RSA Update – May 2020

Hello all,

We are very pleased that RSA competitors, crew and friends can now look forward with positiveness to a 'new normal' in August for The RSA and get back to some serious motor sport competition.

We currently plan to hold our next ROI events on the 1st and 2nd August at Pallas Motorsport Centre, subject to phase #4 of the 'Irish Government release from lock down' plan. We also await details of the NI 'lock down exit strategy'. Competitors should be advised that we have an event plan already prepared in place to 'fire-up' in the North mid August (government permitting).

We have developed an event structure to concur with the new social distancing requirements while we all await a satisfactory vaccine for Covid-19 which has been shared with our regulators, IOPD and our insurers. It is our current plan to reconvene our 2020 event schedule in August on the weekend of 1st and 2nd of August at The Pallas Motorsport Centre in Tynagh, Co Galway within guidelines of phase 4 of the Irish government plans.

Subject to the permission of our venue providers we intend to continue with our event schedule as listed in the 2020 Event Calendar below however we realise that we may have to restrict daily entries to satisfy new governmental social relationship regulations as a result of the pandemic so we have decided to make each weekend into a ‘two day event programme’ in order to satisfy competitors hunger and availability for competition seat time.

Each one-day event may carry a title (King of the Corner) etc however we will not have specific 2020 Summer Championships this year. The ability to provide RSA events will require different operational control together with the cooperation of everyone involved. We will be introducing controls in relation to social distancing and personnel management while the issue with Covid-19 remains and we expect all competitors and crew to abide by these new regulations so we can continue to safely and successfully provide our motorsport into the rest of 2020 and beyond.

In August we will be introducing a new 'first step' in rallying for competitors from the age of 6! During the last year and during the lock down period, we have developed the' XR 140' junior race buggies for children from 6 -12 yoa. They are available in petrol charged, 4 speed semi auto gearbox models and will also compete alongside the new XR Generation E version powered purely by zero emission/zero noise - electric power. Images and details will be available here shortly.

We hope all our competitors have continued to enjoy good health during this ‘Lock Down’ period and we look forward to competing with you again soon.

Please keep in touch with us here for updated details and we thank you for your support.

The remaining dates and venues for the 2020 Irish and NI Summer events are detailed below.

The images on this website have been generously provided by Raymond Elliott of RJ Pics, Liam of caoradubha.com and Eamon Ponsonby of EP Photography.

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SAFETY INFORMATION.

We wish to remind ALL competitors of the importance of the need to comply with our IOPD standards in relation to safety race wear AND THE AGE OF PERMISSIBLE PASSENGERS/CO DRIVERS  which can be found in our website under general regulations. Please be advised that the appropriate motor sport race wear is required at all RSA events and any competitor who cannot fulfil this requirement and any competitor found to try to compete with an inappropriate aged co driver under the age of 17 in any event will be immediately excluded from competition WITHOUT ANY RETURN OF ENTRY FEES.

For detailed build specification for the Micra Challenge Cars please contact the series regulator, Aaron McLoughlin on 00 353 (0)87 2103604.

A selection of 2019 Rallysport Association personalised clothing and entry gift vouchers and other products and options are now available from our new on-line store which can be entered through the SHOP link at the top of this page.

The featured driver below is – Aaron Beattie – 2016 Speedcar Xtrem 750.

Aghadowey as you’ve never seen it before!
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The dates and venues for our events in Ireland in 2020 are published below and we welcome regular entries together with casual entries at ALL our events. We also welcome experienced competitors along with newcomers together with first time competitors and juniors (12 yrs +) to sample the unique and enjoyable experience of a Rallysport Association event.

Our events from August 2020 will be separate 'daily' events held over Saturday/Sunday weekends as we may have to satisfy governmental guidelines in relation to social gathering and we also expect to receive a considerable demand for entry places. It is advised that entries are made well before entry closure and that the new 'post lock down' preliminaries are completed to ensure confirmed entry places.

The entry confirmation will be clarified by 10pm on the entry list at this website link on the Wednesday prior to each event weekend.

EVENT INFORMATION

The next event on the RSA calendar is to be advised Entries will be available for this event through the On Line Entry link at the top of this page. Entries are always available and can be made by email at info@therallysportassociation.com, via Facebook Messenger at the Rallysport Association and Alan Hyde Facebook pages and by text or phone or Watsapp on +44 (0) 7788 598461.

Please be aware that the demand for entries at several recent RSA events have recently exceeded availability and the arrival of competitors who want places at the last minute has caused us event management problems. As a result, and in order to be fair to ALL competitors we have necessitated a few changes so please be advised of them.

The first edition of the entry list for this meeting will be published on the Wednesday preceding the event and will be updated regularly during the remainder of the week as we lead up to the event. All entries that have been received before 10pm on the Wednesday preceding all RSA events automatically qualify for inclusion in the ‘Free Entry Draw’ which can be worth up to £120/€150 which will take place at the end of the drivers briefing, so if you are not in on time you cannot have an opportunity in the Free Entry Draw.

Events at this venue always attract many casual entries for the opportunity for shakedowns and testing prior to major Irish Rally events so we strongly recommend that entries should be made sooner rather than later for places to be guaranteed. The maximum entry will be capped for this event so it is in all competitors interest to enter BEFORE the Wednesday evening prior to the event if they want to be guaranteed a place. Entries will be accepted right up to 10 am on the morning of the event but will not be included in the ‘Free Entry Draw’.

Entries can be made on-line through this Enter Online link, on Facebook Messenger or by phone or text on our direct entry number (0044) 7788 598461. ALL ENTRIES ARE NOW REQUIRED TO BE EITHER PAID IN FULL OR HAVE BEEN SECURED BY AN ENTRY DEPOSIT OF £50/€65. This can be completed on-line or by phone

The gates to the venue will open at 7.30am. Signing on will commence 8.00am in the reception building and scrutiny will take place at each competitors service parking in the paddock from 8.10am. Please ensure all cars have been cleaned for this event and race wear and helmets for car crew satisfy RSA technical and associated regulations (available on this website) and are available for inspection at scrutiny. Noise testing may also be taken so please ensure vehicles can satisfy the maximum permitted RSA noise regulation of 105 dba measured 1 metre from the exhaust end at 3500 rpm cars and 6000 rpm for race buggies.

The competitors briefing will take place at 9.50am in front of race reception and ALL competitors and children’s parents/guardians MUST be in attendance.

An  observation lap for each crew will start at 10.15am and the first stage of this seven/eight stage event will follow immediately after.

The prize giving for this event and the championship will take place 15 minutes after the last car finishes and everyone is invited to attend. The final results will be available here, on this website for download by 6.00pm that evening.

We wish to thank all competitors and friends and spectators for their continued support for the RSA during the winter of 2019 and 2020 and we look forward to the exciting release of news for new venues in our Summer Championship together with information of a new RSA ‘junior’ competition formula and more new venues in Ireland and beyond in 2020.

 

HOW TO ENTER

Entries are available just call or text our entry line on: 

+ 44 (0) 7788 598461 or alternatively enter online through this link

Online entries are simple and reduce competitors administration time on the day and are welcomed in winter and spring time. Phoned or text entries can finish the entry process by completing the entry form at ‘signing on’ on the morning of the event.

LATEST RESULTS:

The results for The NI and Irish Winter Championships are available through the Results link at the top of this page.
The results from previous events in this seasons Championships can be found and downloaded from the Results Archive option.

  

EVENTS AND CHAMPIONSHIP INFORMATION

NI SUMMER DATES 2020 

  Sat/Sun 15/16th August – Nutts Corner (Ulster Grand Prix) 

 

 Saturday 12th September –Aghadowey 

 

Sat/Sun 3rd/4th October – Shackleton 

Sat/Sun 25/26th October – Nutts Corner 

Entries are always welcome with us for just one event, a few events or for the full championship.
 Casual and new competitors are always very welcome.

 

  

 

 

SUMMER IRISH DATES 2020

 

Sat/Sun 1st / 2nd August – Tynagh (Irish GP)  

 

 Sat/Sun 29 / 30th August – TBA   

 

Sat/Sun 19 / 20th September – TBA  

 

       Sat/Sun 16th / 17th October – Mondello Park 

 

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