IRC Rally of Scotland details announced

Details on this years Rally of Scotland, the penultimate round for Eurosports Intercontinental Rally Challenge, which is held weekend of 7-9 October have been announced.

Scotland is one of the most scenic parts of the UK and has been dubbed by many competitors in the past, to have some of the best roads in the world.

The Route.
The route for 2011’s Rally of Scotland was revealed recently – following a ceremonial start at Stirling Castle on the Friday afternoon, the first competitive timed stage mileage will take place on the new Carron Valley stage later that evening.

The event then moves into Perthshire on the Saturday, taking in classic stages such as Craigvinean, Drummond Hill and Errochty before a return on the Sunday to Stirlingshire for another run through Carron Valley as well as two new tests, Loch Chon and the giant 27km High Corrie that will each be tackled twice.

The Rally will then finish late afternoon on the Sunday with its two short final stages through the majestic grounds of Scone Palace near Perth – also the scene for this year’s ceremonial finish.

A route map with stage times is available from the official website.

Big Points.
This year’s Rally of Scotland could see the crowning of a new IRC Champion as one and a half times the normal points on offer for a win will be up for grabs. That is expected to lead to a first-class overseas entry while also attracting a number of leading domestic crews eager to make a name on the international stage.

In addition to the headlining IRC event and further adding to the entertainment, spectators will see a supporting rally for national crews being held on Saturday’s and Sunday’s stages.

The events organisers have announced a change which will see fans pay £20 for per vehicle at entry to each stage car parks. The new Carron Valley stage on the Sunday morning when £10 per vehicle will be charged.

IMS Cheif executive Andrew Coe said “Representing exceptional value for money, this means that four people per vehicle equals just £5 per person to see some of the world’s very finest rally drivers and cars in flat-out action on what are, given the truly stunning surrounding countryside in Stirlingshire and Perthshire, some of the world’s most spectacular stages”.

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