The 2010 Royal Automobile Club Motor Sport Association Rally of Scotland (15-17 October) once again will feature as the UK’s round of the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC). With its fast gravel Special Stages and spectacular scenery, last year’s inaugural RACMSA Rally of Scotland proved to be an instant hit with competing IRC crews and rally fans. The 2010 event will build on that success and confirm the status of the Rally of Scotland as one of the UK’s premier motor sport attractions alongside the British Grand Prix and Wales Rally GB.
Significant changes for 2010 include a full weekend of competitive action, reduced admission costs for the public plus the promise of an even more star-studded entry as well as better weather conditions. While the event sticks to its established three-day format, the 2010 action now starts on Friday rather than Thursday evening and thus features competitive action on both Saturday and Sunday. Running a month earlier, the event should also avoid the atrocious weather experienced in 2009. Excitingly, the change of date promotes the Rally of Scotland to the penultimate round of the 2010 IRC – a move that’s certain to attract a large entry.
Last year’s event saw many fans turn out to support their home heroes, namely Scottish favourite Alister McRae, Northern Ireland’s Kris Meeke and Darlington’s Guy Wilks. Skoda driver Wilks went on clinch victory in Scotland in 2009 but it was Peugeot’s Meeke who was crowned the IRC Champion. All three – including McRae in his Proton – will be back in 2010 to challenge for victory on home ground following a demanding calendar of events that will have seen them visit eight other countries, from South America to mainland Europe.
With the world-renowned Gleneagles Hotel backing the 2010 event as a supporting sponsor, the 2010 route will feature an easy-to-access central Service Park located at Perth Airport and – as in 2009 – will commence with a Ceremonial Start and two runnings of a spectator-friendly Special Stage at historic Scone Palace, home of the Earls of Mansfield and widely regarded as once the crowning place of Scottish kings and queens. The high-speed competitive action will then switch to the more traditional Forestry Commission tracks for some of rallying’s most revered stages through Perthshire & Stirling before returning to Stirling Castle for the Ceremonial Finish.
Visit the Rally of Scotland website for more information.