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– 20 stages covering 163 miles across three days
– Town centre stages each day
– Nine tests over eleven miles in length
– The Sloc, last run 36 years ago re-introduced
– Concludes with iconic ‘Classic’ stage brining crews to the famous TT Grandstand finish

Next weeks Rally Isle of Man will present competitors with a true ‘Manx’ challenge!

Event organisers have laid on 20 stages covering 163 miles across the island from Thursday evening to Saturday afternoon.

Each day will bring the event to the public with town centre stages. Following shakedown at lunchtime on Thursday all roads will lead to Douglas promenade for the spectacular side-by-side opening stage, with spectator viewing in the Villa Marina gardens and promenade seafront.

Two further stages complete the night, the daunting high-speed run down Tholt-y-Will (SS2 5 Tons Bridge) and Pond Road in the north of the island taking crews well into darkness.

Friday on Rally Isle of Man is traditionally the meat of the challenge, with crews facing a 13-hour, 11 stage day. Six daytime tests begin with the rapid Sloc hillclimb, last used in 1980!

Friday night is headlined by the double run of the famous harbour-side Castletown spectator stages. They form part of a real endurance test on a leg that takes in five tests across the island without any opportunity for service.

Saturday is no easy run to the champagne either. The last three stages are all over 13 miles in length, part of nine 11-mile or longer tests across the event.

The late afternoon finale is the ‘Classic’, encompassing all that is best about the famed Manx stages and a favourite of many drivers including Mark Higgins. It crosses the island, starting on the infamous Druidale, takes in the familiar landmarks of Brandywell Cottage, Injebreck and Abbeylands jump and then joins the TT course for the final dash back to Douglas and the TT start/finish line.

And keeping the challenge going right to the end, those final ten miles are unused throughout the rest of the rally.

One other innovation organisers are trialing this year is WRC-style flexi-service for International crews. This allows teams to decide within an overall timeframe when to use their allotted service time, helping with logistics at the end of each leg.

The event will be based throughout at the iconic TT Grandstand Service Park & Rally HQ. Spectator access is free throughout the event at all locations.

Rally Isle of Man is organised in conjunction with Druidale Motor Club.

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