Dukeries Motor Club hosts major SA Gas Premier Rally in Sherwood Pines this Sunday

This Sunday after a year’s break Dukeries Motor Club is running the S.A. Gas Premier Rallies in the Sherwood Pines Forest complex.

The rally has changed format for 2011 after failing to attract enough entries to make the event financially viable in 2010.

Previously the rally ran in numerous forest venues in Nottinghamshire, but the Motor Club have trimmed this back to using the one forest venue to enable the entry fees and other associated costs for competitors to be kept to an absolute minimum.

The change seems to be a popular one as the rally attracted a maximum entry of 60 cars within three weeks of entry being opened.

All the action takes place within Sherwood Pines - see www.premier-rally.co.uk for a full spectator information guide and a downloadable entry list.

The first car (201) will start at 9.am and it is anticipated that the last car will have completed the final

stage by around 4.30pm.

The rally cars are grouped in two sections. The first group are Historic Rally cars (pre 1981 mostly Ford Escorts) which are

numbered from 201 and they will be immediately followed by the more recent rally cars including the 4-wheel drive cars which are numbered from 1.

Cars start at one-minute intervals on Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4 and 30 second intervals on Stages 5 and 6.

There will be a 20-minute gap after Stage 2 and then a one-hour gap, approximately, after Stage 4. This is to allow the stage routes to be changed within the forests. But the action will be virtually continuous for stages 1 and 2 and then 3 and 4 with the last two stages possibly held in the dark.

Important Safety Information

All spectators are reminded that Motorsport can be dangerous and despite the organisers taking reasonable precautions, unavoidable accidents can happen. In respect of these, you are present at your own risk. Please follow the advice of the safety marshals and event officials in relation to your safety and that of others.

The rally cars will be travelling at high speeds and spectators are strongly advised NOT to walk on the rally route. If you decide to leave the stage prior to the last competitor, please ensure that you walk on the pathways or behind the tree line, not on the stage. Children and infants must always be accompanied by adults, who are responsible for their safety at all times. Please be aware that some of the stages may take place in the dark. We suggest you take a torch, wear something with reflective strips and do NOT walk to or from your vantage point by walking on the rally route. No dogs allowed on the event, other than disabled assistance dogs.

Please remember we may need to use other access routes into the forests for emergency vehicles. Do not park on the roads or block any gateways as emergency vehicles may not be able to gain access.

Please respect the Forestry Commission by keeping the area tidy; please take all litter home with you.


Stand on the track

Stand below the level of the track

Stand in front of arrows or signs

Stand in Prohibited Areas

Stand or sit on or near log piles, walls or fences

Sit near to the track

Block escape routes

Be distracted

Play games with your safety or that of the competitors

Remove Stage signs or arrows

Be the person to stop the stage


Expect the unexpected

Listen for approaching cars

Remain alert

Leave yourself room to move quickly

Try to keep behind something solid

Keep children under close supervision

Do as the Marshals ask

Help the Marshals to run a safe stage


The unexpected can happen

If you ignore Marshals’ instructions, the Stage will be stopped



Others around you

The Stage