Former national rally champion Paul Bird has this week confirmed he will defend his Cartersport Jack Frost Stages Rally title when he goes for the hat trick of wins at Croft Circuit, North Yorkshire on Sunday 16th January 2011.

The Penrith driver will once again bring his Ford Focus WRC08 in which he won last year’s Darlington & District Motor Club-organised event to add to the win he took in his Subaru WRC in 2009.

Along with Scottish co-driver Kirsty Riddick, Bird is planning to contest selected events only in 2011, starting with the Cartersport Jack Frost Stages Rally:

“It’s always a well organised and challenging event and Darlington and District Motor Club make you feel very welcome. Although I won’t be doing much rallying at all next year due to increased commitments with my bike racing team, this is one event I’m planning on doing and am looking forward to it,” said the Penrith driver.

Entries are steadily filtering in for the event which will again comprise eight stages totalling around 36 stage miles on the ribbon-smooth tarmac of the North East’s only permanent racetrack and will be a qualifying round of the AS Performance North of England Tarmacadam Rally Championship 2011, SG Petch/ANECCC Stage Rally Championship 2011, Borders Stage Rally Championship 2011, ANCC Stage Rally Championship 2011 and Scottish Tarmack Rally Championship 2011.

Already entered is Darlington stunt driver Paul Swift in his Ford Escort, leading Ford Escort campaigner Ricky Wheeler and local autograss ace Martyn Tinker (Lotus Exige) as well as event sponsor Larry Carter from Northallerton in his Peugeot 206.

In addition to providing many broadcasting and journalism services within the motorsport industry, Northallerton-based Cartersport look after the PR and publicity work for a number of top teams and competitors, including Croft Circuit.

“The two Croft rallies, both the Specsavers Christmas Stages and the Cartersport Jack Frost are two of the highlights of the year for me and I’m looking forward to both events. The Christmas Stages is well oversubscribed and has a cracking entry and so too will the Jack Frost so my advice would be if you’ve not put an entry in yet, do so quickly as last year it filled up very quickly in December,” said Carter.

Scotch Corner preparation expert Tony Bardy holds the record of three wins from 2004 to 2006 and prior to that, Scotland’s John Bogie took a double victory in his MG Metro 6R4. However, more recently, Yorkshireman Chris Wise took the honours in his MG Metro 6R4 in 2007 and 2008 but for the last two years, maverick Cumbrian World Superbike team owner Paul Bird has claimed victory.

Entries close on January 4th 2011 so prospective competitors should submit their entry forms as a matter of urgency as no entries are reserved, it is strictly ‘first-come-first-served’.

Scrutineering and Documentation take place the same day as the event which gets underway with the first car at 09.15 and there are classes for cars up to 1400cc, up to 1600cc, up to 2000cc, up to 2400cc and over 2400cc as well as pre-1976 classic rally cars. The entry fee is 195 pounds and competitors are advised to enter early to avoid disappointment. In a bid to help competitors financially, once again no cheques will be banked before 31st December 2010.

Regulations and entry forms are now available at

Picture attached, courtesy of Ian Hardy Paul Bird and co-driver Kirsty Riddick in action on last year’s Cartersport Jack Frost Stages Rally.



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