Whether you like front wheel drive, rear wheel drive or four wheel drive cars they’re all represented in the Top 10. There’s a WRC and R5 Ford Fiesta and every other Top 10 car is a different type, so there’s tremendous variety.
Thomas Preston and Carl Williamson will lead the event away in their Skoda Fabia R5.
If you look down the entry list there is an amazing diversity of cars throughout the field, so we’re really excited to look forward to the rally on the weekend of 27th/28th April.
Full details of where and when to watch the rally and where you can buy the Souvenir Rally Programme are on the Spectator pages.
The rally weekend is only just over a month away and we’re pleased to announce details of the spectator viewing.
On Saturday 27th April the seafront at Western Esplanade, Clacton will be bustling as everyone sets-up and gets ready for the rally the next day. Last year there was a wonderful atmospehere as competitors, their support crews, locals and visitors mingled in the sunshine.
At 18:00 the cars will be flagged-away by Giles Watling M.P. at the ceremonial start.
On Sunday 28th April the service area will be busy again, with the cars leaving from 08:30 before returning twice during the day for service. The spectator experience will be enhanced with two giant TV screens bringing you live coverage of the stages.
For people who wish to see the cars at competitive speed we’ve improved the facilities at Ship Hill with VIP Hospitality available plus a PA system in the general spectator viewing area, introduced an additional spectator area at St Mary’s and have Wick Road viewing available again.
For full details, including maps please click on this link to the Spectator page of the website.
During the event keep in touch through our social media channels too.
The second running of the Corbeau Seats Rally Clacton and Tendring will feature an increase in the special stage mileage for 2019.
While the route will remain as three loops of special stages, some exciting changes have been made, including joining last year’s first and second stages together to make a longer stage and running at competitive speed through Wix village.
We have also introduced a Rally Guide to help people find local food, accommodation and services, and have introduced a VIP Hospitality area with viewing and catering.
More information for competitors is available here.
We are delighted to say the rally now has a date for 2019 – Sunday 28th April.
After the positive competitor and public reaction to the first closed road stage rally in England and a review of the event we are working with our sponsors and partners to plan the next rally.
Event Director Tony Clements said “Our first closed road event received a great response from the rally crews and most strikingly from the people of Tending and Clacton who enjoyed a family friendly day out in the sunshine. We’re therefore delighted to be planning the next event and to share the date now”.
Neil Stock OBE, leader of Tendring District Council, said he was excited to hear Chelmsford Motor Club want to bring back the Corbeau Seats Rally Tendring & Clacton next year: “The inaugural rally held this year, the first of its kind in England, was a huge success, and we are keen to see that success repeated” he said.
“As well as encouraging some 6,000 spectators, plus all those involved in the event, to come to Tendring, coverage of the rally provided a fantastic advert for our wonderful district. This undoubtedly provided an economic boost to the area, not least in the tourism sector on what would usually be a quieter weekend, so we would encourage that to happen again.
We look forward to working closely with Chelmsford Motor Club to develop and build on the success of last month’s event, and will continue to listen to our communities to take on board their input into the event planning”.
Further details of the rally will be available in the Autumn.
We know the event has reached many people who’ve not been close-up to Motor Sport before, so I here are some pointers to help you find-out how to get more closely involved yourself, whether as a competitor or volunteer.
There are various types of motor sport at a grass roots level which you can start in, using a standard roadgoing car. Some entry fees as low as £10 for a day or even free for under 18s so there is sport for every budget. Many competitors in the rally will have started this way.
Information and helpful tips about the different types of motor sport are on the dedicated Go Motorsport website. This is where the governing body, the Motor Sport Association (MSA) has collated details about the different types of motor sport you can compete in, or join the huge number of volunteers (over 500 on Sunday) who make these events happen.
There are 750 motor clubs around the UK so wherever you came from you’ll be able to find one nearby. There’s a club finder section on the MSA website here (scroll down when the page opens) https://www.msauk.org/Clubs/Find-Clubs
Thanks again for your support of the rally; it will be great to hear from you to help you get involved too.