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By Amy Duffy
Sport
Motor rally heads to Dumfries and Galloway

THE END of covid could see the region become the centre of a national sporting endeavour.

On Friday and Saturday 6 and 7 of May, this normally peaceful section of the country could become the host of a motor rally.

Although motor rallies often pass through the area they are usually restricted to the many forested regions and forest roads, but the proposed Coast2Coast Rally will be different, as the competitive element will be staged on sections of closed public road.

Mull of Galloway farmer and amateur rally driver Jim Sharp has driven these roads countless times over the years and has often thought to himself that many of the local roads would be ideally suited to the sport.

Mr Sharp raised the subject when the Scottish Government passed the Act of Parliament which eased the process of allowing such events to be held on closed public roads.

With a bit of luck, the Coast2Coast rally with additional support from local firms Donnan Construction and SVM Port Services will make its debut in three months time.

The idea has already generated wide support from local people and businesses, with Neil Fisher of Tigh Na Mara Hotel in Sandhead having been so helpful to the organisers that a nearby rally stage will be named ‘The Tig’.

Mr Fisher said: “ The arrival of an event like this should be great for local business.

“It will bring new people to the south west corner of Scotland and introduce them to the South West Coastal 300, a 300 mile tour around the best that the area has to offer.”

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