Port Talbot Motor Club Ltd welcomes competitors from all areas of the tarmacadam rallying world to the 2017 Tour Of Epynt, as our sport enters a very different year for competitors and organising clubs alike. We are pleased that the event has again attracted support from a leading driver and preparation expert Melvyn Evans
As you will all be aware, the MSA National Asphalt Championship - in which the PTMC event has long been the opening round - will not run in 2017, due to a number of difficulties that prompted the BTRDA to seek and receive a year’s sabbatical for the series. We hope the Championship will resume strengthened in 2018, in which our event will again play a pivotal role, and for this year we of course welcome any BTRDA crews, as indeed we welcome each and every asphalt rally crew throughout the country and competition series.
Epynt will still be used competitively on other events/championships later this year, and the Port Talbot MC rally will, in addition to providing a competitive and rewarding event in itself, provide a unique opportunity for crews to refresh their experience of the military roads, as in all likelihood it will be the only event traversing the ranges in their entirety prior to the rounds of the British Rally Championship and the British Historic Rally Championship.
This year’s rally will also form part of the 2017 J D Tyres Welsh National Tarmacadam Championship, the Restruct Ltd Welsh Mixed Surface Championship and the 2017 Hirefit King of Epynt Challenge.
For 2017 the event is again based at the Castle Hotel in Llandovery. The route will consist of approximately 75 special stage miles over 7 stages, with one central Service Area. The event will Start on the Epynt Ranges & Finish at the Castle Hotel Llandovery, where the awards ceremony will take place. Despite continued cost increases, the entry fee has not increased for the last three years.
We look forward to welcoming both old and new competitors to the event and we would like to wish everybody a successful and enjoyable and safe day’s rallying.