CREWS will enjoy 43 miles of gravel, spread across three stages run twice.
The non-competitive section of the route will also pass through Dalbeattie town centre, 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.
For the twenty-sixth time, the rally will be supported by Dumfries and Galloway Council.
An impressive entry list will see last year’s winners, Michael Binnie and Claire Mole leading the contenders away from Dalbeattie on Saturday morning.
Regional representation comes from Jock Armstrong who starts at three. The Castle Douglas resident brings his familiar Subaru Impreza with Hannah McKillop in the co-driver’s seat. Armstrong currently leads the Scottish Championship but by only three points.
With fan favorite David Bogie electing to sit this year’s edition out to concentrate on events in Ireland, local interest will also come from
Dumfries driver Mark McCulloch in his Proton Satria Evo. With Michael Hendry on the notes, McCulloch is quickly getting hold of his newly built Proton and is currently third in the SRC standings.
Even closer to the rally base; he owns the facility, is Ford Fiesta Rally2 driver Iain Wilson. Director of the Jas P Wilson Forest Machines firm that has handed over their impressive premises to the rally for the weekend, Dalbeattie-based Wilson and co-driver Chris Williams will be looking to put their last outing in the car firmly behind them and build the confidence after a sizeable accident at the Jim Clark Rally in May.
This year will also mark the UK Armed Forces Rally Team’s (UKAFRT) 60th year at the Scottish Rally.
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