After last weekends trip to the Welsh forests to watch the World Rally Championship tear up some mud, I once again headed out to a forest on Sunday. This time the setting was a bit more familiar.
I was off to the S.A. Gas Premier Rally at Sherwood Pines. This event is not like conventional rallies as all six stages of the event take place in the same forest and across a singular day. That means no road miles and no services, thus meaning the cars do not have to be taxed or insured for use on the public roads. Obviously due to this compressed format it’s quite a popular event to not only spectate at (having the opportunity to see the cars 6 times throughout the day) but also for the competitors as once again it had a full entry list featuring everything from WRC machinery to Escort Mk2s.
It was interesting to see how the forest had changed in the past few months, one of the more noticeable changes was the fantastic array of colours now spread across the trees. Also the increased logging in the area certainly changed the backgrounds enough to make things interesting – the lack of dust was also a significant change. Earlier in the year when visiting for the Dukeries Rally it had been particularly dry leading into the event so it was incredibly dusty causing problems with visibility, but creating some spectacular effects.
This was, unfortunately, my final event of the season. It’s been a roller-coaster of a season covering full season of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship and the Blancpain Endurance Series as well as visiting the Nürburgring 24 Hour, Le Mans 24 Heures, World Rally Championship and multiple rallies, club events and even a marathon! I can’t wait to see what 2014 will bring – hopefully it’ll be bigger and better than ever!
I hope you enjoy these images from the S.A Gas Premier Rally.