Le Jog, which is considered as the toughest event of its kind in Europe, will see drivers battling it out against UK’s fierce weather conditions on an epic 1,500 mile route between Land’s End and John O'Groats from December 7th to 10th.
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“The Welsh night section is one of the toughest parts of Le Jog and this feature is intended to help crews having difficulties in plotting their route or getting lost as sometimes this situations would leave them with no other option but to cut out a section and go straight to the end of the leg. This feature will only apply to the Welsh overnight section.”
Patrick Burke, joint Managing Director of HERO, said:
“Le Jog is a challenging event, particularly for novice crews. For this reason, beginner crews are invited to take part in the Training and Briefing day prior to Throckmorton on Friday 11th October at RAF Pershore in Throckmorton, Worcestershire. This will have a Le Jog specific section but is generally aimed at equipping novices with the knowledge required to tackle any classic rallying event competently.”
Deputy Clerk of the Course and route co-ordinator, John Kiff, has spent many hours poring over maps to create a route with new roads for regularities, new locations and designs for the tests and the challenging Welsh night navigation section with approximately 30 time controls in 68 miles.
|(c) Ph. Rastrelli|
Patrick Burke said:
“Le Jog is one of the toughest rallies of its kind in Europe, possibly the world, ranking high in the list of ‘must do’ events. The weather in early December is unpredictable but year after year crews from all over the world continue to test their skills against some of the toughest driving conditions that Britain has to offer.”
“We have received more entries than in any of the past ten years, including crews from all around the UK, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Luxemburg, France, Austria and the USA.”
The event counts already with over 70 registered crews with a good number of complete Le Jog novices and returning competitors as well, including past gold medal winners and Lucy and Henry Gastall, who took on classic rallying for the first time in last year’s event in their little 1958 Austin A35.
Other entries include Bruce Macleod in a 1937 Austin Nippy and his brother Duncan Macleod in a 1937 Austin 7 Ulster REP, Mel Hatton and Phillippa Robinson in a 1960 Riley 1.5 and David Mustarde and Shon Gosling in a 1961 Alfa Giulietta Ti.
Le Jog’s gold standard is set very high and every competitor dreams of collecting one of these elusive medals –only one was earned in 2012–, but crossing the finishing line is the main aim of many, particularly novices.
For more information please visit: www.heroevents.eu
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