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The Dunoon Presents Argyll Rally launched last week as one of the region’s most popular events on the calendar returns for the third successive year on June 22nd, with new challenges for competitors in the KNC Groundworks Scottish Rally Championship.

Backed by Dunoon Presents and the local community, the event will once again see some of the best drivers in Scotland and beyond heading to Dunoon to compete across classic Argyll and Bute forests stages with a brand-new test added to the mix in 2019.

Returning after a ten-year sabbatical in 2017, the rally is steeped in history having originated from the early 1970s. The last event of that era was run in 2003, ending a 40-year history but was resurrected by current event organisers Mull Car Club in 2017.

Two successful years have passed and 2019 marks the third running of the event in its current format, having attracted a huge range of competitors from across the UK over the last two years.

Two-time Scottish champions Euan Thorburn and Paul Beaton added their names to an illustrious list of winners in 2017 which include Roger Clark and Jimmy McRae after taking victory in their Ford Fiesta R5. Last year, Andrew Gallagher and Jane Nicol stamped their name on the trophy, driving their Ford Focus WRC to victory and subsequently the Scottish title.

On Friday 21st June, pre-event scrutiny and documentation will take place at Dunoon Stadium from around 2:00pm. The Stadium will also play host to Rally HQ and the service area for the rally on Saturday.

To bring rallying into the heart of the community, the event will commence with a ceremonial start in Dunoon on Saturday morning with two-wheel-drive crews getting to sample the quality stages first.

A total of eight stages offering 42 miles of competitive driving are on offer for crews, with the new Gairletter complex adding to the classic tests such as Bishops Glen, Glenbranter and Coire Ealt. Two-wheel-drive crews will run first on the road to take advantage of prime road conditions and low liaison mileage will help to assist with costs. Lucky finishers will return to spray the champagne at around 4.00pm back at the Stadium.

Chris Woodcock, Clerk of the Course for the event has been working hard to bring the rally back to the region in 2019 and believes this year’s offering could see the event produce a “classic”.

“We have had to overcome a few challenges over the past few weeks, but I’m delighted that we are now back on track thanks to support from our backers, sponsors and championships,” he said.

“After our recent route survey, I can confirm the stages are genuinely some of the best I have ever seen in Scotland and we have done everything we can to use only the smoothest stages. Introducing the new Gairletter test has brought a new dynamic to the rally and I’m confident every single competitor will enjoy what we have created this year”.

The event is a qualifying round of the KNC Groundworks Scottish Rally Championship, the Gazzard Accounts SD34 MSG Stage Rally Championship and the SG Petch ANECCC Stage Rally Championship.

The rally is backed by Dunoon Presents and the local community, all of which make the event possible.

Spectator information will be available closer to the event. You can keep up to date on the event via their social media feeds.

Online entry is now available alongside event regulations on the website: http://www.argyllrally.co.uk

Images Eddie Kelly Motorsport Photography

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