2019 PistonHeads Sporting Tours announced


Last year, we launched our very first PistonHeads Sporting Tour, taking more than 100 cars around the Suffolk countryside with two timed tests at a private venue. The Motorsport UK-approved event was a hit and we were overwhelmed with your response and feedback, so we're back for more action.

2019 will see three Sporting Tours taking place up and down the country with the timed tests at MSV circuits. Your feedback from last year has honed the format and we're excited to announce our provisional calendar for this year:

Sporting Tour South (Kent), tests at Brands Hatch, 13th April
Sporting Tour North (Derbyshire), tests at Oulton Park, 6th July
Sporting Tour Midlands (Warwickshire), tests at Donington Park, 28th September


For anyone that missed it last year, just what is a Sporting Tour? Brought together with GT Motorsports Club, the rally experts behind the Corbeau Seats Rally Tendring & Clacton, our tour is a type of rally commonly referred to as a 'touring assembly'. Our events are authorised and permitted by Motorsport UK.

The one-day events will tour beautiful country roads, with lunch and timed tests based at the MSV circuits highlighted above. Each competitor will have a start time, but as most of the driving takes place on public roads, there will be no other timing involved other than the tests. You'll make your way to check points, where marshals will stamp your route book before setting off on the next stage of the rally.


Your co-driver will need to brush up on their map reading skills, as you'll navigate the route with a Tulip Road Book with no satnav in sight. The book plots out the distances, directions and junctions you need to navigate throughout the route, making for a refreshing change from the need for technology. Seasoned motorsport competitors are welcome but this event is perfect for novices who want to take their first step onto the ladder.

For those of you who joined us in October, we've listened to your requests; the road sections are longer with less smaller roads, and excitingly we're laying on some bigger auto tests at MSV circuits. This has resulted in a slightly higher entry cost of £180 per car, but we're confident it'll be worth it.

Register your interest here with GT Motorsports Club to get exclusive pre-sale access to book ahead of general sale. Entries for the PistonHeads Sporting Tour South will open in early February and will be available on a first come, first served basis. We look forward to seeing you there!








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Comments (81) Join the discussion on the forum

  • JP.Racing 25 Jan 2019

    So keen for this, the last one was great fun! I wonder if I can convince the better half that we need to go to all three?!

  • AMGSee55 25 Jan 2019

    Really looking forward to this - last year's event in Suffolk was great - can't do April as away skiing, so Warks in Sept it is smile


  • threespires 25 Jan 2019

    The picture featuring the Healey shows my worry at these events - Cars all bunched up.
    It makes locals angry, is dangerous, makes navigators lazy.
    Maintaining a 1 minute gap between cars make these scenic runs more enjoyable. At Drivers Briefing is a gap encouraged and do the Marshalls at the Controls hold the cars before letting them go to maintain a gap?
    What's the cost? HRCR Scenic tours are usually around £75:00.

  • wolfie28 25 Jan 2019

    threespires said:
    What's the cost? HRCR Scenic tours are usually around £75:00.
    Price in the article £180 per car

  • Norbury90 25 Jan 2019

    threespires said:
    The picture featuring the Healey shows my worry at these events - Cars all bunched up.
    It makes locals angry, is dangerous, makes navigators lazy.
    Maintaining a 1 minute gap between cars make these scenic runs more enjoyable. At Drivers Briefing is a gap encouraged and do the Marshalls at the Controls hold the cars before letting them go to maintain a gap?
    What's the cost? HRCR Scenic tours are usually around £75:00.
    There isn't nothing to stop anyone pulling over at any point if they catch the car in front, the road sections aren't timed. We pulled over at one point in the rally last year. People are able to drive it however they like, you aren't forced to be in a convoy if you don't want to be. You just need to make it to the checkpoints at a reasonable time before the marshalls leave.

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