21st Edition of the RAC Rally of the Tests 2-5 November 2023
Preview with new RoTT Joint Clerks of the Course, Andy Pullan and George Mullins
*New territory and old favourites with new ‘Lite’ version running behind the regular rally
*Pullan and Mullins taking over from Guy Woodcock after his 10 years as Clerk of the Course
The busy HERO-ERA busy year continues as the ground breaking Badawï Trail to the last Oasis has just finished and some of the people involved in that will be dashing over to the Rally of the Tests, George was asked, who, for example?
George; “Well, we’ve got a couple of Marshal crews. We’ve got the Parkinsons and the Pullan Seniors. They’re making tracks home and jumping in their vehicles to come out virtually straightaway. Some of them are in pretty key roles, the amount of organising required at some of the venues is at a very high level so we need top people like them to go in there and boss the situation to make it happen. Bramham Park is a classic example of that, there are so many controls in there it’s like a rabbit warren. Then at the new venue, we will have the same level of organisational demands.
“Guy Woodcock has dashed back after the success of the Middle East; he will be acting as Sweep with his daughter Claire. Emily Anderson will be navigating for Simon Arscott in a Porsche provided she is OK. Emily had to come home early from the desert with an injured arm, she is entered on the tests and hopefully recovered – she won’t want to miss this one!”
Andy; “And Henry Carr who was out marshalling with my Dad in the Middle East is competing on the tests and it’s on his local patch, so he will be knowledgeable about the area. He used to organise a rally in a lot of the areas around Yorkshire where we will be, so he has no excuses!
“I want to give big thanks to all the marshals who are going to come to the rally and officiate at over 250 controls across the four days, there will be an army of them needed to cover over 30 tests and some 21 regularities in the main event, so we are very grateful to them all.”
Just to finally whet the rally appetite, the joint Clerks of the Course then casually mentioned the abbreviation many rallyists just love – the TC sections, or Time Control sections.
Andy; “We’ve got three really great TC sections on the event, one Friday night and one Saturday night which crews will really enjoy, then another on Sunday afternoon, so the competition will be fierce right until the end. On the final day we will be at the Catterick Ranges for tests, regularities and a pretty long TC section, which will certainly keep crews sweating and more than likely keep the results team sweating right until the finish!”
It sounds like an epic RAC Rally of the Tests, just as the tests should be, a fierce and compelling competition to relish, worthy of the title and heritage.