Radnor Forest Rally
The marshalling section gave assistance to a rally event on Saturday 14th April 18. The Severn Valley, Rally-nutts sponsored event, this event we have assisted on for many years. It's a well-established rally dating back to the early 70's. This year it attracted a good entry list and the special stages used, were some of the best forests in mid Wales. We had elected to marshal the classic Radnor forest close to Knighton.
Our marshalling duties included, timing at the end of the Radnor special stage section and also a 'Passage Control' to record competitors time and pass times via phone link back to rally HQ based at Builth Wells.
Members from the Motor Club including Dave Williams, Mark Wakelam, Jeff Reynolds, Trevor Whitehead, Marie Craddock, Liz Hackett, Craig/Tom Hillman and Henry Adams assisted with the necessary tasks.
Unfortunately due to the fact that we were spread out at different points of the forest and that there was no one spare to act as our photographer, pictures are limited. (marshals are not allowed to take photos on events)
It was a very busy day, we arrived at Radnor Forest around 9.0 am setting out the necessary equipment, then dealing with various safety cars that came through all checking various aspects of the special stage, then it was time for us to deal with the competitors, we all had to concentrate as timing for each competitor travelling the special stage, is recorded to the second and with over 145 competing cars to deal with during the day, mistakes are the last thing we wanted.
At the Passage Control it was not only competitors we had to deal with, but also competitors support/service vehicles and technicians allowed to come and carry out simple repairs to competing vehicles before they moved onto the next special test.
With the last competitor leaving Radnor Forest at around 3.30, it was then time to pack all our equipment away and make our way home a very enjoyable days motor sport.
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