Ral­ly­ing se­cured at Down Amp­ney

Motor Sport News - - Rally News -

The fu­ture ral­ly­ing use of the Down Amp­ney air­field has been se­cured for five years fol­low­ing work by the Cotswold Mo­tor Sport Group.

The Glouces­ter­shire venue will again host three sin­gle-venue ral­lies this sea­son and the new agree­ment means more money will be in­vested to im­prove the con­crete sur­face of the for­mer war time air­field.

Three lo­cal clubs, Chel­tenham Mo­tor Club, Cirences­ter Car Club, and Stone­house-based EMCOS, run events at the venue.

“Pre­vi­ously the clubs have only had firm con­fir­ma­tion of the venue be­ing avail­able dur­ing Fe­bru­ary or March each year,” said Dave Cooper, chair­man of the CMSG, who led the ne­go­ti­a­tions. “Be­cause of this late no­tice it has not been pos­si­ble to do much im­prove­ment work on the venue. I am now happy to say that the three clubs have this fiveyear agree­ment which, in this time of shrink­ing num­ber of venues, is an achieve­ment.”

Down Amp­ney, south of Cirences­ter, has been used for stage ral­ly­ing since the mid-1970s, and around £10,000 has been spent on sur­face re­pairs in re­cent times. More money will now be spent to ad­dress the worst sec­tions of the stage.

The planned 2017 dates are April 1 (Chel­tenham MC), April 29 (Cirences­ter CC) and May 27 (EMCOS). All events are part of the Cotswold Mo­tor Sport Group Com­peti­tors Club Cham­pi­onship which is, for the 14th year, be­ing sup­ported by BP Mo­tors Body­builders and En­gi­neers.

Old war air­field has held rally events since the 1970s

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