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More route information for the 2021 Roger Albert Clark Rally (25-29 November) has been confirmed as organisation pushes ahead for the longest and toughest special stage rally on the UK calendar.

Carlisle has been confirmed as the host city for the event, which will be based at H&H Auctions close to junction 43 of the M6. The rally will be based at H&H until it transfers to Wales on Saturday night. Scrutineering will start at mid-day on Wednesday and continue on Thursday morning.

Rally manager Colin Heppenstall has confirmed an outline route for the opening three days and will soon reveal his route plan for Sunday and Monday in Wales. The total route will take in 350 stage miles.

The rally will start at 3pm on Thursday (25 November) for a loop of five stages in the western end of Kielder covering 42 stage miles into the evening. That’s the equivalent of a BTRDA rally as a warm-up on Thursday!

Friday is a long, challenging day in the central block of Kielder, taking in eight stages and 112 stage miles. Only one stage, the 9.35-mile Pundershaw stage, is under 10 miles long, while the Bewshaugh stage, which is run twice, is a whopping 17.67 miles. The first car will leave Carlisle at 7.30am and return shortly before 9pm.

The pressure is kept up on Saturday with classic stages over the border in Scotland, including Ae, Twiglees and Craik in a route of eight stages and 66 stage miles. On Saturday evening, or Sunday morning, crews will re-locate to Wales for Sunday and Monday and a further 130 stage miles. The re-start on Sunday is provisionally set for 12 noon to allow later runners the option of heading south on Sunday morning. The Welsh route is set to include some classic forest stages as well as one or two stages that have not been used for several years.

Heppenstall said: “It really is business as usual and we are planning ahead for November. We’ll issue further details as more route information becomes available. We plan to open entries in April and will give plenty of notice of the opening date and deposit system. We are getting an unprecedented level of enquiry from prospective competitors for the rally.”

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