The wraps have come off the 2019 ATL Carlisle Stages (Saturday 8 June), which brings together the FUCHS LUBRICANTS Motorsport UK British Historic Rally Championship and the Motoscope Northern Historic Rally Championship.
As well as catering for the two historic championships, the ATL Carlisle Stages will be an ideal event for those competing in modern cars, both two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive. All two-wheel-drive, both historic and modern, will run at the head of the field.
In addition, the event is a perfect warm-up rally for the Roger Albert Clark Rally as the November rally will use stages in the same forest complex. The date also offers Scottish crews a rare chance to tackle these border stages.
Building on the success of the previous six editions of the Carlisle Stages, the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club will run a compact event based at H&H Auctions in Carlisle, next to junction 43 of the M6. The rally will use 45 top quality stages in the Kershope and Newcastleton complexes, with some single-usage and some double-usage of the forest tracks. None of the stages have been used since the 2018 Carlisle Stages.
Clerk of the Course Nicola Heppenstall said: “We are delighted to confirm that ATL is continuing its support for this event, which gives the Carlisle tourist sector a timely early summer boost. We are expecting a strong historic entry but we are also keen to encourage entries from modern cars, both two- and four-wheel-drive. Everyone is assured a warm welcome and quality special stages.”
Managing Director at ATL, Jon Ward, said: “We are looking forward to working with RACRMC and sponsoring this fantastic event for a second year running. We have a main depot in Carlisle, take an active interest in the area and recognise this is a highly regarded event in motor sport supporting local businesses and attracting many visitors to Carlisle.
With over a million feet of warehouse space, approximately 100 commercial vehicles and 150 trailers, ATL stores and delivers products for a wide range of customers across the UK, Jon explains.
“We provide mission-critical warehousing and logistics solutions and many of our customers are key players in the automotive industry so it’s an area very close to our heart. In addition, we have many employees who are big motosport fans so it’s a great fit.”
The ATL Carlisle Stages will be organised by the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club. Event regulations are due to be published in April.