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Rallycross - Saturday September 14!

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    NEW RALLYCROSS VENUE! Once again the WCRA Rally Cross series returns to Merritt for the third event in the Merritt Rally Challenge on September 14th. However, this time the event will be held at a new facility on much firmer ground up on Active Mountain just outside of Merritt. Come and check out this beautiful new location that hosts the Merritt Mountain Music Festival and may soon become BC's motorsport destination. The new rally cross track surface is ideal and the scenery is spectacular.

    This event is presented by the Vancouver-based motorsport club, the West Coast Rally Association (WCRA). Currently the WCRA organizes several forms of rally competition throughout BC and the Merritt Rally Challenge is the third rally cross type event to be held in the area this year.


    At the Merritt Rally Challenge, budding competitors will have the opportunity to sample rally-type driving on a loose gravel and dirt surface using their everyday street vehicles. This event can be done in an un-modified closed-bodied road vehicle, with three-point seatbelts and helmets bearing Snell 90 (M or SA) or newer labels.

    This rally cross is governed by the CARS Rallysprint regulations (Part C), an unofficial copy of which can be viewed here:


    This event will be a Rally Cross, consisting of a temporary course laid out on a large, flat gravel surface.
    edit: the surface is actually gravel surface mixed with grass, as seen the image up top.

    Schedule (subject to change):

    August 14 Early registration opens
    September 7 End of early registration
    September 14

    10:30 - 11:30 Registration and Scrutineering
    11:30 - 12:00 Introduction of officials and Drivers' Meeting
    12:00 - 12:00 Start of Rallycross at Active Mountain Amphitheatre
    16:30 - 16:30 End of Rallycross
    16:30 - 17:00 Awards Presentation


    The maximum number of entries will be limited to 40 cars, accepted in the order of receipt of entries. The organizers reserve the right to refuse any entry. Entries will be accepted until 09:30 on Saturday September 14, 2002.

    Entry Fees:

    Early fee: CAN $35.00 (US $25.00)
    Late fee (after Sept 7th): CAN $40.00 (US $30.00)
    Day Permit Fees (valid for September 14th event only):
    WCRA 1-Day Membership CAN $10.00 (US $7.00)
    WCAR 1-Day Basic Competition Licence CAN $10.00 (US $7.00)
    All fees must accompany the completed entry form or it will not be accepted. All entries accepted after September 7, 2002 shall be assessed the late penalty. All cheques and money orders are payable to WCRA and shall be post-dated no later than September 7, 2002.

    Registrar (send entries to):

    Shelley Donaldson
    #2 - 7615 147A Street
    Surrey, BC V3S 8Z3
    (604) 594-6942
    [email protected]

    Venue: map in sup regs

    Headquarters Active Mountain Amphitheatre, Midday Valley Rd, Merritt
    Registration Active Mountain Amphitheatre, Midday Valley Rd, Merritt
    Scrutineering Active Mountain Amphitheatre, Midday Valley Rd, Merritt
    Rallycross Event Active Mountain Amphitheatre, Midday Valley Rd, Merritt
    Awards Active Mountain Amphitheatre, Midday Valley Rd, Merritt

    Directions to the start:

    Active Mountain Amphitheatre is off a gravel road called Midday Valley Road in Merritt, BC. You head south into the hills on Voght St from downtown Merritt. See the Map in the supp reg's and follow the roads leading to the red "X", then follow the signs on the route. If you can't find it, call Mitch 604-880-2100 or Ken 604-808-0536 when you are close.


    The Best Western Nicola Inn is offering to rally competitors, a room rate of $65 per night. The Best Western Nicola Inn is on Walters St, near the north end of Merritt. From the south, take the second Merritt exit, and turn left at the T junction onto Voght. From the north, take the first Merritt exit and proceed south along Voght. Turn right on Walters St and about 800m from the exit the Best Western Nicola Inn is on your left.

    4025 Walters Street, Merritt, BC

    Reservations: 1-800-663-2830
    Some other hotel options include:

    Days Inn
    3350 Voght Street, Merritt, BC
    Reservations: 1-800-665-7117

    Coquihalla Motor Inn
    3571 Voght St., Merritt BC, V1K 1C5
    Reservations: 1-800-353-3571

    Contingency Program:

    The Yokohama Tire Contingency Program is in effect for this event.

    Merritt Challenge Rally Cross:
    - 1st overall: one set of 2 tires
    - 1st in each class: One CAN $150.00 rebate certificate per class
    - Draw - CAN $100.00 rebate certificate from Yokohama (1 draw – WCRA full member)
    - Draw - CAN $50.00 gift certificate from OMP (2 draws – all entries)
    Details at:


    Mitch Kosterman - co-ordinator
    (604) 880-2100 [email protected]
    Fred Wiedemann - co-ordinator
    (604) 594-6942 [email protected]