Organisers of the Dunoon Presents Argyll Rally have announced that “only the best will do” for this year’s event which forms round four of the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship on 23rd June in Dunoon.
After returning to the motor sport calendar in 2017 for the first time in 13 years, the Mull Car Club organised event will see a revised format this year which includes a mix of high quality classic Argyll and Bute forests along with brand new unused special stages and low road mileage for competitors.
With the event entries now starting to flow, Clerk of the Course Chris Woodcock is eager to ensure competitors are aware of the changes to this year’s rally.
“Bringing an event to back to Dunoon in 2017 was a tough task and the last-minute changes to the forestry roads available meant we could not use all of the stages we had originally planned, but this year we have a real treat in store for our crews” he says.
“The rally has seen some epic battles since the early 70`s with legends such as Roger Clark and Jimmy McRae blasting through these stages when it was part of the British Championship.
We have secured the use of several classic stages for this year’s rally and after a recent route survey can say they look in great condition. I’m sure our competitors will love what we have in store”.
Dunoon Stadium will play host to Rally headquarters, pre-event scrutiny and documentation which takes place on Friday 22nd June.
After a ceremonial start in Dunoon town centre at around 8.45am on Saturday 23rd, crews will head out into the local forests for 45 miles of stages, spread across eight special tests before the finish celebrations later that afternoon at the Stadium. But its not just old favourites organisers have planned.
“We have also worked really hard to secure the use of some brand-new stages in the area and in doing so, have kept the costs to a minimum for our competitors with just 75 road miles linking the tests” says Woodcock.
“This means almost half of the stages no-one will have competed on before and with emergency service after each stage and three service halts, we are ensuring our crews will have the best possible chances to enjoy the rally.
We have worked really hard to build on the success of last year and I’m confident we have all the right ingredients for an iconic round of the Scottish Rally Championship once again.”
The rally is backed by Dunoon Presents and the local community, all of which make the event possible. It 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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