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Manx Auto Sport, the promotors and organisers behind the Isle of Man based Pokerstars Rally have this week launched outline details of the 1/2 October 2021 event.

After being forced to cancel both the Manx National and Pokerstars Rally in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exciting closed-road event will make a dramatic return to the British rallying calendar to offer competitors and fans two-days of action packed motorsport across the island.

With only a handful of closed-road stage rallies set to run in the UK this year, the already popular Pokerstars Rally is predicted to attract bumper entries and the organising team behind the event are delighted to announce the outline details and incentives for the October Rally.

“We are pleased to announce that Pokerstars Rally will be going ahead this October” said Mark Quayle, Clerk of the Course.

“We have prepared yet another classic event that our previous competitors will be familiar with, but with the addition of several new twists, ensuring the rally can be enjoyed by both crews and fans alike”.

“It’s been a difficult 12 months for everyone of course and motorsport on the island has been hit hard by the pandemic. Our two showcase events, The Manx National and Pokerstars Rally are highly regarded in the UK and further afield so not being able to run the events since 2019 has been a huge blow for the club and communities. But we have been working hard to produce another classic Manx offering in 2021 and are excited to be able to bring rallying back to the island again.”

The event is set to provide crews with two challenging days of competition, covering 120 miles and 13 special stages. Pre-event reconnaissance will take place on two of the four optional days with the iconic TT Grandstand providing central servicing for teams.

Organisers have arranged a host of incentives for both crews and volunteers who wish to make the trip to the island for the rally.

“We have been working hard behind the scenes to provide a cost-effective solution for everyone to visit the event and the Isle of Man,” says Quayle.

“The standard entry fee will be a competitive £655 but thanks to our official travel partner Isle of Man Event Services, we can also offer a travel package for car and van, plus two adults and a trailer up to 10.5m for just £1015*.”

“We of course need a small army of volunteers to help run the event safely and can also offer those travelling to assist on both days of the rally a refund of up to 50% of your travel costs based on a minimum of a car and two people*. If competitors who are making the trip across know of any willing volunteers, we would be delighted to hear from them.”

Event regulations for the Pokerstars Rally will be released online on 14th July, with entries opening on Sunday 18th July at 7pm. Competitors are encouraged to read the entry criteria in the regulations with regards to the acceptance of entries.

The Pokerstars Rally is a qualifying round of the Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship, MRF Tyres Mixed Surface Challenge, HRCR Stage Masters Historic Stage Rally Championship, JD Tyres Welsh Tarmacadam Rally Championship, ANWCC Stage Rally Championship, SD34 MSG Stage Rally Championship and the Motor-Mall (IOM) Manx Rally Championship.

For up to date information, please visit https://manxautosport.org/

* Travel and accommodation must be booked with our Official Travel Partner; Isle of Man Event Services on +44 1624 664460 or info@iomevents.com.

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