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Carlisle will feature prominently in the route of the 2017 Roger Albert Clark Rally and will be the event’s base for days two, three and four of the 10-13 November rally.

The start of the rally, which has now received over 130 entry deposits for 120 places, will be based at Brightwells in Leominster, Herefordshire, for pre-event documentation and scrutineering on Thursday 9 November as well as service at the end of the event’s inaugural Welsh leg (Friday 10 November).

When the Welsh leg is complete, the entire rally will move north to Carlisle where the event will be based for the next three days. The rally base in Carlisle will be at H&H Auctions close to J43 of the M6, which will be home to the rally from late on Friday evening through to first thing Monday morning.

Crews will re-start from Carlisle on the morning on Saturday 11 November and tackle a loop of stages across the southern section of Kielder before finishing back in Carlisle.

On Sunday (12 November) the route will head into classic Scottish stages for another full day before returning to Carlisle for the final overnight halt. Monday’s action will be in the central block of Kielder with an early afternoon finish and prize-giving at the new Kielder Waterside facility in the centre of the Kielder complex. This will allow crews to start their homeward journey by mid-afternoon on Monday.

Rally manager Colin Heppenstall said: “Carlisle has a long association with the Roger Albert Clark Rally and is the perfect base for the forests of Southern Scotland and Kielder. We’re planning a proper sting in the tail on Monday morning with a couple of long stages and minimal road mileage.”

To keep up to date with Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club news, you can become a club member for £15 annually. This will give you about 20 newsletters over the year plus lots of other news and membership details are available from the new club web site at http://www.racrally.org

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