Organised by Mull Car Club, regulations for the stage rally in the classic Argyll and Bute forests have now been released and entries are being taken for the fourth round of the Scottish Championship.
Backed by Dunoon Presents and the local community, the event will see some of the best drivers in Scotland and beyond heading to the region to compete across historic forests tests, many of which have not been used for over a decade.
First known as the Burmah Rally, the event originated from the early 1970’s where the British Rally Championship assembled in the region and saw classic battles in the local forests with iconic names such as Roger Clark and Jimmy McRae. The last event of that era was run in 2003, ending a 40 year history in the region.
In 2017, Mull Car Club, Dunoon Presents and the local community reignited the passion and heritage surrounding the rally and re-launched the event. The Argyll Rally saw a strong field from the Scottish Rally Championship assemble in Dunoon to compete on stages surrounding the town, with eventual Scottish Champions Euan Thorburn and Paul Beaton taking victory in their Ford Fiesta R5.
On Friday 22nd June, pre-event scrutiny and documentation will take place at Dunoon Stadium from around 2:00pm. The Stadium will also play host to Rally HQ and the service area for the rally on Saturday. To bring rallying into the heart of the community, the event will commence with a ceremonial start in Dunoon town centre at around 8.45am on Saturday 23rd June.
A total of eight stages offering 45 miles of competitive driving are on offer for crews. The close proximity of the event base to the stages will ensure low road mileage for competitors, making the event as cost effective as possible. After an action packed day in the forests, crews will return to spray the champagne at around 4.00pm later that day.
Chris Woodcock, Clerk of the Course for the event is delighted to bring the event back to the rallying calendar and believes it will be even more impressive in 2018.
“We worked really hard last year to bring the sport back to the region and it was fantastic to see rallying in Argyll once again” he says.
“We have taken last year’s event and made it bigger and better than ever by using our experiences from 2017. The stages used will be the best tests from last year whilst utilising some classic forests which have been unused for many years. The stages are in fantastic condition too and we are confident that crews will enjoy what we have planned for them. It will challenge the most experienced drivers and spectators are sure to be in for a treat when they head into the woods to watch the action”.
The local support for the event has been essential to the continuation of the rally for a second year.
“There was a huge buzz around the area when the rally was here and we simply could have not made the event a success without the support of Dunoon Present, the local community and businesses” he continues.
“We are honoured to be able to continue this into 2018 and the organising team are looking forward to bringing another great sporting event to region once again. We have a great route planned and we look forward to welcoming rally crews from across the UK to Dunoon in June.”
The event is a qualifying round of the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship, the Ecosse Challenge, the SD34 MSG Stage Rally Championship, the ANWCC Stage Rally Championship, the SG Petch ANECCC Stage Rally Championship and the SD34 MSG Inter Club League.
Online entry is now available alongside event regulations on the website: www.argyllrally.co.uk
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