The popular Dunoon Presents Argyll Rally will make a sensational return to the British rally calendar on 24/25 June as the Dunoon based closed-road event launches details of their 2022 offering.
Running for three years as a forest rally, the event made a dramatic shift to a closed-road sealed surface event in 2021 and organisers Mull Car Club have this week, released the regulations with a host of impressive changes for the action-packed weekend of motorsport.
Dunoon is set to host some of the best drivers in the UK as the rally not only welcomes back the KNC Groundworks Scottish Rally Championship but has also attracted the attention of the popular Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship. They will be joined by the SD34 MSG Stage Rally Championship, AS Performance North of England Tarmacadam Rally Championship and the HRCR Mini Sport Cup, meaning a bumper list of entries is likely once again.
In addition to the new series’ joining the event, a transformation in the route will see a new look to the rally format, offering a dynamic challenge to crews, whilst retaining all the popular features which were welcomed during the inaugural running last year.
Thanks to the backing from Dunoon Presents and local businesses, local and regional Councils, Police forces and authorities, the rally will offer 62 miles of closed-road action throughout the weekend. From its now traditional base at Dunoon Stadium, the event will kick off with a double-header run of the Dunoon Town stage before two more stages take place under the cover of darkness around the Cowal Peninsula.
Friday night rounds off with a new and scintillating 14.5-mile blast to test the crews to the limit before an overnight halt offers up some respite. Eight more stages follow on Saturday [four tests repeated], before returning to Dunoon Stadium at around 16:40 for the finish celebrations.
In 2022, the rally will also be launching a local Carbon Offset programme which will see a significant number of trees being planted in the area in conjunction with the Scottish Woodland Trust.
Chris Woodcock, Argyll Rally Clerk of the Course said, “We are very excited to be bringing the Dunoon Presents Argyll Rally back to the region and the rallying calendar in 2022.”
“We had many challenges to overcome last year thanks to the pandemic and of course the first time we had moved the rally onto the public roads, but it was a huge success for the community. Now restrictions have been lifted we can offer the area, spectators and of course drivers a fantastic and entertaining weekend in one of the most spectacular parts of the country.”
“With the impressive range of rally championships and desire from competitors across the UK to make the trip to Dunoon this June, I`m confident of the event being the best one yet”.
The Argyll Rally made a return to the British rallying calendar in 2017 after a thirteen-year sabbatical. First known as the Burmah Rally, the event originated in the early 1970s when the British Rally Championship assembled in the region and saw classic battles in the local forests with names such as Roger Clark and Jimmy McRae at the front of the field.
Latterly, it was run by Lanarkshire Car Club but didn’t take place after 2004 until being reborn in 2017 by Mull Car Club in the nearby forests. However, with falling entry numbers and limited forests available, an alternative solution was sought, and the event moved onto the closed public roads in the region thanks to the passing of a Parliamentary law to allow roads to be closed for timed motorsport events.
More information for spectators and details on the Carbon Offset Programme will be released in due course.
Regulations for the event are now available with entries opening on Sunday 8 May at 09:00.