* First 25 registrations guaranteed discounted entries to Wales Rally GB * Ten entries now lodged meaning only 15 places remain
Entries for the National class rally that will support this year's RACMSA Rally of Scotland are into double figures with some six weeks still to go before the event takes place (7-9 October).Ten competitors have already signed up for the National event that will use Saturday afternoon's and all of Sunday's stages on Rally of Scotland - hot on the heels of the headlining Intercontinental Rally Challenge stars.It means many of the small, but no less enthusiastic, crews - normally limited to events on a more local level in Scotland and elsewhere in the UK - have an opportunity to shine on an international level by comparing some 82 miles of stage times with those set by the IRC's top drivers. Furthermore the stages - each a high-speed blast through Forestry Commission Scotland land in Perthshire, Stirlingshire and North Lanarkshire - are widely acclaimed as being among the most spectacular and best prepared anywhere in the world.Famous names such as Craigvinean, Drummond Hill and Errochty in Perthshire feature on the Saturday. Sunday's stages include Carron Valley in Lanarkshire and, new for 2011, Loch Chon plus the daunting 26km High Corrie in Stirlingshire.As a further incentive, the first 25 entries received for Rally of Scotland's National category will also be guaranteed entries into November's Wales Rally GB National, the UK's round of the FIA World Rally Championship - plus a £100 discount on the entry fee. With over 60 entries already received for Wales Rally GB National, this is now the only way to guarantee a place on the event.Entries received so far for Rally of Scotland's National event are: Barry Groundwater (Stonehaven, Aberdeen), Alistair Inglis (Montrose, Angus), Neil Coalter (Aberdeen), David Newall (Mid Calder, Livingston), Dougal Brown (Inverness) and Wayne Sisson (Burton in Kendal, Cumbria) - all are in Mitsubishi Lancers - Michael Robertson (Letham, Angus) and John McClory (Strathblane, Glasgow) in their Subaru Imprezas, Lewis Roper (Basingstoke, Hants) in his Nissan Micra and Carl Tuer (Alnwick, Northumberland) in his MG ZR.
Andrew Coe, Chief Executive of International Motor Sports which organises both Rally of Scotland and Wales Rally GB, commented: "We are in the fortunate position to be able to offer to the national clubman competitors in this country the opportunity to take on the very best stages in both Scotland and Wales and for them to be able to directly compare their performance against those at the very pinnacle of the sport.
"We have therefore put together this very attractive proposition for competitors wanting to tackle both these top-class international events. The cost-per-mile to the competitor is extremely good value and, with the added incentive of a reduced entry fee to Wales Rally GB for those tackling Rally of Scotland, we hope to attract the best of our national competitors to both rallies. And so it should be on what are Britain's two showcase events, particularly for the thousands of fans who travel to see the action."The RACMSA Rally of Scotland (7-9 Oct) is the UK's only round of the high-profile Intercontinental Rally Challenge. The 2011 event is set to attract a star-studded entry of world-class rally teams, cars and drivers. British hopes are expected to lie with Scottish aces Alister McRae (Lanark) in his Proton and newly crowned 2011 Scottish Rally Champion David Bogie (Dumfries) as well as Darlington's Guy Wilks - winner in 2009 - in his factory Peugeot 207. There will also likely be huge support for the Skoda UK-entered Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen in his Fabia.
Making the running at present in the IRC title race, however, are the likes of Skoda's Finnish megastar Juho Hanninen (last year's Rally of Scotland winner and reigning IRC Champion), Belgians Freddy Loix and Thierry Neuville, France's Bryan Bouffier and the Czech Republic's Jan Kopecky. In addition to Proton, Skoda and Peugeot, other famous rallying makes such as Ford, Mitsubishi, Subaru and Citroen will be represented on the entry list.This year's Rally of Scotland will get under way on the Friday afternoon (7 Oct) with a Ceremonial Start at Stirling Castle before the event's opening two competitive timed stages held in the dark of night around Carron Reservoir in North Lanarkshire. The event will then move into Perthshire on the Saturday (8 Oct), taking in classic stages such as Craigvinean, Drummond Hill and Errochty before a return on the Sunday (9 Oct) to Lanarkshire for another run through Carron Valley prior to moving into Stirlingshire for two new tests, Loch Chon and the giant 26km High Corrie that will each be tackled twice. The Rally will then finish late afternoon on the Sunday with its two short final stages through the majestic grounds of Scone Palace near Perth - also the scene for this year's Ceremonial Finish.Tickets cost £20 per vehicle at the entry to each stage with the exception of Sunday morning's Carron Valley stage which costs £10.