solway Car Club will be in a position to run a Junior Rally at the venue for a number of years to come.
The team at Solway Car Club are very aware that ‘the Coast’ was one of the highlights of the Junior calendar, due to the unique and challenging nature of the stages, and we share in the disappointment that the Solway Coast Junior Rally will not to be able to feature in any of the UK’s 2020 Junior rally series.
The club first organised a Junior Rally in 2012 for 14 Scottish crews competing in the J1000 Ecosse Challenge, before the event increased in popularity the following year with the addition of competitors from the J1000 Rally Challenge Ireland. In 2014, the English/Welsh J1000 Rally Championship joined to increase entry numbers to over 30, with the Solway Coast being the only Junior event in which all three domestic series for 14-17 year olds competed against one another each year.
Over the seven years from 2012-2018 in which the Junior event ran, it was lucky to receive entries from 98 different drivers. To all these drivers, and their families and supporters, we thank each of you for your support of the Solway Coast Junior Rally, as without your entries, we would have had no event. To Alex Adams, Sam Adams, Fraser Anderson, Jake Anderson, Brodie Balfour, Riley Banks, Peter Beaton, Peter Bennett, Sam Bilham, Andrew Blackwood, Eoghan Bogue, Blair Brown, Adam Bustard, Will Butler, Rory Byrne, Harry Chalmers, Letisha Conn, Rob Cotton, Ben Crealey, William Creighton, Alasdair Currie, Dan Curwen, Adam Dalton, Cameron Davidson, Mathew Davies, Tom Delaney, Michael Dickie, Sandy Fairbairn, Ed Fossey, Billy Grew, Justin Gunning, Lewis Haining, Jack Hall, James Hall, James Hancock, James Hardy, Alex Harper, Daniel Harper, Jack Hartley, Linzi Henderson, Maurice Henry, Josh Hislop, Alex Holliday, Lewis Hooper, Cian Hughes, Max Hughes, Zak Hughes, William Hunt, Oliver Hunter, Thomas Johnstone, Steven Jones, Mathew Jones, Dale Kelly, Robert Kennedy, Calum Kitt, Eddie Lewis, Tom Llewellin, Ioan Lloyd, Jude MacDonald, Craig MacIvor, Johnnie Mackay, Harry Marchbank, Toby Marshall, Bailie McClinton, Stephen McClory, Amy McCubbin, Marcus McElwee, Josh McErlean, Michael McGarrity, Tommi Meadows, Scott Murray, Dylan O’Donnell, James Partridge, Alice Paterson, Elliot Payne, Sebastian Perez, Harry Pinchin, Lwi Price Edwards, Tom Rawlings, Myles Reid, Finlay Retson, Adam Ripper, Michael Robertson, James Rudd, Cameron Russell, Gethin Sharp, George Sheard, Georgia Shiels, Elvin Smith, Andy Struthers, Archie Swinscoe, Alex Tentori, Ewan Tindall, Alex Vassallo, Brandon Walsh, Harry Walshaw, Aaron Webster, Ryan Weston, Kyle White, Philip White, James Williams, Tom Williams, Harris Wilson, Rob Wilson, Lewis Winder, Erica Winning and Robi Wood – thank you.
More information on the www.UsedCarParts.co.uk Solway Coast Rally on Saturday 15 August 2020 will be announced soon. The 40th Anniversary event, which has been sponsored by the Stewart Family of DA Autoparts every year since 1980, will be a counting round of the Scottish Tarmack Rally Championship and the Classic Mini Challenge.
Photograph of 3x Junior Rally winner (2012-2014) Alex Vassallo © Mark Deamer.