Rally Scotland

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For the annual round of the Scottish Rally Championship, see Scottish Rally.

Rally Scotland is a forest rally held in central Scotland which is a round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC). The first event was held in 2009 and included stages that were last used over 20 years ago on the RAC Rally.

History[edit]

Kris Meeke in the Peugeot 207 on SS4 of the 2010 Rally Scotland.

At a press conference in Glasgow on 15 October 2008 it was announced that Scotland would host the final round of the 2009 Intercontinental Rally Challenge and that Rally Scotland had secured a three-year contract with the IRC to host the event. Among those present at the launch was the First Minister of Scotland, Rt Hon Alex Salmond, the ex-world champion Robert Reid and Andrew Cowan founder of Mitsubishi Ralliart.[1]

The inaugural event was held between 19–21 November 2009 during some of the wettest weather seen in the UK.[2] The event was won by Guy Wilks in a Škoda Fabia S2000.[3]

For 2010, the rally took place at the earlier dates of 15–17 October with the main service area being moved from Blair Atholl Castle to Perth Airport. Juho Hänninen won the event and also sealed victory in the IRC championship. Eurosport again covered the event live.[4]

In 2011 the rally will again have a new date after the initial slot of 14–16 October was moved a week earlier to 7–9 October. The change is due to a request to ensure that sufficient numbers of volunteers are available to running of the event.[5]

Route and stages[edit]

The two-day event uses rally stages in Perthshire (day one) and the Trossachs (day two) including some of the most famous stages used in the Scottish Rally Championship and the RAC Rally. They include three of Colin McRae's all time favourites; Craigvinean, Drummond Hill and Errochty[6] and also Loch Ard which was described by Kris Meeke as the best stage in the world.[7] Drummond Hill is also the all time favourite of ex-rally star and M-Sport owner Malcolm Wilson.[8]

Results[edit]

Rally name Stages Podium finishers
Rank Driver
Co-driver
Team
Car
Time
2011 Rally Scotland
7–9 October 2011
Round 10 of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge
15 stages
196.96 km
1 Norway Andreas Mikkelsen
Norway Ola Fløene
United Kingdom Škoda UK
Czech Republic Škoda Fabia S2000
1 h : 55 m : 17.2 s
2 Finland Juho Hänninen
Finland Mikko Markkula
Czech Republic Škoda Motorsport
Czech Republic Škoda Fabia S2000
1 h : 55 m : 43.6 s
3 France Bryan Bouffier
France Xavier Panseri
France Peugeot France
France Peugeot 207 S2000
1 h : 56 m : 52.5 s
2010 Rally Scotland
15–17 October 2010
Round 11 of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge
12 stages
208.08 km
1 Finland Juho Hänninen
Finland Mikko Markkula
Czech Republic Škoda Motorsport
Czech Republic Škoda Fabia S2000
2 h : 01 m : 07.4 s
2 Norway Andreas Mikkelsen
Norway Ola Fløene
United Kingdom M-Sport Ltd.
United Kingdom Ford Fiesta S2000
2 h : 01 m : 32.9 s
3 United Kingdom Kris Meeke
Republic of Ireland Paul Nagle
United Kingdom Peugeot UK
France Peugeot 207 S2000
2 h : 04 m : 31.6 s
2009 Rally Scotland
19–21 November 2009
Round 11 of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge
13 stages
204.50 km
1 United Kingdom Guy Wilks
United Kingdom Phillip Pugh
United Kingdom Phillip Pugh
Czech Republic Škoda Fabia S2000
2 h : 17 m : 07.5 s
2 United Kingdom Alister McRae
Australia Billy Hayes
United Kingdom Mellors Elliot Motorsport
Malaysia Proton Satria Neo
2 h : 19 m : 54.8 s
3 United Kingdom Jonathan Greer
United Kingdom Dai Roberts
United Kingdom Jonathan Greer
Japan Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX
2 h : 22 m : 29.3 s

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scotland to host final round of 2009 IRC series". ircseries.com (Intercontinental Rally Challenge). 15 October 2008. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Heavy rain and gales 18–20 November 2009 Met Office website 23 November 2009 Retrieved 30 November 2009
  3. ^ "Rally Scotland Result 2009" (PDF). ircseries.co.uk (Intercontinental Rally Challenge). Retrieved 30 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Competitors Rally Guide 1" (PDF). msaevents.co.uk (Intercontinental Rally Challenge). 24 May 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Rally of Scotland to run from 7–9 October". ircseries.com. Intercontinental Rally Challenge. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  6. ^ McRae Stages - (Sat) 27 Sep 08 18 November 2008 Retrieved 30 March 2010
  7. ^ Kris Meeke crowned king of Scotland Rally Buzz Website 21 November 2009 Retrieved 30 March 2010
  8. ^ Stars flock to pay tribute to Colin McRae Crash.net Website 26 September 2008 Retrieved 30 March 2010