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The Carlisle Stages Rally has joined forces with Kielder Water and Forest Park Development Trust to announce a new-look to this year’s Carlisle Stages Rally, planned to run on Saturday 23rd October.

The popular all-gravel stage rally will play host to a wealth of national championships, including the Fuchs Lubricants British Historic Rally Championship, Rally2 Mixed Surface Championships, the KNC Groundworks Scottish Rally Championship and the Crew 25 Rally Championship.

Competitors will enjoy a wealth of changes to this year’s rally, including a new start and finish venue, top-quality stages and minimum double use to ensure prime road conditions for all crews. Two wheel-drive competitors will run first on the road, followed by four wheeled-drive contenders.

“I’m delighted to announce a collaboration between Kielder Water and Forest Park Development Trust to launch the 2021 Carlisle Stages Rally,” said Clerk of the Course Nicola Heppenstall.

“It’s been a challenging time for our sport but its great to finally be able to press ahead with our plans to offer a compact, cost effective and enjoyable day’s motorsport for all those competitors who have been sidelined for almost 18 months”.

Alex MacLennan, Forestry England, Recreation Public Affairs Manager Northumberland said “The new partnership has allowed us to make some significant improvements to the event and it is great to bring the Trust and its message to a potentially new audience”.

“Their work in the Kielder area, on and around the dam, Calvert Trust, Kielder Waterside Park and not forgetting Forest England is crucial. Of course, this is all part of where we are all able to enjoy our chosen sport”.

The Carlisle Stages Rally will offer 43 stages in and around the Kielder Forest complex with a significant 33 miles of single usage across the five stages during the day.

Kielder Castle will provide the perfect backdrop to house the rally start and finish, one of the major landmarks in England’s largest forest and the surrounding area, whilst Greenside Car Park, which is located opposite Kielder Waterside Park, will be home to the event service area.

More information on activities around Kielder can be found on http://www.visitkielder.com

Latest information on the Carlisle Stages Rally will be published on the event website: http://www.racrmc.org/carlisle-stages/home

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