Following on from the runaway success of the inaugural DMACK Carlisle Stages in 2013, round five of the 2014 R.A.C. Championship will run on Saturday 21 June and cover 45 stage miles in the Kershope and Newcastleton forest complexes.
The day before the rally (Friday 20 June) will start with a shakedown forest stage of up to two miles, which will be open to all registered championship contenders as a chance to give sponsors, service crews, family, guests and media a taste of forest rallying. There will be a modest charge for cars taking part and there will be no limit on the number of runs.
When the shakedown stage closes, the focus will turn to pre-event documentation and scrutineering on Friday afternoon at R J Murray & Sons Haulage Company in Longtown, Carlisle: just five minutes from junction 44 of the M6.
Then, as scrutineering closes late on Friday afternoon there will be a championship barbecue for all crew members, including families and service crews. This mid-season social event is expected to be very popular as competitors, organisers and service crews all get together in a relaxed atmosphere.
This compact rally, with 45 stage miles and less than 70 road miles, will give crews a rare chance to tackle some of the most famous gravel stages in the UK during the summer months. The DMACK Carlisle Stages will be organised by the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club.
“We wanted to have a mid-season social get together for everyone involved in the R.A.C. Championship and the DMACK Carlisle Stages is the ideal event,” said Colin Heppenstall, championship manager. “Crews can shake the cars down and give some passenger rides on Friday morning, complete scrutineering on Friday afternoon and then enjoy the barbecue. On Saturday, the rally will finish from around 3pm to allow crews to start the journey home in good time.”
The West Wales Rally Spares R.A.C. Rally Championship is the only championship that runs historics first on the road on all events.