Wednesday 31 August 2011

Rally - A Festival of Motor Sport

Plans are in hand to stage a ‘Scottish Motorsport Festival’ at the beginning of October to coincide with the Colin McRae Forest Stages Rally and the International Rally of Scotland the following weekend.

On Friday night (30th Sept), there will be a Rally Forum organised by the Colin McRae Vision at Moness Resort just outside Aberfeldy, then on Saturday (1st Oct) the final round of the national Scottish Rally Championship will take to the forest of Perthshire. Stig Blomqvist, Phil Mills and Jim McRae will be on the Forum panel before they take part in the rally on Saturday.

A karting event is planned for Monday 3rd October followed by a Production Car Autotest on Tuesday (4th Oct). Taking part on the autotest will be some of the top IRC drivers taking on a team from ‘the media’.

Wednesday’s (5th Oct) activities have yet to be confirmed and then the RoS/IRC event takes to the stages on Friday and Saturday.

The week long series of motor sporting themed events will be completed on Sunday 9 October, when Knockhill Race Circuit hosts the final race weekend of the Scottish Motor Racing Club.

The Festival will also feature a demonstration by some youngsters from the Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge, a new rally competition aimed at 14 to 17 year olds, with six cars driving the final two stages of Rally of Scotland at Scone Palace before the IRC teams arrive.

It’s a pity it wasn’t a two week festival – then they could have included the Tunnock’s Mull Rally on the 14th – to 16th October, the most carameliciously exciting event on the calendar!

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