Following the recent Motor Sports Association (MSA) statement on the future of the British Rally Championship (BRC), in particular the decision to cancel the 2015 series, Southern Car Club (SCC), organiser of Rallye Dorset, has reluctantly decided to postpone this year’s event, planned for 17/18 October.
Under its former title, Rallye Sunseeker, the Club’s blue riband event has been a round of the BRC for the past three years. After the end of a fruitful 15-year partnership with Sunseeker International and the re-brand to Rallye Dorset, negotiations over a new three-year title sponsorship deal were drawing to a successful conclusion when the MSA statement was released.
Unable to confirm the event’s future status, with no BRC in 2015 and no clear idea of what may lay beyond, the Club’s committee has withdrawn from the sponsorship negotiations. This leaves the Club with a large potential financial deficit, so postponement is the only option. We have discussed this in depth with our stakeholders – host town, support sponsors, advertisers and similar bodies – who are as sad as we are that, after 27 years as one of the leading motor sport events in the South of England, we have been forced into this position.
To the BRC, the British Historic Championship, the Armed Forces Rally Team Championship, the Defender Challenge By Bowler and the Association of South Western Motor Clubs, the Association of Eastern Motor Clubs- organisers, competitors and spectators of all those series – Southern Car Club extends a heartfelt apology, this situation is not of our making. To all those who have sent messages of support . . . Thank You!
Issued by Southern Car Club Limited
12 noon Saturday 12th July 2014