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Merrick Stages
Posted by: newsla on Jul 17, 2014 - 04:30 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Merrick Stages


Entries have now opened for the GWF Energy Merrick Stages Rally, which will take place in Dumfries and Galloway on Saturday, September 6th.

 

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The event is a round of the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship, and is also a counter in both divisions of the Ecosse Challenge, and the Five of Clubs Rally Championship.

For the fifth successive year, the start and finish, as well as Friday night scrutineering, will be located in front of Rally HQ at the former county buildings in Wigtown.

The rally route – one of the most compact in the Scottish Championship calendar – will comprise seven classic stages in the Galloway Forest Park, totalling some 44 miles. There will be 115 road miles, and two visits to the central service area at Glencaird.

New for 2014, the Merrick is open to competitors in Rally First. Historic rally cars will again run ahead of the main field, and a reduced entry fee is being offered to overseas competitors.

In addition, there will be a Trophy Rally over the final three stages for crews unfortunate enough to retire earlier in the day.

Said Clerk of the Course, Graham Bisset: “With a competitive entry fee of £500.00, including one service pack and one management service pack, we hope that the prospect of great stage conditions will encourage more entries to the Merrick Stages, which twice in recent years has had the distinction of winning the Chairman’s Cup for the best event in the Scottish Rally Championship”.

He went on: “We're delighted to have the continuing sponsorship of GWF Energy, and the invaluable support of Dumfries and Galloway Council, whose funding for the rally is provided as part of the regional Major Festivals and Events Strategy. We can guarantee competitors and all those involved in the event the warmest of welcomes in Wigtown on September 6th”.

Note to editors:

*The GWF Energy Merrick Stages Rally is jointly organised by the Machars Car Club and the Scottish Sporting Car Club.

*Dumfries and Galloway Council and the GWF Energy Merrick Stages Rally are pleased to work in partnership to promote live motorsports in Dumfries and Galloway and welcome all rally related visitors to beautiful South West Scotland. The Council funding to the Rally is provided as part of the delivery of the regional Major Festivals and Events Strategy, 2014-2017.

*GWF Energy specialises in the supply, installation, commissioning and servicing of diesel and gas generating sets. It is the Scottish dealer for the Cummins Power Generation range of diesel and gas generators, and also supplies the full range of Valvoline Motor & Racing Oils and Fleetguard Filters. Managing Director Nigel Feeney has himself competed on the Merrick several times in recent years as a driver in the MSA Scottish Rally Championship.


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