2015 DMACK Carlisle Stages is announced

Outline details of the 2015 DMACK Carlisle Stages (Saturday 13 June) have been announced, with the event offering 43 stage miles in the Kershope and Newcastleton complexes for a competitive entry fee of £470. The entry fee reduces to £420 for Rally First contenders.The rally will feature three major championships: the REIS/Ravenol BTRDA Rally Series, the MSA English Rally Championship and the West Wales Rally Spares R.A.C. Rally Championship. The event will also be a round of the S G Petch Association of North East and Cumbria Car Clubs Stage Rally Championship and the Association of Northern Car Clubs Forest Challenge.Building on the success and excellent competitor response to the first two Carlisle Stages, the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club will run a compact event based close to Carlisle and running over superb stages. It will be the first time that a round of the BTRDA Rally Series has visited the Kielder since the 1992 Hadrian Centurion Rally.The rally will again be based at the premises of the R J Murray & Sons Haulage Company in Longtown, Carlisle and will cover 43 stage miles and just 99 road miles. Only eight miles of stage will be double-used, thus ensuring the best possible road conditions. The first car will start at 8.30am and be back at the finish at around 3pm on this compact event.Clerk of the Course Nicola Heppenstall said: “We’re very pleased to have been invited to host round five of the BTRDA Rally Series and I think the BTRDA crews will really enjoy the format of the event and the quality of the stages. It will be a new challenge for many of the regular BTRDA contenders, while some of the R.A.C. Rally Championship crews will be back for the third time. We are very grateful to DMACK for its continued support.”The route will cover six forest special stages, with visits to the main service area after stages three and five. Management service will be available after all stages bar stage one. The rally will finish with a spectacular 14-mile stage in Kershope. “The stages are in beautiful condition,” said Heppenstall after a recent route survey. None of the stages will be used in 2015 ahead of the Carlisle Stages.Scrutineering and documentation will run from 2pm until 7pm on Friday afternoon.The DMACK Carlisle Stages will be organised by the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club.

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