The weather forecast for Sunday 16th June is dry, sunny intervals and a moderate breeze – so no extreme heat or torrential rain – for the 2019 REX PET HOTEL Flying Fortress Stages. The set-up of the stages begins on Friday with the installation of some 300 stakes and continues on Saturday with the placing of the heavy equipment such as the chicane bales and all the arrows and necessary stage signage.
For any rally to be successful it needs the support of a large number of officials and marshals. The organisers of the REX PET HOTEL Flying Fortress Stages are very grateful for all the support they have received from many motor clubs, groups and individuals. The event is still very keen to receive any offers of help from Marshals and Radio Crews so if you can assist on Sunday 16th please get in contact a.s.a.p. (see Marshals page) You will be very welcome, and we will provide all the necessary information including the stage plans, entry list, time schedule and a refreshment voucher.
The Service Area has very limited space so competitors are requested not to bring any non-essential vehicles to the event. Any vehicle that does not need to be in the Service Area will be instructed to park in the adjacent field. Again, a reminder that this venue is part of a Private Estate and that the Flying Fortress Stages is strictly a non-spectator event.
So, who will win the 2019 REX PET HOTEL Flying Fortress Stages?
The first thing to note is that this is a venue where good driving is rewarded whatever the car. From the list of previous winners it would seem Subaru Impreza would appear to be the car to have and indeed last year’s winners, David Longfellow & Daniel Ward, are back in their Subaru Impreza to try and repeat that feat. Perseverance is a trait that Martin Farrar & Andy Ward are showing in spades, because after two unfortunate non-finishes on this event they are back for a third time to try and win the event, and they are probably the bookies favourites after a recent run of excellent results. Martin Pavier & Peter Kettle, who were a strong second last year make up the trio of leading Subaru Impreza crews.
However, there have been several occasions when a well driven two-wheel drive car can still dominate this event, as was the case in 2017 when Bob Lowe & Graham Phillpott were the victors and when Steve & Cathy Booth in a Mk 1 Escort were leading for nearly all of the event. Tom Walster in his front wheel drive Suzuki Swift also recorded the fastest time on 6 of the stages in that year.
The competitors briefing is at 8.30am on Sunday and the first car starts at 9.00am. There will be 8 stages run during the day all starting at 30 second intervals.
The event results are being produced by Matthew Atkinson, (rallies.info) and live results will be available on-line throughout the day at www.rallies.info/res.php?e=300
Good luck to all the crews. We hope you have an enjoyable and safe event and we look forward to congratulating all the winners at the end of the event.