New rally opens its doors for entries as much-anticipated event is launched
Regulations for the Dunoon Presents Argyll Rally have now been released and entries are officially open for the exciting new 24th June event.
Backed by Dunoon Presents and the local community, the event will bring rallying back to the region after a break of over ten years and is organised by Mull Car Club.
The all-gravel rally will form round five of the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship which will bring some of the best drivers in Scotland and further afield to the region to tackle stages in the forests surrounding Dunoon.
The event is also a qualifying round of the ANWCC Stage Rally Championship, SD34 MSG Stage Rally Championship and the www.c2rallyparts.co.uk Ecosse Challenge.
A total of eight stages offering 45 miles of competitive driving are on offer for crews, all easily accessible from Dunoon Stadium which will play host to Rally HQ and the event service area. 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.
The event kicks off on Friday 23rd June with pre-event scrutiny and documentation taking place at Dunoon Stadium from 2:00pm. To bring rallying into the heart of the community, the event will commence with a spectacular ceremonial start in Dunoon town centre at around 8.45am on Saturday 24th June.
After an action packed day in the forests, crews will return to spray the champagne at round 5.00pm later that day with the awards ceremony taking place in the Stadium from around 9.00pm.
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 names such as Roger Clark and Jimmy McRae.
Last run in 2003 by Lankarkshire Car Club, the event fell victim to the austerity measures of the era and ended an almost 40 year history. Thanks to the support of the locals and businesses in Dunoon, the Argyll Rally returns once again in 2017.
Chris Woodcock, Clerk of the Course and his team have been working hard over the past few months to prepare an event worthy of continuing its prestigious heritage and they believe they have the formula just right.
“It’s been a lot of hard work but it’s a real honour to be able to come back to the region and put on an event in the Scottish Rally Championship” says Woodcock.
“The people of Dunoon are so excited by the prospect of the event returning to the local woodlands and we are of course indebted to the support from Dunoon Presents and the local businesses.
We have a great route planned and everything is really starting to come together. I would urge competitors to enter the rally as early as possible; interest in the event has been exceptionally high.”
Online entry is now available alongside event regulations: HERE
Spectator information will be available closer to the event.
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