The Tour of Cornwall Rally is a charity event in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care

A round of the BTRDA Asphalt Rally Series 2008 and the ASWMC Sealed Surface Rally Championships

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NO TOUR FOR 2009 ...

Press Release:  12th December 2008

The main committee of the Organising Team met to discuss the position of the 2009 event. The meeting heard that there were a number of factors against the running of the event. These include other events running on the same weekend, the loss of a significant stage commander and set up team due to one of the aforementioned events and the resignations of a number of long serving key personnel. In addition, the event cannot use the Portreath venue due to the Ladies Driving Day being hosted by the Fire Brigade.
The BTRDA championship also allows competitors to drop events and due to our challenging geographical location the Tour has to be the most logical round for competitors to miss.

No matter how one looks at the budget for the event and in view of the current, severe, recession the meeting decided that there were no factors which led us to believe that we would attract more competitors than the 2008 event where insufficient entries were received to even approach a “break-even” figure. Consequently, the decision was taken to “mothball” the Tour and reconsider the situation for 2010.

Roger Hargreaves, Clerk of the Course, said “this is a situation where a year ago we anticipated being able to run the event in 2009. However, times have moved on and due to the subtle championship changes, other events being so close in the calendar, the reduction in personnel and the recession we can’t see a way of running the event without losing money.
“Consequently, we have taken the decision not to hold the event in 2009 but to reconsider the position for 2010. Clearly, we are frustrated not to be holding the event which has been running for over 20 years in support of the Combined Hospices but spending money now only to have to cancel the event in March is not the way forward.”

However, the committee was heartened to hear of an event planned for the summer of 2009 using an innovative format for which there was considerable support from those present. There will be more information on that proposal once a team has been confirmed and have met in the New Year – a date for that meeting has been arranged.

Further details from: -
Roger Hargreaves, Clerk of the Course
H: 01872 277320   M: 07743 022 517
Dave Brenton 
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