Carlisle Stages to return in 2014
Following the first running of the new DMACK Carlisle Stages, plans are already under way for the 2014 event with a provisional date set of Saturday 21 June.This years event, round three of the West Wales Rally Spares R.A.C. Rally Championship, was hailed as a great success and drew widespread praise from competitors. Superb stages, slick and friendly organisation and a compact route and format drew universal acclaim from competitors. The event featured 45 stage miles and just 65 road miles, with a 10am start and the first car back at the finish by 3pm.Organised by the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club, the rally had a superb start venue, rally HQ and service area at the premises of the R J Murray & Sons Haulage Company in Longtown, five minutes from the M6 at Carlisle. Crews reported that the stages in the Kershope and Newcastleton complexes were in first class condition.Even though the inaugural Carlisle Stages has only just been completed, plans for 2014 are already being laid. This event has got great potential and we plan to grow it year on year, said rally manager Colin Heppenstall. We had a couple of regional associations observing the rally this year and we hope that they will decide to include the Carlisle Stages in their 2014 championship calendars.The 2014 event is, of course, already included in the provisional calendar for the R.A.C. Rally Championship.