Exciting news has reached the North American rally scene today with the announcement of the New York Forest rally which is to take place in upstate New York on Saturday, October 17th.
Provisional details for the event is that it will be based in the Monticello area and will have eight stages and 40 miles of competition. The event has been borne out of an idea and the drive of well-known local team McKenna motorsport, due to the difficult year in all walks of life many rallies have seen unavoidable cancellations, so the team assembled a group from the area who had the goal to create an event that would be possible to achieve in the current climate and in just a few short days and with the cooperation and assistance of the American Rally Association the planning for the event has gone from zero to a fully formed eight-stage event with some of the best stage conditions imaginable.
Many events have been postponed and cancelled this year, but we have also seen some run very successfully with restrictions in place. On these events that ran, we saw that it is still possible to run a safe rally and enjoying the sport even with necessary restrictions.
This is a new event but it has an experienced group of current competitors planning the route with the assistance of seasoned rally officials and there is a strong motivation to provide an event that is competitor friendly with excellent stages and facilities while still respecting all the necessary procedures our sport must put in place to prevent the risks of COVID.
The event which will be based out of Monticello and will consist of 8 stages on Saturday, October 17th, with recce the previous day. The event team have picked a route to excite all drivers and codrivers that covers 40 competitive miles of some of the best gravel roads in Upstate New York.
More event details will be announced in the coming days and competitors are reminded to keep an eye on www.nyfrally.com and social media for event regulations and entry information. It promises to be a brilliant event!