Under threat: popular Rallye Dorset event at risk after “irrational” decision

Bournemouth Echo: Action from last year’s Rallye Sunseeker Action from last year’s Rallye Sunseeker

POOLE’S annual motorsport event is in danger of being axed – with the potential loss of millions of pounds to the town’s economy – in a move that organisers say is “totally irrational”.

Rallye Dorset – formerly known as Rallye Sunseeker – draws thousands of fans, but could now fall victim to a decision to take the British Rally Championship, of which it is part, in-house.

The decision by The Motor Sports Association will see the BRC run by International Motor Sports from 2016, with the championship taking a sabbatical in 2015.

Before the relaunch, IMS will decide which events will make up the championship.

But the Southern Car Club, which runs the Dorset event, due to take place in October, said in a statement that the decision “beggars belief” and was “totally irrational”.

The club said it had “far-reaching implications” and Rallye Dorset was “on the verge of signing” a sponsor as part of its rebrand, but that was in jeopardy.

It added: “We believe this move may have sounded the death knell of arguably one of the best organised, promoted and funded events in the UK – not just in the future, but for this year as well. No new sponsor means no budget, which may well mean no Rallye Dorset 2014.”

Bruce Grant-Braham, chairman of the Poole Tourism Partnership, told the Daily Echo: “Hosting an international event of this size and scale outside the main visitor season is a crucial part of Poole’s events programme.

“Not only does it raise the whole area’s profile, as a world class event it brings £1.2million into the local economy and for its future to be in jeopardy is a real concern, for those directly involved and the wider community.

“It has been a huge success in the past, with the ceremonial start and prize giving on Poole Quay giving spectators the chance to get up close to the drivers and cars at the climax of the season.

“We will continue to work with Rallye Dorset organisers and hope that a positive agreement with the MSA can be reached in order to secure the event for 2014 and in the future.”

 

• New championship in 2016

RALLYE Dorset event director and vice president of the Southern Car Club, Rick Smith, said he had seen the MSA do “much good” for the sport.

But he added: “However, I am baffled as to how this decision could possibly have been reached, without any consultation with those in charge of current BRC events – my senior officials and the club have been treated shabbily by those supposed to work to our benefit.”

Ben Taylor, MD of IMS, said: “Taking a year off will enable us to have a clean sheet of paper to work with.

“That provides the perfect opportunity to take stock, to canvass opinion more widely, to confirm what we believe the BRC should be and to put the plans in place that mean we are ready with a brand new championship in 2016.”

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11:55am Sun 6 Jul 14

blahblahbleurgh says...

Cant be that well promoted. ive never heard of it
Cant be that well promoted. ive never heard of it blahblahbleurgh
  • Score: -46

12:53pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Tonytolle says...

Should be banned ,encourages dangerous driving .Cars are for transport, not for showing off in .
Should be banned ,encourages dangerous driving .Cars are for transport, not for showing off in . Tonytolle
  • Score: -61

1:33pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Pablo23 says...

Tonytolle wrote:
Should be banned ,encourages dangerous driving .Cars are for transport, not for showing off in .
Not always.

What about Herbie for example?
[quote][p][bold]Tonytolle[/bold] wrote: Should be banned ,encourages dangerous driving .Cars are for transport, not for showing off in .[/p][/quote]Not always. What about Herbie for example? Pablo23
  • Score: 4

1:36pm Sun 6 Jul 14

mightyturbo says...

Tonytolle wrote:
Should be banned ,encourages dangerous driving .Cars are for transport, not for showing off in .
What a totally ridiculous thing to say.

Would you care to share your research on the connection between Rally driving or any motorsport and irresponsible driving?

By your logic, watching a horror film encourages murderous behaviour.
[quote][p][bold]Tonytolle[/bold] wrote: Should be banned ,encourages dangerous driving .Cars are for transport, not for showing off in .[/p][/quote]What a totally ridiculous thing to say. Would you care to share your research on the connection between Rally driving or any motorsport and irresponsible driving? By your logic, watching a horror film encourages murderous behaviour. mightyturbo
  • Score: 32

1:54pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Townee says...

That's right take away a free event so we have to travel and pay to watch it.
That's right take away a free event so we have to travel and pay to watch it. Townee
  • Score: 14

3:26pm Sun 6 Jul 14

ShuttleX says...

“That provides the perfect opportunity to take stock, to canvass opinion more widely, to confirm what we believe the BRC should be and to put the plans in place that mean we are ready with a brand new championship in 2016.” ......

Translated this means they have already made their minds up. Although they will go through the process of getting other peoples "opinions" they will be taking no notice of them. You only have to look at the words "to confirm what we believe..." and "to put the plans in place...." to see they have no intention of listening to anybody else except themselves. the best move I ever made was leaving the MSA. It's run by a small elite group who think they are much better than everybody else.
“That provides the perfect opportunity to take stock, to canvass opinion more widely, to confirm what we believe the BRC should be and to put the plans in place that mean we are ready with a brand new championship in 2016.” ...... Translated this means they have already made their minds up. Although they will go through the process of getting other peoples "opinions" they will be taking no notice of them. You only have to look at the words "to confirm what we believe..." and "to put the plans in place...." to see they have no intention of listening to anybody else except themselves. the best move I ever made was leaving the MSA. It's run by a small elite group who think they are much better than everybody else. ShuttleX
  • Score: 11

6:43pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Nat1234 says...

No great loss , I've never heard about it either ..
No great loss , I've never heard about it either .. Nat1234
  • Score: -31

7:12pm Sun 6 Jul 14

oversee says...

Grow up.....who cares ?
Grow up.....who cares ? oversee
  • Score: -25

11:56pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Yankee1 says...

What exactly is a 'rallye' - a fancy name for a 'rally'?

'You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig.'

Oink.
What exactly is a 'rallye' - a fancy name for a 'rally'? 'You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig.' Oink. Yankee1
  • Score: -9

8:50am Mon 7 Jul 14

BarrHumbug says...

Tonytolle wrote:
Should be banned ,encourages dangerous driving .Cars are for transport, not for showing off in .
Virtually every technological advancement in the cars we drive today filtered down from investment in motor sport. Of coarse if you'd rather drive around in a Ford Anglia then be my guest.
[quote][p][bold]Tonytolle[/bold] wrote: Should be banned ,encourages dangerous driving .Cars are for transport, not for showing off in .[/p][/quote]Virtually every technological advancement in the cars we drive today filtered down from investment in motor sport. Of coarse if you'd rather drive around in a Ford Anglia then be my guest. BarrHumbug
  • Score: 8

11:14am Mon 7 Jul 14

bourne free says...

It was a great event when it was staged from Bournemouth gardens with the night stage on friday , now its a slow drive along the Poole Quay and then all the events are in Fernown and Ringwood . Why not have a special stage on friday evening along Baitor or Canford Arena ?
It was a great event when it was staged from Bournemouth gardens with the night stage on friday , now its a slow drive along the Poole Quay and then all the events are in Fernown and Ringwood . Why not have a special stage on friday evening along Baitor or Canford Arena ? bourne free
  • Score: 4
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