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The RSAC Scottish Rally will blast back into action this month [23 July] as the Lockerbie based gravel rally returns to full strength after being forced to run behind closed doors in 2021 due to the pandemic.

The highly regarded event marks the 76th running of the rally, thought to be one of the longest-running motorsport events in the country and will take in classic stages in the Castle O’er, Ae and Twiglees forest complexes during an action-packed day of flat-out competition.

Joined by competitors in the KNC Groundworks Scottish Rally Championship, HRCR Northern Historic Gravel Championship and Army Land Rover Challenge, crews from across the UK will be traversing some of the finest special tests in the country which have been specifically chosen for their smooth nature and durability.

For the twenty-fifth time, the Scottish Rally will be backed by Dumfries & Galloway Council and will form part of the Council’s seven ‘signature events’, covering everything from Burns Suppers to arts festivals and World Championship Ice Hockey.

It’s understood to be the longest-running partnership between a rally and a local authority anywhere in Britain, with the Council supporting nearly one-third of all the Scottish Rallies run since the first in 1932.

Based at Lockerbie Lorry Park, crews will head out to tackle 42 miles of stages, spread across six stages with a mid-event Regroup in Moffat Town Centre at around Midday to split the rally. Offering the chance for fans to get up close and personal to the cars and crews, the town will also welcome the winners back later in the day for the now traditional champagne spray and finish celebrations.

After being forced to run behind closed doors in 2021, rally organisers are delighted to be able to welcome spectators back into the forests this year, with the opportunity to catch the action on three out of the six stages during the day.

Clerk of the Course, Jonathan Lord and his team have been working hard to create an event worthy of its long-running history; “The organising team have been working very hard behind the scenes to create a fantastic event for crews and fans alike and we have made several changes from last year thanks to the feedback received from competitors.”

“Our recent route survey and changes to the format of stages have ensured that we only use some of the best quality forests available to us and they are in prime condition to welcome our crews to the amazing forest roads our region offers. It will also be fantastic welcome spectators back into the forests to add to the atmosphere of this year’s event”.

Councillor Archie Dryburgh, Chair of the Communities Committee is also pleased to welcome the rally back to full strength.

“Dumfries and Galloway is a special place for rallying. The forests provide the natural terrain, and there is a celebrated history of fine drivers and rallies in the region.” he said.

“The Council is proud to celebrate the 25th anniversary of bringing the rally to South West Scotland. The driving force behind the rally is not only the officials and Clerk of the Course, but our wonderful marshals and volunteers. A huge thank you for your support each year that enables the rally to run safely and efficiently. We do hope you enjoy your time in Dumfries and Galloway.”

Previous winners of the event include World Rally Championship legends such Colin McRae, Ari Vatanen, Hannu Mikkola and Stig Blomqvist. Dumfries driver David Bogie made history in 2021 by winning the event for a record-breaking seventh time, piloting his MINI JCW WRC, winning by almost a minute.

More information and full results can be found on the official rally website:
http://www.scottishrally.co.uk

Keep up to date with event information via social media:
http://www.facebook.com/scottishrally and http://www.twitter.com/scottishrally

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