Dunoon will be welcoming over 140 rally cars and crews to the Cowal Peninsula this weekend as the Dunoon Presents Argyll Rally hosts one of the biggest motorsport events in Western Scotland on 24/25 June.
Taking place on the closed-public roads surrounding the coastal town of Dunoon for a second year in a row, a bumper list of entries will tackle two days of fast-paced rallying with some of the best sealed-surface rally drivers in the country taking part in the unique motorsport weekend.
Contenders in the KNC Groundworks Scottish Rally Championship make a welcome return to the event and will be joined for the first time by the Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship. The SD34 MSG Stage Rally Championship, AS Performance North of England Tarmacadam Rally Championship and the HRCR Mini Sport Cup, also make up a large quantity of the impressive entry list.
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 on Friday night before two more stages take place under the cover of darkness in the surrounding countryside.
Eight more stages follow on Saturday, before returning to Dunoon Stadium at around 16:40 for the finish celebrations and champagne spray.
Leading the crews away from the start line of the first stage through Dunoon high street will be the 2021 third-placed crew of Freddie Milne and Patrick Walsh in their Fiesta R5. Their previous experience of the tricky lanes in the region will come into play as they also aim to get their Scottish Championship aspirations back on track.
But it’s former SRC champion David Bogie who will be chasing an asphalt win in his MINI WRC with Cameron Fair in the co-drivers seat. Second overall last year, Daniel Harper also pilots a MINI WRC with Chris Campbell on the notes, and starts as the number three seed this time around.
Leading National Asphalt crew away is Mark Kelly and Will Atkins who bring their Ford Fiesta R5 to Argyll with number four on the doors, with David Henderson and Chris Lees in a similar machine in fifth. Such is the quality of the field, you could pick any one of the top twenty as a favourite for a win this weekend.
Fans will be able to watch the action from both at home or on the stages with a dedicated Facebook LIVE broadcast package from the championships and a wide range of stage-side viewing locations during the rally. Almost every stage is accessible to view but for those following the rally from home, the event’s Facebook page will be sharing all the broadcasts throughout the weekend.
Programmes are available from a wide variety of locations in Dunoon, detailing spectator information and timings in addition to a handy online guide to plan ahead HERE.
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.