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Peterborough Motor Sports Club enters warm(er) weather with a busy April

The Peterborough Motor Sports Club (PMSC) gets rolling into spring with four events in April.

Two of those competitions are at the regional level.

On Saturday, April 12 the Shannonville Stages Rally takes place at the Shannonville Motor Sports Park just East of Belleville.

This competition will feature more than a dozen top-level rally teams driving prepared cars at high speed in the second round of the Ontario Performance Rally Championship series.

Competitors will travel 115 km of stage roads that will use six configurations of the Nelson and Fabi tracks at Shannonville.

As a bonus, the first ever Salmon River Rally, a TSD (navigational) rally, will run concurrently with the stage rally. The “Salmon” will be a 125km average speed and elapsed time event using the same configurations as the stage event.

Organizers Peter Watt and Pete Gulliver are hoping to make the TSD rally a low impact, low cost introduction to the performance rally experience. Average speeds will be slower than the stage event.

There is no charge for spectators. Both events will start at 9:45 a.m. and last until approximately 4:30 p.m.

PMSC’s first navigational rally of 2014 is Saturday, April 26. The 34th Annual Spring Runoff Rally is a 190 km/ four hour rally on public roads at below legal speed limits.

Rally teams must follow often cryptic instructions at precise speeds to arrive at checkpoints along the route.

The Spring Run Off Rally will be the third event in the Ontario Road Rally Championship (ORRC). It will start and finish at the Forum Restaurant on Hwy. 115/35 Southbound near Newcastle. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. First car is away at 11:01 a.m. Cost will be $45 for non-members and $35 for PMSC teams.

Novice level instructions will be provided for those new to the sport.

The club’s first autoslalom event of the year will be the Cobweb Solo on the following day, April 27 at Kawartha Speedway in Fraserville. Drivers must negotiate a twisting pylon course while being electronically timed.

Entry fee is $20 for PMSC members and $30 for non-members. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. with a walkthrough at 10:00 a.m. The first of five or six runs of the course will follow.

Any car that is in safe condition is eligible to enter. Loaner helmets are provided.

More information on these events is at www.pmsc.on.ca.

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