It’s not often that you’re slapping on the sunscreen for an English stage rally in April. And while it may be cheesy to suggest celestial powers were smiling down on the recent Corbeau Seats Rally, it was hard to believe the sun was a mere coincidence.

That’s because the Corbeau Seats Rally on Sunday 19 April wasn’t just another stage rally; it was the first closed-road rally in England — a landmark moment for motorsport on these shores.

In April 2017, the Government passed legislation permitting closed-road motorsport. And, 12 months later, following a herculean effort by Chelmsford Motor Club, rallying took over Clacton-on-Sea.